HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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Walt Miskin said:   September 23, 2010 6:20 pm PST
I seem to be missing from the alumni list is that any way to treat a former G.M.

Janice Davis Kiley said:   August 22, 2010 11:40 am PST
My father was Richard W. Davis, who was the General Manager of Radio Station WNBC at 147 Main Street in New Britain, Conn. in 1935. I have just been going through his old papers and found a letter dated December 10, 1935 from P. J. Hennessey, Jr. an attorney for the National Broadcasting Company, telling my father that WNBC could no longer use the call-letters for the station. I have a copy of the letter he wrote back and it was terrific. I guess WNBC won the case!

Curtis Searle said:   August 21, 2010 6:09 pm PST
I was a part timer at WNLC AM for almost a year starting in late 1979. Reading about the fire. Made me recall being in the studio on a saturday night running a program. The phone lights up and it is the Waterford Fire Dept. Letting me know that an antennea was on fire. The box that housed the pattern switch had burned up. I tried calling the bosses and engineers and got no one. The station stayed on the air. I also got my on air break when the DJ who worked Sundays 11a-3pm was very intoxicated slurred a little while on air then decide to leave sick. Once again I could not get a hold of any bosses. Seeing the pictures from August 2010 were very sad. The bunker was neat it had its own 500 watt transmitter. A studio and If I recall correctly music to play. Along with Civil Defense papers. The old station was L shaped. I think the restrooms were across from the am studios. And a couple of vending machines. Another 500 watt transmitter and the equipment to monitor WTYD. WTYD FM was automated and you had to change the tapes every 6 hours. The on air studio had a button you would push to broadcast am over the fm mostly news. Then when a tape would break a bell would ring. To let you know that dead air was being broadcast. With out fail the bell would ring when I was on the air on the am side. You learned to change the music tapes very quickly. Our top of the hour ID was WNLC New London asking you to wear white until the hostages come home. ( U.S. Embassy Hostages held by and in Iran 1979 and 1980.) Being on the air at WNLC was great.

Johnathan Cohen said:   August 1, 2010 2:17 pm PST
thought since the subject is pirate radio,I used to actually listen to WKOB radio in New Britain and as I recall they had a top notch staion for a pirate,,if this "new" WKOB is even remotely close then count me as a fan,, depending on their format, I saw a mentiuon of the station is some article not to long ago so I wish them well in their broadcast future,,,,anyone know the stats?? what frequency? am? fm? format? how bout some details ,, and what about that new Hamden station??

Jim Dog said:   July 25, 2010 5:41 pm PST
I lived in Manchester have listened to the mentioned radio station and have visited the studio. I can confirm that the information is correct and historically accurate. What he doesn't write about is how he left a promising radio career radio to became a professional surfer and then opened a chain of surf shops in Hawaii.

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