The Golden Age of Radio will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, at the meeting of the Summit Hill Historical Society
It will feature audio segments of some of the most iconic radio programs in history. The Society meets in its museum at 146 West Ludlow Street in the hilltop community. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Presented by Bruce Frassinelli, a 1957 graduate of Summit Hill High School, this program will span the period between 1930 and 1955 when radio was the dominant broadcast medium in the United States.
The program will include interesting facts about some of the programs and the actors who endeared themselves to millions of Americans who gathered in their living rooms each evening.
Radio has been called the medium of imagination, and Frassinelli will broaden this theme during his presentation.
Among some of the excerpts will be: Fibber Magee and Molly, Amos 'n' Andy, Henry Aldrich, Superman, the Lone Ranger, the Whistler, the Shadow, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch and even a medley of famous commercials for Lava soap, Crisco, Pepsi Cola and others.
Frassinelli earned his bachelor's and master's degree at East Stroudsburg University, where he was presented with the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2011. He has pursued his twin professional loves – communication and education – his entire adult life simultaneously.
He began his communication career as a part-time radio announcer at WVPO in Stroudsburg while he was a junior in college. He later became the station's news, program and sports director.
He retired in 1998 as publisher of The Palladium-Times newspaper in Oswego, N.Y. Prior to that, he worked his way through a series of promotions at The Express-Times in Easton, where he was editor and general manager at the time of his promotion to the Oswego paper. During his tenure as editor, The Express-Times was named as one of the 14 best small-city newspapers in the United States and the best in Pennsylvania. Frassinelli and a colleague were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for a series of articles citing land-abuse violations in the second-home industry in the Poconos.
In retirement, Frassinelli teaches in-classroom political science courses for Lehigh Carbon Community College and online communication ethics classes for the State University of New York at Oswego.
He is also senior columnist with two Oswego-based magazines. He won the award for best column three years in a row in competition sponsored by the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County.
Frassinell lives in Schnecksville with his wife, the former Marie Macaluso, formerly of New Columbus. Between them, they have five children, and they have nine grandchildren.