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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - July 3, 1975, Bedford, Pennsylvania Combined the Everett Republican established 1812162nd year Bedford Republican 3 1975 single copy ten cents began broadcasting in 1955 radio wafd Marks 20 years of service Symik Bradwell a lot of things happen at a radio station in 20 people come and today news events become tomorrows and innovations born through the course of time bring about changes in personnel and operating radio station wafd has Felt All of these from a Little three room station that began 20 years ago this wafd has added five More an pm and a system that supplies piped in background music for various businesses in downtown one of the big changes for the station is prerecorded radio news and commercials sent out to listeners via massive tape Cartridge machines and a Battery of toggle switches and there is no longer a need for the traditional disc an who up until recent years sat behind the microphone spinning giving announcements and Reading the news and All of that is done through a machine were one of the More modern stations in the says Glenn station manager of Ritchey explained if programmed the automation process makes for a much smoother operation of a the consistency of a station should not Ritchey with a regular operator spinning errors can be made in changing Levels of automation makes these changes the pm was automated in and wafd became automated in if the machines Are told properly what to do they will do the Job better than a Ritchey the machine is Only As Good As the people who program one of the attractive features of according to is that an Glenn Ritchey joined the wafd sales staff in and has served As station manager for the past 12 announcer can do a three to four hour show in about 20 minutes by simply programming the this leaves the announcer free to perform other duties at the such As taping the next Days or Selling advertising for the a staff of six full time and five Par time employees Man both another aspect that Many find appealing in automated radio is its silence in the a according to you dont have health insurance or conflicts in he who began his career with wafd As a Salesman in became station manager of the station in before coming to the he served in the Marine corps As an overseas combat he has also written for radio and of the three i prefer Ritchey As station he is responsible for handling All negotiations and contracts with and he also handles some sales for the station and negotiates All contracts for Auto pirate baseball and High school sports events that Are broadcast on the station throughout the paperwork has gotten so far beyond what it used to says who also Over sees accounting procedures and writes news copy from time to june Secretary and bookkeeper for both wafd and has been at the station for 15 she recalls that there were Only six people working at the station at that one of the first announcers at wafd when i came Here was Ron now an announcer at we act in she being a Secretary of a radio station can mean having a lot of different things to do in the course of a Norman people Call us for anything and you cant imagine some of the things people will Call a radio station i got a Call last week from someone wanting to know what the humidity percentage another feature of wafd is the pet patrol and Many Norman takes Calls from people who want to locate lost animals or find a Home for weve had everything from lost pigs to giving away pet in an emergency we have three Telephone lines that ring almost Norman she remembers the last big a snowstorm that hit the county in stranding motorists Here for several we cooperated with the churches in getting lodging for the cancellations Are another service wafd performs for its if it Rains on Friday people Call us and ask if the races Are Norman Paul an 18year Veteran of wafd is an announcer and sports director for the he can remember the time when wafd was the Only radio station serving the entire it was Nice being the Only radio Imgrund it was unique that we had so Many the outstanding thing was listener Imgrund says of the earlier people were More then than they Are people would bring in everything when we asked for appeals have always been successful at according to blood families burned out of their people have always been willing to weve always been Imgrund related other things that wafd has participated in Over the in 1960 All of the staff members grew beat pm bucs beards which we didst shave off until the pirates won the world weve also had some real Good contests and we had listeners save pennies and the one who had the most got the amount of pennies was Treen another time we had a treasure Hunt broadcast from downtown we hid an envelope with our Call letters in it and then gave clues As to where it one april fools wafd broadcast from the swimming Pool at the Bedford Springs Imgrund listeners were asked to identify where the broadcast was coming a feature that Imgrund says was a Long time favorite was record which ran on Page 3 Hie task of keeping the radio stations complicated equipment in Good running order is a constant one for Paul chief who came with Whf Dwake after serving in the he is shown checking the automated equipment con trolling a bids it announcer David Over the of Tea Foo which joined the inquirer team in Dave and nil companion Jack Seymour Nave the talk of programming music which is a principal part the warm broadcast Paul who has been on the staff of for has the distinction of serving longer than anyone else As an his familiar cheery voice is a popular feature of the makeup Paul is also sports director of the expanded sports programs on the two Hugo general manager of wafd since it was tells program director George Sciranko about some of the Early Days of radio in Bedford county in an interview which was broadcast general manager recalls Good old Days at wafd by Hugo Frear Bedford county first radio went on the air at saturday july it has been serving its Community with considerable Success Ever but it entered the broadcast Field under circumstances which were frequently and sometimes downright after Twenty years As general manager of the i can look Back on those Good old Days with a certain degree of nostalgic Good humor but in the gazettes old Man on the dated june the sentiments were somewhat different sic Semper antennae did you hear that plaintive sigh surging out Over the air Waves saturday night at frequency 1310 on your radio dial that might have been radio station wafd testing or it might have been a thoroughly tired and harassed newspaper Man thirsting eagerly for revenge on a fellow named who brought All this radio trouble into the after recounting All the mysterious troubles which can beset a new radio the column concludes on this note at the end of All we can now report that everything is in readiness at that except for a length of Cable which is available Only in san Buenos Aires or until it there will be silence at 1310 on your radio that except for that shrill sigh which sounds like the death cry of an ancient steam we Are now qualified to join the league of lightly licensed the License entitles us to Hunt Down anyone who looks like and drape 250 feet of coaxial Cable gently around his the missing Cable finally did and everything was in except for final