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The Radio Tower

The Long Island Radio and Television Historical Societey

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The Radio Tower

The Radio Tower

The Long Island Radio and Television Historical Societey

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The Radio Tower is the podcast of the Long Island Radio and Television Historical Society. We feature stories of the men and women that worked in the field as well as the myths and the machines that made Long Island an early cradle of radio history.

Latest Episodes

Long Island Home Front: Look to the Skies

On this episode of the Radio Tower, we feature more excerpts from the Long Island Home Front oral history project. The subject is aviation and a time of frantic activity on Long Island. With companies like Grumman and Republic Aviation and airfields like Mitchel and Roosevelt Field, there was plenty for a young boy to see in the skies overhead.

14 MINMAR 23
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Long Island Home Front: Look to the Skies

Cindy Clifford

Cindy Clifford never had a plan but she still found her way to an eventful career in Long Island radio, from WRCN in Riverhead to WWHB in Hampton Bays to a long stint on the WALK morning show with Mark Daniels.

53 MINMAR 9
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Cindy Clifford

Larry Davidson

Life has taken Larry Davidson from a bodega in Spanish Harlem to a vineyard in Aquebogue and many places in between. Through it all, his keen mind and relentless curiousity have helped him forge a career in broadcasting as an interviewer of authors, singer songwriters, politicians, and more. He's worked on WGBB and Cablevision as well as on a number of well-received series conducted at libraries and other cultural centers around the region. His latest is a foray into podcasting with The Artful Periscope.

50 MINFEB 4
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Larry Davidson

Marie Mack of Brooklyn and Mt Sinai

We're featuring more segments from the Long Island Home Front, our oral history project focusing on the impact of World War 2 on Long Island. Today we hear from Marie Mack, Brooklyn Native and longtime Mount Sinai summer resident.

8 MINJAN 11
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Marie Mack of Brooklyn and Mt Sinai

Long Island Home Front: Jack Beebe and West Sayville

The Long Island Home Front is an oral history project being conducted by the LI Radio & TV Historical Society (LIRTVHS), Sayville Historical Society and Sayville Public Library. Our mission is to preserve and share memories of Long Island during World War II and we will be sharing portions of interviews via the Radio Tower podcast of LIRTVHS. Today, Jack Beebe, native of West Sayville, describes how the Dutchies who had been fishing off the South Shore for generations, contributed to the war effort.

5 MINJAN 2
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Long Island Home Front: Jack Beebe and West Sayville

Dave Vieser of WGBB

Beginning his broadcasting career in his basement as a child in Baldwin, Dave Vieser went on to learn radio at WVHC at Hofstra before landing the dream job: playing music on WGBB in Freeport. He started on weekends, then night shifts, then afternoons and finally mornings. On this episode we sit down with Dave to talk about his career in radio and beyond, from spinning records to covering high school sports to working for Nassau County's Press Office.

45 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Dave Vieser of WGBB

Robert Ottone and Bullet Bob Ottone

Robert Ottone discusses the life and times of his father, Bullet Bob Ottone. A DJ at WGLI and WGBB in the 1970s, Bullet Bob was known for his rapid-fire delivery. He was one of WGBB's "Super Six", hosting the Night Train from midnight to six am. He also taught radio at Brentwood High School and ran their station WXBA-FM. To top it all off, in his later years he was the PA announcer for the Long Island Ducks.

48 MIN2019 OCT 7
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Robert Ottone and Bullet Bob Ottone

Jack Kratoville

Growing up in Riverhead in the 1960s, Jack Kratoville always wanted to be on the mic. He got his wish, forging a career that started with unpaid news reads on WRCN and continued to include stints at WLNG, WWHB, WMJC and more.

35 MIN2019 SEP 23
Comments
Jack Kratoville

Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE

Dennis was a Production Director whose fertile imagination and drive camouflaged spots touting dentists and car steroes inside a theater of the absurd. With a gift for impersonation and a bottomles well of pop culture memories to draw on, Dennis forged a successful career on Long Island that included winning multiple CLIO awards while working at WBAB and then WDRE.

42 MIN2019 MAY 6
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Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE

Jack Beebe Behind the Scenes

Jack Beebe calls himself "Mr. Backstage" but in terms of radio and television history in New York City since the 1950s, he's had a front row seat.

