Tuesday, May 23, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #248

LOUISE HARRISON, SISTER OF GEORGE BRINGS LIVERPOOL LEGENDS SPONSORED BY BEATLEDD
 Louise and Beatledd (Photo: Citizen's Voice)
The late George Gilbert who programmed The Mighty 590 through the halcyon days of the 60s and 70s always used to say this about picking the top 40 every week. He said, "You could never go wrong with The Beatles."
Years later with WARM as a fond memory, the Beatles music still lives on.
This Friday there will be a concert at The  Kirby  featuring The Liverpool Legends. Hosted by Edd Raineri, aka Beatledd, the show looks to be a big hit. If you were a Beatles and WARM fan, this show is tailor made for you.
The band performs songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through their solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing!
They’ve performed with Denny Laine (Wings); former Beatle, Pete Best, and the Boston Pops. They’ve appeared on The Travel Channel’s “Beatlemania Britain” and headlined at “International Beatles Week” in Liverpool, England. 
Also, nationally known comedian/impressionist, Jeff DeHart, will be coming in from NYC and taking the stage as “ED SULLIVAN”. A very good friend of fellow comedian, Bob Saget, Jeff DeHart is hilarious! 
Tickets on sale at the Kirby box office; online at kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at 570-826-1100. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #249

LIKE DON STEVENS AFTER THE 10:30AM NEWS, 
"WE'RE HALF WAY HOME"

Don Stevens was one of the WARM Sensational 7 in the early 60s. Stevens held down the 9am to noon slot and after the 10:30 news ended, he'd open the mic and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is The Don Stevens Show on The Mighty 590 and we're halfway home!" 
This 590 FOREVER WARM blog is half way home. We started this site with the intent that we do 590 Mighty 590 memories. 
Anyone who has anything they'd like to share, please contact me through this blog or e mail connected with this site. 


590 MIGHTY MEMORY #250

WARM AND OZZIE AND HARRIET

Through the years when WARM was a pop radio icon, it played the music of Ricky Nelson, himself a huge early star of rock and roll. That stardom was due to a national TV show on ABC called "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett." Ozzie Nelson was a band leader from the 1930s with his wife being the singer. But Ozzie recognized the power of TV and got a deal with ABC that promoted his son Rick as a teen idol. Wisely  Ozzie also had Rick do standards too to meet the generational  divide. 
But before there was TV, there was radio and WARM carried The Nelson family adventures every Friday night. Here's an ad courtesy of our friend Joe Klapatch. 

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #251

WARM RADIO AND AIR RAIDS? 

When WARM was broadcasting at the 590 frequency in the 1950s, the ramifications of atomic warfare were very close in the rear view mirror. This news article from June of 1952 tells us all we need to know about the Cold War in the early 50s and how radio played a key role in case the worse would happen. 
This was dated from December 1952 and provided by our friend Joe Klapatch. The plan was involving other Scranton based stations if Civil Defense announced a national air raid. Keep in mind it was just under 10 years that the u.S. used the atomic bomb to end the war with Japan.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #252

WARM AND POCONO DRAG LODGE

WARM Radio had a long running relationship with the folks at Pocono Drag Lodge. And advertising it on the back of WARM survey sheets was the norm, never the exception.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #253

HEATING THINGS UP WITH A CAMPBELL'S SOUP BEACH TOWEL
Campbell's Soup is normally associated with comforting cold souls in rainy or dreary weather. It's a go to warm up meal. But WARM Radio in the 60s had a Campbell's Beach Towel promotion where for under 2 dollars you could score your own soup style beach towel. So if a young lady had a Bryan Hyland like bikini issue, this towel could cover that situation.

590 MIGHTY MEMORY #254

WARM AND THE SONGS OF MAY
SECOND LOOK AT SURVEY 05/21/67

This WARM survey had The Young Rascals peaking at number one again with "Groovin". But two songs on that survey debuted in pretty high fashion. This usually is a good sign meaning that the song will be a "can't miss". Yes "Girls In Love" by Gary Lewis and The Playboys and "Yellow Balloon" by Yellow Balloon never made it to the Top Ten. The Lewis song entered at number 24, the Yellow Balloon song at #23. "Him Or Me" by Paul Revere debuted at number 18 and fared much better landing in the Top Ten.