On today’s DayPage, I went off on the subject of 1010WINS, a scrappy little radio station in Northern ‘Joisey that’s been delivering “All News, All the Time” since the 1960’s. On this post, I’ll go a bit further into the story of WINS – a fixture of the New York Metro Area – than time allowed for in the DayPage segment.
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In DayPage, I also talk about the teletype sound effect that has comforted some New Yorkers and enraged others (see this NYTimes article). I for one like it, but surely there are generations now listening to 1010 WINS who were born after the contraptions became obsolete.
Here’s a WINS audio clip with the way the station sounded in 1978, and more background on the station.
I don’t know about the inner workings at WINS, but it seems they have their fair share of characters. I used to hear Judy DeAngelis mornings, sounding like she’d just smoked a carton of Kent cigarettes, but the more recent time I heard her, it sounded like she’d given up smoking. This is only conjecture based on how her voice sounded, and my overactive imagination.