HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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WELI (AM)
    The 1936 issue of the CT State Register lists WELI, owned by Patrick J. Goode, operating on 930 KHz with 500 watts of power.   The 1941 issues reports that they had changed their frequency to 960 KHz.

Contributor Tom Miller: "I enjoyed visiting the WELI website-it brought back so many memories. I grew up not far from the Hamden studios, attended the elementary school across the street, played hockey at the base of tower 4 when they used to have the area flooded and had tower number 3 blinking in my bedroom window every night. And while attending school across the street it was an event to watch my dad on occasion climbing tower to replace at burn out tower light. My dad, Jack Miller, worked for WELI for many years in the 50â??s through the early 80â??s. Needless to say I spent a lot of time at the station including watching tower number 2 (middle tower at the time) fall to the ground to make room for the addition of the two middle towers. I think it was on a Saturday morning. I can still recall the names of many of the on air personalities from the late 50's thru the 70's. In high school in the fall I work at the station peeling off college football scores and taping on the glass for Gene Anthony to read over the air. I even worked the board for John Bichardâ??s RSVP call in show for a while in 1969/70. In my dad's collection are many of the WELI event programs like the Halloween and trampoline events that the station held in the 60â??s and most of the material posted on this site came from the many WELI related things he hung on to. My dad also kept the station log for December 7, 1941 and an old WELI 1947 employee payroll sheet which is almost comical."

Contributor Barry Fleisher:  "I grew up down the street from WELI, back in the 60's, WELI could be heard at every barber shop, bakery, (like the Francis Bakery at the Hamden Plaza) I was just a child, (obsessed with radio-still am) but I remember Ron Rhomer in the morning, Stan Shields around lunch time, Gene Anthony in the afternoons,news and a recorded program called "Beautiful Music Radio" with Ralph Nelson at night. Sign off was 1A.M I also remember a talk host John Burcharde around 1969 on Sundays, Joel Alderman on a sunday sports program. Are there any air checks from the early to mid 60's? I used to be able to see WELI's 4 tower array from my bedroom window-with their sequential lights. I still get a thrill when I come home and drive by the station. What ever became of all those great on air personalities? Thanks WELI!"


1974


Front cover of WELI promotional booklet, c. 1940, courtesy of Jack Miller's son Tom, via Fred Santore.  Additional pages from the booklet below.

1971



1981 Ron Rohmer Promotion


1981


This card from 1947 indicates that WELI had an FM outlet on 95.1 Mhz.


Entrance to old WELI fallout shelter.


Fallout Shelter studio


Fallout shelter studio 16" turntable.

Original transmitter building, 2010 photo.


Back in the 50/60s WELI used to operate a 2-way radio repair service in addtion to the radio station.  These trucks were used for field service.

1984 Corporate Newsletter



WELI Memories:

The double R, Ron Rohmer's morning, with Mac McCarthy, Gordon Johnson aboard the 960, the first 5 season's of New Haven Nighthawks hockey, the 960 WELI annual Kite Fly at Radio Towers Park.......all part of a now passed era

Barry Fleischer:  I grew up down the street from WELI, back in the 60's, WELI could be heard at every barber shop, bakery, (like the Francis Bakery at the Hamden Plaza) I was just a child, (obsessed with radio-still am) but I remember Ron Rhomer in the morning, Stan Shields around lunch time, Gene Anthony in the afternoons,news and a recorded program called "Beautiful Music Radio" with Ralph Nelson at night. Sign off was 1A.M I also remember a talk host John Burcharde around 1969 on Sundays, Joel Alderman on a sunday sports program. Are there any air checks from the early to mid 60's? I used to be able to see WELI's 4 tower array from my bedroom window-with their sequential lights. I still get a thrill when I come home and drive by the station. What ever became of all those great on air personalities? Thanks WELI!

Eric:  The WELI page brought back many memories. I remember all the great local personalities like Ron Rohmer, Tom Whalen, Ed Flynn, Gene Anthony, Tom Bartlett, John Birchard and Hamp Hazelton just to name a few. New Haven radio will never be the same.'

Tom Miller:  I enjoyed visiting the WELI website-it brought back so many memories. I grew up not far from the Hamden studios, attended the elementary school across the street, played hockey at the base of tower 4 when they used to have the area flooded and had tower number 3 blinking in my bedroom window every night. And while attending school across the street it was an event to watch my dad on occasion climbing tower to replace at burn out tower light. My dad, Jack Miller, worked for WELI for many years in the 50â??s through the early 80â??s. Needless to say I spent a lot of time at the station including watching tower number 2 (middle tower at the time) fall to the ground to make room for the addition of the two middle towers. I think it was on a Saturday morning. I can still recall the names of many of the on air personalities from the late 50's thru the 70's. In high school in the fall I work at the station peeling off college football scores and taping on the glass for Gene Anthony to read over the air. I even worked the board for John Bichardâ??s RSVP call in show for a while in 1969/70. In my dad's collection are many of the WELI event programs like the Halloween and trampoline events that the station held in the 60's?s and most of the material posted on this site came from the many WELI related things he hung on to. My dad also kept the station log for December 7, 1941 and an old WELI 1947 employee payroll sheet which is almost comical. Great site and great memories!

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