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Leroy Farland Bremmer

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City Press - June 15, 1971

LeRoy Bremmer of WLDB Dies

LeRoy Bremmer, co-owner of radio station WLDB and well known to area radio listeners, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon.  He was stricken while t the station’s studio and was dead on arrival at Atlantic City Hospital at 1:50 p.m.

Mr. Bremmer was 71.  He came to Atlantic City in 1953 and established radio station WLDB with his wife and co-owner, Dorothy Bremmer, in 1955.

Studio in Hotel:  The couple operated from the Senator Hotel until 1961 when studios were moved to the Penn-Atlantic Hotel.  Three years ago, when the Penn-Atlantic closed, the studio was moved to North Tennessee Avenue and Absecon Boulevard.  

Born in Iowa Falls, Iowa, Mr. Bremmer was a graduate of the Radio Engineering Institute, Valparaiso, Ind. and as a radio engineer helped establish many stations in locations including Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland and Los Angeles.  He operated radio stations in Eureka, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Kermit, Texas and Bristol Bay, Alaska.  

Commander at Sea: During World War II Mr. Bremmer served as a commander with the U.S. Maritime Service and was a graduate of its electronics and radar school.  He played a significant role in the historic Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II for which he received a service citation.  Before coming to the resort, Mr. Bremmer pioneered with Dumont television at the United Nations at Lake Success, L.I.

He was the inventor of an automatic system of tuning used in broadcast receivers and had written technical manuals for radio schools.  Mr. Bremmer was cited in 1957 for outstanding leadership by the National Conference of Christians and Jews and had been commended by Beth Israel Congregation for service to religious understanding.

He was a charter member of DeForest Pioneers, a member of the Institute of Radio Engineers, Veterans Wireless Operators Association, Radio Pioneers, and Elks Club.

The Bremmers resided at 45 S. South Carolina Ave.  Besides his wife, Dorothy, Mr. Bremmer is survived by two stepsons, John F Moore of Doylestown, Pa and William B. Moore of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Mrs Winnifred Jones of Burbank, California, and Mrs. Glee Karalis of El Monte, California; and two brothers, Russell C of San Diego, California and Earl  of Burbank, California.

Portrait of my brother Leroy Farland

My Brother

A Word Portrait of Leroy 

LeRoy Farland was born in Iowa Falls, Iowa on 23 May 1900, he was the first born of Carl Jerry Bremmer and Lucy Methesmith Sharpe.  He was named LeRoy, the middle name of my dad’s youngest brother.  Farland was the name of the family that mother lived with while attending Ellsworth College.  LeRoy was a three pounder, so from his very first day, he was well care for and pampered.

My first memories of LeRoy bean just before World War I.  He was an intellectual genius and a pioneer in early wireless communications.  He built a “wireless shack” at the top of the stairs, a room with the door always closed and woe be to anyone who opened the door of this sacred room!  He kept the family informed everyday of the War’s process in Europe.  We knew of events taking place “over there” before they were published in the newspaper.  He was comparable to the kid of today who cracks the secret code of the computers and has unlimited power.  LeRoy had decoded the security code used to transmit government secrets between the United States and the Allies in Europe.  This was hush hush at our home since we all knew the government would confiscated his equipment if they discovered his talent.

He was not accepted for military service, but he joined the Merchant Marines (as a Wireless operator) escorting ships across the Atlantic Ocean after the United States entered the war.  He went through many perilous exciting experiences. 

After World War I, he continued his service with the Merchant Marine.  On one of his trips across the North Sea, he was stricken with appendicitis, and taken off the ship to the treated at a Germany Hospital.  During his recovery, the defeated, bitter surgeons informed him that beside removing his appendix, they had also sterilized him.  This was his punishment because he had a German name and did not fight for the Fatherland, but rather against his so called heritage.

When he returned to the U.S., he entered and later graduated from the Radio Engineering Instute at Valparaiso, Indiana.  While there he me his first wife Martha.

LeRoy was a loner, at times cranky, unresponsive and spoiled, always expecting to be waited on, it was no wonder that his marriage ended in divorce.  Yet in spite of these traits (similar to the moods of sister Lucille)he could be charming.

