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February 17 2006 at 18:56:05
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: I have read through that set of books several times. There is a set available at the Central Library and the Schusterman-Benson Library. Haven't been to Steve's Sundries in some time, but I would be willing to agree that they are there. Good set of books to have on the shelf, that's for sure.

February 17 2006 at 18:35:10
Name: Jeff H
Location: Hills of south Tulsa
Comments: Erick, I think you are thinking of Mondo's, which was located in a strip center on the south side of 61st street between Peoria and Riverside Drive.

The first location of the Italian Inn was at 1604 S. Main. There's a picture of the restaurant in the book TULSA TIMES "COMING OF AGE". This is a three-book set produced by the Tulsa World.

If you enjoy Tulsa history you would really like this set. I think Steves Sundries still sells them.

There are also pictures of Bishop's and the Louisiane's original location on 18th and Boston.

Bishop's menu
Bishop's Restaurant menu

I just discovered that Peace of Mind Bookstore has a detailed site and this book is in stock.

February 17 2006 at 17:58:21
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Color me confused. The talk of the Italian Inn first began when someone mentioned an Italian restaurant west of Peoria on 61st. Was this the Italian Inn? I know people are now saying it was at London Square, which is at 61st and Lewis. I'm trying to think of where an eatery could be located on 61st west of Peoria, and I can't see it.

So, if I understand it, the Italian Inn was originally at a house on 15th, but later located to London Square at 61st and Lewis, correct?

I could use a glass of chianti after all of that.

February 17 2006 at 16:23:48
Name: Mike Miller
Email: michaelmmiller@hotmail.com
Location: NW of Houston
Comments: The Italian Inn moved to London Square from a location (an old house) south of 15th Street on Main, as I recall.

The cheese dip was too terrific!

February 17 2006 at 15:46:53
Name: Jeff H
Location: Cartoon Hut at Sipes
Comments: Not to beat a noodle to death; I remember Italian Inn in London Square but was it in another location? I recall going there in the late sixties and into the seventies, having a nice dinner and walking down the sidewalk to the Bull N Bear and drinking some cold beer.

Those were the days a night of fun for less than twenty bucks.

February 17 2006 at 15:22:16
Name: Scott Linder
Location: Hollywood-land
Comments: Yes, I remember the cheese dip at the Italian Inn. Thanks to Jeff for the recipe.

The menu was pretty extensive, and the prices were reasonable. Yes, it was a good "date-on-the-cheap" place for those of us who were struggling with finances at the time. I would often stop-by for dinner about 8:00 on my way to the Rubiot on weekends.

Speaking of dates and the Rubiot, did anyone else make use of those dark, narrow roads east of Peoria on the way to or back from the club? I seem to recall several jazz-and-booze-inspired times of passion in my '55 Chevy on those dark wooded roads. I even remember my partners and fellow "jazz-lovers", but I shall withhold their names in case they might be visitors to this website or may be seeking child-support after all these years...

February 17 2006 at 13:35:15
Name: Webmaster
Comments: The Tulsa World Spot section today noted that the Tulsa Overground Film and Music Festival is coming Sept 8-10.

Flip in the souvenir shop One of the promo images in the Spot is from Flash-powered web toon "The Phantasmagoria" by TTM reader Kirk Demarais. He sent the White Lightnin' sticker seen on TTM and borrowed the Zingo.

Also, don't miss "Uncle Laff's Legacy", about the 7' "U-Control Monster", orderable from the back of a comic book. Kirk has also made a live action DVD of this one, and it's excellent. Watch the toon at Kirk's Secret Fun Spot.

February 17 2006 at 12:12:19
Name: Jeff H
Location: Jitney Jungle
Comments: John Hillis you are right, it was the cheese dip at the Italian Inn as well as getting a pretty good meal for a reasonable price. It was also a good place to impress a date, it had to be all that lattice and plastic grapes.

Back to the cheese dip...easy recipe: cream cheese, catalina dressing, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

Johnny Martin interviewed by Channel 6 with lattice and plastic grapes in the background, probably at the Italian Inn.

Johnny Martin, courtesy of John Hillis

February 17 2006 at 11:02:21
Name: Joe C
Email: JoeTul At Cox dot yada yada
Location: Riverside Airport Drag Strip
Comments: Speaking of a train at Admiral Twin got me to thinking. There was a miniature train at the Ramada Inn on I-44 in the 60s.

I ran across a guy a couple of years ago who traveled around and bought abandoned "park trains" from the 50s and 60s. He had a couple of real steam trains that ran in parks. One was built in early 1900s.

