Al was born and raised in Amityville, NY. After graduating
from the Amityville schools, he attended RCA Institutes in New York City, acquiring an Associate Degree in Electronic Technology
and a Federal Communications Commission Radio Telephone Operator's License. He also holds a General Class Amateur Radio Operator's
Al's first employment was with Republic Aviation Corporation in Farmingdale, NY as an Engineering Assistant
in the Antenna Lab. However his real desire was to be in Radio Broadcasting.
In 1963 he entered his chosen field as a Transmitter Engineer for WFYI, 1520-AM, Mineola, NY, now WTHE.
From 1964-1966 he was employed by WGLI, 1290-AM, (FM-94.3 for a short time), Babylon, NY, now DARK (off
the air), in the Engineering Department.
In 1966 he became Chief Engineer of WGBB, 1240-AM, Freeport, NY. He constructed their new studio facilities
on Broadcast Plaza in Merrick, which was WGBB's home for about 20 years. In 1970 he constructed a new transmitting facility
in Freeport, replacing the original building which had been in use since 1924.
In 1967 an "air shift" was added to his duties. Al was the Saturday Evening personality on WGBB for over
10 years from 1967 to 1977. After a four year hiatus from broadcasting, he resumed his Saturday Evening oldies shows, averaging
once a month for about another 10 years on WLNG 92.1-FM, Sag Harbor, NY.
After another few years of broadcasting being on the back burner, on March 1st, 2003, Al became the
host of WLNG-FM's "Nightwatch" Tuesday through Sunday mornings, 12:05AM to 5:30AM.
He also has a vacation home In Sag Harbor very close to WLNG's studios..
In September 1977, Al left WGBB radio to enlarge his own business
of Public Safety Communications. This involved the construction and maintenance of communications systems for Police and Fire
Departments. During the peak of this era, he was responsible for most of the fire departments in the Town Of Babylon, NY.
This included constructing a new Babylon Central Fire Alarm
Center 1n 1986, which was in service until September 1997 when BCFA moved to a larger operation constructed by Al's sucessor,
Bay Village Communications. In 1978 he constructed the headquarters console for the Amityville Police Department. This was
in service until October 1997. Al still holds the title of Communications Officer for the Amityville PD.
He also constructed consoles for the Amityville, Copiague,
West Babylon and North Lindenhurst Fire Departments.
Al retired from this field in 1993.
In addition to servicing the fire departments, Al has been a member of the Amityville
Fire Department since August 1961. He belongs to Hose Company Number 1, is the Group Leader of the Water Rescue
Squad, and is Secretary of the Rescue Squad.
Al is a Chaplain for the AFD, is on the Blood Bank, Good and Welfare, Radios and
Alarms, Computer and Attendance Committees. He was Captain of the Rescue Squad at the time of the now famous "DeFeo murders"
in the house that later became known as "The Amityville Horror".
In 1975 Al received the "Fireman Of The Year Award" for his work in organizing the Rescue
Squad. He has also received the Department's "High Percentage Of The Year" award in 1979, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and
the "Most Number of Rescue Calls" award in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was also a Warden on the Fire Council
from 1974 to 1994.
He was also a First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross, a NY State EMT and AEMT
in the 1970s.
Al is a member of the Firemen's Association Of The State Of New York. He served
as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Amityville Historical Society for several years and was elected to the Board
of Trustees on October 11, 2006.
Al was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Amityville Cemetery Association on
November 1, 2006.
On Long Island's "East End", Al is a member of the Sag Harbor Historical Society, the
Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, the "Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt", the "Southampton Trails Preservation Society" and
the South Fork Natural History Museum.
Although Al has always had a great interest in music, particularily the organ, time restrictions
kept him from pursuing it seriously until his retirement from the Communications business in 1993.
Since then he has worked hard to progress in this area and has served as a substitute
organist at The Sag Harbor United Methodist Church, the 1st Presbyterian Church of Sag Harbor, St. John's Episcopal Church
in Southampton, St. Andrew's Dune Church in Southampton, St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the 1st United Methodist Church in
For the past six years Al has participated in the annual Choir Festival in Ocean Grove, NJ.
This is an event where well over 1000 voices from church choirs all over the Northeast join to form one huge choir for a Sunday
He has also participated in the Choral Festival Weekends hosted by the 1st Presbyterian
Church of Northport for the last 3 years.
Al regularly sings with the choirs of the 1st United Methodist Church of Amityville, the 1st
Presbyterian Church of Sag Harbor and St. John's Episcopal Church of Southampton.
Al was also a substitute organist for the Ray Heatherton Breakfast Club during the 1970s.
He has played for the Village Of Amityville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for well over 25 years and nearly as
long for the Amityville Historical Society's Christmas party.
In August 2007, Al became one of the "House Organists" at Chaminade High School in Mineola,
NY where they have a Fantastic 3/15 Austin-Morton theatre pipe organ. For
those not familiar, the 3 indicates 3 full length keyboards of 61 notes each, and the 15 indicates the number of ranks of
pipes in the organ, the smallest being about the size of a fever thermometer and the largest being about 16 feet in
length and about a foot in diameter. The organ is powered by a 15 horsepower electric motor. This is a mighty instrument that has to be heard to be appreciated.
Al's personal collection of organs includes a Hammond A-100 with numerous external speakers
and "Leslies", a Hammond RT-3, a Hammond Porta-B and a 1952 Schulmerich Carillon complete with parchment roll player. He also
has a Rodgers 33E at his home that belongs to a friend. He never runs out of instruments to play.
in April 2006, Al was nominated for the position of Sub-Dean of the Suffolk County Chapter
of the American Guild Of Organists and was installed into that position on June 11th for a two year term. In April 2008, he
was nominated for a position of the newly formed "Members at Large" Board of the Suffolk chapter and was installed into that
position on June 1st for a two year term.
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