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WDOR Radio In Sturgeon Bay Celebrates Anniversary Of Starting Broadcasts

September 8, 2016

Today marks the day in 1951 when the WDOR AM transmitter in Sturgeon Bay was first flipped on for broadcast.

I was a part of that radio team in the 1980’s under the air-name of Trevor James.  I have posted a photo below of myself at that time in life pictured at Linda Sealey’s desk. She handled ad traffic and always had a smile and was ready to laugh.  She kept the station humming!

Eddy Allen Sr. always loved to talk about WGN–where he had once worked–and I was only too happy to hear his stories about that famed station.  Ed was the only person I ever heard on radio who could broadcast a parade.  Think about that for a moment.   

If was a Christmas parade in early December from Kewaunee County and  with the use of descriptive words he allowed for the theater of the mind–the real role of radio–to come alive.  He knew the power of radio and used the foundations of it to entertain and inform listeners. 

I made Eddy Allen Jr. shake his head too often as I knew nothing about sports.  Today I still know enough to say one hits a run in baseball as opposed to making a run. (He made sure I at least knew that!)

While at WDOR I was able to cover the Mondale/Ferraro presidential rally for the station in 1984 and later the President Reagan outdoor speech about tax reform in Oshkosh. I loved when the station taped letters to Santa and there was a feel of Christmas at the station.  I so enjoyed the old classic pop machine at the station where a lid had to be lifted to get a bottle.  And with fondness I recall a special older listener who would often bring me a sweet on Sunday mornings on her way to church as she liked my selections of gospel music.

All that was only possible because Eddy Sr. had some faith and hired me. That meant a lot to me as a young man looking for his first real job. Never have I forgot that action. Everything that followed in my life was due to those years at WDOR and the things I learned.

So the best to all those at WDOR who still send out the signals for local radio in Door County.


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