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The Radio Tower

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

You can learn more about LIRTVHS at our homepage.

Apr 12, 2021

Clark Galehouse started out as a swing band sax player from Illinois and wound up running Long Island's most prolific independent record label out of Huntington Station. We take a detour from radio history this episode to talk with John Broven about the life and legacy of Galehouse and his label, Golden...

Mar 15, 2021

Ed Lacinski was destined for a career in audio. As a child, he read the liner notes of albums to learn the names of the sound engineers. Then he began taping his school musical performances in Patchogue-Medford which brought him to the attention of Jack Ellsworth at WALK and WLIM. He worked for years at Harman...

Feb 22, 2021

Andy Mendelsohn gravitated to radio from an early age. By the time he was in high school in East Northport, he found himself on the school's station and at an internship at WBAB. This brought him into the orbit of Bob Buchmann, Roger Luce and Rockin' Robin, among others. After a stint in college and radio in Connecticut...

Feb 8, 2021

Long Island historian Chris Verga's latest book looks at Nassau and Suffolk counties during some of the most pivotal years of the 20th century: World War II. On today's episode, we talk to Chris about life during that time and the role Long Island played in the war effort. You'll hear about Grumman, Republic, and the...

Jan 24, 2021

Join us for part III of our conversation with board member John Vuolo. We continue our look at the advancement of radio technology up through the 1970s with some detours along the way.