Tuning in to Ray Adell

Longtime radio broadcaster Ray Adell of Ray Adell Media, WGSM, WBAB and more.

Longtime radio broadcaster Ray Adell of Ray Adell Media, WGSM, WBAB and more. Photo by Tom Hoffman.

Ray Adell is a radio man, from his early days broadcasting down in Virginia to his arrival at WGSM (World’s Greatest Suburban Market!) in Huntington in the early 1950s. But perhaps you’ll remember him best as the voice (and mind) behind “About Long Island,” the long-running radio spot sponsored by the Grumman Corporation. For over twenty years Ray and his staff at Adell Media served up snippets of Long Island history in morning drive time to educate and entertain.

In this interview Ray looks back at the people he’s met (Jack Ellsworth and Edmund Hillary to name just two), stations he’s worked at (WCAP, WEST, WKBS, WGSM and WBAB to name just five), and answers the question: is radio dead?

Leave a comment if you have memories of Ray or any of the old Long Island stations. And special thanks to Thom Hoffman for arranging this interview.

BONUS: The Long Island History Project is now listed in iTunes! If you like what you hear, please leave a review or rate us. If you’re not sure how, read this first.

Many great interviews ahead so keep listening! You can bookmark us, use the “follow” button to get email updates, or subscribe in iTunes or your podcast reader of choice.

Stream in the player above or download audio.

Further Research



  1. Chris Kretz

    We got a nice reply from Sandy Jones who still looks back on his time on Long Island with fondness. He also shared this related anecdote:
    “During the 80’s Grumman defended itself from a hostile takeover attempt by the Texas aerospace company LTV. As Ray said in the interview, 25% of Long Island had a stake in Grumman. LTV wanted to reach those stakeholders, but none of the Long Island radio stations — virtually all of which carried “About Long Island” — would sell them time at any price. I think that LTV eventually offered substantial premiums, but LTV never got on the air. The stations were loyal to their long-time customer and, I think more significantly, to their friend, Ray Adell.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s