February 17 2006 at 08:45:04
Name: Gary Thompson
Email: gary@kxoj.com
Location: 55th floor
Comments: I lived in Iola, Kansas for a time in my youth. You had to go through Gas, Kansas to get to Iola.

Our motto was "To Get To Iola...You've got to pass Gas."

February 16 2006 at 22:44:20
Name: John Hillis
Location: Burning the Midnight, Earl

The Italian Inn was one of the places Johnny Martin did live spots for. Food was pretty good, his descriptions sotto voce were better. Was it the cheese spread that was the draw there? It's only been about three decades, I'm entitled to lose a few neurons, but I think that's what Martin hawked.

At one time, some of my relatives lived in Gas, Kan. (The old abbreviation is the best in this instance.) Some may still, for all I know. If I recollect correctly--and I may well not--it seems those in the know in Allen County referred to is as "Gas City." I could be wrong about that, but I'm rock-solid sure there were two very good drug store soda fountains in Iola circa 1957, that allowed a young'un respite from great-uncle Milford and Aunt Ethel.

Milf was a printer and publisher, and I may have gotten a little ink in the veins from him. He didn't need a Nielsen rating to tell him whether folks were reading the paper--he got vast amounts of market feedback between the shop and lunch at the Brown Hotel.

February 16 2006 at 08:50:37
Name: Joe
Location: from inside the padded booth
Comments: In today's Tulsa World obituaries (2/16), it is reported that the widow of Lewis Meyer, Mrs. Natasha Meyer has passed away.

February 16 2006 at 08:05:21
Name: Lloyd Wallisch
Email: lloyd.wallisch@sbcglobal.net
Location: Bunker under the Rose Bowl
Comments: I'm not sure which of the Ms. LeMoines posted about B. Echohawk, but certainly right on. I recall his talks also.

One of the great things about elementary school at Tulsa Public Schools in the 60s was the trips to Philbrook. Seeing art that one had only seen until then in books, and you could walk right up to them and examine brushwork, etc. Made me an addict to art ever since, and my life has been richer for it.

And how about trips to The Old Lady on Brady to hear Tulsa Philharmonic, directed by the great Franco Autori. I was an apprentice geek even then, and listened to Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on KVOO, and to hear Puccini in the real ... Heaven.

They don't make life like they used to.

February 15 2006 at 16:19:32
Name: Steve Bagsby
Location: The Helter Skelter Shelter
Comments: Paul Harvey Replaced? Say it isn't so!! Science may provide an answer. Take all his audio tapes, a really big computer, and a lot of programming and voodoo. Perhaps a "Max Headroom" version of Paul Could be created. G-G-G-G-GOOD DAY!

February 15 2006 at 11:48:47
Name: Stephen D. Pingrey
Email: pingrey@sbcglobal.net
Location: Tulsa,Okla.
Comments: Finding this site has really been a mind trip. Skyline Park, I remember well, used to dive for quarters there in the lake on Saturdays.

I grew up just NW of the Admiral Twin drive-in, anyone remember the swings and train that ran just in-front of the screen?

I helped build Zingo at Bell's Amusement Park. And remember the Trojan chain fights in Woodward Park, when trash cans were worn over our heads for protection?

Graduated from Will Rogers High School in 1968. Great site, I hope it stays forever. Again, thanks for the trip down memory {what's left of it} lane. The 60s were a time past, but full of memories.

February 15 2006 at 06:51:45
Name: Sonny Hollingshead
Location: Sand Springs
Comments: In reference to the Italian eatery just west of 61st and Peoria....could that have been Mondo's?

February 14 2006 at 18:51:11
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: All of this talk of Gas made me open a Window...on my computer...to search for info on this uniquely named town.

All I could really locate was Gas' entry on Wikipedia. There is no mention of the pollution rate in Gas.

February 14 2006 at 17:48:41
Name: Richard
Email: canaaratcharterdotnet
Location: Making Deliveries to the Beacon Bldg.
Comments: While attending college in Wichita, I frequently broke the boredom of traveling the the Cimarron Tpk to I-35 and back when visiting my parents in Tulsa by driving by the seat of my pants in a roughly northwesterly (or southeasterly) direction toward my intended destination.

On one of these excursions, I stifled the urge to pass Gas and stopped just in time to pull of the road at a Historical Marker. It seems that a(n) helium well was discovered in the general vicinity of Gas, KS. I found this rather more prosaic than some connection to Phillips 66 (although on second thought, the geographical proximity of Gas to Bartlesville might make that a possibility as well).

