Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” As Read By WSKG’s Namesake

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A portrait of Reverend Stanley Kiehl Gambell, now on display in the Vestal studios of WSKG Public Media.

Before his untimely death in 1966, Reverend Stanley Kiehl Gambell recorded a reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.  For years, the tale of loss and redemption was broadcast on Christmas Eve by WSKG Radio.

WSKG was named for Gambell, a prominent local clergyman who was active in children’s television programming.

Pastor of Binghamton’s First Congregational Church, Gambell appeared regularly on TV & Radio, often reciting stories from memory.

He died November 22, 1966 in an auto accident near Wilkes-Barre, PA; shortly before WSKG TV signed on the air.  In memory of his dedication to public broadcasting, many people donated on his behalf to the coming public TV station.  As a result, WSKG Television, WSKG Radio and WSKG.org all bear his initials