Monday, July 30, 2012 - 8:23am
WDEL celebrates 90th anniversary
Updated Monday, July 30, 2012 - 10:04am
The station you wake up to every morning is 90 years old today.
WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.
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WDEL signed on as WHAV on July 30th, 1922, with owner Willard Wilson on the air.
"He played some records and sort of did some news, and had people in from the neighborhood to talk about what was going on, those kinds of things, but, obviously the interest in radio really, really catapulted very quickly in the '20s," said President and CEO Pete Booker, who started at WDEL in 1972 and was a deejay for the station.
Booker says WDEL was an important source of local information, but was big in covering national and international news as well - like the day President Kennedy was assassinated.
Today, WDEL is your station for local news and talk.
"And local radio, really, of course, is where we live and breathe, and what we think makes WDEL special, and we've been doing that now for the last, oh, say, 50, 60 years," Booker said.
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