February 14 2006 at 17:15:48
Name: Gary ChewGary Chew
Location: Sacramento
Comments: If the new morning man at KRMG is named Joe Kelley, that's the second Joe Kelly in early morning Tulsa AM radio.

Joe Henderson, who was the PD at KELi, called himself Joe Kelly. He was on from 6 to 9 am. That was in the early 60s, as I remember. KELi was at its transmitter site: 56th Street North and Lewis. Lovely Turley.

That's when I was doing my impersonation of Jack Webb, and called myself Pete Kelly. (after the Jack Webb movie, "Pete Kelly's Blues") Management didn't like Gary Kelly. Only time I used an alias on air.

February 14 2006 at 14:30:19
Name: Ms. LeMoine
Location: Magicians Theatre Parking Lot
Comments: I am sad to hear that Brummett Echohawk has ended this part of his journey, but happy for the many years of incredible work that he bestowed upon us.

I first started appreciating his work when I was a young girl and an avid reader of Western Horseman. When our 5th (or 6th?) grade art class got to take a field trip to Philbrook to see him in person, it was a huge thrill for me! He gave a wonderful talk, even to a bunch of elementary kids! I'll never forget that day, and I'll never forget Brummett Echohawk.

February 14 2006 at 14:17:35
Name: roy lee
Email: beerdrunk@msn.com
Location: Thelma's
Comments: The burger place next to Thelma's is Bill's Jumbo Burgers. Yes it's still there and still great. Thelma's ain't a bad little bar and last time I was there it was amazingly clean. kind of weird. I still share the joke with my pal, Tom Perry from when we were drinking in there one afternoon back in the 80s. An old man was playing the cherry master machine and every time he played, he growled loudly "c@%*!#%&er!" So now every time we go to a casino I have to say that at least once...

February 14 2006 at 13:47:33
Name: Don Norton
Email: donaldhnorton@hotmail.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: The speculation continues that Paul Harvey may be replaced by actor and former Republican U. S. Senator Fred Thompson. The New York Post had an article yesterday, referred to by KRMG's new morning man, Joe Kelley. And Google has several "leads" to this story. Of course, Harvey "ain't gonna be pushed"--but he IS in his eighties. We should all be in such good shape. And it's said ABC talked with Thompson late last year about the job.

February 14 2006 at 12:30:32
Name: Rodney Echohawk
Email: olympics54@olp.net
Location: Sand Springs
Comments: I just wanted to let fans of Tulsa TV Memories know my uncle Brummett Echohawk died Monday. A well known artist and writer, historian and veteran of World War II, he may also be remembered for his work on the kids' show "Big Bill and Oom-A-Gog". He also cartooned for the Tulsa World, doing a strip called "Little Chief".

He always enjoyed show business, telling us about working as a boy with Pawnee Bill at his Old Town in Pawnee. His art and articles appeared in Oklahoma Today and Western Horseman magazines, among many others. He was a force in the American Indian Theater company. As an actor he had roles in many TV shows and films, such as "Oklahoma Passage". He was always proud of helping preserve the traditions of his people.

February 14 2006 at 08:50:26
Name: Dana LeMoine
Email: d4wdw@valornet.com
Location: Village Theatre
Comments: John Young asked, "...what is the name of that little dive next to "Thelma's Bar" behind the I-244 & Utica McDonald's?"

I believe you're describing "Bill's". I think it's still going strong.

February 14 2006 at 07:52:49
Name: David Bagsby
Email: dcbatsunflower.com
Location: Lawrence KS-a lighter gas town (Ethyl)
Comments: There was the Italian Inn at around 58th and Lewis but I don't know if it was a transplant.

Here is a liquor-by-the-drink card for the Chianti Club, part of the Italian Inn, in its day a favorite of the late Jim Back and his wife-to-be.

February 14 2006 at 07:10:02
Name: Jerry T
Email: drjerry54-nospam@yahoo.com
Location: ozone
Comments: What a great site! Does anyone remember the name of the Italian restaurant just west of 61st and Peoria. It used to be packed on the weekends, and I think the family moved it to 58th and Lewis for a while. My memory is fading!

February 14 2006 at 00:51:14
Name: John Young
Email: johnk662561atyahoodotcom
Location: At Jones Airport...
Comments: ...looking to rent a crop duster to fly over the aforementioned town of Gas, Kansas and see if spraying some Mylanta might help the good folks! I have to say, if they had one, this would certainly give the building name of "Beno Hall" a whole new meaning!

