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Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
 

I'm back to copying old "Letters To Santa" tapes to put them on CD. Here are some odds and ends from some programs.

On 12/3/1973 there was a letter from a Judy Berger in Gordonsville. Is that the same Judy Berger who came to work in the WJMA Sales Department in 1985?

On a Monday program in 1973 Mr. Postmaster (Arch) mentions a 12 inch snowfall and Miss Message (Ann) phones in because she could not get into to the "post office". Dave Starner at the Piedmont research station quickly found there was an 11 inch snowfall on December 17, 1973.

On Friday December 2, 1977 there's mention of the debut of the WJMA Marching Transistor Band. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20audio/WJMA%20other/Letters%20to%20Santa%201977-12-02%20band%20debut.mp3>

The Friday December 16, 1977 program includes a letter from Julie Mosticone from Gordonsville. In 1985 she was the winner of the "Win A Date With KP" contest. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_139.html>

The 12/19/1977 program uses the Radio Orange slogan.

In 1977 the open/close for the program was being voiced by Molly Hoffman. In 1978 that duty went to Mary Thompson.

Those of us hearing the LTS programs from 1973 and 1977 were struck by how "low tech" the Santa requests were. A CB radio or cassette player were about as high tech as things got back then. Kids were asking for dolls, books, games, bikes, guns, clothes, football equipment and such stuff.

Arch, do you recall the name of the piece of music used for the theme?

There are many more tapes to copy.

Ross
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Wo Wo wo is me

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Earlier today as I passed a radio at work, I heard Dionne Warwick's "Do You Know the Way to San Jose". The song reminded me of a radio station promotion that I heard many years ago. It was very clever and only one station in the world could use it.

Back in the 60s and 70s WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was a good Top 40 station with a 50,000 watt signal that covered the the US east of the Rockies. At the time WOWO was owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting. They also owned WIND in Chicago, WBZ Boston, KDKA Pittsburgh, KYW Philadelphia, WINS NewYork, KEX Portland and KFWB Los Angeles and probably some others.

Someone at the station had found the "wo wo" lyrics from a bunch of songs and used them for a station promo. Now I've got "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" stuck in my mind and I can't recall any of the other songs they used. Do you remember any song lyrics that include "wo wo"?

And a side note on the odd things one remembers. At one time WIND had an hour long newscast at 5 in the evening. Their station ID at 5 went something like this..."Now 60 minutes of news at 5 on 560 WIND, Chicago."

Ross
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Rege Cordic

Les <grandmananer@...>
 

Good day, all-

Some of you may have been in or around the Washington DC area in the
1960's and early 70's to have enjoyed Harden and Weaver on WMAL. When I
was in high school in western Pennsylvania, THE morning show to listen
to was Cordic and Company on KDKA. My college roommate, to whom I
described the Cordic program and for which I have a reel-to-reel tape
aircheck of one of the programs, asked about Cordic recently. I went to
the good old Google Internet search and found, regrettably, his obituary
dating from 1999. I thought you would enjoy know about an announcer I
admired and some of the things he said about announcing.

Obituary: Rege Cordic: Popular Pittsburgh radio announcer in '40s, '50s,
'60s

Sunday, April 18, 1999

By Torsten Ove and LaMont Jones, Post-Gazette Staff Writers

There was the pothole that was so big a family started living in it.

There was the Slav garbageman, whose house was on the cover of a trade
magazine called "Better Homes and Garbage."

And, of course, there was "Olde Frothingslosh, the stale pale ale" that
was so light the foam was on the bottom -- and so popular that
Pittsburgh Brewing Co. actually started selling beer in special cans
bearing the fictional name.

These were just a few of the goofy creations of Cordic & Co., a
pioneering morning-drive radio show in the 1950s and 1960s that featured
Rege Cordic playing the straight man to a cast of zany characters whose
antics ultimately poked gentle fun at Pittsburghers' foibles.

Mr. Cordic, the host and ring-leader of the KDKA program and a legend in
local radio, died of cancer Friday night in Los Angeles, where he had
moved in 1966 to re-create his shtick for the southern California
market.

He was 73 and had been suffering from colon and prostate cancer.

