In 1958, Dana Webb had the very special honor of having WIRE's longtime morning man, "Uncle" Wally Nerhling broadcast from his birthday party.  Uncle Wally was famous for reading the Sunday funny papers on WIRE.  It started during a newspaper strike, and proved so popular that it remained a mainstay of WIRE in the pre-country music years.  Uncle Wally hosted mornings on WIRE for over 3 decades and generations of Hoosiers grew up listening to him.  He remained with WIRE even after the change to country in 1968, hosting weekend shows and serving as Public Service Director.
Dana Webb went on to become a personality at WIRE in the '70's and 80's.  
Enjoy this audio clip of Uncle Wally and the 8mm film of Uncle Wally courtesy of Dana Webb.


12/30/2014 4:40pm

Don Nelson .. true champion of the broadcast industry whose strength was creating the atmosphere to allow his people to rise to any challenge and they always did.

01/16/2015 10:27am

"Uncle Wally" was my grandpa. I remember him well and miss him still. Thanks for posting this!

Tina Nehrling
01/16/2015 12:33pm

"Uncle Wally" was my Dad. I went with him to some of these birthday parties to keep him company and watch radio happen right in someone's living room. Of course, the free birthday cake was a plus. He was one VERY special person!!


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