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BILL WRIGHT SR.
Weeknights 7 pm-midnight
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Only a few broadcasters have had careers as long, diverse and successful as WPEN's own Bill Wright, Sr.
Bill's illustrious career began in 1950 at WSGN in Birmingham, Alabama where he stayed for six years before moving to Philadelphia and into the legendary powerhouse station WIBG ("Wibbage") where he spent the next 11 years of his life as morning show host.
From 1969 to 1972, Bill opened and operated a school of broadcasting in Providence, Rhode Island, and then a similar position from 1972 through 1975 in Philadelphia. He also worked as the Director of Public Relations and Development for the Philadelphia Drama Guild in the mid 70's and now owns and operates a production company called Wrightway.
Wright's addition to the 950 Family tree came in 1986 as a part-time air personality, helping to make the "Station of the Stars" shine a little bit brighter. Here he hosted the World War II vignettes, a program devoted to remembering WWII Veterans. He explains, "I've never worked at a station where we have as many musical elements as we have here."
The vignettes were so successful that Bill and WPEN Vice President and General Manager, Dean Tyler, were honored by the National Veterans of Foreign Wars, and presented with a beautiful award to thank them for WPEN's continued commitment and dedication to honoring the 50th Anniversary of D-Day and the end of World War II.
Bill's interests, however, extend well beyond his radio/public relations work. He has also dabbled in the world of musical recording, releasing his own versions of "Scarlet Ribbon," "Deck of Cards" and "This Boy That I Call Son."
Having been a manager, salesman, singer and broadcaster, Wright looks forward to spending another decade doing what he does best. "To have celebrated a half a century doing the things I love the most...is still a thrill!"
Bill currently resides in West Chester, Pa. He is the father of six children, four sons and two daughters.
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Frank Kastner rejoined the WPEN team in May 1998 as co-host of the "The Night Train." He is a terrific companion for night owls or for those who work through the evening, entertaining listeners from 12 AM to 6 AM. Kastner's legendary broadcasting career began in 1942 at WDNC (Durham, N.C.) and has continued for six decades. Through the years, Frank has held positions in all areas of radio and television at WPTF, WIBG, WCAU, WFLN, WPTZ, WRCV, KYW, and WPEN.
From 1951 to 1954, Kastner first joined WPEN as "staff announcer." After spending many years at WFLN in Philadelphia, Frank rejoined the WPEN crew from 1970-1973 reporting the current news.
After taking a hiatus for several years, Frank was back on the air at WFLN from 1987-1997. Finally in 1998, he rejoined the "Station of the Stars" for the third time in his career.
Although Kastner was born in Chicago IL, he grew up in West Chester County, NY and currently resides in Haddonfield, NJ. He is the father of five grown children, two sons and three daughters.