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H. K. "Bud" Crowl owned and operated WAVI-
*In 1955,Crowl purchased the former WWSO (then licensed to and located in Springfield) after it went off the air a year earlier and successfully moved its city of license and entire operation to Dayton and given the WAVI calls that same year. (WAVI was short for "Aviation" to become synonymous with Dayton being known as the "Birthplace of Aviation" and that of Wilbur and Orville Wright.) The move to Dayton was practically coincidental with the move of AM daytimer WJEL from Dayton to Springfield where it became known as WBLY from 1954 to 2002. That station is now known as WULM. WAVI aired mostly adult standards in the 1950s and 60s before switching to the talk format in the early 1970s. Bob Kweisell, Mike Scinto, A.J. Austin, Brad Clay, and the late Bernie "B.W." Wulkotte (a Dayton Daily News columnist) were some of WAVI's talkmasters and personalities. For a time, the legendary Gene "By Golly" Barry made WAVI his weekend home, spinning his brand of old 45 RPM Rock & Roll wax.
WDAO started in the fall of 1964 at 107.7 MHz on FM (currently home to WMMX "Mix
107.7") Not only was it the first R&B-
Today, millions know his name. But, in the early 1960's Donahue was a newscaster
for WHIO Radio and Television in Dayton. For a time, he hosted a mid-
*Phillip John "Phil" Donahue (born December 21, 1935) is an American media personality,
writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of The Phil Donahue
Show. The television program, also known as Donahue, was the first talk show format
that included audience participation. The show had a 29-
His shows have often focused on issues that divide liberals and conservatives in the United States, such as abortion, consumer protection, civil rights and war issues. His most frequent guest was Ralph Nader, for whom Donahue campaigned in 2000. Donahue also briefly hosted a talk show on MSNBC from July 2002 to March 2003. In 1996, Donahue was ranked #42 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time
Donahue was born into a middle-
Donahue began his career in 1957 as a production assistant at KYW radio and television
in Cleveland. He got a chance to become an announcer one day when the regular announcer
failed to show up. After a brief stint as a bank check sorter in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, he became program director for WABJ radio in Adrian, Michigan, soon after
graduating. He moved on to become a stringer for the CBS Evening News and later,
an anchor of the morning newscast at WHIO-
On November 6, 1967, Donahue left WHIO, moving his talk program to television with The Phil Donahue Show on WLWD (now WDTN), also in Dayton. Initially, the program was shown only on other stations owned by the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation (which would later take the name of its parent Avco Company), which also owned WLWD. But, in January 1970, The Phil Donahue Show entered nationwide syndication. Donahue's syndicated show moved from Dayton, Ohio, to Chicago in 1974; then in 1984, he moved the show to New York City to be near his wife Marlo Thomas.
After a 29-
A true ground breaker in American broadcasting. As "Delilah", Lewis was the first black female DJ in Dayton in the mid 1950's. During that time, few blacks were DJ's (unless, of course, it was a "black" formatted radio station and those were few and far between back then.) But, Lewis made her mark in the early days of Top 40 radio on Dayton powerhouse WING.
In 2001, her husband Lloyd Lewis Jr., a member of the Dayton City Commission, died, and she was elected in a special election to fill out the remaining months of his term, defeating Republican Abner Orick.
Bette would spend decades on the radio at WING and WHIO. But, during the 1960's she became the first female in the area to host a local TV variety show, that would air during the 60's and 70's. She would continue her career with an interview show on local cable TV during the 1990's and early 2000's.
*Bette Rogge is a native Daytonian who is a pioneer in radio and TV. She began her radio days in the early 1930's at WSMK, named after Stanley M. Krone. Jack Wymer was the station announcer. Bette did radio shows later on WING and WHIO radio in Dayton, Ohio. She did commercials for Jesse Philips at the Home Store while attending University of Dayton. Later, she did many commericials on radio and was the Women's Editor and commercial announcer on the WHIO radio program, "Newspaper of the Air" each morning for 4 years.
