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Long Island Radio & TV Day 2010 April 19, 2010

Posted by Mike C. in Media, Music, News, Personal, Radio, TV, Weather.

Saturday, for the second year in a row, I was on hand at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts for Long Island Radio & TV Day, presented by WCWP and the Long Island Wireless Historical Society.  Last year, I didn’t show up until around 12PM.  This year, I was there from start to finish.  As a result, I saw more speakers, met more people, and took nearly twice as many pictures.

So, let’s take a trip through the day in pictures.

The north entrance:

The lobby:

The exhibits began in the lobby…

…and continued in the Atrium:

I wish I remembered Morse Code.  I typed something into the bugs below…

…but I don’t know what.

Jay Elzweig’s exhibit:


Dawn-Marie Feiler and Angelica Ayroso worked the Telecare table:

I spoke to them a few times; they were very nice.

Connie Currie:

The WCWP exhibit:

Bill Epperhart, 1948-2000:

Kevin Jeffreys, 1949-2008:

Chloe from WBLI:

Bill Tynan speaking with voiceover talents Mike Pollock and Peter Rofé:

There were four lectures in the Patrons Lounge.   The first was “Emergency Communications: The Role of Amateur Radio,” with Jim Mezey of W2KFV:

Next, “Woodstock Radio & Me” with Pete Fornatale, an alumnus of WFUV-FM and WNEW-FM; currently hosting “Mixed Bag” on ‘FUV:

Pete also signed copies of his book, “Back to the Garden: the Story of Woodstock.”  Here, he poses with Bill Sobel:

Rick Mide speaking with Pete:

In the lobby, the South Shore Syncopators recreated a 1930s radio broadcast:

Back in the Lounge, the third lecture: “The Theremin: the history of the first electronic music instrument,” with Kip Rosser:

Kip speaking about the instrument’s inventor, Professor Leon Theremin:

The last lecture was by Professor Herb Norman: “I Love a Mystery: A look back at the great radio mysteries”:

Among the mysteries discussed, and excerpts used, “The Shadow” and “Lights Out”:

Clay Cole, of “The Clay Cole Show,” was also at LIR&TV Day. He signed copies of his bestselling book, “Sh-Boom!: The Explosion of Rock ‘n’ Roll (1953-1968).”  Here he is with Russ “Famous Amos” DiBello and Anita Bonita:

WNYG alum Ron Roberts and Howie Zeidman also spent a few minutes with Clay:

Bill Mozer:

Throughout the day, Glen Cove High School’s GCHS-TV operated a live webcast for the LIR&TVD website:

Except during interviews, an overhead camera focused on the heart of the Atrium:

(Did you notice me above the word “Radio” taking a picture of the monitor?)

Interviews were conducted by Maura “Bernie” Bernard.  The guests were former “American Idol” contestant, and C.W. Post alumnus, Bryce Larsen:

Tracy Burgess and Lisa Ritchie:

Clay Cole:

Roger Luce of WBAB-FM, an alum of WCWP:

Don K. Reed of WCBS-FM:

And Eliot Goshman, yet another WCWP alumnus:

Here, we see engineer Cary Breiner, Bill Mozer, director Howie Zeidman, and NJ Burkett:

NJ speaking with Cary, Mitch Lebe, Bill Diehl of ABC News Radio, and John Von Soosten of Sirius XM:

Bill Dillane poses with Anita Bonita and Famous Amos:

Lisa Ritchie, Keith Allen, Anita Bonita, and Famous Amos:

Bill Sobel poses with Fresh 102.7’s Robin Marshall:

Ted David was next:

WLNY TV 10/55 anchor Michelle Imperato introduces herself to John Bohannon; David Plotkin of 1010 WINS:

John Leisher of WCBS 880, Ted David, Bill Diehl:

WLNY meteorologist David Weiss, Michelle Imperato, camera operator Joe Marcus:

Anita Bonita, Big Tom Lawler of WMTR, Famous Amos, Mike Erickson:

Jim Cutler shoots an interview with Ted David…

…and another with Jamie Mazzo:

I was also interviewed.  I hope I made sense in it.

Michelle’s TV 10/55 co-anchor Richard Rose (center, in front of Ted) was also there:

Jerry Barmash interviewed Bill Mozer for his website, NY Media Examiner:

A tour of WCWP:

Back at Tilles…

We conclude with pictures I appeared in.  We start with fellow radio fan Andrea Wiener:

My fellow WCWP alumna, Jamie Mazzo:

Mitch Lebe:

Roger Luce:

Jim Cutler:

Don K. Reed:

Anita Bonita:

Don “The Record Handler” Tandler:

Keith Allen:

And Robin Marshall:

Thank you to everyone involved.  It was a lot of fun.  See you next year.

NOTE: If I made any mistakes or left information out, let me know in the comments and I’ll update as soon I can.  Thank you very much.

4/20, 12:45 AM UPDATE:

4/22 UPDATE: Jerry Barmash’s recap is up.  I’m in it:

Mike Chimeri is a two-nights a week jazz host at C.W. Post’s WCWP. He is another person who circles the calendar each year for the LIRTD.
“I love it. It’s interesting to learn about the history of radio…and the history of wireless communication,” Chimeri said.
He also enjoyed meeting the amateur radio enthusiasts, along with the professionals from radio and TV.

All of that is true.

12/18 UPDATE: Today, I was saddened to learn of Clay Cole’s sudden passing.  He will be missed.



1. Lawrence Garfinkel - October 28, 2012

Mike– This is a real service.. much of this radio nostalgia disappears too quickly…Enjoyed seeing the radio faces…I also recall your work with me in the Public Speaking Class at Post-
Prof. Lawrence Garfinkel

Mike C. - October 28, 2012

I remember that well. Thank you for the kind words.

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