In this week’s issue… Times-Shamrock celebrates centennial, lights tower – St. Barnabas expands in PA – Missing traffic reporter found dead – GBH names new leader – New PD on Jersey Shore – TV news vets plan farewells
By SCOTT FYBUSH
*It’s an annual tradition in downtown Scranton, PENNSYLVANIA the night before Thanksgiving: thousands of people fill the streets around the corner of Penn Avenue and Biden Street, enjoying a street fair, music, food trucks and, right at the stroke of six, the lighting of the Christmas display that’s strung up and down the tower of WEJL (630) atop the Scranton Times building.
And this year, he invited a friend to do the honors – which means it was your editor up there high above Scranton actually lighting up the tower and cueing the fireworks display that started the holiday season in northeast Pennsylvania. It was a thrill indeed, not least because this is a special year for WEJL.
While the Times was hardly the only newspaper to own an early radio station, the Lynett family boasts a unique history: it is, as best we can tell, the only family-owned newspaper/radio combination to have survived an entire century.
After operating WQAN as a noncommercial, shared-time operation from the 1920s until 1950, the station transformed into commercial WEJL and eventually spawned a family-owned broadcast group, Times-Shamrock, that built up a larger cluster in Scranton and expanded to other markets such as Milwaukee and Reno.
Next month, the Lynett-Haggerty family will be honored for their centennial with a Spotlight award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, a well-deserved honor for an enduring family media legacy.
FEBRUARY IS ALMOST GONE
We are down to our final copies and they won’t be reprinted.
This is the 23rd edition of our popular wall calendar, featuring gorgeous full-color photos of tower and transmitter sites from around the country, and sometimes the world. Our photos capture the sites throughout the day and throughout the year.
This makes a great gift for the tower enthusiast in your life — or a special treat for yourself!
Don’t miss out — order yours today!