HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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Waterbury Time Machine said:   July 27, 2009 7:02 pm PST
In September 1987, Richard D. Barbieri, Sr., John A. Corpaci, and Vinal Duncan purchased WQQW. They were interested in purchasing another Waterbury station, WWCO, but federal regulations precluded their direct ownership of WWCO. Accordingly, they helped form the Winthrop Broadcasting Corporation to purchase WWCO. Winthrop's six shareholders were all friends or relatives of Barbieri, Corpaci, and Duncan. Barbieri's son, Richard, a 20% shareholder, served as Winthrop's president, while Duncan's son, Douglas, also a 20% shareholder, served as a vice president. In 1986, Duncan along with Barbieri and Corpaci formed the Taft Group. Duncan was the president, Barbieri, the vice-president, and Corpaci, the secretary-treasurer. The Taft Group was primarily involved in real estate development and investments. Joseph Santopietro was elected Mayor of Waterbury in 1985. Shortly after taking office, he struck a deal with the Taft Group wherein he and his associates would profit from the Taft Group's real estate and investment opportunities in exchange for favorable treatment by the Administration and city agencies. Between 1986 and 1990, many payments and benefits were extended to Santopietro and his associates. On October 1, 1992, Duncan was charged in a multi-count indictment with conspiracy, bank fraud, and making corrupt payments to public officials. On May 21, 1993, the district judge sentenced Duncan to 120 months incarceration.

Marty Moran said:   July 13, 2009 6:24 am PST
This is a great site! Lots of cool history!

Pete Miller said:   July 13, 2009 5:38 am PST
I worked at WQQW from 1978 through 1990, the four years as a part time announcer, then as full time news director for the next eight. The station was a medocre pop outlet until we hit it big, with "The Music of Your Life" in the early 1980s, through final year, 1992. During my years, the air staff included Jim Sisti, Joe Sherwood, Tim Clark, Rick Shea, Peter Allen, Gary Miller, Gregg Scott, Lenny Pace, John Fleming, Janine Cooper. Later Ray Andrewsen, Lou Morton, Dave Feda, and Talkers Ed Flynn and Jay Clark. Owners were Marshal Pite and Tom Coffey, until they sold off to Rich Barbieri, John Corpaci and Vinal Duncan, in the late 1980s.

Tony Marzocco (DBA Charlie Morgan) said:   July 9, 2009 1:31 pm PST
...and I remember working w/ Paul Resnick when he was Chuck Martin @ WSVP Providence (nee West Warwick) and on his way to WMEE Fort Wayne. After a long time in NY doing spots & owning & promoting clubs & restaurants, I am 15 years in the Fort Lauderdale area doing same.

Larry Kratka said:   June 25, 2009 4:21 am PST
I worked at Ch 30 from roughly 1972 to 1978 in the production department under Phil Mikin...who now does a daily talk show on WDRC-AM. I worked with Beth and Ivor Hugh, Bill Hennessey and Penny Robbie on the news set and other great guys like engineers Bobby Caldwell, Mark Chase and Joe Dimaggio. It was because of Joe that I entered the world of ham radio. Also worked with the late Denis Sedory, a director for several years before his untimely death. I left Ch. 30 in 1978 to pursue a radio career in Fort Pierce, Florida. I'm still doing radio news....only now in Pittsfield, MA at WUPE/WBEC. LK

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