22 episodes

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.

The Radio Tower The Long Island Radio and Television Historical Society

    • History

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.

    Radio Tower #21: Larry Davidson

    Radio Tower #21: 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 min
    Long Island Home Front: Marie Mack of Brooklyn and Mt Sinai

    Long Island Home Front: 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 min
    Long Island Home Front: Jack Beebe and West Sayville

    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 min
    Radio Tower 18: Dave Vieser of WGBB

    Radio Tower 18: 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 min
    Radio Tower 17: Robert Ottone and Bullet Bob Ottone

    Radio Tower 17: 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 min
    Radio Tower 16: Jack Kratoville

    Radio Tower 16: 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 min

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