HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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WCNI

(This section is under construction. The text below is a draft history, more information is needed.  Please contact us with corrections, updates and/or suggestions. Email us at: admin@hartfordradiohistory.com.)

    WCNI was originally an on-campus AM radio station covering the Connecticut College campus in New London using several low-power carrier current transmitters.
    An FM application being filed in 1972 by the Connecticut College Broadcast Association, Inc., a non-profit corporation established to limit the college's liabilities from the station's broadcasts to the general public.
    
In 1974 WCNI-FM made its debut on the 91.5 MHz  with ten watts of power.
    Early broadcasts of the FM radio station were wide-ranging, including a wide variety of music genres, old radio serial dramas, local history and live performances. To raise funds for government-mandated emergency broadcast equipment the station held its first on-air fund raising marathon in the spring of 1975. Although the early FM broadcast signal of WCNI was not strong the station had a notable body of off-campus listeners in the New London, CT area and its on-air staff included non-student members from that greater community. The eclectic nature of WCNI's broadcasts, its community involvement and the freedom of its staff to select interesting and wide-ranging music was well established from its early broadcasts and continues to this day. 
    Subsequent increases in transmission power led to a reassignment of its frequency to 91.1 FM and eventually to its current 90.9 FM frequency assignment. The original antenna tower for FM transmissions was erected atop Bill Hall on the Connecticut College campus using as its base a
World War II air raid siren tower modified by Connecticut College maintenance staff to hold a steel pipe that acted as an antenna mast. 
    The antenna was subsequently relocated to a professionally installed tower next to the Crozier-Williams student center on the Connecticut College campus, for many years the site of the station's studios and recording archives.    
    
For a period of time late in the Cold War era the station's proximity to the U.S. Navy submarine base across the Thames River earned the station the informal moniker "Ground Zero Radio" in recognition of the areas high priority as a Soviet nuclear strike site.
(This section is under construction. The text below is a draft history, more information is needed.  Please contact us with corrections, updates and/or suggestions. Email us at: admin@hartfordradiohistory.com.)
WCNI Memories:

Kathy:  I was a DJ on WCNI for 12 years, one of the community "dinosaurs" who helped train the new students in radio studio broadcast, as well as maintain a weekly show dedicated to new wave-alternative music. I also enjoyed a stint as a production assistant and "weather Girl" on WTYD "TYDE 101 FM" in the 1990s. Thank you for having a site like this. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the old timers. Hello out there to all the other DJs!

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