In this week’s issue… Empire sells last station – A moving tragedy on Buffalo radio – Remembering Harry West, Larry Hodge – New home for Vineyard radio – Hockey on the Radio, 2019-20 edition

By SCOTT FYBUSH

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*Our lead story this week may be datelined PENNSYLVANIA, but the place where Harry West became famous is and will forever be “WARM-land.”

That’s the area in and well beyond Scranton that was reached by WARM (590) in its many years at the top of the ratings, propelled there in no small part by West’s cheery personality in the morning.

West, who died Sept. 27 across the state in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bridgeville, was a native of Reading (born there in 1930 as Harry Westcott), but by 1959 he’d settled down in Scranton for his first decade-long stay at WARM, presiding over perhaps the station’s most successful period. In 1969, West moved to Pittsburgh, bringing the “Harry West Show” to mornings at ABC-owned KQV (1410) for a stint that lasted until the end of 1971.

West went back east after that, rejoining Susquehanna Broadcasting at WSBA (910) in York, then returning to WARM in 1973 for a second act that lasted until 1992, followed by shorter stints with WILK and WEJL/WBAX. After his retirement, West stayed in northeast Pennsylvania until 2016, when illness sent him into a care facility in Bridgeville.

He was 89.

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