The Grebe family announces the passing of their father, Alfred H. Grebe, Jr., who died peacefully on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

GREBE, Alfred H. Jr., 91, of Richmond, VA, passed away December 10, 2017. He was born April 3, 1926 and raised in Hollis, Queens County, Long Island, NY.  After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1944 he served in the US Navy for two years during WWII as Aviation Electronics Technician.  He then earned his Electronics Engineering degree and a Master of Science degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. At RPI he was elected into two scholastic societies: Tau Beta Pi and Etta Kappa Nu.  Alfred started his career in 1950 with the Sperry Gyroscope Co.  He worked with an American high-tech company for several years and was sent to Germany to set up manufacturing operations in Munich and Waterlooville, England.  He moved to Richmond in 1977 to accept the position of Dir. of Manufacturing Engineering at General Medical Corp. Within two years he was promoted to Director of the firm’s ten manufacturing operations.  He retired in 1993, but because of his energetic love for manufacturing activities he accepted short-term positions in Richmond with small companies.  In 2003, at the age of 77, he helped two of his local sons break into house-building and worked alongside them in building their first house.  During his adult life he enjoyed surf fishing (especially at Nags Head, NC), piloting small airplanes, snow skiing, water skiing, camping, cross-country touring, and helping neighbors with their household projects.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred H. Grebe, his mother, Stephanie M. Grebe, and his two sisters, Stephanie M. Meier and Camilla A. Lockwood. He is survived by four sons, Alfred H. Grebe III and his wife, Heidi; Roy D. Grebe and his wife, May; Wayne T. Grebe and his wife, Alicia; and Richard L. Grebe and his wife, Diane.  He is also survived by five grandchildren, Alexander, Branch, Valyn, Kai, and Mariel, and many nieces and nephews.  Alfred’s remains will be interred at the GREBE family plot at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, Queens County, Long Island, NY.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the “Alfred H. Grebe Award” fund managed by the Radio Club of America.  Proceeds from this fund are awarded by the Radio Club of America to individuals making “significant achievements of excellence in the engineering and manufacturing of radio equipment.”

To make a donation to the Alfred H. Grebe Award fund:

  1. Go to http://radioclubofamerica.org/donate-to-rca/
  2. Enter contact information and donation amount
  3. Choose Grebe under the “Fund to apply donation”
  4. Pay via credit card or choose the “sending check or money order” option
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Alfred H. Grebe Leads Off WCBS News Radio’s Series, 50 People To Know: WCBS 880 Celebrates 50 Years Of Covering News In New York

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We are pleased WCBS News Radio 880 in New York City is commemorating Alfred H. Grebe’s radio station WAHG, as the originator of what became WCBS.  WCBS Anchor/Reporter Alex Silverman produced the radio interview and video for the WCBS News Radio website.

The story includes an excellent capsule of A. H. Grebe’s life and times, with colorful comments from Grebe grandsons George D. Meier, yours truly, A. H. Grebe, 3rd, and Richmond Hill Historian Carl Ballenas.

The link to the A. H. Grebe story http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/12/30/50-people-grebe/

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WCBS News Radio 880 is celebrating their 50th year as an all news radio station, and will be adding more stories commemorating their history during 2017.  Keep up with WCBS 880 Back Stories at http://newyork.cbslocal.com/category/wcbs-880-anniversary/

 

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Hear about Alfred H. Grebe, the founding father of what became WCBS Radio.

WCBS Radio 880’s Wayne Cabot interviewed Alfred H. Grebe Jr. in 2004.

The occasion was the Richmond Hill Historical Society plaque placed on the former Grebe Radio factory.  See the story at http://www.greberadio.com/1922-grebe-radio-factory/

The audio file comes to us courtesy of Alex Silverman, WCBS Newsradio 880 Anchor/Report.  Alex recently got in touch with me (Alfred H. Grebe, 3rd) and George D. Meier, also a grandson of Alfred H. Grebe.  We chatted with Alex via Skype about the Alfred Grebe’s radio legacy.  Alex will be editing the conversation for a possible news story commemorating WCBS Radio 880’s 50th anniversary as an all news station.

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Alfred H.Grebe as listed on Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia.

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Here is a copy of a letter written by a contemporary and friend of A. H. Grebe, Richard S. Egolf.

William Paley was kind enough to send it to me after my inquiry about working at CBS to a start in the media business.

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http://spectator.org/articles/55425/am-radio-signing

Roy D. Grebe found an interesting article covering the decline of AM radio in the American Spectator honoring A. H. Grebe for his early achievements which included founding the New York City radio station that later became WCBS, still a top rated AM radio station.  The mention of A. H. Grebe is towards the end of the article.  Link here.

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Grebe Radio-Phonograph

A reader has shared photos of an unusual Grebe Radio-phonograph console found in a house recently purchased.  This item is for sale, so if you are interested in this well preserved antique Grebe radio, contact me by email for more details.

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Henry Rogers Performs The Glow-Worm Idyl

This was shot January 2011 in Henry and Sharon’s home, just above their Western Historic Radio Museum. It was a surprise to learn that Henry is an accomplished musician. At the tail end of the video, Henry is in the museum speaking about Grebe radios being a favorite choice among hams in the 1920’s.

The video is a bit shaky because it was shot with a small portable Flip camera.

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