She started on TV in the early 1950's with an exercise show called "The Perfect Pair,"
starring Bette and Toby Tobias, a fitness expert from the YMCA. It was sponsored
by Bendix washers and dryers. She also did other TV shows: "Dietz & Rogge show";
"Betty Bonner"; "Meet the Boss"; "Don's House" and many others. From 1967 -
Bette also did regular radio & TV commercials for Royal Crest Dairy, Fox Cleaners,
Culligan, Ohio Bell, Harmony Farms, Miami Valley Milk Producers, Eaveys Super Markets
and others. She worked two days a week at WBNS-
Bette also covered the lift-
In the 1950's, Bette did the first color TV commercial (Royal Crest Dairy) at WLW-
Bette also appeared on the national Virginia Graham Show in New York with Erma Bombeck in 1968. Bette has a theater background and appeared in a number of John Kenley Shows throughout Ohio. She has also been recognized in a number of national magazines. (* Source Wikipedia)
Jack would host one of America's most innovative and longest airing public affairs programs. "The Man On The Street" aired at noon weekdays on WING radio, live from the streets of downtown Dayton from 1936 until 1980. Dignitaries would stop by...but you didn't have to be famous to be Jack's guest. You might be just as likely to hear from a local Cub Scout Pack as you would a local politician.
Carl came to Dayton and became a top rated radio personality on WHIO Radio, and would
host two syndicated television shows. He then moved into the realm of TV news as
an anchor for WDTN-
Some radio fans would say that Dayton was unique because it had 3 types of radio...AM,
FM and Lou Emm. Lou began his career in Lima, Ohio where his boss was another famous
*Mr. Emm began his radio career at age 16 as an announcer at WSPD-
Mr. Emm joined the staff at WHIO on Oct. 22, 1941, as an announcer and news reader.
After hosting such shows as Hello For Dough and Breakfast In Bedlam, he originated
Conversation Piece , a talk show that lasted 17 years and was later taken over by
Phil Donahue, who went on to gain fame as a TV talk-
In the 1960s and 1970s, when many Dayton-
In October 1991, when he marked his 50th year at WHIO, he said, "I've always enjoyed being with the people because they are the ones who have allowed me to have a career in radio all these years." When he retired, Mr. Emm observed, "I think the secret to surviving in this business is to be yourself. I never was very good at doing impressions, so I've been contented to be me, and I guess it has gone over well with my listeners."
Jim Manley, who shared a WHIO morning show microphone with Mr. Emm from 1990 to 1992, said, "Lou was a kind, gentle, great man." Larry Hansgen, WHIO's sports director, knew Mr. Emm for 16 years.
"When I came to the station I worked with Lou in the morning and I wanted to be just like him," Hansgen recalled. "He was so dedicated to his job, and so involved with his listeners. Lou was at his best when he was making public appearances. He could charm a whole roomful of people."
Toula Stamm produced Mr. Emm's morning show from 1970 to 1977. She also produced Conversation Piece. "Lou loved broadcasting, his cigars and golf," Stamm said. (*Source DAYTON DAILY NEWS Copyright (c) 1997, Dayton Newspapers Inc.)
Loud, brash, some would say obnoxious, but always entertaining and funny. What Lou
Emm was to Dayton's adults, "Kirkie" was to a generation of Dayton's youth. After
spending time on the air in Columbus and Cincinnati, Steve found his way to Dayton
and to the morning shift on WING radio on Labor Day, 1967, and he would stay in that
post for exactly 25 years always garnering the top ratings on the station. His "put-
Bob “Scoop” Phillips was a videographer for WLW-
For 47 years, people in the Miami Valley trusted Don Wayne to bring them the news.
First on WHIO radio, then on WHIO-
Omar started his Dayton broadcasting career in 1951, eventually becoming Sports Director
Known by many as "Brother James", Wright was Dayton's first gospel announcer of color.
He would be heard on WING Radio and seen on WHIO-
E. George "Babe" Ferguson had a passion for aviation and, as a Montgomery County Commissioner, worked to preserve Dayton's aviation history and worked to get the words "Birthplace Of Aviation" added to Ohio's license plates. She was truly a friend of the media and a tireless community servant.
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