“Personalities Boost WNPV”

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) February 12, 1969

WNPV enters 1969 on the gathering momentum of changes begun in 1968. Changes aimed at improving still further the entertainment and community services offered by the station in the twin counties over the past nine years.

The Year 1968 was a banner sales year, and General Manager John Skibbe and Program Sales Manager Richaid Heist, foresee the growth continuing through 1969.

1968 also saw the beginning of changes in programming format, aimed at giving the station a more modem sound, without losing its local identification.

The basic philosophy continues the best in popular music, and thorough local news coverage, but with new accents and orientation.

There have been some personnel changes too. Paul Hagerty, whose afternoon show generated lots of conversation and some consternation with his put-on telephone calls, moves to the Wake Up assignment, 7:15 to 10 am.

Jim Senior, heretofore heard on weekends, moves to Hagerty’s old slot at 2 in the afternoon. Besides a dry wit, Senior has a fabulous collection of some outlandish phonograph records from the ’30s, including such artists as Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor.

Shirley Eyre has joined the staff as Women’s Director and host of the daily Shirley Eyre Show.

Don Hess has become director of continuity. Hess, because of a considerable background on air as well, acts as a back-up man for the news department when occasion requires.

Jack Talley continues as the man for Sports with two daily five-minute shows 7:10 am. and 4:10 pm with sports in depth, with a heavy accent on the local scene.

Paul Taylor and Barry Cassell remain the key men in the News Department. The durable Comment Please keeps its place on the schedule with Skibbe and Fred Day as hosts. Day also hosts Coffee Time, in mid morning, and Dick Wright stays at the helm of Luncheon Matinee just after the noon hour.

All in all, General Manager John Skibbe and Program Sales Manager Heist foresee 1969 as another year of growth and service for the North Penn Valley’s only (or pioneer) radio station.