July 20, 2011:

I bought a scanner the other day and took a look at the suitcase full of old ephemera ... and thought that if ever there was a time for digital preservation, this is that time.

Then, I bought a contraption that makes all the cassette tapes in my closet into modern-day MP3s.

So, I've been archiving away.

Newer posts keep getting added so keep a keen eye.  I don't have a system for keeping a "just added" list ... although unexplored links probably look different on your browser.

Sorry.  EVERYTHING is enormous.  If you think you might be interested, it is probably worth the wait to download.

One of these days I'll optimize.

Also, if anyone knows how to process these so we all don't sound like we're space aliens, let me know.  At first, I thought they needed to simply be slowed down a smidge, but I'm not sure that is the issue.

And, if, while you are listening to anything you think you can narrow down a date or embellish a description, drop me a line.

And, if you have anything to add, let me know.

Finally, if you come across an error, let me know.

   - Gregg

Drop a note:  gregg @ crnwest . com  ...  it'll be fun to know who's been visiting.

Newer added stuff is highlighted in yellow ...

First Thing Posted:

I scanned and scanned and scanned, on so on, until I had a file that came in as a 200MB PDF.  Even I wasn't interested enough to download that, so I tweaked it down the a 35MB PDF ... it's still enormous !!!  (Sorry)

Here's the ZIP FILE of the actual scanned JPGs in case you'd ever want an individual image.

Of course, [LEFT-CLICK] to see the whole thing or, if you think you'd want to keep a copy in your archives, [LEFT-CLICK] will probably save it to a directory you choose on your own compooter.

 

July 22, 2011:

A new, different, SECOND FILE of mostly photographs.

This is only a 4MB PDF ... mostly from Jimmy Fund, MFM and misc.

 ... Here's the ZIP FILE of the JPG's.

 

July 31, 2011:

More misc. smaller pictures and things ... mostly around the station. 

2MB PDF

 

Your Editor, Gregg

From Your Editor ...

I told myself at first that this was just a clerical exercise ... I got the document scanner and figured this would just be a matter of scanning things to save on space. 

Then, I got the doo-dad that takes cassette tapes and makes them into MP3 digital files ... the idea was the same, I told myself I'd just run the tapes while I was doing other things, make the files, archive them and maybe listen to them someday on a long road trip or something.

Truth is, it was like the clichéd "train wreck" ... I had to look, or in this case, I couldn't take my ears off the tapes as they were dubbing.

We were doing some pretty darn good radio back in those pre-Internet daze !!!

It was fun to remember back to the promotions at the malls, to the fun times at The Pub, to the radio-thons, to the oldies shows ... and, more importantly to the people ... many are still friends to this day.

I have to admit, that sending the link for this page out and hearing from old friends I haven't heard from in a while is making this even more fun and rewarding.  As the days go by I hope that that list will grow too.

My favorites are the radio-thons ... they seem like only yesterday, but they were A LONG TIME AGO and were superb programs ... and, the commercials from Dave for the Hideout and The Mountain Farms Mall.

Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, Tom Hennessey, Jack Dennison, Dick Christiansen, BoMo (Bob Martin # 1) and some other friends we won't forget.  Businesses that were part of our lives.

If you have found yourself on this page, these were probably your memories too.  I hope you enjoy the visit and I do hope you check in with an email ... especially if I haven't heard from you in a while.  It would be good to hear what you are up to these days.

I am enjoying Northampton and although I'm not as busy as I'd like, I am gratified to be working enough to get by.  HERE is a link to a lot of what I've been doing post-the-old-days.

 

Not WHMP ...

WMAS, BINGO

PDF LINK

 

August 16, 2011:

The White Eagle Music Hour   

 ... from Mountain Farms Mall.  

19MB MP3 LINK

 

August 21, 2011:

"LISTEN TO NORTHAMPTON"

A "1400 WHMP" Jingle.  I didn't time it.  Maybe 45 seconds.

MP3 LINK

 

PETE KULES, NED MARTIN

 ... January 2, 1981 Sports Show

11MB MP3 LINK (PART A)    13MB MP3 LINK (PART B)

 

   
R.I.P.  ALL NEW ... send me anything you can add to this ???

