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It was a different world back then!

WDDL - Lancaster, Pennsylvania


I was a part-time jock for this Pop Adult station on 1490 AM from October of 1978 until February of 1979, which was owned by Hall Communications. Our FM was NICE 101. I had to cut the weather and change the Beautiful Music tapes on the FM, too.

Rick Lewis was our Program Director and one of the nicest guys with whom I ever worked. I also worked there with J.W. Whitney, Tom Richards, Bill Ford and my old friend from Temple University who helped me get the job, Rich Travaglini.

In retrospect, in spite of the fact that it was "Lost Dog Radio", there was a night in late February of 1979 that makes this experience more memorable for me.

I was on the air when I got several calls from listeners telling me that "something was happening" at the nuclear plant, Three Mile Island. One person said they heard a loud boom. Another told me that they saw smoke coming from the facility. They asked me to find out what was going on, so I called Dauphin County Control and got no answer. I called York County Control and they told me that they would have to call me back. I called Lancaster County Control and they told me that something was going on, but didn't have the details, so, they would have to call me back. No one called me back and my shift ended.

About a month later, on March 28, 1979, it was reported that the Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor partially melted down. Coincidence? Could it have happened a month earlier and been withheld from the public? If you know the answer, please let me know. I'd like to tell the listeners.






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