Big thanks to Mark Murphy of Annapolis, MD for contributing some vintage photos of Uncle Wally Nehrling holding forth at birthday parties for Mark and his sister in 1955 and 1956. Amazing that one of Indy's top announcers could come to individual homes and make memories lasting for life.
Uncle Wally Nehrling of WIRE at the 6th birthday party for Mark Murphy in May of 1955
Uncle Wally Nehrling of WIRE with a group of kids reading the funny papers at Mark Murphy's sister's 5th birthday party in March of 1956
Terry Murphy gets interviewed on her 5th birthday in March of 1956 by Uncle Wally Nehrling of WIRE.
WIRE engineer Hal Trosper records the Uncle Wally Birthday party at the Murphy home in 1956 on what appears to be an Ampex 601 "suitcase" recorder.
Uncle Wally reads the Indianapolis Star Sunday funnies at a kid's birthday party in 1956. Wally Nehrling was morning man at WIRE for over 30 years and began reading the funny papers during a newspaper delivery strike. It became so popular that he continued it for years after including a in-home station appearances at lucky kid's birthday parties.
Big thanks to John Rabold for rescuing some carts from a DUMPSTER that were WIRE jingles. Not exactly sure of the vintage, but probably the period when 1430 went back to WIRE as a country station after its early '80's foray into ac/pop. Also a big thanks to Art Baker (Bouncin' Bill's son) for converting the carts to mp3 at his studio. These are now on the sound archive page.
Don Nelson, the V.P. & General Manager of WIRE during its successful launch and rocket-to-the-top success as a country station sends these fascinating articles from Billboard Magazine and the Indianapolis News and its radio-tv editor R.K. Shull.
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.
Thanks to all who braved the stormy night to come to Scotty's Brewhouse in Downtown Indy on the night of September 10, 2014. It was a good time and definitely great to see so many folks for the first time in years. Here are some photos. Please send me ones that you took if you were there and they will be added to the collection. Special thanks to Don Nelson, Doug Dahlgren, and Lee Shannon for making long trips to join the party.
There are new photos posted on the slide show on the home page. Special thanks to John Rabold, Ken Speck, and Karen Key for their submissions.
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There will be a WIRE/WXTZ reunion on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at Scotty's Brewhouse (1 Virginia Avenue) in downtown Indianapolis at 6:00pm. All former employees are invited. Food and beverages will be available off the menu with separate checks.
Lots of the old gang will be gathering in one of the side rooms at Scotty's. So come and enjoy and spread the word to others who might enjoy the evening. Don Nelson, former VP and General Manager will be there and many more.