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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEGACY STATION 1400AM WOND CELEBRATES 60 YEARS SERVING SOUTH JERSEY WITH SPECIAL DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY BROADCAST EVENT
Presented by Boardwalk Honda, the day-long broadcast on March 30th will take listeners on a trip down memory lane, revisiting highlights from the past 50 years
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (March 26, 2012) – On Friday, March 30th, South Jersey’s heritage station, 1400AM WOND, will take listeners on a special journey back in time -- uncovering a figurative time capsule -- revisiting the classic moments, vintage sounds and reliving the memories that have shaped the station’s rich history over the past 50 years.
The special Diamond Anniversary broadcast, presented by Boardwalk Honda in Egg Harbor Township, will pay homage to the legacy of WOND and celebrate the station’s 60 years of entertaining southern New Jersey, featuring WOND’s beloved personalities, old friends, classic songs & jingles, best-of highlights from all of WOND’s programs and vintage commercials well-known to the station’s loyal listeners in the region.
“WOND has been the station that our region has depended on for news and entertainment for more than half a century,” said Dave Coskey, president of Longport Media, LLC. “After more than 60 years of serving South Jersey, WOND remains the most live & local news talk station in our area, which is a rarity in today’s broadcasting industry.”
Atlantic City’s “first lady of the airwaves,” WOND’s own Barbara Altman (The Front Porch With Barbara Altman) will launch the trip down memory lane with a special visit deep into her broadcast archives, offering a “best-of” format of highlights and clips of her popular show from the last 50 years.
Then, local broadcast legend, Pinky Kravitz (Pinky’s Corner), offers listeners a once-in-a-lifetime event when he sits-down with three Atlantic City-area residents who he interviewed nearly 50 years earlier when they were students at Central Junior High School. The original tape of Kravitz’s fascinating conversation with students Arthur Freeman, 13, Dennis Oldroyd, 12, Sharon Waters, 13, and Yaderia Rosada, 12 , was recently discovered as WOND staffers were preparing for the 60th anniversary event. Kravitz spent nearly an hour chatting with the students - sampling their views on everything from the nuclear arms race between the United States and the former Soviet Union to the Democratic National Convention that was coming to Atlantic City that summer to the much-anticipated Aug. 31 concert that would bring The Beatles to Atlantic City for their first and only Boardwalk concert.
Remarkably, all three of the four students (one is deceased) are still living in the area and have agreed to appear on Kravitz’s March 30 show, where they’ll spend the first hour listening to the original recording and the second hour reminiscing with Kravitz about their memories of the day the show was recorded 48 years ago. The reunion show, which will be broadcast live from Studio 1 in the Borgata Event Center, will mark the first time the former students have seen one another since they graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1969.
The special Diamond Anniversary broadcast culminates with a special 4-hour edition of The Weekly Recap with Bob Burns from 6pm to 10 pm. WOND’s Bob Burns will host a reunion of WOND personalities – past & present – reminiscing about broadcasting through the years in Atlantic City – “America’s Playground.” Special guests including Tom Lamaine, Walt Murphy, Tom Verba, Tom Williams, Bob Elliot, Bruce Ellis and Pinky Kravitz.
ABOUT LONGPORT MEDIA, LLC
LONGPORT MEDIA LLC. is a communications company formed in May of 2011. The corporation is owned and operated by investors from the Atlantic City and greater southern New Jersey area. Longport Media is committed to presenting quality programming that is informative, as well as entertaining and provocative. There is a strong commitment to serve our community as responsible neighbors – in part, by giving a voice to non-profit groups and community organizations. Longport Media took control of radio stations WOND, WMGM, WTKU, WWAC and WBSS on May 13, 2011. Collectively, our stations inform and entertain just about every demographic in the South Jersey area. These five stations are now programmed and broadcast live from Green Broadcast Plaza in Linwood, NJ.