March 19 – Happy Birthday Carl Bahn

Cbahn2Carl Bahn was Valedictorian of his 1955 Wilbur Lynch High School graduating class and then earned a degree in English from Dartmouth. So what’s a brilliant young man with an Ivy League diploma do next? Probably not what most folks would think he would do. Young Mr. Bahn returned to Amsterdam. He had a job at WCSS during his high school days and absolutely loved working in radio. So he accepted an offer from Phil Spencer Sr. to become program director at the studio on upper Locust Ave. and for the next six years he helped 1490 on your AM dial rise to its golden era and become this community’s most successful radio station of all-time.

Born here in Amsterdam on March 19, 1937, Bahn had deep roots in this community. His grandfather had opened a men’s apparel shop in downtown Amsterdam in 1930. Those roots became even deeper when he met the love of his life, a girl from Minaville named Peggy LeRoy in 1961. The two got married that November and began a family that would grow to three children. During his time at WCSS, Carl gave Bob Cudmore his first job in radio and stole the local legend, Bill Pope from crosstown rival station WAFS.

Bahn's boyhood home at 268 Guy Park Ave.
Bahn’s boyhood home at 268 Guy Park Ave.

Carl decided to accept an advertising and …

The rest of Carl Bahn’s birthday post will be published in the second editionof A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which will be available for sale right after Thanksgiving. To make sure you get your hands on one of the first copies, join my mailing list here.

The first edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which features my birthday posts for 320 current or former Amsterdam residents, is currently being sold at Liberty Fresh Market, on Route 30 in Amsterdam. You can also purchase it online here.

Carl shares his March 19 birthday with this former office manager at the Wilkinson Law Firm.

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