In his later years, Mr. Cordic became well-known for his bit-acting in
popular TV shows such as "Gunsmoke" and "Ironside" and for the baritone
voice in countless commercials, but in Pittsburgh he will be forever
known as a radio "personality" before the industry became saturated with
them.

"He was an extremely talented man," said Dave Crantz, 74, of Whitehall,
a contemporary of Mr. Cordic's at WTAE. "He probably had a greater
insight into radio of that period than anyone else."

Together with Robert McCully, Sterling Yates, Bob Trow, Karl Hardman and
others, Mr. Cordic's show became an icon in Pittsburgh, starting at WWSW
in the mid-1940s and then moving to KDKA in 1954. Mr. Cordic and his
colleagues invented a cast of characters who would drop by the studio to
harass the host. Among them were Omicron, the bureaucrat from Venus;
Carmen Monoxide, a terrible punster; and Louie Adamchevitz, the Slav
garbageman who became particularly beloved in a city of ethnic
neighborhoods.

"It was an amazing show," said McCully, 75, of Point Breeze, who helped
write many of the skits. "It dominated the morning market. I think it
had 80 percent of the market at one time. We all wrote, but Rege was the
focal point. He edited everything. He was one of the most wonderful
people I've ever known."

Mr. Cordic and the others were all native Pittsburghers, so making fun
of their hometown didn't faze them. Raised in Squirrel Hill, the son of
a railroad worker, Mr. Cordic said the humor worked precisely because he
and his colleagues weren't out-of-towners. Listeners could relate.

"They loved Pittsburgh put-down jokes," he told the Post-Gazette in
1993. "They knew we were all from Pittsburgh. If we made jokes about it,
it was because we loved it."

One routine was called "What the Outside World Thinks of Pittsburgh When
and If They Do." It went like this:

"This is Pittsburgh in the eyes of the New Yorker, the Bostonian, the
San Franciscan, the Buffalo, the Deer, the Antelope. Here, where the
mighty Susquehanna and the Ohio form to make the Mississippi, thousands
of miles beyond the mountains in the east lies a grimy little town
untouched by progress. This is Pittsburgh, known far and wide for its
chief export, pickles. Here it is, too, in this Birmingham of the North,
that some steel is occasionally made, when the pickle harvest is poor."

Over the years, however, Mr. Cordic began to burn out. He moved to
California in 1966, where the idea was to re-make the show for the Los
Angeles morning-drive market. He was on the air for a year and a half
before the station switched to all-news. The Pittsburgh flavor of Mr.
Cordic's show just didn't jibe with listeners in California.

"I heard him out there when I made trips," said Crantz. "The problem was
it wasn't Pittsburgh. He was a Pittsburgh character. Every morning they
had traffic reports that were longer than his commentary."

Mr. Cordic was born in Hazelwood. As a boy, he spent a lot of time at
the P&LE Railroad Station, where his father worked. He credited his
father with turning him into "a railroad freak."

Mr. Cordic graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1944 and
attended Pitt Tech and New York University. He began his radio career in
1943 at WWSW as an announcer. After two years in the Navy, he returned
to the station and in 1948 launched his own half-hour program.

It was an immediate success.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Mr. Cordic was president of the bogus
Academy of Commercial Arts and Sciences that awarded mythical
"Semi-Emmy" statuettes the day after the Academy Awards to honor the
best radio commercials of the year.

A former Sewickley resident, Mr. Cordic fell in love with the California
lifestyle after serving in the Navy there and never returned to
Pittsburgh permanently after 1966.

But even after he left, he was known to a generation of Pittsburghers
for hosting Sunday afternoon movies on WTAE-TV. He would fly in from Los
Angeles to tape the segments, and later he did the tapings at a studio
in Las Vegas.

Mr. Cordic tried regular acting for about 10 years, landing small TV
roles.

"I enjoyed it but I didn't think I was getting anywhere," he once said.
"Usually, I died before the first commercial."

Mr. Cordic switched to voice acting, using his famous baritone in many
voice-overs in TV spots for such companies as Pennzoil, Roy Rogers,
Plymouth, Hires Root Beer, Spray 'N Wash and Greyhound. He was also the
voice of KABC-TV for promotions and documentaries and occasionally acted
in movies.

