||THE END OF AN ERA
February 2, 2004
It is with deep sadness, that I report the
passing of a dear friend, WSNJ F. M. Radio.
WSNJ F. M. Radio was born to N.J. and WSNJ A. M. Radio in Bridgeton, New Jersey.
WSNJ F. M. was very involved in church,
social and community affairs and was influential in bringing
prosperity to the region. A decorated veteran, WSNJ F. M. also helped to secure America's freedom. WSNJ F. M. was
much loved by thousands of loyal friends throughout the Delaware Valley
who now mourn his untimely passing.
In spite of WSNJ F.M.'s popularity and interest in
political affairs, he consistently refused to get involved in party politics and
never yielded to the temptation of accruing wealth or misusing his influence.
Until the bitter end, WSNJ lived frugally and did not even own a computer.
This evening, February 2, 2004 at 6:30
PM, WSNJ F. M. Radio breathed his last breath of airwaves. He was
the latest tragic victim of a ruthless band, which in recent years has been
systematically luring members of the Radio family into subjection by
offering large sums of money and empty promises to continue the traditions of local Radio families. For many years the band was
held in check by strict laws, but more recently, restrictions were relaxed,
allowing it to run roughshod over our nation, destroying the last remnants of
democratic freedom as expressed by the local Radio family.
An article printed in the New York Times,
reports that WSNJ F. M. Radio was the 66th victim of this particular band. Other bands have been
even more successful in their attempts to destroy the Local Radio family.
A spokesman at the deathbed of WSNJ F. M.
Radio said late this afternoon, "WSNJ has been a fighter and will
continue to be a fighter to the end."
The end came at exactly 6:30 P.M.
The few survivors of Local Radio family
encourage their many friends to offer prayers in lieu of flowers and
Ralph V. Harvey
Following is an excerpt of an article published by the New
York Times, February 1, 2004
Vintage Radio, Down to Farm Reports and School
Menus, Is Signing Off
UPPER DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J., Jan. 29 - As radio stations
go, it's not fancy. The microphones appear to belong to the 1940's, and some do.
There is not a single personal computer in the building, though a typewriter
sits on one desk and is used every day. The format? Call it country nostalgia:
polka, school lunch menus, farm reports, hunting and fishing news and pet
advice. One of the most popular slots is a call-in show called "Country
Store," during which people try to sell three-quarter-ton pickup trucks,
tractors and, at least once, a cow.
WSNJ, which sits in a farm field just outside Bridgeton, is
the radio station that time almost forgot. But not for much longer. The family
that nurtured it for more than 50 years is selling. The much-sought FM license
will go to Radio One, a hip, urban-oriented company with 66 stations. Radio One
intends to move the operation north to Pennsauken, where it can broadcast across
the Delaware River to a bigger and more lucrative Philadelphia audience. The AM
side is also being sold, to the mayor of nearby Millville, who says the
operation is too successful to change or move, so he won't.
But the heart of the operation is the FM side, which has more
power and a far bigger reach to four states. Some people who know radio say that
when WSNJ-FM goes dark, probably sometime Monday afternoon, so will a rich part
of the state's history.
This is absolutely the end of an era," said Scott Fybush,
editor of North East Radio Watch, an online publication. "WSNJ is very
popular among folks like me who study the history of radio, simply because it
presented a style of radio that died in most places years ago.
Personal Comments of a Mourner
I wept on 9/11 as alien terrorists attempted to bring America
to its knees. They were successful in a manner which was not intended. Many
Americans fell on their knees in prayer to God.
But most Americans have stopped praying and returned to
business as usual. I am crying.
I cried Sunday, when the majority of fans watching the Super Bowl cheered a group of gyrating screamers (who call themselves musicians) as they "accidentally" exposed themselves on stage. They cheered again when a streaker ran out onto
the field. Most Americans watching on TV couldn't have cared less. Law
enforcement agencies did all they could to protect the spectators from an attack by
alien terrorists, but the people they sought to protect cheered the
nation's moral destruction from within.
I am crying today because many Americans are willing to
sell our local and national freedoms for money. What communism was not able to
do and terrorists cannot do from without, greed is successful in
accomplishing within our own borders. And the perpetrators are Americans. There are greedy CEOs, greedy lawyers, greedy politicians and many greedy citizens who are destroying our country.
It is time for Americans to get on their knees again and
pray to God for mercy. Perhaps there is still a chance to do something about the
situation. That is why I am writing this -- with tears in my eyes.
Ralph V. Harvey, February 10, 2004
WSNJ A. M. Radio is Alive and Well!
Although the untimely death of WSNJ F. M. Radio saddened many in the Delaware Valley, I am relieved to report that his widowed mother WSNJ A. M. is faring very well with support from Mayor Jim Quinn of Millville and many others too numerous to mention.
She celebrated her 70th birthday November 17, 2007 and numerous well-wishers came to help her celebrate.
Soon after WSNJ F. M. Radio's death, WSNJ A. M. Radio gave birth to another child, WSNJ Internet Radio. WSNJ Internet Radio is growing rapidly. Who knows, perhaps this child may someday serve and affect more lives around the world than WSNJ F. M. could ever have hoped. I wish N. J., A. M. Radio, WSNJ Internet Radio and the entire local Radio family continued success and God's blessings. Read my blog of December 28, 2007.
The following photos are from WSNJ A. M. Radio's 70th birthday celebration. You can find more here: www.WSNJAM.com
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