Seriously, about the subject of hamburgers...what is the name of that little dive next to "Thelma's Bar" behind the I-244 & Utica McDonalds? I went there once about 10 years ago and had what was probably THE best cheeseburger I've ever put betwixt my lips!

February 13 2006 at 21:18:07
Name: Lloyd
Email: lloyd.wallisch@sbcglobal.net
Location: bunker under the Rose Bowl
Comments: All this burger/dog stuff got me going.

When the Webmaster (all hail) and I were but young sprouts, Mr. Swiss out by ECHS was all the rage. Great shakes (the memory Randomizer has set in: How about Shake-a-go-go on E. 11th, if I'm not too senile and recall correctly).

Is TTVM da bomb or what?

Today, more of a stink bomb.

February 13 2006 at 20:54:28
Name: DolfanBob
Email: MiamiPhin@yahoo.com
Location: Broken Arrow
Comments: I was watching News on 6 one morning a few weeks ago and there were 3 or 4 people from Tulsa that produced the new hit movie "Hoodwinked". Does anybody know their Tulsa ties? I only caught the end of the interview. Thanks.

This VFXWorld article tells some of their Tulsa story.

February 13 2006 at 17:46:02
Name: Erick
Email: ericktul@yahoo.com
Location: Tulsa
Comments: Sounds to me like there may be great places to find hamburgers and chili in Gas, Kansas.


I am actually writing to inquire about some Tulsa radio history. When did KMOD-FM first hit the airwaves? I've tried scouring the internet, and I believe it may have originated as KTUL-FM on 97.1 in the late forties, but I can't find more information.

Any thoughts?

Former Tulsa mayor Terry Young worked at KOCW in 1967. It became (oleaginous announcer here) "K-MOD, sounds for groovy grownups" around 1968-9.

KOCW was at 97.5 at least as far back as 1961 (look at the bottom of this Tulsa TV schedule.

February 13 2006 at 16:35:43
Name: Gary ChewGary Chew
Location: Flatulence, KS
Comments: As a native-born Kansan, I wish to express my displeasure with the pejorative remarks being made on this web site about the Kansas village known as Gas.

It looks to me that there is a conspiracy afoot to poke fun at the Wheat State from somewhere inside the Sooner State.

The answer is breaking in the wind.

This new topic may rival hamburgers and chili.

February 13 2006 at 13:25:29
Name: Dana LeMoine
Email: d4wdw@valornet.com
Location: Rebel Jeans
Comments: In the immortal words of Mick Jagger, the aforementioned drive-in is a "GAS! GAS! GAS!"

February 13 2006 at 09:05:49
Name: denmac
Email: denmac@gbronline.com
Location: 29th & Winston
Comments: Just to the east of Iola on highway 54 is the town of Gas, Kan. You can't drive westward into Iola without passing Gas.

Instead of passing Gas, stop at the 54 Drive-In Theatre, but keep the windows rolled down.

February 13 2006 at 08:12:02
Name: Jim Ruddle
Email: jruddle@earthlink.net
Location: Rye, NY
Comments: I had no idea that Martin Gardner had an Oklahoma connection, but he's another unsung hero the state should honor with a monument.

His columns were the absolute antidote to much of the brainless material that infests ordinary publishing. I can't think of anyone else who so consistently made sense.

Although written in 1957, his book Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science is still in print and should be on everyone's required reading list--particularly for every journalist. When you read about the Mexican clinic that was "treating" Coretta Scott King at the time of her death, you realize that his voice is still needed.

As for John Hillis and Wolf Brand Chili: I was never able to go for that. I think it was because I had to pass the Vigo dog food plant nearly every day when I was a youth.

February 12 2006 at 13:34:01
Name: Scott Linder
Location: Hollywood-land
Comments: OK, it's Sunday around noon here in sunny L.A. and I have decided to treat myself to a few "mock" Coney Islander dogs. Here's my quick/fake recipe:

Do a few Nathan's Famous dogs on a well-seasoned flat cast-iron grill or in a heavy cast-iron skillet over medium heat.

Place a can of Skyline Chili (available on-line) in a small sauce-pan and heat...do not boil.

Meanwhile, finely chop a medium white onion.

When the dogs are heated-through and glistening, lightly steam the appropriate amount of fresh white-bread buns in a steamer-basket or metal colander over a small amount of boiling water in a large sauce-pan or pot with the lid on...this takes only a few moments.

