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WWUH RADIO TO BROADCAST 10-PART DOCUMENTARY ON THE HISTORY OF CONNECTICUT RADIO STATIONS
Long before MP3 files and streaming services, people found out about new music almost exclusively through listening to the radio. Before television, radio was also a prime source for people to hear about breaking news events. In that era, radio stations broadcast dramas, comedies, and other entertainment programs, long before they were a staple of television programming.
People had favorite radio stations they listened to and radio disk jockeys didn't just play records, they were celebrities who had fans, just like the recording artists they featured on their shows.
Since 2005, WWUH has recorded interviews with over 120 disk jockeys, radio engineers, and behind-the-scenes people who remember those years of radio in Connecticut. We've also scoured websites, libraries, basements and garages to turn up vintage tapes and transcription disks from those years.
The result is CONNECTICUT RADIO MEMORIES - a series looking back at Connecticut’s radio stations, focusing on the years 1922 to 1980 and featuring stories from people behind the microphones and behind the scenes.
The series is divided into ten episodes. Each episode runs from between 85 to 95 minutes and focuses on a particular radio station or group of stations.
For five consecutive weeks, beginning September 9, 2015, two episodes will run back-to-back each Wednesday afternoon from 1PM to 4PM on WWUH.
WEEK 1 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 (EPISODES 1 &2)
EPISODE 1 - Doolittle's Dream and Parker's Promise - The story of Connecticut's oldest radio station – WDRC AM.
EPISODE 2 - Static Free - The story of Hartford's Oldest FM station, and other FM stations in Hartford, that didn't have AM counterparts. This includes WHCN, WWUH, WRTC, WJMJ, WFNQ/WSCH/WLAE/WLVH, WPBH/WPKT/WNPR, and WHUS.
WEEK 2 – SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 (EPISODES 3 &4)
EPISODE 3 – Radio Under the Umbrella Part 1 – The radio stations of the Travelers Insurance Company (WTIC AM and FM)
EPISODE 4 – Radio Under the Umbrella Part 2 – More stories from the radio stations of the Travelers Insurance Company (WTIC AM and FM)
WEEK 3 – SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 (EPISODES 5 &6)
EPISODE 5 – Insurance City Radio – More stories of Hartford radio including the histories of WCCC, WTHT, WNBC/WHTD/WONS and WGTH.
EPISODE 6 – Pop Goes Your Radio – the story of Hartford’s first top 40 station – WPOP.
WEEK 4 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 (EPISODES 7 &8)
EPISODE 7 – Brass and Park – Radio stories from Waterbury and Bridgeport including the histories of WICC, WNAB, WJZZ/WPSB/WEZN, WATR, WWYZ, WWCO, WIOF/WYSR/WMRQ, WBRY/WTBY/WQQW.
EPISODE 8 – Hometown Radio Part 1 – Stories from radio stations in Connecticut’s smaller cities and towns including WCNX/WMRD (Middletown), WILI (Willimantic),WINF (Manchester), WKNB/WRYM (New Britain), WLIS (Old Saybrook), WNLK (Norwalk), and WSOR/WEHW/WKND (Windsor).
WEEK 5 – OCTOBER 7, 2015 (EPISODES 9 &10)
EPISODE 9 – Hometown Radio Part 2 More stories from Radio stations in Connecticut’s Smaller Cities and Towns including WBIS (Bristol), WMMW/WBMI/WKSS (Meriden), and WHAY/WRCH/WRCQ (New Britain).
EPISODE 10 – Elm City Radio – The history of New Haven’s radio stations including WAVZ, WBIB, WELI, WDEE/WCDQ/WOMN/WSCR, WNHC, and WPLR.
WWUH West Hartford 91.3 FM – University of Hartford WDJW Somers High School 89.7 FM
WAPJ Torrington Community Radio 89.9 FM/105.1 FM WWEB Wallingford – Choate Rosemary Hall – 89.9 FM
Streaming online at WWUH.org
This site was created to help preserve the rich history of broadcasting in
Several stations, including WDRC, WHUS, WICC, WMMM, WPOP, WTIC and WWUH, are represented on some wonderful official or unofficial tribute sites but the history of many of
We are always looking for new information, corrections, pictures, memorabilia and staff recollections so if you can help please let us know. Our email address is below.
Stations are listed by their current call letters to minimize confusion. Often you will see their original call letters in parenthesis to assist in locating old stations. Stations that are no longer on the air are listed under "Silent Stations".
Click on the call letters at the left to find out more about the history of that particular station. Some stations have multiple pages so hover your cursor over the call letters and you will see a list of the various pages available.
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The information on this site is as accurate as possible but since the material comes from numerous sources, some of which cannot be verified, it should be considered for entertainment purposes only.
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