Mr. Cordic appeared in the motion picture "Obsession," Woody Allen's
movie "Sleeper" and numerous TV series before concentrating entirely on
TV commercial voice-overs and network announcements.

In 1989, his was the voice filling New York movie theaters as narrator
of a two-minute trailer for the film "Henry V."

In his later years, Mr. Cordic admitted he was never as popular in
California as he had been in Pittsburgh. But it didn't bother him.

"We announcers sort of function in our own little world," he said in a
1985 interview. "I'm kind of anonymous, but it's a pleasant kind of
anonymity. I rather enjoy it."

Mr. Cordic divorced in 1980 but remained close with his four children,
all of whom live in California.

Mr. Cordic's many voices will live on. At the Senator John Heinz
Pittsburgh Regional History Center, there's an exhibit of a 1950s
suburban kitchen with the radio tuned to Mr. Cordic's morning show.

Re: new WJMA photo surfaces

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

I'll update the old floor plan drawing.

Was there a window on the manager's office wall with the door? The only photo I've seen of the manager's office shows only outside windows. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_6.html>

I'm guessing I have the office in the correct location. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_2.html>

Based on this exterior picture, <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_2.html> I have the windows wrong, too, on the drawing.

Which end of the hallway had the Control Room door?

I'll post something when I get the drawing redone.

Ross
71-86

Woody Purcell has a great memory. I recall the manager's office faced
directly out into the office area, and the newswire was directly opposite the
control room door.

John LeGarde

Re: new WJMA photo surfaces

Les <grandmananer@...>
 

And I remember the smells of the AP machine ribbons and paper. The
bathroom was just beyond the AP machine, giving users convenient reading
material.


On Sun, 10 Jan 2010 08:27:37 EST, jclegarde@... said:

Woody Purcell has a great memory. I recall the manager's office faced
directly out into the office area, and the newswire was directly opposite
the
control room door.

John LeGarde



Re: new WJMA photo surfaces

John Legarde
 

Woody Purcell has a great memory. I recall the manager's office faced
directly out into the office area, and the newswire was directly opposite the
control room door.

John LeGarde

What I shoulda said

Les <grandmananer@...>
 

Good day, all-

I looked at the photo that Ross referred to in his latest message, then
I poked around in the wonderful gallery. I paused on the "Monday at One"
photo taken in studio A with all the records and all the American Cancer
Society folks jammed around the table, sitting in OSHA-condemned folding
chairs. People are smiling. Looking as though they had a good time
because Ross showed mercy during the interview. I thought of that photo
as I read the following commentary by Dick Cavett, found on today's New
York Times web page. I thought you would enjoy this:

Why, I Oughta . . . and I Did
By DICK CAVETT


“I’ve never seen you lose your temper.”

I’ve been told this, but it’s not entirely accurate.

An inherited nasty temper has only flared on the air a few times, but
much more frequently in “real life.” So far I have managed to escape
having my salient features re-arranged. (A thing worth considering in
this regard is how frequently friends and neighbors of those who commit
hideous murders observe, “I never once saw him angry.”)

One of those odd memory jogs that release a long-buried incident has
happened.

The advent of the book “Cavett” (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973;
perennially available on eBay) brought with it that mixed blessing known
as the book tour. You go around the country flogging your tome on local
book-chat shows, both radio and television, doing press interviews and
signing copies for fans in bookstores. Lucky authors get to do the
late-night network shows. I got to do “Johnny.”

Although the tour sells books, some authors are just not up to the
ordeal and stay home. For those submitting to the thing, it’s a chance
for house-bound authors to see some of their country. Downside-wise, you
endure constant travel from town to town on plane after plane, endlessly
answering the same questions. Like, “Why did you write this book?”

And you get to learn a few things about publishers. Like the fact that
all of them have mastered the trick of failing to get the books into the
towns you visit and the bookstores where you were supposed to sign them.

One big store had received several hundred copies of Lawrence Welk’s
book instead of mine. I signed about 50 of them (“Dick Cavett, from
Nebraska just like Lawrence”) and left.