LeRoy continued with his communications work, in fact, he was associated with Dr. Lee DeForest in the development of the radio.  They were close friends.  For about a year LeRoy had adapted his radios with push buttons, yet neglected to file for a patent.  When he did file, he discovered that others were also asking for patents on the push button.  The courts ruled that the push button was a naturalevolution in the development of radio  He was the inventor of the automatic system of tuning used in broadcasting.

During this time, he married Jean, a strange and moody girl.  This marriage soon ended in divorce.  Jean was many years younger than LeRoy and his settled ways just did not fit in with her life style.

For years, during the summer months, LeRoy would go to Alaska to operate the radio station at Bristol Bay.  This was the system that broadcasted the control for the salmon fishing and the canning fishiers. He also operated stations in Eureka, California, Seattle, Washington, Kermit, Texas and at the United Nations in New York.

During World War II, he served as Commander with the U.S. Maritime Service and graduated from their Radar and Electronics School.  He played a significant role in the historic Battle of the Coral Seas for which he received Service Citations.

In the 50’s he married Dorothy and they moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where they were granted an operating license.  Here they built and operated Radio Station WLDB in 1955.  These years were the happiest of his life.  He was highly regarded in the radio broadcasting industry.  He and I were probably closet during those years. 

We would have hour long telephone conversations.  Just after the February 1971, San Fernando earthquake, I gave (via phone) an eye witness account broadcasted “live” over his station in Atlantic City.

A few months later, LeRoy finished giving the 12 o’clock noon news broadcast, signed off, walked into his office and suffered a stroke.  From a small boy to a man of seventy-one, he lived his life starting with a hobby and making it his life work, he literally died with his boots on.

His death certificate, dated 14 June 1971, states cause of death, Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage.  He is buried in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Written by Winnifred Jones

My name is Daria Moore Prendergast. Leroy was my Dad, John Moore's , step father but he was the only grandfather that I knew because my dad's biological father died in 1956. I was 13 when he died in 1971. My memories of grandpa were of him sitting in the studio with either a cigarette, toothpick or a cheeto dangling out of his mouth. He loved cats and would share his cheetos with them or they would play a game with him behind a door and they would pass a cheeto back and forth under the door. I can't remember the name of the first female cat he and my grandmother had-it was a female, but after she died, they had 3; a male named Junior who was very fat and would only let grandma and grandpa pet him ( we used to see if we could get a pet in without getting scratched) , a female named Mama cat and a female named Baby, also known as Feather. When the Beatles came to Atlantic City, Grandpa and Grandma got a press pass and a tape recorder for my brother, Steve, who was 16 at the time and sent him to represent WLDB. He got to go to their hotel room and interview them for the station. I don't know if they played it on the station because I just remember them playing Country & Western music. It was a big deal for my brother. We used to get to go through all the sample records that they weren't going to use and keep them. They were mostly singles but sometimes there were albums. Grandma and Grandpa used to throw all of their change into a drawer in their bedroom and when we came to visit, they would give us a handful of change for our pockets. Grandpa's favorite restaurant that I remember was Hackney's, a seafood restaurant. I remember being told that he died in his sleep. He had an open casket funeral and we kids had to go outside when they were going to close the casket because my Grandma had a tendency toward the dramatics and my parents didn't want us to get upset. I think I remember that the Governor of New Jersey was one of his pallbearers. My grandmother died in 1985 and we spread her cremated remains here in Austin, Texas where we live. We were talking tonight about Grandpa to my kids and we found your website. There is a website about Radio Station WLDB 1490 Atlantic City that was put up by one of their former DJ's. It is interesting because it shows logos, former paychecks, memorabilia, ect... Google WLDB 1490 Atlantic City and you will find it.

My name is James Moore (Daria is my sister). Grandma and Grandpa's first cat was "Cutie Pie." She died when she was 16 and there was an article (an obituary?), with her picture, in the Atlantic City paper when she died. I seem to recall that I once heard some of the tape when Steve went to interview the Beatles. He was still outside, waiting for them to arrive and he was describing the crowds of people; their voices could be heard in the background. Charlie, who was one of Grandpa's DJ's, played "There's A Dead Skunk In the Middle Of the Road" on the air for me. Reading this web site. I've learned so many things about Grandpa that I never knew. Thank you for preparing it and putting it on the web.

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