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Daily Hampshire Gazette

Lorraine Aurore (Lariviere) Mathieu

(1922-2012)

EASTHAMPTON- Lorraine Aurore (Lariviere) Mathieu, 89, of Easthampton, passed away peacefully on Aug. 18, 2012, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born Dec. 7, 1922, in Southbridge, the daughter of the late Alfred E. and Aurore (Belmore) Lariviere. She has made Easthampton her home since 1952.

Lorraine was a communicant of the Our Lady of The Valley Church and the former Notre Dame Church. She graduated from Mary Wells High School in Southbridge and attended Holyoke Community College. She was a member of the Woman's Club and Mothers Club in Easthampton for many years. Mrs. Mathieu worked for 14 years as a copywriter at radio station WHMP in Northampton, retiring in 1982.

She leaves her husband of 68 years, Henry A Mathieu, Sr.; a daughter, MaryAnn Kohl and her husband Gary of Portsmouth, R.I.; a son, Henry Mathieu, Jr. and his wife Susan Moran of Hadley; a brother, Robert Lariviere of Westfield, N.J.; 11 grandchildren, Cam, Greg and Olivia Mathieu of Hadley, Matthieu Kohl, Julia Kohl, and Bethany Chambers of Utah, Ian Kohl of New Mexico, Jared and Spencer Kohl of Virginia, Gordon Kohl of Vermont, and Adam Kohl of Alaska; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Her brother Alfred Lariviere predeceased her.

Her funeral will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from the Boucher-O'Brien Funeral Home, 7 Pleasant St., Easthampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at the Our Lady of The Valley Church, 33 Adams St., Easthampton, with burial in St. Brigids Cemetery.

Calling hours are Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral. Donations may be made in her memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to www.gazettenet.com/obituaries.

 

Peter Kules

Broadcaster, HRRN co-founder Pete Kules dies at 76

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 5:05 PM

Horse Racing Radio Network co-founder and noted broadcaster Pete Kules died on Saturday in Lexington. He was 76.

Kules founded HRRN with Mike Penna in 2005 after a multifaceted career in the horse racing industry.

“The horse racing world has lost a great ambassador,” Penna said. “Pete was a great friend who gave me my start in radio. He loved the sport of Thoroughbred racing and will be missed by all of us at HRRN.”

Kules embarked on his career in the industry in 1943 as a hotwalker in Massachusetts. He later became a groom, veterinary assistant, and assistant starter because becoming a track announcer, track handicapper, and seminar host at track such as Churchill Downs, Saratoga Race Course, Thistledown, and Finger Lakes.

Kules also served as a publisher and sports writer during his career.

Stanley M. Miastkowski

July 26, 1951 - November 03, 2009

Self-Employed Writer/Computer Journalist SAR volunteer…

Stanley Michael Miastkowski, 58, of Peterborough, NH, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009.

Son of the late Stanley J. and Helen (Kulas) Miastkowski, Stan was born in Hadley, MA on July 26, 1951. He graduated from Hopkins Academy in Hadley and later attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His first job was working on the family farm, followed by work for Tripod Camera Shops and Caldor in Northampton, the beginning of a lifelong passion for technology of all kinds. For 14 years, he was a radio announcer, news reporter, and disc jockey at WHMP, the ABC Radio affiliate in Northampton, MA.  << MORE >>

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Andrew Wiernasz, beloved polka DJ

Thomas Hennessey ...  (???-November(?) 1992(?))

If you die before the Internet, your obit will be much harder to find.

Bob Martin (Robert J. Jurach) ... (1944-1982)

 

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Bob Berger

Robert H. Berger of Wilbraham, MA died Saturday at his home. He was born in Bridgeport, CT, began violin lessons at the age of 3 and piano at age 9. At age 6 he won the young classical violin contest. He studied under Samuel Gardner of Julliard School of Music and with Sascha Fidelman and Kemp Stillings. At age 19 he was the youngest person hired to join the first violin section of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

He joined the National Orchestral Association in NYC during which time he played in society bands, hotels and night clubs. He traveled and played with many big bands including Lawrence Welk, Roy Benson, Jerry Glidden, Ernie Hechsher and Dick LaSalle.

He came to Western Mass in 1950 with Decca Records. He became manager of WREB Radio, WMAS Radio and General Manager of WHYN AM/FM and TV 40. He was also President of his own advertising agency, Berger and Barron. An active Rotarian for 45 years in Springfield and Holyoke and received the Paul Harris Award in Rotary.