The experiences with local radio and TV hosts are often delightful,
sometimes less so.

Even when you’re doing it, it’s hard to keep track of what town you’re
in due to jet-lag, sleep deprivation, lousy and hasty food and too much
coffee, so after all this time I can’t remember for sure where what’s
coming happened. Detroit? Minneapolis? Beaver Crossing, Neb.? Take your
pick.

Let’s call my TV host, wherever it was, “Raymond.” Adjusting to the
varied personalities of the hosts was part of the limited fun. Usually.

Up to that point in the tour I had been treated, in the main, with
adoration bordering on worship. I guess the fates decided to provide me
with a little contrast.

Raymond sported an aggressively loud green plaid jacket and matching
tie, not exactly in perfect tune with the hip threads of the ’70s. Also,
thick glasses that magnified beady eyes and a wig that said bargain
basement. And, possibly, “Buy One, Get One Free.”

Technically, Raymond’s tonsorial deception was a hairpiece,
delta-shaped, disconcertingly thick and devoid of the merest hint of
verisimilitude. I had to work to keep my eyes off it. It reminded me of
an artifact from earlier times, when I trudged about Manhattan clutching
the out-of-work actor’s bible, “Casting News.” An ever-present ad went,
as I recall, something like, “Balding? Get More Jobs With THE TAYLOR
TOPPER.”

Our studio session began fairly neutrally. Then Raymond shifted gears.

His technique seemed to be “soften ‘em up a while and then start with
the slip punches.” It became clear that the best compliment one could
pay him would be, “Hey, man, you’re not afraid to play rough with the
celebs!”

The softening period ended. Here is how I remember the darkening
atmosphere of our time together proceeded.

“Why does it bother you so much that you’re so short?”

I’m not freakishly short. I had, on my show, used shortness as a joke
subject; it didn’t really bother me. But somehow I was unable to say
these things just then.

Then came — and he always began with “Why?” — “Why do you think going to
Yale has made you smarter than other people?”

I didn’t, but said so feebly. Accumulated fatigue had made me feel I’d
been injected with some kind of weakening fluid. I felt
uncharacteristically defenseless.

To make things worse, I could see a nice lady sitting nearby, looking at
me with pity. And, curiously, she looked like my beloved Aunt Esther,
thinking, “Poor Dickie.”

Don’t most people, maybe especially men, hate to be seen as pitiable? I
did, then, but seemed to have come without my gun belt. There was a kind
of emasculation effect. I was getting the distinct feeling that I could
have sung counter-tenor.

There are two ways to handle such situations. Either pummel back with
your wits (but mine had fled) or remain nice to make him look awful.
Sadly, that one — with much to recommend it — seems not to be part of my
nature. And aggressive wit was unaccountably unavailable.

His next “Why?”: “Why did someone on your staff say in the Time magazine
cover story on you that you’re a prima donna? Are you? Why would they
say that?” I mumbled something.

“Why do you think you’re as good as Carson? The ratings don’t seem to
think so.”

Somehow, that functioned as the dromedary’s back-breaking straw. I
awoke.

“Raymond, is it? ‘Why’ seems to be your favorite word. May I do one?”

“Sure.”

“Why do you wear a rug that looks like a wedge of blueberry pie sitting
on top of your head?”

It’s rare to hear, from inside a studio, laughter and cheering coming
through the supposedly soundproof glass of the control room. Raymond
heard it, too. “Aunt Esther” clapped. The mike boom man nearly fell to
the floor. From how he looked at that point, Raymond’s blood pressure
had surely hit perilous.

A kind of creamy, mirthless grin spread only partway across his mouth
and he seemed to be struggling for air. I decided not to add, “Here’s
another ‘why’: Why don’t you finish the show yourself?”

What I did say was, “I’m glad I was able to bring some pleasure to your
co-workers,” added “Good day,” and headed for a nap.

I never learned how Raymond filled the remaining minutes. I would almost
rather have a recording of this than just about anything I ever did on
television. If you, out there somewhere, by some miracle, recorded it —
and back then it would have been on reel-to-reel — let me know. I’ll
trade you something for it.

