The Time Machine for January 23, 2013: Back in 1948
- WISL Radio was about to launch. Opening ceremonies were held on Jan. 25, 1948, and a full-page newspaper ad heralded the arrival of Shamokin's first radio station. Henry Lark was the president of Anthracite Broadcasting, Samuel C. Price was vice president, Charles Petrie was the station manager, Stanley Binkoski the sales manager, Bernard Marshall the chief engineer and Jerry Kreeger the chief announcer. The very first song played on the radio station was "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning." Among other shows on that first program log: "Juvenile Jury," "The Shadow" and "Nick Carter."
- It had been cold all month, with temperatures below zero; and there was a lot of snow, including a weekend blizzard.
- On the national scene, Interior Secretary J.A. Kroog said the country's oil supplies were dwindling dangerously, and that Washington had better start a synthetic oil program right away.
- Robert Bailey, director of the Shamokin High School Band, said his charges were all set to do "Atlantis, the Lost Continent" for their winter concert.
- In the Luzerne County Courthouse at Wilkes-Barre, custodian Charles Houseknecht was happy about a county commission decision to get rid of the courthouse cuspidors. He said he could kiss the person who invented chewing gum, but theatre owners hadn't been heard from yet: they hadn't looked under the seats.