The importance of local talk radio

Doug Drown
Mon Nov 24 13:00:53 EST 2008

Kevin: You are correct; Palmer Payne did news at WOR after leaving WRKO. 
There was another fellow whom I believe also worked at both stations (though 
I may be wrong); his first name was Roger and he had a last name that I 
could never quite catch --- something like "Skivenas."  Ring any bells with 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Vahey" <>
To: "Alan Tolz" <>
Cc: "Doug Drown" <>; "Dan.Strassberg" 
<>; "Boston Radio Group" 
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: The importance of local talk radio

> Boston for some reason was not a great feeder for NY radio. Frank
> Kingston Smith did land at WABC and I am pretty sure Palmer Payne
> worked in NYC as well. Chicago got from Boston JJ Jeffrey, Chuck
> Knapp, Jerry Williams, Paul Benzaquin, Larry Lujack and Roy Leonard to
> name a few.
> Buffalo sent many to Boston including Stan Roberts, Jackson Armstrong
> and Bud Bullou.
> On 11/24/08, Alan Tolz <> wrote:
>> Actually, the pipeline between Hartford and Philadelphia was quite strong 
>> in
>> the 1960's as Jim Nettleton, John Wade, Bill Corsair (on the talk radio
>> side) and others went from WPOP and WDRC to WFIL with regularity.
>> Alan
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Kevin Vahey" <>
>> To: "Doug Drown" <>
>> Cc: "Dan.Strassberg" <>; "Boston Radio Group"
>> <>
>> Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 11:21 AM
>> Subject: Re: The importance of local talk radio
>>> We have talked about this before but before satellite programming took
>>> hold New England had a baseball like farm system for radio.
>>> Bangor, Burlington, Pittsfield were class A
>>> Manchester, Portland, Worcester, Springfield were AA
>>> Providence and Hartford AAA  and then Boston
>>> Of course Boston became a feeder not so much for New York but Chicago.
>>> I remember Springfield having 2 great Top 40 stations WHYN and WTXL.
>>> Worcester WORC and WAAB, Providence WPRO and WICE and Hartford WPOP
>>> and WDRC.
>>> Quite a number of smaller stations also had talk shows and actual
>>> newsrooms. I remember in the late 60's visiting a friend at WNBP and
>>> the lead story was how the fire department rescued a cat from a tree.

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