approval by the at we were working against a the Pittsburgh pirates broadcasts were a very important part of our schedule in those Early and the pirates had notified us that they would be forced to cancel our station from their list unless we began broadcasting by july in we enlisted the Aid of congressman Dick who was a personal there was a flurry of Telephone during which our dilemma was the desired Telegram authorizing broadcast was received from the it was dateline Friday july on a Day when every office in Washington was closing up Early for the Long Holiday our Washington attorneys just Shook their Heads in but we had made the our Small staff plunged into frenzied and we were ready to broadcast at on the morning of july 2 but our troubles were not yet to our we discovered that the Antenna we had erected on top of the inquirer building now the first National Bank Annex simply could not pull in the pirates game it was designed to pick up the broadcast from another and relay it by direct Telephone line to the studio in the american legion on Page 3 Connie and june brighten the offices of James the efficient bookkeeper and has been with the radio stations for 15 Sam is a member of the radio sales both will be greeting visitors at the open events of the week swimming programs sponsored by the Bedford area Parks and recreation Board and the Chestnut Ridge school District came to a splashing halt with the decision by state employees monday to Goon closing Shawn estate nearly 600 area Young people Are involved in the two local services from highways to health were affected by the decision of the american federation of county and municipal employees to go on strike at the largest group affected locally by the strike was Penn Dot about 150 to 155 Penn Dot superintendent Wilson Martz said All Highway equipment had been brought in from work areas around the county on and that no Road maintenance work could be the strike did not affect Turnpike who settled their contract several months or state who recently won a 10 percent wage package after negotiations with the the Bedford to Dallas line of the Penn Central has been recommended by the rail association for inclusion in the reorganized consolidated rail according to an announcement Friday by Bud the preliminary Usra plan had recommended abandoning the Miles from Bedford to its connecting Point with the Everett leaving the Everett switching Railroad with no Way to ship Howard manager of the Everett said it was Good to hear Usra had made the but noted that he had always thought this would be the after a meeting with Shuster and Usra in Hinish said he was left under the impression Usra would put the Dallas line Back in the local shippers and officials who attended the meeting were asked not to comment until an announcement of the inclusion was made by Hinish when they finally got the right in formation on the carloads shipped Over the there was nothing else they could Hinish also explained that when the Penn went into the Railroad presented two plans of reorganization to the courts and bankruptcy one was an system that would have abandoned All Short while the other was a system that included the profitable Short Hinish noted that the track from Hollidaysburg through Bedford to Dallas was included in the the Pennis plans preceded the Conrail Hinish didst want to predict How successful Conrail will be in running the bankrupt northeastern railroads the Usra final plan will be presented for congressional approval next Hinish did note that the last three carloads of Railroad ties that have left Everett were billed to the Penn Central on behalf of and to the account of the Usra this Means Usra is paying the freight charges to the he Shuster had headed a move to show Usra that the freight from the Everett area made the Dallas Section a viable one that should become part of earlier this Shuster had predicted the local track would be included in on the basis of compelling he said he had been assured by Usra that we have sufficiently demonstrated that the Dallas line is carrying a substantial amount of Coal Over its tracks and that this level is adequate for inclusion in the the 1973 rail reorganization act stated that existing rail trackage into Fossil fuel areas where Coal is being mined should be the congressman said the lines inclusion in the final plan is evidence of what we can accomplish for our area when we All work in he i am particularly pleased with this for it insures continued economic and Industrial growth for Central Pennsylvania and opens our Region to fur ther opportunities for a two part groundbreaking ceremony for Bedford Village Park is set for july at 10 Bud Shuster will be the guest speaker at a ceremony at a spot along route 220 where the covered Bridge Entrance to the reconstructed colonial Village will be remarks will also be made by Stanley the county commissioners and members of the Bedford county redevelopment which is in charge of the at the master plan for the Park will be presented in the Bedford american legion there will be a panel discussion of the proposed and a question and answer the master plan for the drawn by Joseph Lehman consulting is pictured on this june 1975 the proposed new sections of route 220 from Cessna to the Blair county line will have no significant Impact on the Quality of the human according to a negative declaration being released by the Federal High Way administration has Given Penn Dot approval to release a draft of the environmental Impact study declaration for review and the declaration is available for review daily at the Penn Dot District 9 office on North Juniata Street in and can be Penn Dot Secretary Jacob Kassab said anyone wanting to make written comments on the study results should Send them to District 9 Engineer Robert Kopitnik before july three persons waived indictments and pleaded guilty before judge Van Horn David re had been charged with wounding a human being in mistake of game he had been arrested by game commission officers after the which occurred during Turkey judge Van Horn ordered Clark to pay the Coats of prosecution and a penalty of 200 to the victim his Hunting and trapping privileges in Pennsylvania were also suspended for five Edward William six Mue run re was ordered to pay costs and placed on one years probation after he pleaded guilty to a charge of recklessly endangering another the court also ordered foor to abstain from All violations of the foor was arrested May after he pointed a Shotgun at several members of his family and a state police sentencing was deferred until july 21 on Levi Hopewell re who pleaded to a simple assault tuesday was arraignment Day in with a number of persons appearing to inform the court of their intentions to enter guilty or not guilty and whether or not they needed an attorney appointed for District attorney Gordon Stroup said he would present a petition to the court to have three cases no pressed on the basis that the time limit on them had expired before the transcripts were returned to court from a District magistrates damage was set at in an Accident at the Corner of South Thomas and West Pitt streets in Bedford monday evening Borough police said a northbound car driven by Heeda of pulled from into the path of an eastbound car driven by Norman of Bedford re 2 there were no on Page 3

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