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Bob Paquette

May 28, 2011

The Western Massachusetts news community, as well as the community at large, lost a major voice this weekend when Bob Paquette, Senior News Producer and host of Morning Edition at WFCR-FM, died of an apparent heart attack in Bloomfield, Conn.

Paquette, 55, began working in radio his freshman year of college in 1973 and joined the staff of WFCR in 1991. During his tenure at WFCR, Paquette received 10 awards for his reporting work from the Associated Press and four awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association.

Paquette was born on May 14, 1956 in Maysville, North Carolina, to Robert and Martha (Byrd) Paquette. Before WFCR, he worked as a morning news announcer at WRNX and WTTT, both in Amherst. Paquette was a 1973 graduate of Dracut (Mass.) High School and a 1977 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He and Michael Packard began a 25-year partnership on June 4, 1986, and would have celebrated their 25th anniversary on what is now the date of his memorial service. The couple had a commitment ceremony on July 11, 1992 and were wed on July 11, 2004.

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Ken Coleman

August 21, 2003

BOSTON (AP) -- Ken Coleman, the broadcaster whose resonant voice carried Boston Red Sox fans through some of their greatest victories and biggest disappointments, has died. He was 78.

Coleman died early Thursday at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, where he was being treated for complications from bacterial meningitis, according to his son, William Coleman.

Coleman, a Red Sox broadcaster for 20 years, called the team's heartbreaking loss in the 1986 World Series, when a ground ball rolled through first baseman Bill Buckner's legs and into Boston sports infamy. He was also with Boston through the "Impossible Dream" season in 1967, when the Red Sox made an improbable World Series run before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals.

"He was a great announcer. He should be in the Hall of Fame," said Johnny Pesky, the former Red Sox shortstop who teamed up with Coleman in the broadcast booth from 1969 to 1974. "The first thing that strikes you with him was his voice. [He] had a voice as good as any of them."

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Jack Dennison

John `Jack' Denison, educator, humorist

Wednesday, May 22, 1991

John W. " Jack " Denison , 64, of 35 Newell Court, the retired associate dean and director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, died Monday at home.

He was also a Maine humorist.

He began working for UMass in 1961 as the first regional extension agent in Middlesex and Essex Counties.

In 1963, he began teaching in the university's poultry science department. He was later named associate dean and director, and retired in 1987.

He was also a salesman and serviceman for Worthmore Feed Co. in Greenfield.

Born in Harrison, Maine, he was a graduate of Bridgton Academy and the University of Maine at Orono. He received a graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts.

He moved from Maine to Greenfield in 1954, and to Amherst in 1963.

He was a Maine humorist, and started performing in 1961. He gave banquet speeches, and was a master of ceremonies at meetings all over New England.

He recorded his down-to-earth stories of Maine.

He was a member of First Congregational Church of Amherst, and the Crooked River Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, and the Fire Department, all in Harrison, Maine. He was also active with the Boy Scouts there.

He leaves his wife, the former Anne S. Heino; a son, Robert S. of Amherst; a daughter, Patricia Denison-Jacque of Amherst; a brother, Philip H. of Harrison, and a grandson.

A private graveside service will be conducted Thursday at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Harrison. A memorial service will be scheduled at First Congregational Church in Amherst.

Douglass Funeral Home is in charge, and there are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hampshire County Hospice, Box 1204, Northampton, 01061, or the American Cancer Society, 383 Dwight St., Holyoke, 01040.

 

Grace Gordon, 85, worked at WHMP

Union-News (Springfield, MA) - Tuesday, November 23, 1993

FLAGER BEACH, Fla. - Grace (Davis) Gordon, 85, formerly of 36 Arlington St., Northampton, Mass., died Saturday at the home of her son, John Gordon.

She had been employed for many years at WHMP radio station in Northampton. Born in Springfield, Vt., she attended schools there, and also attended the former Northampton Commercial College.

She moved to Northampton in 1928 and resided there until a few years ago. She was a member of the Quota Club, and also had been a volunteer at Yhe Cooley-Dickinson Hospital. She had also been active in the hospital auxiliary for many years.

Her husband, John M. Gordon, a former drama critic for the Springfield newspapers, died in 1989. Besides her son, she leaves a daughter, Barbara Martin of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada; and four grandchildren.

