HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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Proposed Stations
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    Over the years there have been a number stations which were proposed but never built. Some even had Construction Permits (CP) issued by the FCC.  There were also several major upgrades for existing stations which were never completed.  Here are some of the details:

1940s

    The Bridgeport Herald newspaper had plans for WITE-FM, 97.5 Bridgeport, which will provide facimility service providing newspaper pages to dedicated receivers in homes and various public locations.  The station is tested in other states but never built in CT.

1960s

    Two stations proposed in 1962 generated quite a stir:
    Quinnipiac Valley Services requested a Construction Permit (CP) for 500-watts, daytime only, on 860 Khz from Wallingford, CT while at the same time Radio Ridgefield requested 850 khz.  These two applications were mutually exclusive and both received stiff opposition from WCBS in New York on 880 khz.  Neither station was ever built.

    In 1963 WRYM (840 khz, New Britain) received a Construction Permit for a new FM station to operate on 100.5 Mhz.  The FM antenna was to be mounted on the WRYM tower on Willard Avenue in Newington.  WRYM never built but the frequency was later licensed as WRCH-FM.

     In the late 60s the St Thomas Semanary, current licensee of WJMJ, was granted a Construction Permit (CP) from the FCC for a new 3kW station in East Morris, CT on 88.9.   Later that organization would change the location to Burlington, CT which would later become WJMJ.

1970s

    Dennis Jackson sent us word that there was a proposal in the early seventies for a new AM station to be located in Rockville, Connecticut on 800 Khz with the proposed call letters WRKV.  The project was begun by Dick Brescia of Norwalk, who later became VP of CBS Radio.

    In the mid-seventies the former operators of pirate station WKOB in New Britain seriously considered applying for a non-commercial, 10-watt, class D, FM license in that city. Harold Dorschug, VP of Research and Development for WTIC Radio was involved in the project.

    In the late 70's WCCC (AM) had a CP for 5,000 watts, daytime, only from the Glastonbury/Portland area. They even purchased a Harris MW-5A transmitter but the only affordable land available for the 4 towers needed for the directional antenna was in an area prone to flooding from the Connecticut River.  The owner determined that it would not be cost effective to build the facility so the CP was allowed to expire in the early eighties.  Marlin Broadcasting, who purchased WCCC in 1998, sold the brand-new 5,000 AM transmitter in 1999.

1980s


    In the mid-80s WKND, Windsor, CT had a CP for 620 khz. with 5 tall towers.  This would have given them night time service at 1,000 watts while maintaining their 500 watt daytime signal.  The facility was never built and the CP was allowed to expire.

    There was a CP issued in the late eighties for a new station in Poquonuck, CT (a part of Windsor).  This was for a 1000 watt day/500 watt night AM station with a complex directional antenna on 890 Khz.  When land was found the be too expensive the applicant tried unsuccessfully to convince the owners of 1550 in Bloomfield to allow him to diplex so that he could share towers, a very expensive proposition.

    Also in the eighties, WHCN explored moving their antenna to the Hartford area, perhaps to the new Channel 18 tower on Avon Mountain.  They decided to keep the stick on West Peak.

    WFCS investigated moving their antenna from the Central CT State University campus to the Channel 30 tower on Rattlesnake Mountain.

1990s


    WFAR in Danbury operated a translator in Hartford on 98.1 for a number of years.  We're not sure if this license has been deleted but it is currently off the air.

    WFCS, 107.7 MHz at Central Connecticut University in New Britain, explored moving their antenna off campus to the Channel 30 tower in Farmington.

2000s

   Sometime around 2000 a Construction Permit for 1040 Khz. in West Simsbury was issued.  We're not sure of the exact numbers but it was for something like 200W Day and 250W night from 3 TALL towers, apparently it was mutually exclusive with an application on the same frequency from somewhere in Eastern NY, and that one won preference.  Needless to say with land prices what they are in West Simsbury and NIMBY problems the likelihood of the applicant being able to find the land would have been questionable.
 
    An attempt was made to reuse the old 1590 khz WQQW frequency in the Waterbury area around 2001. A CP was issued in Oakville, CT with a transmitter site proposed to be somewhere near the Friendly's Restaurant but it was never built and the CP was allowed to expire since the signal didn't cover Waterbury adequately. There were also siting issues.

    There is a report of a Construction Permit for 1490 Khz in Uncasville, CT, still standing after 2 or 3 petitions for reconsiderations but we have been unable to verfity this.



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