Avast Ye Pirate!

January 10, 2013

Pirate radio stations are certainly not new. These are radio transmitters operating without permission by the FCC and their origins can be traced to the very earliest days of broadcasting. In fact, before computers became the youth distraction they are today, it wasn’t uncommon for young, tech-savvy lads to buy... Continue Reading »

A map showing how radio station call letters are set in the US

Did You Know? Radio Station Call Letters

December 29, 2012

Ever wonder why radio station call letters start with the letters K or W? The reason goes back as early as 1912 and originated with the United States federal government. In 1923 the boundary was set by the Mississippi River and all radio stations to the West were given K... Continue Reading »

Andy, Dick, Don and Bob, the singing Williams Brothers

Andy Williams

December 21, 2012

The news of the passing of legendary vocalist Andy Williams did not come as too much of a surprise. Andy, himself, announced he faced a diagnosis of bladder cancer last fall and British tabloids were reporting his impending death as recently as July. Still, even at age 84, Williams’ passing... Continue Reading »

Powel Crosley Jr.

Powel Crosley Jr’s “Pinecroft”

December 21, 2012

In 1925, as Powel Crosley’s company became the world’s largest manufacturer of radios, Powel and his wife, Gwen, took a vacation to Europe. The Crosley’s were starting to enjoy the financial fruits of the trendy radio business and the trip provided an opportunity to plan the next venture for the... Continue Reading »

Vocalist Juanita Vastine sang professionally as Georgia Brown for WLW

Sweet Georgia Brown

December 21, 2012

Former WLW vocalist Juanita Vastine passed away on September 13, 2012 at the age of 94 after a brief illness. Juanita was known professionally as Georgia Brown when she started her career as a vocalist near Butler, Kentucky. In the early days of WWII, Georgia was hired as a staff... Continue Reading »