A graveside service will be scheduled. Pease Funeral Home in Northampton is in charge.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Cooley-Dickinson Hospital Auxiliary, Locust Street, Northampton, Mass. 01060.

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Joe English 

Joseph E. English, 67, local author, poet, editor

Monday, March 18, 1996

Author: STAFF: UNION-NEWS (Springfield, Mass.)

Joseph E. English , 67, of 108 Hartford Terrace, an author and poet, died Saturday in Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital.

He was editor of the Poet's Page and a columnist for the arts page of the Springfield Journal.

He was an adjunct professor at American International College.

A copy writer for WMAS and WHMP radio stations, in the 1950s, he worked for Radio Free Europe in New York City.

Born in Westfield, he moved to this city 37 years ago.

He leaves three brothers, James P. of Villanova, Pa., David P. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Kevin T. of Belchertown and several nephews and nieces.

A graveside funeral will be held Wednesday morning in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday evening at Hafey Springfield Chapels.

 

 

It's kind of fun to try to figure out dates based in most case from only content on these airchecks.  :)  ...  none were recorded with Internet archiving in mind.

Sport scores helped a lot.  News stories generally helped some.  Car model years in dealership ads helped some.

If you can tighten up a date guess while listening to something, let me know.

 

JIMMY FUND RADIOTHON "JimmyThon"

III

February 20, 1982 *, Hampshire Mall:  (also on WHAI AM/FM)

4MB MP3 LINK (PART D)    11MB MP3 LINK (PART E)  ... Final Hour:  Jon Miller, Charlie Pellett, Ken Coleman, Tim Goggins, Peter Keenan, "The Aids Diet Plan"  ...

13MB MP3 LINK (PART A)    11MB MP3 LINK (PART B)

 ... Dave Madsen, Jon Miller ("Dolly Jolly.  Golly.") ... Peter Keenan, Jim McNally, Gregg, Charlie Pellett, Paul Walker ... (sadly the tape ran out before Jon Miller tells us what would have happened if Dolly Jolly married Salvadore Dali and she was happy.)

13MB MP3 LINK (PART C)    13MB MP3 LINK (PART C2)  ... Joe Fennessey, Jerry Jolly, Dave Madsen, Don Maia, Jim Sadowsky, Gregg, Paul Walker, Tim Goggins ...

* Date guess based on references to 1981 Red Sox season and scores in ABC sportscast.

IV

January 22, 1983 *, Hampshire Mall:  (also on WPOE)

13MB MP3 LINK (PART A)    13MB MP3 LINK (PART B)  ... Dennis Lee, Bob Sawyer, Marc Berman, Gregg ...

13MB MP3 LINK (PART C)  ... Charlie Pellett, Mike Dukakis, Peter Keenan, Gregg ...

13MB MP3 LINK (PART D)    13MB MP3 LINK (PART E)... Dave Madsen, Don Maia, Paul Graham, Mike Andrews, Ken Coleman, Dennis Lee, Rollie Jacobs, Gerry Jolly, John Baibak, Gregg ...

13MB MP3 LINK (PART F)    14MB MP3 LINK (PART G)

 ... John Baibak on news, Ken Coleman, Jim & Michael Vinick, Mike Dion, Dave Madsen, Dennis Lee, Marc Berman, Ralph Levy, Bob Sawyer ...

14MB MP3 LINK (PART H)    14MB MP3 LINK (PART I)  ...  Mike Dion, Ken Coleman, Dave Madsen, Marc Berman, Dennis Lee, Fred King, Gregg, Victoria Burke  ...

* Date guess based on date reference in newscast.

Newer Material ...

???

 ... I'm thinking 1981 (there were no real date marks to set a date) ... It was at Mountain Farms Mall (before we moved to Hampshire Mall) yet it could have been part of R'thon II.

29 MB LINK (31:56)

 ... Gregg, Kathy Abraham, Charlie Pellett, Pete Kules, Jack Denison, Ken Coleman, Peter Bernhard, Bill Krimsky ...

 

 

THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL

This was an awesome many-many-hours-long special we ran on FM.

Awesome!

HERE'S ONE (24MB) OF THE WELL OVER 100 H.R.R. PROGRAM SEGMENTS  ... get ahold of me if you'd like to hear it all.

 

 

 

THE BEATLES SPECIAL

Another awesome show we ran.