Oh, one other thing: your opinion. Should I feel guilty for what I did?

Re: new WJMA photo surfaces

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Bev Swallow Aylor, (1958-1960) who is not subscribed to this list,
sent the following about air conditioning.

Ross
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There was air conditioning of some sort, both in the station and the
restaurant. I never had a problem with summer's heat. Al was always
into keeping the comfort level of his restaurant customers at a good
level and the station benefited from this. I don't remember any
complaints about control room heat but as small and cramped as it
was, it could have been terrible without AC. It would be interesting
to hear what the guys have to say about this. I would think that the
equipment gave off heat too.

Bev

This morning Chuck Brown sent me a WJMA photo from 1952.
<<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_22.html>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_22.html>
Here's an exterior view of the DeVivi location.
<<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_1.html>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_1.html>

Here's a link to a somewhat inaccurate drawing the the WJMA
floorplan.
<<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_2.html>http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_2.html>I
have updated drawings from a few people who worked at the DeVivi's
location, but I have not yet incorporated them into a revised
drawing. No one has mentioned a stove, so I'll have to add that to
the drawing. I wonder if that location had air conditioning? I
imagine the control room would have been pretty uncomfortable during
the summer months. I have not heard about that from any of the old
timers.

Ross
71-86

Re: new WJMA photo surfaces

Woody Purcell
 

I recall the Mgr office opening direct to reception area and upi machine directly opposite entrance to control room.

--- On Fri, 1/8/10, Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...> wrote:


From: Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
Subject: [WJMA] new WJMA photo surfaces
To: WJMA@...
Date: Friday, January 8, 2010, 7:17 PM


This morning Chuck Brown sent me a WJMA photo from 1952.
<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_22.html>
Here's an exterior view of the DeVivi location.
<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_1.html>

Here's a link to a somewhat inaccurate drawing the the WJMA
floorplan.
<http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_2.html>I
have updated drawings from a few people who worked at the DeVivi's
location, but I have not yet incorporated them into a revised
drawing. No one has mentioned a stove, so I'll have to add that to
the drawing. I wonder if that location had air conditioning? I
imagine the control room would have been pretty uncomfortable during
the summer months. I have not heard about that from any of the old
timers.

Ross
71-86


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new WJMA photo surfaces

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

This morning Chuck Brown sent me a WJMA photo from 1952. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20people/pages/page_22.html> Here's an exterior view of the DeVivi location. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_1.html>

Here's a link to a somewhat inaccurate drawing the the WJMA floorplan. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20photos/WJMA%20places/pages/page_2.html>I have updated drawings from a few people who worked at the DeVivi's location, but I have not yet incorporated them into a revised drawing. No one has mentioned a stove, so I'll have to add that to the drawing. I wonder if that location had air conditioning? I imagine the control room would have been pretty uncomfortable during the summer months. I have not heard about that from any of the old timers.

Ross
71-86

Re: 6am newscast

artsafari2003
 

Hey Bill,
Sounds scary, but I can just see you taking it in stride! Was I still there when that happened?
Teresa Carson Verling (1960)

--- On Mon, 12/21/09, Bill Little <bill@...> wrote:


From: Bill Little <bill@...>
Subject: [WJMA] 6am newscast
To: WJMA@...
Date: Monday, December 21, 2009, 10:44 AM


 



For those who haven't heard this or don't remember this 6am new story....

Through the 1960's (from July of 1960 when I started full-time) I was
the morning man at WJMA, signing on at 5:58 or so, then reading the news
from the wire, doing the weather and playing the first record. In those
early days I was all alone until about 8 when the secretary would come
in, but I always left the front door unlocked because every now and then
someone would come by with late local news or Chester Reynolds would
stop in "under the weather" after a night out with Buck (Early) or
someone else.

