Cover image for Airwaves : a collection of radio editorials from the Golden Apple
Airwaves : a collection of radio editorials from the Golden Apple
O'Shaughnessy, William.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Fordham University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxvii, 391 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1170 Lexile.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
E839.4 .O84 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



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.

Author Notes

William O'Shaughnessy is owner and President of Whitney Radio, which owns and operates WVOX and WRTN in Westchester County. He is also the author of Air Waves: A Collection of Radio Editorials from the Golden Apple.

Table of Contents

Mario M. CuomoFrank Nardozzi
Special Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Forewordp. xxiii
Introductionp. xxv
Part I Nelson Rockefeller
In the Back Seat on Election Evep. 3
Election Day Dawnsp. 6
The Governor and the Garbagep. 8
Hope Springs Eternalp. 10
Reports from the Republican National Conventionp. 12
A Man to Succeed Abraham Lincolnp. 12
Long Odds ... and Governor Cargop. 14
It Was the Same on All the Channelsp. 15
The Colored Folks Are Congregatin' Againp. 16
Advice for the Presidentp. 19
Nelson Leaves Albany: Rockefeller's Last Press Conference as Governorp. 21
Nelson Rockefeller: The Best Man for the Jobp. 24
Pigeons and Politics in Washingtonp. 27
The Vice President and the Good Old Boysp. 29
The Party of Lincoln Shoots the Messenger!p. 32
Nelson: A Child of the Neighborhoodp. 35
Part II Great Souls and Colorful Characters
John "Shipwreck" Kelly: He Always Winked at the Caddyp. 43
Louis Boccardi: The Down-home Press Lordp. 47
Spiro Theodore Agnew: A Sorry Businessp. 51
Bill Scollon: Help Me with This Kennedy Thingp. 53
William Clinton: Our Presidentp. 55
Richard M. Nixon: The Thirty-seventh President of the United Statesp. 57
Nixon: The Rockefellers and a Little Rallyp. 57
Nixon: Let, Then, His Deeds Be Eloquentp. 60
Nixon: Alonep. 61
Douglas MacArthur: The Towers, Another Campaignp. 65
Charles Malcolm Wilson: The Fiftieth Governor of New Yorkp. 67
Wilson: In the Home Heathp. 68
Wilson: Our Neighborp. 71
Hugh Leo Carey: A Great Governorp. 74
Carey: The Morning Afterp. 74
Carey: Endorsed for Governorp. 76
Alvin R. Ruskin: We'll Never See Another Like Himp. 79
Ruskin: An Unlikely Herop. 79
Ruskin: The Rule of Lawp. 82
Mims Fredman: The Significant Other Fredmanp. 85
Sirio Maccioni: Maestro Siriop. 87
Toots Shor's Family: His Regular Clientelep. 91
Saloon Songs: Barroom Philosophyp. 93
William Butcher: A Stand-up Guyp. 98
Ossie Davis: My Neighbor, the Subversivep. 102
Anthony J. Colavita: A Legendp. 104
Colavita: The Splendid Supervisorp. 104
Colavita: The Night of the Long Knivesp. 105
John Cardinal O'Connor: An Irish Priest Makes a Sick Callp. 107
Arthur Geoghegan: The Townie Bankerp. 109
Theodore R. Greene: Mr. New Rochellep. 112
Greene: The Townie Politicianp. 112
Greene: An Era Endsp. 115
Charles John Valenti: Unyielding, Unabashed Patriotp. 122
Frederic B. Powers: The Towniep. 126
Anthony Bruno Gioffre: "Dad, We Want You!"p. 129
Frederic Dicker: One for the Dickerp. 132
Bill Luddy: The Democratp. 135
Whitney Moore Young, Jr.: National Leader, Mortal Man, Neighborp. 138
