Obit: Washington DC's Frank Harden (95) Long-time Morning Host on 630 AM WMAL


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Posted by Chris Burger on June 22, 2018 at 09:49:10:

This is not New York-related, but it's an interesting snap-shot of an earlier era in radio. Some of it probably rings a bell for fans and veterans of a gentler, all-purpose, small-town America once dotted with radio stations of this sort. As someone once told me, Washington, D.C. until the 1960s and the advance of air conditioning was very much a sleepy southern town and this story captures some of that "Mayberry" flavor.

"Radio host Frank Harden was the first to concede that he didn't do edgy shtick. It would have never occurred to him to test his welcome in people's bedrooms, kitchens and cars by taking political stands or being the slightest bit nasty... 'He had his own politics, but nobody ever knew what they were...He believed the show should be for everybody.'...Radio Executives had not yet subscribed to the notion that each station should appeal to one thinly sliced demographic group."




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