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Rockland's most effective communicator

featuring historic documents from WRKL's past

In January 1963, founder Al Spiro requested the call letters WRCR for his new station. The FCC turned down the request. WRKL was his second choice. If the significance of this tidbit is lost on you, consider that the station on 1700 AM in Ramapo is today known as....WRCR. Believe it or not...

Official Correspondence & Documents

Maps & Stuff


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    This letterhead from some 1963 correspondance isn't so much a logo as a font. The phone number was Spiro's residence.

1st WRKL logo The first and longest-running WRKL logo placed an oil derrick in Mt. Ivy. Okay, so it was supposed to be a tower. This logo endured for over 10 years. It was followed by:
bland logo (1977)
son of bland logo (1980)
dial logo (1986) used on promotional material
AM & FM logo (1989) a co-branding experiment with the FM
dial logo#2 (1990) the dial returns!
Brady Bunch Logo The first logo under the ownership of Odyssey Communications (later Big City Radio)(1995)
news-talk logo (1997) this logo was plastered on county buses in '97&'98
George's logo (1998) the station finally got a van in 1998 with the new logo--but it wouldn't last

Sales Materials 1969 rates

The earliest rate card we've found is from 1969, and is pictured above. It was folded in thirds and measured 7 by 9 inches unfolded. On the inside was a coverage map which didn't exagerate too much. This one-sheet from about the same time features Charlie Greer, recently of WABC, New York. The 1979 rate card had a more conventional look than the one from a decade before, and reflected the station's membership in the National Association of Broadcasters. Remember, rates are NET to station. About the same time, the station put out a coverage map. In the 1980's the station distributed these posters to sponsors, for posting at their businesses. These 8-1/2x14 inch posters were displayed on bulletin boards in local high schools, promoting Scott Salotto's new "Teen Magazine" program.
Click here to view a Help Wanted display ad for sales help at Odyssey-owned WRKL. Remember, you can't spell Odyssey without OY!

Mike Flags

Until 1978, WRKL didn't use mike flags at all. Then, these logo-challenged 4-sided ones were used No-logo mike flag ,but only by reporters, not on microphones in the station itself. Also from this era was also a round, 3-sided "clip-on" type.
In 1995, with new ownership came a new mike flag Bigga flag which was BIG, measuring 3-3/4 x 2-1/4 inches. All of the above flags were manufactured by Aladdin Media Products in Branford, CT.

Bumper Stickers

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The first WRKL sticker anyone can remember was on orange paper with black lettering The 1st sticker. When they appeared is unknown.
In 1976, the station ran a " 33 Days of Prizes" contest, which required players to stick a red and white 3 by 5 inch sticker 76 stickeron their car. Winners would be spotted and their license plates read on the air. These stickers were interesting in that across their bottom, they showed a shrunken AM radio dial, showing frequencies and call letters of 6 other stations, in addition to WRKL. Several years later, these stickers were given away at remotes, but were missing the radio-dial bottom.
Between 1977 and 1995, WRKL had only 2 runs of bumper stickers. The first were tiny "safety stickers". don't call it a bumper sticker!Measuring a mere 4-1/8 x 1-1/2 inches, they were reflective, thus rendering them useful. Next, in 1985 came a regular-size sticker stick with me and win a globe offered as part of a "Watch Rockland's Kids with Love" (W.R.K.L.--get it??) safety campaign. Get spotted with this on your car, and you had 91 minutes to call in to win a Replogle globe. Daily winners were then eligible for the grand prize, a trip anywhere in the world.
In 1996 & 1997, the station's "Rockland Proud" campaign was co-sponsored by Pepsi. There were 2 different stickers used during this campaign; a smaller one shown here Is that a microphone in your pocket, or are you just Rockland proud?, and a larger one, which we haven't yet found. Please email us if you have this missing bumper sticker.

Stuff They Gave Away

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This is a bizzare one: would you believe a razor? do you know why these last....SO LONG? This is NOT a photographic trick. These WRKL-branded Bic razors were given away at remotes starting in 1977. Bic was also willing to trade out for disposable lighters, but station management determined that could be interpreted as pro-smoking, so they passed on them. You can't make this stuff up.

From around 1980, there was this key ring key-p it on the R!

This is the cover of a 1987 street map Who needs GPS with this useful map? with Spring Valley on one side, New City and a small map of the entire county on the other. When unfolded it measures 24x38 inches. The maps were given away at local retailers, whose advertisements framed the borders of the map. Printed in black & white, it featured a street index on each side.

Then in 1997 there were these refrigerator magnets stick it! pushing the WRKL-Union State Bank Weatherphone.

They also had these can cozzies you could stick your canned drink in and keep it cool. Cool!

Here's an original WRKL QSL card QSL card, a little bit worse for wear. And here's another 2nd QSL card from 1969. The reverse side states WRKL's first on air date as July 3, 1964. It was....but only for about 30 minutes.

WRKL Station Logs

Press Clippings

CAVEAT EMPTOR! (Buyer Beware!)

Reprinted here is a small booklet published by WRKL in 1966 in response to exaggerated coverage claims made by the new Spring Valley station, WRRC. It's called Caveat Emptor!, and it's chock-full of maps, testimony, facts and figures. Interesting reading.
    Front Cover    Inside front cover    Page 1    Pages 2&3    Pages 4&5    Pages 6&7
    Pages 8&9    Pages 10&11    Pages 12&13    Pages 14&15    Inside rear cover

The Impossible Dream LP

In 1969 the station produced an LP record (on the SWAMP label, of course) called "The Impossible Dream". It was a posthumous tribute to founder Al Spiro, who died of a massive coronary on 6/3/68 at 47. The album chronicled the first few years of the station's life, and was offered for sale, with 90% of the proceeds going towards a fund to raise money for an intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. It was narrated by news director Art Athens.

WRKL'S Listing in the May 1978 RADIO GUIDE

In 1978, volume 1, number 1 of the "New York AM-FM Radio Guide" was published. We don't recall ever seeing issue number 2 of what was supposed to be a bi-monthly mini-magazine (annual subscription: $6), but here's a copy of no. 1's cover and WRKL's listing. The listing is followed alphabetically by WRNW, a station that 10 years later would become WRKL's sister FM, WRNW (and subsequently WXPS, WRGX, and then, under separate ownership, WYNY. Today, it's the Peak, WXPK). And look who's listed as WRNW's midday DJ.

Station Memos

The U of M Collection

Take a look at samples from the University of Maryland's WRKL Collection, part of UM's Library of American Broadcasting, featuring contributions from former WRKL owner Betty Ramey. Interesting photos, newspaper articles & promotional stuff.

The FCC's History Cards

From the FCC's website, we grabbed a copy of the WRKL History Cards. The cards are the Commission's records of station changes before they went to their first computer database in 1980. Originally, entries were typed onto index cards. At some point, they scanned those onto microfilm, then later, they scanned the microfilm images, created a negative (for easier reading), and made the pdf file which is duplicated here. It's one 12 mB file, and you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it, but who doesn't have that these days?

There's more to come. Stay tuned.

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  A brief history of the station
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