Who's Who at WONN

Gabriel's Co-Workers

Willie Anderson, Sr.
Bob Collins
Ted Covington
Al Dohany
Florida Calling
John Hoy
Fulton Lewis, Jr.
Duane McConnell
Graham Mela
Mutual Game of the Day
Jonnie Pinkston
Queen for a Day
Smoke House Serenade
Bill Snyder
Robert Taylor
John Taylor
The Ebony Special
Time With the Taylors

Gabriel Heatter

A New York City-born Mutual news commentator, Heatter’s first appearance for the network came in 1935, reporting on the events of the day for 15 minutes each night. During World War II, after the U.S. sank a Japanese destroyer, he came on the air reporting “ah, there’s good news tonight.” The line became a national catch-phrase and Heatter continued to use it the rest of his radio career.

For most of the latter years of his program, he was the major newscaster for Mutual. With his broadcasts delivered from his home in Freeport, Long Island, where one room was equipped as a radio studio, Heatter’s 15-minute nightly Mutual news program was carried by the network through 1961.

Gabriel Heatter died in 1972 at the age of 82.

Station History

1949 - 1957 WONN (News)

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