HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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WHUS
91.7 MHz, Storrs, CT.

There is an excellent site dedicated to the history of WHUS:
http://www.freewebs.com/whus
    (Scroll down for WHUS audio samples)

    We can trace WHUS's roots back to 1922, when Engineering student Daniel E Noble designed and built 100 watt AM station WABL. One of the first college stations in the nation, it signed on the air just two years after the first commercial radio stations began in the US.
     According to State of CT records the station was one of only four station operating in the state in 1931. The call letters by that year were WCAC which stood for Connecticut Agricultural College, the licensee.  The station operated with 250 watts and in 1936 the power was increased to 500 watts.  The state registry does not list WCAC in 1938, apparently because the WCAC station license was voluntarily surrendered on April 30, 1936 due to frustrations over constant frequency and power changes mandated by the U.S. Commerce Department.

    In the fall of 1973 WHUS personnel included Gerhard Krahn-Station Manager, Rich Liftig-Program Director, Mark Roy-News Director, Bill Walter-Chief Engineer, Charles Mereick-Chief Control Operator, Steve Baranowski-Music Director, Howard Weinstein-Special Events and Sports, Dennis Morgan-Minority Program Directoer, Steve Kissel-Traffic Director, Sue Rovinski-Publicity Director, Bob Cersosoimo-Chief Announcer, Jim Esposito-Adversiting Director, Nelson Chekoway-Business Manager. 

  

1962 Program Schedule



 Carol Ann Petito (Babina) became the first female station manager of UConn’s radio station, WHUS in Storrs, CT in 1964. The story made it into the regional newspapers in CT & NY. After several years of searching, it appears she is most likely the first female station manage of any licensed broadcast facility in the State of Connecticut. No one can recall another female station manager or general manager in Connecticut until the 70s.

Shown in this 1964 WHUS studio picture, from left to right: Norman Voog (63, 64, LLB67), classical music director, Mike Dalton (67) who became station manager in 1966 and Carol Ann Petito (BSP 67), then station manager.

 


1964 Air Studio


1969


February, 1970

1967

1970


1971


1973


1973


Fall, 1985


Fall, 1985, Report from the GM


Fall, 1985 Schedule

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Click on the player above to hear some neat WHUS promos.

The images below were taken in 2010.
Exterior of studio buildingStudio equipment Production StudioCouchNews Booth
LibraryWHUS Ammo BoxAir Studio

 
2010



2010 Staff Meeting








Wayne Normal on WHUS.


Early WHUS (10w) FM transmitter.



Carol Petito (now Carol Babina) may very well have been the state's first female station manager.
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