Have French's prepared yellow mustard standing-by at room temperature.

When all ingredients are ready, assemble as follows:

Place a dog in the steaming-hot bun, apply the mustard to the dog and on each side next to the bun, add a layer of chili just covering the dog, then add the onions with a fork, pressing them into the chili.

A sprinkling of fresh-ground pepper and a dusting of cayenne are recommended. If you must, a topping of cheese is OK...but use ONLY thin pre-shredded cheddar to maintain the proper taste.

OK, I'm gonna have lunch now......

Coney Island grill, courtesy of Mike Bruchas

Tulsa's Coney Island, courtesy of Mike Bruchas

February 11 2006 at 21:49:08
Name: John Hillis  (via Channel E to webmaster)
Location: (undisclosed)
Comments: Is it just me, or does the "Sign Guestbook" page not have a button to, well, sign the guestbook?


Just catching up here...I don't have a chance to view guestbooks as often as I'd like, but a snowy evening (and figger skating on the NBC) is a good excuse to curl up with a big, thick, steamin' bowl of Wolf Brand Chili (actually my own brew, mostly cow but the odd wolf now and den) and the old laptop.

In reference to a previous query, I can't say as my mother ever mentioned where KGG-and-F was on the dial when she worked there in the late 30's. I think the move to the mighty 690 had taken place by that time, but Mom, rest her soul, had to have help to tune a radio. Just one of those non-technical sorts. This is also funny because later she worked for the Atomic Energy Commission--as she said, she just had to type it, not understand it.

On the subject of U.N.C.L.E., I can stir the pot with one more conspiracy theory: that the Iowa Scuba Affair was actually the IOLA Scuba Affair, a tribute to Dean Hargrove's home town in Kansas. Misplaced consonants being what they are, the "L" was relocated to the Hollywood sign, as a precursor to the witness protection program. (Iola was also a 1976 Bob and Ray radio bit, where they pitched the Allen County seat as "The Bicentennial City." One of the selling points in the B&R pitch, as I recall was Iola's proximity to Yates Center.) Alternative reality theory--U.N.C.L.E. HQ was somehow connected to Bob Cummings's motel empire in Joplin.

What was in that chili? I gotta find the Old Ranger.....or Schultzie...

"No button" is a high security, low intelligence "feature". We're back to the numbers and letters code WITH button.

I found at the History of American Broadcasting site that the original KGGF frequency was 1010 Kc.

Your provocative report has been filed, Agent Hillis. Continue consumption of the Howlywood chili.

February 11 2006 at 02:26:46
Name: Webmaster
Comments: Fun Tulsa facts from the Wikipedia:

Did you know that Tulsa launched Dr. Phil's career? Well, indirectly:

"McGraw won a football scholarship and played as a linebacker for the University of Tulsa, but when he was injured he quit and transferred to Midwestern State University. He graduated with a B.A. in psychology in 1975, and went on to get his PhD. from the University of North Texas in 1979."

Also, Martin Gardner, long-time "Mathematical Games" columnist in Scientific American, was born in Tulsa, was a reporter for the Tulsa Tribune pre-WWII, and now lives in Norman. Here is a 2005 interview in PDF format (I noticed that one of my OU math professors was present during it.)

(P.s., I was able to get rid of the number/letter code required for Guestbook posting, so it will be a little easier.)

February 10 2006 at 22:06:04
Name: Connie Kritzberg
Email: skritzbe[AT]fullnet[DOT]net
Comments: I am a former print reporter (first a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, and worked the Kennedy assassination.) I am trying to find my 70s Forest Park OK (inside OKC) neighbor and friend, Marjorie Swanson, wife of Dean, mentioned as "Dean's eyes" in your newsletter. The FP PD Chief said a friend of theirs came through and said they now live in Florida. I have traced everywhere, mainly for Marj, who was a photographer. They moved from OK to North or South Carolina. I lived--we lost track. One "phone hit" said others were hunting him.

I simply want to see if Marj would like to take up an email, phone or letter friendship. I am writing a book "based on reality" (Forest Park) where the Monks ran the fire department in the 70s. We shared stories. It was a blast!

Thank you for any help you can give.

In response to the webmaster's flippant query as to whether she referred to the John Monks family:

(P.s., No, they were real monks who painted icons, raised llamas for pets and baked bread to sustain them. I heard that eventually they got enough attention with their "Brother John" bread that a con artist(s) bought them out at a fraudulently low figure. They finally had to move "back north" with all their belongings in and on an ancient truck or car.)