Joseph P. Vaccarella: Mayor Joep. 140
Alex Norton: Robin Hoodp. 143
Monsignor Edward Connors: The Priest Who Singsp. 147
Nancy Q. Keefe: She's Still Therep. 150
Vincent Bellew: The Bard of the Real Peoplep. 153
Vincent de Paul Draddy: InVINcible Draddyp. 156
Edson Arantes do Nascimento: Pele, the Teacherp. 159
Bert Williams: Mr. Soccer of Westchesterp. 161
Marty Servo: Memories Are Trophiesp. 163
Nick Manero: The Man in the White Hatp. 166
Tocci, Jackson, and Now Jimmy Lennonp. 168
Napoleon Holmes: The Advocatep. 169
Evie Haas: A Very Good Lady Is Watchingp. 172
Jenny C. Murdy: She Came Away with All the Votesp. 174
J. Raymond McGovern: "Buy Them a Drink!"p. 177
Howard DeMarco: My Storyp. 179
Rocco Bellantoni: "You ... the Best!"p. 182
John Brophy: Leading the Paradep. 186
Glenn Miller at Glen Island: Like It Used to Bep. 188
To Bathe the Sweatp. 190
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli: Pope John XXIIIp. 192
Part III Mario Matthew Cuomo
Reality with a Red Rosep. 197
Cuomo and the Moonbeamsp. 200
An Implausible New Year's Dayp. 203
The Cuomo Bookp. 207
The Hound of Holliswoodp. 211
Matildap. 216
Cuomo Steps Outp. 220
Don't Run, Mario!p. 223
Immaculata Cuomop. 226
Part IV To Life
Hunting = Killingp. 231
The Grammar School Killers: So Near and Yet So Farp. 231
The Killing Seasonp. 233
War = Killingp. 235
A Dirty Little Warp. 235
Dying for Peace in Half a Warp. 235
Abortion = Killingp. 237
The Greatest Issuep. 237
To Life!p. 237
Statistically Speakingp. 238
Part V The First Amendment
Introductionp. 243
Free Speech on the Airwaves (Again!)p. 244
The Fairness Doctrinep. 250
Porn Rock and the PMRCp. 252
Eldridge Cleaver Must Speakp. 258
Freedom of Expression at Iona Collegep. 260
John Hagan and His School Newspaperp. 260
The Purging of Offensive Materialp. 262
Mr. Justice "Whizzer" White Fumblesp. 265
Issue Advertising Is the Issuep. 268
CBS vs. Harley O. Staggersp. 270
Part VI Broadcasting and the Press
William B. Williamsp. 275
The Disc Jockeyp. 275
He Respected His Audiencep. 278
John Van Buren Sullivan: The Sounds of Paris at WNEWp. 282
Sullivan: Saying Good-byep. 282
JVBS: A Man of Great Stylep. 284
American Popular Song: Is There a Place on the Dial for It?p. 291
The Herald Tribune: Death on the Ninth Floorp. 293
WVIP: When a Station Diesp. 297
Charles F. McCarthy: A Legendp. 300
The Eagle Has Landed: What Does It Mean?p. 303
Part VII Assassinations
Martin Luther King, Jr.p. 307
We All Own a Piece of the Outragep. 307
After the Shootingp. 307
Pope John Paul II: I Wonder What He'll Sayp. 310
Judge Richard Daronco: One of the Neighbors' Childrenp. 311
Yitzhak Rabin: A Tribe Criesp. 314
George Lincoln Rockwell: "Any Man's Death Diminishes Me"p. 316
George Wallace: Blame This One on Usp. 317
Part VIII O'Shaughnessy at the Podium
William Mac O'Shaughnessy: 1904-1974p. 321
Catherine Tucker O'Shaughnessy: 1906-1991p. 323
John Thomas O'Shaughnessy: 1940-1998p. 327
Martin Stone: 1915-1998p. 331
Mario "Pop" Migliucci: 1914-1998p. 335
Hugh Shannon: 1921-1982p. 339
Bob Cammann: 1925-1999p. 343
Judge Irving Kendall: A Retirement Tributep. 346
The Bedford Golf Club: The 100th Anniversaryp. 349
Landmark Designation for the Four Seasons Restaurantp. 353
The "Golden Apple": Westchester in the New Millenniump. 357
Afterword ...p. 367
Indexp. 373