Anyway, one morning (it was in the mid sixties, I think, but the police
report would probably know for sure) I was in the middle of the 6am news
when the door flew open and a man I didn'nt know ran in screaming. I
could see him through the window as her ran around yelling but I was in
the middle of the news so I kept reading. As I finished up the newscast
he pulled down the stairway that led up to the attic and climbed uip
yelling all the way and then either pulled the stairs up or maybe they
just went up automatically. He was bleeding and there was quite a bit of
blood all over the floor. He just kept screaming and I guess I must have
called the cops because they showed up in a few minutes and threatened
all sorts of things if he didn't come down. Finally he did and they took
him away.....drunk, they said later, and he had cut himself badly on
something. Come to find out, he either lived next door or maybe a couple
of houses away, and was a well-known drunk.

I tell this because I don't believe I missed even one commercial let
alone the news. Is that getting the job done or is it nuts?

Another time I was alone in the early morning and a woman called sobbing
and wanted to know the names of the men who had burned to death in an
auto accisdent in town. I gave her the names not knowing that she was
still married (she was divorcing) to one of the men and the poliece
hadn't yet notified her.

So much for breaking the news early. Turned out to be Pat Watson's
sister, whom at the time I didn't know. Small world, isn't it?

Bill (1958 - 1986)

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Re: party pics

artsafari2003
 

Hey Willow,
You still look pretty good to me. Hang in there!
Happy New year to all!
Teresa Carson Verling (1960)

--- On Mon, 12/21/09, willowdrinkwater@... <willowdrinkwater@...> wrote:


From: willowdrinkwater@... <willowdrinkwater@...>
Subject: Re: [WJMA] party pics
To: WJMA@...
Date: Monday, December 21, 2009, 12:12 PM


 




You know how you have this image of yourself being young and all that? Image shattered in these pictures for me, but then again, I know it's really about the soul.

Merry Christmas everyone,
Willow (Barbara) Drinkwater

-----Original Message-----
From: Dominion Market Research <ross@dmrmail. com>
To: WJMA@yahoogroups. com
Sent: Fri, Dec 11, 2009 8:25 am
Subject: [WJMA] party pics

<http://www.kodakgal lery.com/ gallery/creative apps/slideShow/ Main.jsp? token=8323486108 03%3A1508175299& cm_mmc=site_ email-_-new_ site_share- _-core-_- View_photos_ link>Below
is a link to some pictures sent to me yesterday. They are from the
"Now This..." pre-show gathering and from the Orange Historical
Society meeting.

<http://www.kodakgal lery.com/ gallery/creative apps/slideShow/ Main.jsp? token=8323486108 03%3A1508175299>

There are no captions, so do your best on identifying those in the pictures.

Ross
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Merry Christmas from LTS

Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
 

Here's a link to the 1976 Christmas Eve broadcast of the Letters To Santa program. This clip runs 2:50 and is edited from a program that ran just over 13 minutes. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20audio/WJMA%20other/Xmas%20eve%201976.mp3>

Ross
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Re: VA Snow

Barbara Potter-Drinkwater
 

Phill...I am so glad you lived to tell the story. Willow
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

-----Original Message-----
From: Phlodbear@...
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:45:36
To: <WJMA@...>
Subject: [WJMA] Re: VA Snow

I remember once having to open the station after a big blizzard. I jumped
into my trusty Isuzu Trooper and drove out in the dark in four wheel
drive. I made it out to Route 231, and headed towards Orange. As I crested the
small rise at Bill Roberts' farm in Somerset, to my horror, I heard a
train whistle. The hard packed snow-covered road sloped down to the crossing.
I was on a collision course with a train. I barely touched the brakes and
immediately the Isuzu did a 180 into the ditch. Good thing it did, because
the alternative was much worse. Needless to say, I was stuck. As the
train clattered by all I could think of was how would I make it to Orange in
time for sign on....that and the fact that I couldn't stop shaking! And
then a miracle. On the other side of the tracks, waiting for the gates to
lift was a lone two wheel drive mini pick up truck. The driver crossed,
produced a tow rope, and jerked me out of the bank. And then with a jaunty
wave, he drove off into the darkness. I made it to the station with time to
spare, but I think that morning is when my hair started to turn gray.

Phil Audibert '76-'84

Re: changes at WJMA

Lynne Vogt
 

The 5% doesn't surprise me - but it stinks. I wonder if they're going to bring someone in from a larger mkt or just promote from within.




