KSAL's Morning News Helps Celebrate 75 Years
Jeff Garretson - Fri 10:32 AM 06/15/2012
Sen. Jerry Moran shares a smile and stories, later Wilma and Lori kept us on The Sunny Side Friday morning on KSAL.
The KSAL Morning News had several special guests stop by the studio Friday morning to help kick off the 75th anniversary celebration.
Senator Jerry Moran, joined Dave Foor, Rich Alexander and Jeff Garretson to share some stories from the past.
Senator Moran reflected on his early on-air interviews at KSAL while he was a State Senator and then Representative of the "Big First."
"Kansas State University came to Salina, we were figuring out what to do with Marymount and the issue of the law enforcement center," he said.
"There were some significant decisions made back in those days - late 80's early 90's that had a significant impact upon the future of Salina."
Live music was back on the air Friday as Wilma Walker Howie and Lori Howi Jennings performed in studio.
Wilma was half of the "Walker Sisters" duo that played on KSAL with Sonny Slater as part of the "Barnyard Frolics" show from 1954 to 1957.
She told the listeners how Sonny encouraged Wilma and her sister Donna after hearing them play in Chapman.
"He said when you girls graduate, I've got a job waiting for both of you up here at KSAL."
Wilma and her daughter Lori played a lively version of "Keep On The Sunny Side," before the show wrapped up with Paul Harvey's 1967 broadcast from Salina.
A special live radio show, featuring classic audio from over the years and former KSAL personalities in the studio, will air from 2 till 6 Friday afternoon.
The public is invited to an open house Friday afternoon as well. It will feature tours of the KSAL facilities, a display of radio station memorabilia, and refreshments.
The open house is from 3 till 6.
The KSAL studios are located on the the third floor of the Townsite Building at 131 N. Santa Fe in Downtown Salina.