You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Reliving local radio’s glory days on May 29

It may be difficult to imagine now, but there was a time, not long ago, when there were four radio stations in and around Springfield.

Not only did they physically operate here, they flourished for many years.

Unfortunately, those days are gone now, due in large part to the changing world of radio. But on Thursday evening, May 29, those bygone days will be revisited by those who lived them, during an event entitled “On The Air In Springfield: Looking Back On Local Radio,” presented by the Clark County Historical Society.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center of Clark County, 117 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield.

The evening will feature a panel that includes radio personalities like Dick Hatfield, Jack Hamilton, Dennis Carter and Ann Armstrong.

I will have the privilege of serving as emcee and we will talk about those local stations — WBLY, WIZE, WEEC and WULM — as well as others that operated here in the community as far back as the 1920s.

A number of other people who worked at, and even started, those local stations have been invited to share their stories and memories, and to pay tribute to those who came before us. You are also invited to attend and bring items related to the stations.

There will also be memorabilia from local radio on display, thanks to the efforts of the staff of the Heritage Center.

It promises to be a fun and entertaining evening, and we hope it will also be an informative and memorable one as well.

Admission is free, but a $5 donation to the Heritage Center is requested. Historical Society members and volunteers free.

We hope to see you there.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in News

Woman mistakes gas pedal for brake, hits Shell station in Springfield
Woman mistakes gas pedal for brake, hits Shell station in Springfield

A driver was cited this afternoon after she crashed into the back of a Shell gas station. The driver, described by police as an elderly woman, said she mistook the gas pedal for the brake when she struck the building around 12:45 p.m. at 1533 W. North St. (U.S. 40) in Springfield. She was not hurt. The driver, who was issued a ticket, told police she...
Dream comes true for NC teen with cerebral palsy
Dream comes true for NC teen with cerebral palsy

A teen who is his high school's No. 1 basketball fan got to get out of the stands and onto the court Tuesday night. >> Read more trending stories  Mitchell Greathouse attends every sporting event at Freedom High School in Morganton, North Carolina, to cheer on the teams, but on that special night he got to put on a jersey and play alongside...
Penn. mall once worth $190 million sold to bank for $100
Penn. mall once worth $190 million sold to bank for $100

The Associated Press contributed to this report. One of the biggest indoor malls in Pennsylvania sold at auction Wednesday for $100. The 1.1 million-square-foot Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills was bought by Wells Fargo Bank, which foreclosed on it last year. Wells Fargo was the only bidder and essentially bought the mall from itself. The mall, which opened...
Restaurant owner criticized for offering stereotypical special on MLK Jr. Day
Restaurant owner criticized for offering stereotypical special on MLK Jr. Day

A Texas restaurant owner said she didn't think she did anything wrong when she promoted a holiday special on Facebook. >> Read more trending stories   Sabrina Pyle, owner of Azle Café in Azle, Texas, was hoping to draw in more customers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day when she offered a unique meal. "I came up with this incredible...
Pet owners harm animals for drugs
Pet owners harm animals for drugs

Local veterinarians say people are harming their pets as a way to obtain prescription drugs.   According to Dr. Beth Weisberger with North Main Animal clinic, owners have been bringing in pets with suspicious injuries as a way to get their hands on opioids.  Back in 2013, Ohio law makers approved a bill to stop pet owners who are abusing...
More Stories