ONE SEGMENT  ... get ahold of me if you'd like to hear it all.

 

Not WHMP ...

TED PEENE ON WTTT  (Un-scoped) ... Bob Paquette, Tim Ashfield ...

Monday, July 7, 1980 *

... I have no idea why I had this.  Sounds good.  Lot's of ads.  Lots!

  ... "Announcing New MP3 from Sunoco!"

   ... sounds like my tape machine was on its very last legs when this got recorded.

7MB MP3 LINK (PART A)

7MB MP3 LINK (PART B)

* Guess based on baseball scores and model years in Paige Chevrolet ad.

 

 

MOUNTAIN FARMS MALL

3MB MP3 LINK  ... 7 commercials 1970s/80s?

MP3 LINK  ... "Swing Into Spring" (UMass Promotion) commercial.

MP3 LINK  ...  Commercials

VERY FUNNY: 

MP3 LINK  ...  "We've Got the Spirit" jingle "demo" by Dave

 

NEW:

 

HAMPSHIRE MALL  (Also be sure to see the Jimmy Fund tapes, above.)

4MB MP3 LINK  ... Dennis Lee Live on FM99.

8MB MP3 LINK  ... Bud Stone.

28MB MP3 LINK ... Gregg Adams Oldies in Cafe Square

XXMB MP3 LINK ... Bud Stone, XX XX, 1982  *

* Date guess based on label on cassette.

MP3 LINK ... Juke Box Contest on WHMP

 

 

Coming Soon:

"WHMP at 40"

 ... the newspaper tabloid. 

??MB PDF LINK

 

 

"SATURDAY NIGHT OLDIES SHOW"

 ... featuring Gregg "Adams" from Hampshire Mall: 

(See Hampshire Mall, above) 

 ... from The Three County Fair: 

13MB PDF LINK (PART A)    13MB PDF LINK (PART B)  ...  with Bud Stone at Three County Fair.

Coming Soon:  XX MP3 LINK  ...  (Scoped, Mike-activated scanner) Circa 1980, with live spots for CIMA, Jake's, Furnari Jewelers, Almy's ... 

5MB MP3 LINK  ...  (Scoped, Mike-activated scanner) Circa 1981, with live breakaways to Charlie Pellett (mostly cut out by scanner)  ... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHMP COMMERCIALS

Faces, Amherst:  MP3 LINK  ... Male and Female versions, Circa 1980.

Sticky Wicket Disco:  MP3 LINK

FUNNY:   

The Hideout:  MP3 LINK  ... "As the Dough Spins"

The Pub:  MP3 LINK  ... Tom Gavin, July 1977 *

* Date guess based on label on cassette.

Coming:  MP3 LINK  ...

Coming:  MP3 LINK  ...

Coming:  MP3 LINK  ...

 

NEW:

GREGG ON WRCQ in Hartford, Connecticut

 ... Sunday Afternoon, Leslie Ellen Show, May 7, 1978:

13MB MP3 LINK (PART A)    13MB MP3 LINK (PART B)

 ... Weekday afternoon, doing the news (circa 1977 or 1978): 

13MB PDF LINK

 ... on a weekend afternoon, doing the news (circa 1977): 

13MB MP3 LINK

 ... Saturday, August 8, 1977: *

13MB MP3 LINK (PART A)    13MB MP3 LINK (PART A)

* Guess based on Villanova/Army score.

 ... February 19, 197?: *

11MP3 LINK

* Partial date based on label.

 ... October 2nd-ish, 1977: *

14MP3 LINK (PART A)    13MB MP3 LINK (PART B)

MP3 LINK (PART C)    14MP3 LINK (PART D)

* Date guess based on Japan Airlines hijacking story in news.

An extra ...

WRCQ-GA-February-February-19-197qm-x

Newer ...

W E X T

Gregg on WEXT in Hartford, Connecticut

 ... afternoon (September 9, 1975)

14MB LINK

 

Gregg on WEXT with loads of those PSA/Commercial thingys ... Circa 1976.

17 MB LINK

Newer ... NEW WMAS (and WDEW) PAGE

 

 

 

 

What Else is Going On ... These Days:

 - GREGG'S PAGE

 - RESUME AND SCRAPBOOK  (NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA & MORE)

 - WhereGreggEats.com    - WhereGreggEats.com (NORTHAMPTON)

 - THE SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
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