Both of my parents worked there at the beginning. They were Walter & Joan Johnson. My memories include playing in the swamp, being the "real" Child voice in many commercials, I even did a few stints on Hotline when the issue of the day had any sort of "children" twist. I remember Peter Brooks, Bob Fitzsimmons, Dick Warden and of course Al Spiro. I remember the Fire, my Dad did not shave the entire rebuilding time, wierd when you figure it was radio! As an engineer my Dad did a lot of remotes... I remember hauling loads of equipment to charity events and Sunrise Easter Services so that they could be broadcast live.
Walter passed away in 1989 (we miss him). Joan is 78 living with me in a small Arizona mountain community.
The years I spent at WRKL were formative and I learned so much. I have often played my commenrative LP.. The Impossible Dream. I also have always remembered some of those lessons learned from Al and so many of those pioneers.
Do whats right ...not popular.
Work hard for your dream.
Stand up for the rights you were given in this country (not sit and applaud!)
Fun to see this site.
I was a teenager then, and writing stations for QSL cards. Noticed, at my northern NJ home that there was something on 910 that wasn't there before! Rode my bicycle up to Pamona to see the place. Wow! the trailer (actually two of them melded together). They must have done a great PR job because i saw those long bumper stickers for WRKL all over Rockland County. They were white and day-glo orange (NOT black and orange), with the county shape on the left and big bold WRKL letters at least half inch thick in the center and 910 on the right. At bottom, small letters saying "Rockland's Own Station". This was their first sticker they made. I may still have one of those stickers somewhere. I remember a Readers Digest article about the station after the fire... it said that according to ratings; of all people who listened to Rockland county radio (that's only 2 stations then), WRKL had 92% of the audience and WRRC-1300 had 8%. WRRC sounded real good (jingles were always better than WMCA's, and some of them rivaled WABC's!!) in 1967 as a top-40 station(survey year), but apparently young people preferred NYC top-40 stations. - This was a time when news and local talk, community affairs really paid off, on local radio.
--- Bob Bittner (owner of WJIB (1991- ) & WJTO (1997- )