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From: "al@..." <al@...>
To: WJMA@...
Sent: Tue, December 22, 2009 8:58:43 AM
Subject: Re: [WJMA] changes at WJMA

 

What does that mean? John Schick isn't managing the stations anymore? Who is?

Al Gaige

Quoting Dominion Market Research :

Here's something of interest from the VARTV.com web site.

Ross
71-86
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:// Cuts at Piedmont Communications
| Monday, December 21, 2009

We've learned that several big changes have been made at Piedmont
Communications (WCVA/1490 Culpeper, WVCV/1340, WOJL/105.5 Louisa,
WJMA/103.1 Culpeper) a bit earlier this month.

Out at the cluster is President/GM John Schick and WJMA Afternooner
Lee Richards. We also hear that there has been a 5% salary decrease
across the board.

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Re: VA Snow

Bill Little
 

The weartherphone was lots of fun during a snow storm in the winter.
Sometimes, if I was out inear the phone, I woulld answer it live and
say, "the forecast is for sunny and warm today with high in the 80's
and low tonight in the 60's. Tomorrow is expected to be even warmer with
highs in the 90's." What was fun was liistening to the comments that
some people made after that forecast.

Bill
58-86

Dominion Market Research wrote:



Does anyone want to admit to ever messing up on school closings? I
don't remember it happening. Kids would call and try to call off
school. I'm not sure why they thought that would work.

I recall hearing a story that Alden Aaroe, WRVA's morning man for
many a year, once announced a school system as closed when it was
not. When someone asked the Superintendant about it, he said "If
Alden Aaroe says we're closed, we're closed." Now that's influence.

Ross
71-86

I was thinking about this as the snow fell Saturday. 672-1000 and
672-1001 (?) stayed lit up whenever it snowed, with kids asking
about school closings. Given that I was alone on the evening shift,
I usually just stopped answering the phone unless it was 2799 or
1062.

Then there were the longggggg lists of closing announcements:

"Mt. Hebron Day school will be closed tomorrow,

Orange Baptist Church will have regular services at 11:00 but all
other activities including Sunday school have been cancelled,

The turkey dinner at Orange Methodist Church scheduled for Monday
evening has been moved to Friday evening,

The F.O.R.E. Workshop in Remington will open 2 hours late tomorrow,
etc etc etc"

Ah yes, those were the days.....

Mark Johnson
81-84

PS: And don't forget to update the weather phone!




From: Dominion Market Research
<<mailto:ross%40dmrmail.com>ross@... <mailto:ross%40dmrmail.com>>
To: <mailto:WJMA%40yahoogroups.com>WJMA@...
<mailto:WJMA%40yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Mon, December 21, 2009 11:16:11 AM
Subject: [WJMA] VA Snow


There are a number of people on this list who do not live in
Virginia. For those who missed the snow, here's a short YouTube
video. <<http://www.youtube.>http://www.youtube. com/watch?
v=iOfcG6hreXg>

Snow days at the radio station were always interesting and getting
there for sign on was sometimes a challenge when there was a big snow
like we had on Friday/Saturday. JD: did you work this past Saturday?
How did you get in?

Ross
71-86
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Re: changes at WJMA

al@...
 

What does that mean? John Schick isn't managing the stations anymore? Who is?

Al Gaige

Quoting Dominion Market Research :

Here's something of interest from the VARTV.com web site.

Ross
71-86
=============================================

:// Cuts at Piedmont Communications
| Monday, December 21, 2009

We've learned that several big changes have been made at Piedmont
Communications (WCVA/1490 Culpeper, WVCV/1340, WOJL/105.5 Louisa,
WJMA/103.1 Culpeper) a bit earlier this month.

Out at the cluster is President/GM John Schick and WJMA Afternooner
Lee Richards. We also hear that there has been a 5% salary decrease
across the board.

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309 Madison Road
PO Box 791
Orange VA 22960-0464
USA
1-540-672-2327 1-800-328-2588 fax: 1-540-672-0296
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changes at WJMA

Dominion Market Research <ross@...>
 

Here's something of interest from the VARTV.com web site.

