My mother’s older sister bought a radio in the early 1930’s. The world to which we were introduced was amazing. It certainly had some influence on my career choice noted Margaret She graduated from D’Youville College in August of 1945 and applied for a job in radio at the Courier -Express -owned radio station, WEBR, retiring from the same station, now owned by the Western New York Broadcasting Association, in December of 1990.
She started out as the “Extra Girl” which meant working wherever needed in Promotion, Programming, Music Library, Copy etc. Eventually, Maggie was assigned to Promotion. There she worked as chaperone on the popular Hi-Teen Show, a program broadcast from the Dellwood Ball Room at Main and Utica, where area teenagers danced to the current records of the day. Bob Wells was the well-known host. Dick Clark modeled his national TV program after it. Rock and roll spelled its demise. Eventually, she worked in Traffic and then, became secretary to General Manager, Cy King, followed by Bill Doerr and finally, David Leopold.
I used to say that I went with the building when it was sold once, and then once again Maggie recalled. The first sale was to Bill McKibben. There she worked for Larry Grogran in the Commercial Department. The second time, it was sold to Western New Public Broadcasting Association. When WNED-AM and WNED-FM came on the air, Maggie went back working for the General Manager, Bill Devine, followed by Bob Goldfarb and Dick Daly. The introduction of the computer made it easier to handle traffic, continuity and even the on-air Book Reviews which I did she recalls. After retirement in 1990, she continued to assist WNED with Fund Drives and the Auction.
The Courier Express had insisted that the radio airwaves belonged to the citizens of the United States, and we were permitted to make a living as broadcasters through licensing. We should always be aware of our debt to them and do our best to serve them responsibly she noted.