February 10 2006 at 16:35:11
Name: Webmaster
Comments: I watched a very funny new independent movie from Netflix the other night, "Never Been Thawed". The movie's official website contains fake web sites for three organizations around which the story revolves.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the bogus "Mesa Frozen Entrees Enthusiasts Club" site (the poor design is integral to the plot) contains an image I scanned for TTM years ago: a Swanson TV dinner (I then thawed it and ate it.) This scan has really gotten around; Boing Boing also used it last year at the passing of the inventor of the TV dinner.

NBT is a "mockumentary", somewhat in the vein of "Best of Show" or "A Mighty Wind", but guaranteed, this iconoclastic movie will offend some. So check out the web site first and don't shoot the messenger.

The movie's star/writer/director Sean Anders emailed me:

"Needless to say, finding art for the old entrees wasn't easy. Much of it we created ourselves. We tried to get a hold of Swanson but that turned out to be harder than getting a hold of the president."

February 10 2006 at 12:30:20
Name: Dana LeMoine
Email: d4wdw@valornet.com
Location: TV Land
Comments: After watching an "I Love Lucy" episode today, I became curious of Vivian Vance's background. While searching this website, I discovered she had a Tulsa connection. Here's an excerpt from her biography on the site.

"At the tender age of eighteen, Vivian Jones left her home in Independence [Kansas] for Tulsa, Oklahoma and became Vivian Vance. In Tulsa she performed at amusement parks and speakeasies before moving to New York in the late twenties."

I found this to be very interesting.

It sure is. Then she must have performed at Crystal City Amusement Park in west Tulsa, home of the first Zingo.

February 09 2006 at 17:03:45
Name: Jennifer Wood
Email: jwood@infinitysac.com
Location: Sacramento, CA
Comments: I stumbled across this site today because I was looking for information on Ed Hopkins. He hired me on this day in 1981 to work the overnight shift at KWEN, Tulsa. At the time, it was considered a rock station. Six months later the format changed to Country, and I was the only jock that the new company kept.

Anyhoo, Ed hired me 25 years ago today. I am still gainfully employed, now with CBS in Sacramento, and wanted to thank him. I have been with this company, here and at our sister station KMPS in Seattle, for almost 18 years.

Yes...there must be something WRONG with me to be so steadily employed...but, I love this job. I just wanted Ed to know that he made the right decision.

This is a fun site! Too bad the KELi spaceship is gone. Bummer...

February 08 2006 at 16:45:10
Name: Frank Morrow
Email: frankmorrow12@yahoo.com
Location: Austin
Comments: What were the call letters of the Bartlesville mom-'n-pop radio station where lots of announcers got their start? I think they paid either 50 or 75 cents an hour.

A friend told me that he once fell asleep on mike while reading the noontime stock report.

Probably KWON.

February 08 2006 at 14:36:05
Name: Mike Bruchas
Location: suburban Dee Cee
Comments: Clear Channel Outdoor here may get a contract to run 1500 Metro Bus shelters with improved seating, more ads, maybe smart lighting (solar?) and maybe canned audio. DC's Metro might get $20,000,000 for 10-20 years as payment. But drunk drivers hit 10 shelters EVERY week and replacement has been costly. Nothing like standing in 20 degree weather on a slab that used to be a bus stop!

Re Mr. Norton and radio wackiness: here, the first Wednesday in January at noon, Bonneville axed their pop station, moved 60-year-old commercial classical WGMS to another frequency, shut down their Fed News Radio AM, moved flagship WTOP to WGMS' slot (engineers say was best frequency in market) and dual-illuminated WTOP on another FM frequency other than their low-power FM repeater located out by Bro. Hillis. Whew - add to this WTOP on AM and FM in Frederick, MD and announcing in March that one of the WTOP dual FM's and their D.C. AM will become "Washington Post Radio" - run with the Post to do an NPR-like longer form news service - more talk with Post reporters and 3 of the stations will have new call letters like WTWP AM & FM.

By the way, the staff at the pop station were all axed and the frequency changes midday caused a lot of car radio button reprogramming. WTOP-FM is the #1 rated station in DC and WGMS is like #8 - so initially a lot of listeners were cornfused! But the "WTOP radio network" covers the town on about 6 frequencies! Better than canned satellite stuff fed in from outta town!

February 08 2006 at 10:27:04
Name: Webmaster
Comments: Archived Guestbook 204...

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