Doc Searls offers a link to a YouTube video of the end of the WOR Towers. Another icon of my youth vanished.
From those towers Jean Shepherd broadcast nightly on a clear channel that could be heard all over the eastern half of the country. If you're not from that time and place, you're most likely to know Shep from his movie, A Christmas Story. If you are, then you knew about Ralphie and the B.B. gun long before the novel was published or the movie released.
We had the privilege of listening night-after-night to a brilliant, unscripted monologist who wove memories of his youth, his Army service, and his sharp observations on the passing scene into humorous and moving tapestries that kept me up night after night.
Many of Shep's shows have been archived and are available on the Web. You can subscribe to The Brass Figligee podcast and The Jean Shepherd Podcast through iTunes and elsewhere. One of the best intros to Shep is a tribute by Harry Shearer broadcast on NPR in 2000, "A Voice in the Night"
Those towers also brought me the voices of Long John Nebel and guests. Here's one of his shows from the height of the fifties flying saucer rage. One of the guests reports on his trip in a flying saucer from White Sands, New Mexico to New York and back within a span of 32 minutes. "These particular people are not like us, but they have many advantages over us." they levitate... they have 32 eyes in a ring around the head.... they have a force-filed around them that can repel bullets.... and more.