HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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WCCC (AM) Beethoven
    In 2002 WCCC (AM) stopped carrying the programming of its sister FM station and adopted a classical music format, calling itself AM 1290, Beethoven Radio.   For a short period of time Howard Stern ran in the mornings.

Above:  Program Director Nicole Marie in the WCCC (AM) air studio, 2004.
Above:  Nicole and Scott from the Beethoven Radio staff on remote at Celebrate West Hartford, 2008.
Above:  WCCC (AM) tower on left.

Beethoven.com's Benz

The Beethoven.com lobby with a solid-wood bust of Beethoven.

John Nowacki. 2003.


Beethoven/WCCC-AM, air studio.

WCCC AM Automation and streaming racks.
    Click on the player below to listen to Beethoven Radio, AM 1290 as it inaugurates HD broadcasting on April 22, 2005 as the first HD AM station in Connecticut.

John Ramsey on what it was like to put the Beethoven classical format on WCCCC-AM:

     
Once we received word that beethoven.com would be moved to Hartford we had only three weeks to prepare. This involved not only setting up the IT infrastructure but constructing and equipping new studios and related facilities.

          The only space in the Marlin building where the new station would fit was in the basement in an area formally used for storage.  A contractor was found and, working with plans I drew up, he went to work cleaning out the storage area, moving walls, etc.  The building was over 80 years old so we had our mechanical company come in to completely redo all of the valves that would be in the ceiling above the new studios because a leak would be disastrous.

          While this was going on I had to specify and order the studio equipment and plan out all of the wiring.  The intent at this point was to build a facility that would support five or six internet stations as initially there were plans to start at least four other webcasts centered around formats as diverse as Jazz, Opera, Pops and Blues. We wanted to keep Beethoven.com live for at least half of the day, but program automation equipment was needed to cover the rest of the day.  And this automation equipment had to be capable of running the other five stations as well!  After looking at several vendors we chose Broadcast Electronic’s Audio Vault automation system.  The delivered system cost well over $250,000 and took up two, seven-foot equipment racks!

          In an effort to save both time and to recycle materials I made the decision to reuse the soundproof doors and studio windows left over from the former WCCC radio facility on S. Whitney Street in Hartford.

          Since beethoven.com and the other proposed stations would exist in the “digital domain” in the sense that they would be web-only stations I made the decision early on to build all-digital studios and I chose Harris Impulse audio consoles for each of the two studios.  And since each studio would service up to six different stations, the entire facility was built around a SAS digital audio router.

          It took two weeks to get the space ready since we had to deal with removing some walls, putting up new walls, installing windows, doors, carpeting, a drop ceiling, acoustic materials as well as air conditioning. This left us less than a week to get the studios built and all of the wiring done.

          With the help of IT director Scott Baron and my sons, Ryan and Daniel, we met the deadline and got beethoven ready to go on time.

          I has designed and built well over a dozen radio facilities before, but building a web-only facility was a bit different.  For instance, we had to look at audio processing differently since we were processing the audio for webcast and not for AM or FM broadcast.

          The cut over from the Miami studio to the Hartford studio went smoothly and we were up and running.  It was odd that first day not to be able to listen to the station on the radio.

   In 2002 we started simulcasting Beethoven Radio on WCCC AM 1290.

On August 1, 2014 AM 1290's format was changed to Contemporary Christian music through a LMA pending Sale to K Love.

        On April 4, 2016 station ownership changed to the University of Northwestern as WNWW "Faith 1290".


In late 2009 WCCC AM started carrying the Imus in the Morning show, being promoted here in front of the Asylum St. studio building.

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