55 MIN2019 APR 2
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Jack Beebe Behind the Scenes

Latest Episodes

Long Island Home Front: Look to the Skies

On this episode of the Radio Tower, we feature more excerpts from the Long Island Home Front oral history project. The subject is aviation and a time of frantic activity on Long Island. With companies like Grumman and Republic Aviation and airfields like Mitchel and Roosevelt Field, there was plenty for a young boy to see in the skies overhead.

14 MINMAR 23
Comments
Long Island Home Front: Look to the Skies

Cindy Clifford

Cindy Clifford never had a plan but she still found her way to an eventful career in Long Island radio, from WRCN in Riverhead to WWHB in Hampton Bays to a long stint on the WALK morning show with Mark Daniels.

53 MINMAR 9
Comments
Cindy Clifford

Larry Davidson

Life has taken Larry Davidson from a bodega in Spanish Harlem to a vineyard in Aquebogue and many places in between. Through it all, his keen mind and relentless curiousity have helped him forge a career in broadcasting as an interviewer of authors, singer songwriters, politicians, and more. He's worked on WGBB and Cablevision as well as on a number of well-received series conducted at libraries and other cultural centers around the region. His latest is a foray into podcasting with The Artful Periscope.

50 MINFEB 4
Comments
Larry Davidson

Marie Mack of Brooklyn and Mt Sinai

We're featuring more segments from the Long Island Home Front, our oral history project focusing on the impact of World War 2 on Long Island. Today we hear from Marie Mack, Brooklyn Native and longtime Mount Sinai summer resident.

8 MINJAN 11
Comments
Marie Mack of Brooklyn and Mt Sinai

Long Island Home Front: Jack Beebe and West Sayville

The Long Island Home Front is an oral history project being conducted by the LI Radio & TV Historical Society (LIRTVHS), Sayville Historical Society and Sayville Public Library. Our mission is to preserve and share memories of Long Island during World War II and we will be sharing portions of interviews via the Radio Tower podcast of LIRTVHS. Today, Jack Beebe, native of West Sayville, describes how the Dutchies who had been fishing off the South Shore for generations, contributed to the war effort.

5 MINJAN 2
Comments
Long Island Home Front: Jack Beebe and West Sayville

Dave Vieser of WGBB

Beginning his broadcasting career in his basement as a child in Baldwin, Dave Vieser went on to learn radio at WVHC at Hofstra before landing the dream job: playing music on WGBB in Freeport. He started on weekends, then night shifts, then afternoons and finally mornings. On this episode we sit down with Dave to talk about his career in radio and beyond, from spinning records to covering high school sports to working for Nassau County's Press Office.

45 MIN2019 NOV 4
Comments
Dave Vieser of WGBB

Robert Ottone and Bullet Bob Ottone

Robert Ottone discusses the life and times of his father, Bullet Bob Ottone. A DJ at WGLI and WGBB in the 1970s, Bullet Bob was known for his rapid-fire delivery. He was one of WGBB's "Super Six", hosting the Night Train from midnight to six am. He also taught radio at Brentwood High School and ran their station WXBA-FM. To top it all off, in his later years he was the PA announcer for the Long Island Ducks.

48 MIN2019 OCT 7
Comments
Robert Ottone and Bullet Bob Ottone

Jack Kratoville

Growing up in Riverhead in the 1960s, Jack Kratoville always wanted to be on the mic. He got his wish, forging a career that started with unpaid news reads on WRCN and continued to include stints at WLNG, WWHB, WMJC and more.

35 MIN2019 SEP 23
Comments
Jack Kratoville

Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE

Dennis was a Production Director whose fertile imagination and drive camouflaged spots touting dentists and car steroes inside a theater of the absurd. With a gift for impersonation and a bottomles well of pop culture memories to draw on, Dennis forged a successful career on Long Island that included winning multiple CLIO awards while working at WBAB and then WDRE.

42 MIN2019 MAY 6
Comments
Dennis Daniel on WBAB and WDRE

Jack Beebe Behind the Scenes

Jack Beebe calls himself "Mr. Backstage" but in terms of radio and television history in New York City since the 1950s, he's had a front row seat.

55 MIN2019 APR 2
Comments
Jack Beebe Behind the Scenes

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