Rockin In The Cradle Of Liberty!!

The Home Of WFIL Radio, In The 60s & 70s.

Now In Our 23rd Year!

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(Updated March 29, 2022)

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( 1986 TM Century Productions, Dallas, Texas. Used By permission)

"New" Aircheck!

 

Thanks to longtime contributor Bob Arden for sending me an aircheck of Dave Parks, from May 16, 1975. 

This is from 1 hour before the famous Helping Hand Marathon, featuring John Lennon.

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New Pictures! - 1972

Here are a group of photos taken at a WFIL Softball event, held at Max Myers In NE Phila.

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From Left To Right - Dave Parks, Jim O'Brien, Jim O'Brien, Brother Love, Joe Pellegrino, WFIL Mobile Bandstand, Full WFIL Team (Newsman Matt (Glenn) Brenner wearing "Gross" shirt on far right) 

 

The Homepage Cleanup Has Finished!

Many previous photos have been  moved to the "Scrapbook 9", "Memories", And "Surveys" Pages. 

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Also, The George Michael Tribute Page Has Been Updated!

 

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A Brief History,

Rockin In the Cradle Of Liberty, WFIL,Philadelphia, Non-Stop Music, The Pop Explosion, The Helping Hand Marathon. These are just a few examples of what made WFIL, so famous in the late 1960s, and in the 1970s. Hello, I'm Ron Turner, and welcome to my small piece of cyberspace. WFIL was such a large part of my life , that I found it appropriate to dedicate some web space to it. If you grew up in the Delaware Valley Area, I'm sure you remember " Famous 56". Who could ever forget George Michael welcoming us to a Friday night? The morning antics of Dr. Don Rose, and LU-LU Belle? Not to mention, the Unforgettable voice of "Allen Stone, WFIL, News". And of course, Who could ever forget Jim O'Brien.

The "Pop Explosion" was born on September 18,1966. WFIL, was up until then, a "middle of the road" station, playing standards, with a little rock and roll mixed in. But on that fateful morning in September, WFIL began its' journey to become one of the greatest stations in the nation. With a tight format, great personalities, and fantastic jingles, WFIL took over the number 1 spot in Philadelphia radio, a spot formally occupied by WIBG. The list of greats that graced the microphones of WFIL is much to long to list. The ones' listed here, had a lot to do with the success of the station. Unfortunately, sooner or later, all good things must come to an end. In 1977, WFIL changed formats, to reflect what management felt was the needs, and desires of the Philadelphia listening audience. Disco, and FM stereo, were taking over at the time. WFIL switched to an early type of A/C station. This , however, didn't work either. Next, it was time to try a country format. "Philly 56 Country" was born, and lasted for a year. Then came various other formats, until one night, on September 2, 1983. At 6pm, The "Boss was Back"! Famous 56 had been reborn. It seemed like a great idea at the time. The radio market in Philadelphia was boring, to say the least. Why not bring back "Famous 56"? It was a gallant attempt, but just wasn't the same. The glory days of WFIL could not be recreated. Now in 2022, WFIL is now broadcasting a religious format, and is now owned by Salem Communications in Lafayette Hills, Pennsylvania.

Behind The Scenes

In addition to the air talent, there were many folks behind the scenes that helped make WFIL the success that it was. One of the most important was a man by the name of Jerry Donahue. Jerry was Production Director at WFIL for over 30 Years.  It seems that everyone who worked with Jerry over the years has a story or two to tell. All of which end with a warm smile and a fond memory. Even though Jerry is no longer with us, his contribution to the history of WFIL is one that will live on forever.

 

The Boss Chicks At Garden State Park - 1974 

 

 

What Happened To The WFIL Double - Decker Bus??

Then....

1993

This was taken in 1993 by Vince, of WAMS/WRJE. The bus was located in a field on Route 50, in Easton, MD.

What Happened To The "Other Boss Bus"?

Here is a great story sent to me recently by Gary Bowker.....

In 1984 I worked for Borkon Truckarama on Route 73 in Maple Shade N.J. In the back right hand corner was a big red Double Decker bus. As I walked up to the bus I could clearly see the "WFIL" logo  and as I entered I saw a small sign with "boss bus #2  I remember seeing boss bus #1 and #2 and the mustang on the old albums. One day I asked the manager about the bus. Whoever owned it after WFIL, owed Jerry Borkon owner of  Borkon Truckarama some money. He did not have the money and Mr.Borkon took the bus He just put the bus in the back and forgot about it.

                   One day the manager asked me to go out back and cut it up into pieces with the torch. I really did not want to do this. It's a part of Philly history. But I got to do what they tell me to do so I spent 2 days cutting it up into pieces. It was in real bad shape...no glass, the steps were rotted out (found this out the hard way) I wish I took some pics back then. I remember looking into that bus thinking of all the fun people had in it.

 

Pictures From Former WFIL Engineer Terry Sklelton

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From Left To Right....

WFIL Engineers Fred Moore & Terry Skelton

WFIL Opening Day At The Shore

WFIL Opening Day Part 2

WFIL Book Cover

Music Power Bumper Sticker

WFIL Postcard, also photo used on Pop Explosion LP

WFIL Party 45

WFIL Party 45 with Invite

WFIL am Transistor radio

 

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 Site Contributors

A Special "Thank You" to all who have contributed to my site, especially Chuck Gagliardi, Bruce Northwood, Marc Howard, Randy Roberts, John Pizzi, Mel Klawansky, Frank Hogan, Ralph Michaels, Robert Arden, Joe Flaska, Diane (John) Heiler, John Flack, Bruce Rubin, Dave DeCaro, Paul Kovacs, Bob Hickerson, Eddie Coyle, Steve Ross, Roy Akins, Charlie Mills, Gary Hendler, Bill Langill. Ted Winkler, Jake Schwartz, Tony Davis, Les Waas, Bob Hamilton, Bill Cain, Rich Franklin, Carmen Malizia, Tracy Carman, Gene Vassall. Cindy Brumm, Bob Kravitz, Dave Shayer, Joyce (Haverdink)Klawansky, Banana Joe Montione, Joe Gallagher, Jim Macino, Wayne Cabot, Harry Smith, Kevin Fennessy, Roger Hendler, Hank Bashjian, Doug Neatrour, Ken Heffner and Jim Glogowski.

Also, special thanks to Paul Venuto, who spent countless days "breaking" me into the world of computers. If  it wasn't for him, this site would have never been created.

Thanks, Paul!

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