SYRACUSE — This may very well qualify as the all-time “oldest” Picture of the Week yet. We’re going back more than 70 years in Syracuse radio history, with scans from a few pages from a “WFBL Cook Book of the Stars,” published in 1941.
A contributor who prefers to be identified as “a long-time reader” of CNYRadio.com says the book comes from “well before our time, and from a simpler era for sure.” Our anonymous contributor sent along scans from three different pages of the book, starting with the front cover:
Next, a scan of the preface page, which explains how this cookbook evolved into a “triple feature” to include a picture album and a “Who’s Who” of WFBL radio, complete with biographical tidbits about the on-air personalities and the back office staffers who shared recipes for the publication.
And finally, we have a scan from “page 31” of the cookbook. WFBL “special events man” Neal Moylan shares his recipes for Announcer’s Pie and Eggs A La King. And “Socony Radio News” anchor Jack O’Neil (“born John Paul Eno” prior to gaining his on-air name in Buffalo) shares his recipe for Apple Pancakes.
Thanks again to our anonymous reader for finding this treasure from Syracuse radio history, scanning a few pages, and sending them along. We’re very grateful to have the chance to share this with our readers.
By contrast, we have a much more recent photo lined up for next Friday’s edition of Picture of the Week, but after that, the hopper’s empty — so whether you’ve got something recent from your local radio or television station, or another “blast from the past,” we’re always grateful for your submissions. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can upload via the Contact Form. There’s a new Picture of the Week every Friday.