Thanks for sharing the memories and great times in radio! Loads of great talent for a smalltown station which was lent a major market image. 'Mayor' Carlton Dana was one of the most laid back nicest people people I had ever had the pleasure of meeting in the business. I can still hear his voice on those ever so famous Alex' Pizza and Lucky Loggers Landing spots. Ahh..when radio was simply radio. I had the pleasure of attending 'the school' at it's Pomerleau Road digs in mid 1990.
Charlie will indeed be credited to inventing something amazing this world needs; I agree with Dale, that's funny.
Looking forward to your "Box o' Biddeford" sequel update!
and i believe if we had given Charlie a rock and a phasor, he'd have built us space ship and gotten us out of there. (great line - Dale Arnold from the road somewhere in the Maratimes doing a Mariners game via phone - circa 1983) :-)
I actually heard from Chas about 2 years ago. he called one morning and we had a nice chat.
yes, WYJY did have live mornings and afternoons - and as luxury (our budget) allowed, middays and the occasional evening. WIDE was live from 5am sign on to midnight sign off.
the Joy FM (and WIDE) staff included (with omissions, i'm sure and apologies for that...):
myself, Jon Bryant, Jim Fahey, Gary Dixon, Beau Walker, Shana Rose, Dawn Snyder, Lindsey Dean, Gary Tanguay, Kristen Carr, Nick Berentz, News aces Alan Connell, Roger Hevey, Dina Mendros, Kate Libby and of course, The Mayor of The Morning, Carlton Dana (who was there long before me and was still there after i left...) and no, your mind wasn't playing tricks. i'm drawing a blank on the others who came in, even for a week or two to help fill a hole (might have been McGarry or even Nick Seneca).
our first year as the Maine Guides station featured Gary Thorne as our play by play guy (of course, Gary was a co-owner of the team, so that whole thing was a no-brainer..).
somewhere in the attic is The Box o' Biddeford that i will have to dig out and ammend this list.
i used to call our operation the Main Street School of Broadcasting as i was a believer that IF someone really wanted to do radio and we had a spot for him/her, then i would not be the one to say no. we had a wealth of accumulated knowledge in that building, and each and every one of us enjoyed helping to show a newbie the ropes - and especially, God love him, Charlie. we used to get the resume packet from Orono every year and managed to snag a few good people out of that - most notably Gary Tanguay.
and thanks for the nice thoughts about our efforts. it was a learning experience, and when all was said and done - it was a fun, unique experience i'm glad i had the chance to try.