PSL'S FIRST RADIO STATION SUBJECT OF APRIL GATHERING


Carol and Gregg Wyatt kept us entertained and informed Wednesday night, April 18, 2018, with tales of the early days of WPSL, the first radio station licensed to Port St. Lucie. Coming from the heady media world of California, they purchased the station in 1993 from Fox News chief and GOP powerhouse Roger Ailes, who owned the station for two years. It was founded by stunt pilot Ray Sherwood, who got the FCC license in 1983 and went on the air in 1987.

The Wyatts said, because of streaming, they now have listeners around the world and have heard from many of them. The company includes three AM stations: WPSL 1590/WSTU 1450/La Gigante 1330

JOURNALIST TED BURROWS OPENS SEASON

Members new and old gathered for food and fellowship on the evening of Feb. 21 for the first gathering of 2018. Former Stuart/Port St. Lucie News editorial page editor Ted Burrows shared his memories of coming to the county when he was 13, being a student as Indian River Community College began and working as a desk clerk at the Port St. Lucie Country Club (Club Med) before going off to college. He rounded out his talk with tales of being in the  Audio-Visual branch of the White House Communications Agency during parts of the Johnson and Nixon administrations. City Councilwoman Jolien Caraballo, a society board member, provided an update on the moving of  two historic ranch buildings to the Westmoreland site and planned to be a museum.

MEMBERSHIP GROWS AT MAY 10 GATHERING

Six new members joined, or rejoined, us at Rick's Diner during our May 10, 2017, gathering to learn about future plans for the Port St. Lucie Historical Society and meet recently elected chair Dennis Grabhorn, (right). It was great to see one of our earliest members, Lee Hicks (second from left), and meet her daughter Debbie Kliff (left), shown with Treasurer Christine Williams and young Maya Caraballo. Director Pat Christensen updated the group on the museum planned for the Westmoreland property.

FIRST OUTING OF 2017 A SUCCESS

A great turn-out, fabulous hosts, new members and good food made the first Members Meeting and Dinner of 2017 a great success. The get-together was at the home of John and Karol Carvelli in St. Lucie West with hamburgers fresh off the grill.The next members meeting will be in May at a date and place to be announced. PSL Historical Society Chair Jolien Caraballo gave a brief talk on the upcoming direction of the group and the future need for members to serve on committees. (See more photos on our Facebook page)