Airwaves: A Collection of Radio Editorials from the Golden Apple / Edition 1

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AirWAVES!, a collection of more than thirty years of editorials and commentary given by William O'Shaughnessy, encompasses a wide spectrum of Westchester life, from politics to just plain citizens.O'Shaughnessy, hailed The Squire of Westchester,by former governor Mario Cuomo, brings together a retrospective for the Golden Apple, Westchester County, providing the reader with not only a slice of his articulate style and graceful persona, but also an historiography of events and happenings in and around the county.

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Editorial Reviews

One hundred-plus editorials, 1966-90, lend support to the view of Westchester, NY's WVOX as "America's quintessential community radio station." O'Shaughnessy uses the airwaves as a bully pulpit on NY newsmakers like Mario Cuomo, "the townies," and national issues. Includes b&w photos of relevant personalities and sites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
The New York Times
Bill O'Shaughnessy's editorials make his New York TV counterparts look like so much mish-mash.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823219049
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Series: Communications and Media Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 391
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William O'Shaughnessy is owner and President of Whitney Radio, parent company for WVOX and WRTN in Westchester County, NY. Vox Populi is preceded by three successful books: More Riffs, Rants, and Raves, It All Comes Back to me Now, and Airwaves.

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Table of Contents

Special Acknowledgments
Pt. I Nelson Rockefeller
In the Back Seat on Election Eve 3
Election Day Dawns 6
The Governor and the Garbage 8
Hope Springs Eternal 10
Reports from the Republican National Convention 12
Advice for the President 19
Nelson Leaves Albany: Rockefeller's Last Press Conference as Governor 21
Nelson Rockefeller: The Best Man for the Job 24
Pigeons and Politics in Washington 27
The Vice President and the Good Old Boys 29
The Party of Lincoln Shoots the Messenger! 32
Nelson: A Child of the Neighborhood 35
Pt. II Great Souls and Colorful Characters
John "Shipwreck" Kelly: He Always Winked at the Caddy 43
Louis Boccardi: The Down-home Press Lord 47
Spiro Theodore Agnew: A Sorry Business 51
Bill Scollon: Help Me with This Kennedy Thing 53
William Clinton: Our President 55
Richard M. Nixon: The Thirty-seventh President of the United States 57
Douglas MacArthur: The Towers, Another Campaign 65
Charles Malcolm Wilson: The Fiftieth Governor of New York 67
Hugh Leo Carey: A Great Governor 74
Alvin R. Ruskin: We'll Never See Another Like Him 79
Mims Fredman: The Significant Other Fredman 85
Sirio Maccioni: Maestro Sirio 87
Toots Shor's Family: His Regular Clientele 91
Saloon Songs: Barroom Philosophy 93
William Butcher: A Stand-up Guy 98
Ossie Davis: My Neighbor, the Subversive 102
Anthony J. Colavita: A Legend 104
John Cardinal O'Connor: An Irish Priest Makes a Sick Call 107
Arthur Geoghegan: The Townie Banker 109
Theodore R. Greene: Mr. New Rochelle 112
Charles John Valenti: Unyielding, Unabashed Patriot 122
Frederic B. Powers: The Townie 126
Anthony Bruno Gioffre: "Dad, We Want You!" 129
Frederic Dicker: One for the Dicker 132
Bill Luddy: The Democrat 135
Whitney Moore Young, Jr.: National Leader, Mortal Man, Neighbor 138
Joseph P. Vaccarella: Mayor Joe 140
Alex Norton: Robin Hood 143
Monsignor Edward Connors: The Priest Who Sings 147
Nancy Q. Keefe: She's Still There 150
Vincent Bellew: The Bard of the Real People 153
Vincent de Paul Draddy: InVINcible Draddy 156
Edson Arantes do Nascimento: Pele, the Teacher 159
Bert Williams: Mr. Soccer of Westchester 161
Marty Servo: Memories Are Trophies 163
Nick Manero: The Man in the White Hat 166
Tocci, Jackson, and Now Jimmy Lennon 168
Napoleon Holmes: The Advocate 169
Evie Haas: A Very Good Lady Is Watching 172
Jenny C. Murdy: She Came Away with All the Votes 174
J. Raymond McGovern: "Buy Them a Drink!" 177
Howard DeMarco: My Story 179
Rocco Bellantoni: "You ... the Best!" 182
John Bromphy: Leading the Parade 186
Glenn Miller at Glen Island: Like It Used to Be 188
To Bathe the Sweat 190
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli: Pope John XXIII 192
Pt. III Mario Matthew Cuomo
Reality with a Red Rose 197
Cuomo and the Moonbeams 200
An Implausible New Year's Day 203
The Cuomo Book 207
The Hound of Holliswood 211
Matilda 216
Cuomo Steps Out 220
Don't Run, Mario! 223
Immaculata Cuomo 226
Pt. IV To Life
Hunting = Killing 231
War = Killing 235
Abortion = Killing 237
Pt. V The First Amendment
Introduction 243
Free Speech on the Airwaves (Again!) 244
The Fairness Doctrine 250
Porn Rock and the PMRC 252
Eldridge Cleaver Must Speak 258
Freedom of Expression at Iona College 260
Mr. Justice "Whizzer" White Fumbles 265
Issue Advertising Is the Issue 268
CBS vs. Harley O. Staggers 270
Pt. VI Broadcasting and the Press
William B. Williams 275
John Van Buren Sullivan: The Sounds of Paris at WNEW 282
American Popular Song: Is There a Place on the Dial for It? 291
The Herald Tribune: Death on the Ninth Floor 293
WVIP: When a Station Dies 297
Charles F. McCarthy: A Legend 300
The Eagle Has Landed: What Does It Mean? 303
Pt. VII Assassinations
Martin Luther King, Jr. 307
Pope John Paul II: I Wonder What He'll Say 310
Judge Richard Daronco: One of the Neighbors' Children 311
Yitzhak Rabin: A Tribe Cries 314
George Lincoln Rockwell: "Any Man's Death Diminishes Me" 316
George Wallace: Blame This One on Us 317
Pt. VIII O'Shaughnessy at the Podium
William Mac O'Shaughnessy: 1904-1974 321
Catherine Tucker O'Shaughnessy: 1906-1991 323
John Thomas O'Shaughnessy: 1940-1998 327
Martin Stone: 1915-1998 331
Mario "Pop" Migliucci: 1914-1998 335
Hugh Shannon: 1921-1982 339
Bob Cammann: 1925-1999 343
Judge Irving Kendall: A Retirement Tribute 346
The Bedford Golf Club: The 100th Anniversary 349
Landmark Designation for the Four Seasons Restaurant 353
Epilogue: The "Golden Apple": Westchester in the New Millennium 357
Afterword ... 367
Index 373
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