Early Local Radio Pioneers

In today's local history column, Radio came roaring into the city in the 1920's, you read all about how radio got started in Scranton.  Well here are a few photos of those early radio pioneers.

Adolph Oschmann, a pioneer radio engineer who helped establish Scranton Times Radio Station WQAN - now - WEJL - fifty years ago, looks over photos from the early days of radio in Scranton with WEJL station manager Hugh Connor and program director Bill Longworth.  WEJL is marking its 50th anniversary this year.  On the desk is one of the station's original licenses.

An interesting note on this photo is the photo that Adolph Oschmann is holding.  If you look closely you can see that the four men in the photo are Civil War veterans and the photo was taken upon their appearance on WQAN on October 16, 1923.  The four veterans were a singing group from the Ezra S. Griffin post of the Grand Army of the Republic.  The performance was scheduled to mark the 64th anniversary of the attack led by John Brown on the arsenal at Harper's Ferry.