Powers Gouraud

Powers Gouraud, "The Old Night Owl," began some of his earlier nightly commentary on WCAU radio, which was sponsored by Yellow Cab, with "Yel-low, night owls and night owlettes, yel-low!"

In May of 1951, Powers suffered a heart attack and "the ol' night owl" was off the air for five months. What we have here is a five minute broadcast dating from October 30, 1951 welcoming Powers back to the air. This program aired at 10:55 pm, just 20 minutes from the start of Powers Gouraud's program. While Powers is not on this broacast, many interesting people are, including WCAU-AM program director, Stan Lee Broza. Also included were Ted Husing, Eugene Ormandy and Connie Mack. This broadcast was hosted by Norris West who was named FM Program Director for WCAU-FM when the owners applied for a construction permit to construct the FM station in 1946. Beginning on this date, Gouraud's broadcast schedule was cut from Monday thru Friday to just Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Listen to the broadcast!

From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Photo and Audio clip originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Gerry Wilkinson
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