More Reunion 2003 Photos and more WCOL promotional stuff
and WCOL Misc

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Before the reunion, a group of us toured the old "New WCOL" building, 22 S. Young
Built in the late 1940s, it was designed and acoustically configured to accommodate a large orchestra, radio drama, master control engineers, directors, sound effects. Above right, the window that connected master control to the large studio. It was covered over in the late 1950s when the studio was partitioned into cubicles/offices. On the opposite side is the chief engineer's office. Below, standing above the drop ceiling, you can see what a 1940s version of sound treatment looked like, similar to that used today.

You may remember the promos announcing, "The New WCOL All-American" basketball team. The team went to local high schools and helped them raise money.

In truth, while the team began as a bit of a joke, the geeks like Mike Adams were quickly weeded out and replaced by ringers, actual good players who wanted to win games.

Some staffers did survive - Johnny Hill, for one. Pictured left to right, WCOL Program Director Steve Joos, DJ Bob Harrington (who gave us the photo) and Bill Joos.

Tilford C. "Tip" Carpenter, age 81, died Sunday, January 25, 2004. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Marine Corp. He was involved early in his life with the Boy Scouts of America, to the extent that the night of his wedding he and Margaret went to a Scoutorama. He was highly involved with the American Youth Hostels. Tip” was responsible for developing the Emergency Communication Network in Ohio. He was an avid Bible scholar and active in his church, The Shepherd Church of the Nazarene. He loved camping and traveling. Tip” loved to fish, mountain climb, canoe, kayak and white water rafting. He wrote and taught a course on River and Dam Rescue. Mr. Carpenter was highly involved in the Ohio Waterways Safety Commission. He enjoyed listening to the local newscasts. He was employed at radio station WCOL for 37 years as Chief Engineer. He enjoyed opera and classical music. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret Carpenter; son, Mitchell P. (Sandy) Carpenter; daughter, Kathy (Calvin) Mallarnee; grandchildren, Mary, Mitch T., Wendy, Ryan, Dana and Robin; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Martha Salyer; brother, George (Christie) Carpenter; numerous nieces and nephews and a large loving extended family.

Webmaster Mike thinks you might like to know more about the First Radio Broadcaster. Here is a PSA:

Broadcasting's Forgotten Father: The Charles Herrold Story

Mike's 1996 PBS documentary is now available on DVD for the low price of $10.00 (plus a tiny amount for postage). All profit realized from the sale will benefit students in Chair Mike's Department of TV-Radio-Film-Theatre at San Jose State University, one of the sponsors of the Herrold show.

The show is 55 minutes, close-caption. E-mail Producer Mike Adams for ordering information. Phone him at 408-924-4545. You could send a check for 11 dollars to his mailing address.

It's All About Radio

Gary Anderson's 1970
WCOL Snapshot

Here is a unique look at WCOL in 1970, from DJ Gary Anderson. Gary scanned these snapshots of the three broadcast areas: AM, FM and News. Thank you Gary.

If you have photos, contact me, Mike Adams.

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