Amsterdam bought its personal radio station in 1948 when native enterprise leaders headed by former longtime Mayor Arthur Carter shaped Group Service Broadcasting and began WCSS.
Carter, who had been doing a radio program known as Carter’s Feedback on WSNY in Schenectady, operated the Amsterdam station till 1953.
Walter T. Gaines was employed then as station supervisor and leisure and controversy ensued for a couple of years. Gaines did a number of radio packages himself: “Singspiration,” “Walt’s Mike” and “Noon Merry-Go-Spherical.” He additionally operated WLFH radio in Little Falls and owned a chinchilla farm. Chinchillas are small rodents valued for his or her fur.
When Gaines parted methods with WCSS in 1956, he tried to begin a competing radio station in Amsterdam known as WGAV. WCSS objected and the Federal Communications Fee dominated in opposition to Gaines’s software in 1958, saying he had misrepresented his monetary qualifications.
Longtime WCSS morning host Lloyd Smith recalled that Gaines began calling the WCSS constructing, which was pink on the time, the “little pink mansion on the hill.”
WCSS then was housed in its personal construction on Midline Street adjoining to its radio tower. Right now the constructing is dwelling to an accounting agency, Spagnola & Spagnola. The construction has a white stone entrance and grey sides. WCSS studios immediately are situated downtown at Riverfront Heart and the station is owned by Cranesville Block.
Succeeding Gaines as WCSS supervisor in 1956 was Phil Spencer. Spencer in the end purchased the station.
Amsterdam did get a second radio station in 1961 at first known as WAFS. Right now the station is WVTL, situated at its transmitter website on Route 30 within the city of Florida and operated by Roser Communications of Utica.
Well-liked Albany disc jockey Invoice Pope was the primary supervisor and morning host at WAFS in 1961. The studios had been above Segel’s Jewellery, then on the nook of Market and Foremost streets in downtown Amsterdam.
After six months, Pope left WAFS for a radio job in Glens Falls. Quickly, he was again in Amsterdam promoting commercials and internet hosting the “Rolling House” music present for Phil Spencer on WCSS radio.
“He was an unforgettable character,” Spencer stated. “In the event you requested me to explain 5 guys who had been particular amongst all of the individuals I’ve met in broadcasting, he can be one. He was gifted, nice at public relations, a terrific particular person for the station. He was an emotional man. He would actually really feel it for those who had a loss. He was a superb advert libber.”
Spencer stated that Pope by no means let longtime imaginative and prescient issues sluggish him down, “We used to do 85 p.c of our enterprise in Amsterdam again then. I’d drive Invoice downtown and park behind Bosco Greco’s fuel station reverse the put up workplace. Invoice and I had been the one salesmen. I’d work one aspect of the road. He did the opposite.”
Joe Spencer was a son of WCSS proprietor Phil Spencer and his spouse, Fran. Joe turned a tv correspondent for ABC information. He died in a 1986 helicopter crash whereas on his option to cowl a strike in Minnesota. ABC community anchor Peter Jennings and a younger Invoice O’Reilly spoke at Joe’s funeral in Amsterdam.
Lloyd Smith was born in Albany and have become morning man for WCSS for a lot of a long time, beginning in 1969. Fast with a joke, educated concerning the native scene and a music aficionado, Smith additionally was a radio engineer. He died in 2014.
Smith was married to Diane Hale. Her mom, Dorothy Johnson Hale, had been a gross sales particular person and copywriter at WCSS, who hosted a present known as “Girl’s World” within the 1960s. Hale supplied recipes, style information and recommendation on her program.