I grew up in Beech Creek in the 1950s and 1960s and have fond memories of listening to WBPZ in Lock Haven. They provided world and local news as well as local entertainment, but their real forte was sports.

Coverage of wrestling was second to none. They covered local football as well as Little League Baseball, but my real passion was the Phillies games they broadcast. I remember overhearing the games at local businesses and at the home of friends. I spent many nights on our front porch, sometimes alone, but many times with my friends and neighbors, tuning into Johnny Callison, Jim Bunning and Richie Allen take on the rest of the league. My friends and I anxiously waited each summer day for that night’s game.

I want to thank the station and Harrison John Lipez for their service to listeners like me, which made my life so much richer.

Because of this experience I’m a lifelong Phillies fan and have suffered through the good times and bad with my guys in red pinstripes. Today, I rarely miss a game, although now I watch on TV from my Berks County home. It’s great to be able to watch all the action, but it’s not as exhilarating as listening to the sounds of the game and the play-by-play provided by Richie Ashburn and By Saam. I guess that’s the lure of radio.