Boston television station WCVB will air the program Happy Birthday Radio on Friday, February 23, 2007 from 7:30 to 8:00 PM ET., simulcast in 720P HD on WCVB-DT5.1 Boston, according to Art Donahue, KA1GGG. Donahue is the producer of the Happy Birthday Radio program.
The show is based on the 100-year celebration of the first voice radio transmission at Brant Rock, MA.
Included in the show are:
* The Fessenden Amateur Radio Special Event Station W1F set up at Brant Rock with Steve Barreres, K2CX
* Bob Merriam, W1NTE (shown in photo) operating the Massie spark gap transmitter at the oldest surviving radio station in the world, Massie station “PJ” now at the New England Wireless and Steam Museum in East Greenwich, RI
* Major Edwin Armstrong’s 1939 pioneer FM relay stations at Meriden, CT, Paxton, MA and Mount Washington, NH
* The “Hello Radio” event celebrating 100 years of voice transmission at ARRL headquarters in Newington, CT
Interviews (in order of appearance) include:
* Bob Merriam, W1NTE, Founder, New England Wireless and Steam Museum East Greenwich, RI
* Scott Wheeler, Fessenden Celebration Committee, Marshfield, MA
* Steve Barreres, K2CX, amateur radio operator,
Fessenden Special Event Station, Marshfield, MA.
* Donna Halper, Media Historian, Emerson College, Boston
* Arnold Dean, WTIC Hartford, CT broadcaster since 1965
* Ken Squier, WDEV Waterbury, VT owner
* Sophie Zembruski, WATR Watebury, CT program host “Polish Eagles Radio Show”, one of the longest running radio shows in America, on the air continuously since 1934.
* Ed Brouder, WZID, WMLL, WFEA Manchester, NH newscaster and owner of “Man from Mars Productions” collector of rare aircheck recordings
* Arnie “Woo-Woo” Ginsburg, WMEX DJ 50’s-60’s
* Dale Dorman, WOLF, WRKO, WXKS, WODS Rock and Roll DJ since 1965
* Scott Fybush, WXXI newscaster and owner “Northeast Radio Watch”
* Gary LaPierre, WBZ Boston newscaster since 1964
* Ed Perry, WATD Marshfield, MA owner
* Allen Pitts, W1AGP American Radio Relay League, Newington, CT
Chronicle is WCVB’s nightly news magazine, one of the longest running local magazine shows in the country, now in its 25th year.
—Thanks, KA1GGG, W1AGP