Ross
71-86
=============================================

:// Cuts at Piedmont Communications
| Monday, December 21, 2009

We've learned that several big changes have been made at Piedmont
Communications (WCVA/1490 Culpeper, WVCV/1340, WOJL/105.5 Louisa,
WJMA/103.1 Culpeper) a bit earlier this month.

Out at the cluster is President/GM John Schick and WJMA Afternooner
Lee Richards. We also hear that there has been a 5% salary decrease
across the board.

--
Dominion Market Research-mailing services for Central Virginia
309 Madison Road
PO Box 791
Orange VA 22960-0464
USA
1-540-672-2327 1-800-328-2588 fax: 1-540-672-0296
http://www.dmrmail.com
_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/

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Re: VA Snow

Phil Audibert
 

I remember once having to open the station after a big blizzard. I jumped
into my trusty Isuzu Trooper and drove out in the dark in four wheel
drive. I made it out to Route 231, and headed towards Orange. As I crested the
small rise at Bill Roberts' farm in Somerset, to my horror, I heard a
train whistle. The hard packed snow-covered road sloped down to the crossing.
I was on a collision course with a train. I barely touched the brakes and
immediately the Isuzu did a 180 into the ditch. Good thing it did, because
the alternative was much worse. Needless to say, I was stuck. As the
train clattered by all I could think of was how would I make it to Orange in
time for sign on....that and the fact that I couldn't stop shaking! And
then a miracle. On the other side of the tracks, waiting for the gates to
lift was a lone two wheel drive mini pick up truck. The driver crossed,
produced a tow rope, and jerked me out of the bank. And then with a jaunty
wave, he drove off into the darkness. I made it to the station with time to
spare, but I think that morning is when my hair started to turn gray.

Phil Audibert '76-'84

Re: VA Snow

Len Cowherd
 

Fantastic!

_____

From: WJMA@... [mailto:WJMA@...] On Behalf Of
Dominion Market Research
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 3:24 PM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] VA Snow




Does anyone want to admit to ever messing up on school closings? I
don't remember it happening. Kids would call and try to call off
school. I'm not sure why they thought that would work.

I recall hearing a story that Alden Aaroe, WRVA's morning man for
many a year, once announced a school system as closed when it was
not. When someone asked the Superintendant about it, he said "If
Alden Aaroe says we're closed, we're closed." Now that's influence.

Ross
71-86

I was thinking about this as the snow fell Saturday. 672-1000 and
672-1001 (?) stayed lit up whenever it snowed, with kids asking
about school closings. Given that I was alone on the evening shift,
I usually just stopped answering the phone unless it was 2799 or
1062.

Then there were the longggggg lists of closing announcements:

"Mt. Hebron Day school will be closed tomorrow,

Orange Baptist Church will have regular services at 11:00 but all
other activities including Sunday school have been cancelled,

The turkey dinner at Orange Methodist Church scheduled for Monday
evening has been moved to Friday evening,

The F.O.R.E. Workshop in Remington will open 2 hours late tomorrow,
etc etc etc"

Ah yes, those were the days.....

Mark Johnson
81-84

PS: And don't forget to update the weather phone!




From: Dominion Market Research <<mailto:ross%40dmrmail.com>ross@dmrmail.
<mailto:ross%40dmrmail.com> com>
To: <mailto:WJMA%40yahoogroups.com>WJMA@yahoogroups.
<mailto:WJMA%40yahoogroups.com> com
Sent: Mon, December 21, 2009 11:16:11 AM
Subject: [WJMA] VA Snow


There are a number of people on this list who do not live in
Virginia. For those who missed the snow, here's a short YouTube
video. <<http://www.youtube.>http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=iOfcG6hreXg>

Snow days at the radio station were always interesting and getting
there for sign on was sometimes a challenge when there was a big snow
like we had on Friday/Saturday. JD: did you work this past Saturday?
How did you get in?

Ross
71-86
--
Dominion Market Research-mailing services for Central Virginia
309 Madison Road
PO Box 791
Orange VA 22960-0464
USA
1-540-672-2327 1-800-328-2588 fax: 1-540-672-0296
<http://www.dmrmail.>http://www.dmrmail. com
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