HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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WICC

The New Haven Chamber of Commerce, in a 1939 report, stated that WICC was owned and controlled by the Yankee Network of Boston and had studios in New Haven and Bridgeport.  Its building in New Haven was one of the largest, most modern and most complete broadcasting stations in all of New England.  Programs of the Yankee Network, the Blue Network, the Colonial Network and the Mutual Network were re-broadcast over the station. It had several programs which are broadcast over a nation-wide hook-up over the Mutual and Colonial Networks from its New Haven studio. Its power was 5,000 watts on 600 kc.

Early Timeline:
     The very first public mention of radio station WICC appeared in a story in the November 16, 1926 edition of the Bridgeport Telegram. It told how Bridgeport's radio broadcasting station would have a new label beginning on November 21. WCWS would become WICC, with the last three letters standing for Industrial Capitol of Connecticut. The station would occupy the same frequency (285 meters, at the time) and the same power, 500 watts. The holder of the WCWS license was The Bridgeport Broadcasting Company, Inc."
     WICC began it's first broadcast day on Sunday, November 21, 1926 from studios located at 1188 Main St in Bridgeport. The programming for the day consisted of:
10:30AM - Park Street Congregational Services
2:00PM - The California Nightingales
3:30PM - Ruge's Reveliers
5:00PM - The Dixie Boys and Ray
7:00PM - United Congregational Church Services

Dec. 31, 1926 - Moved to 1050kc 500w. Owners: Harold D Feuer and Charls W Solen.
May 31, 1927 - Moved to 1400kc 250w.
Oct. 30, 1927 - Moved to 1130kc 500w.
Dec. 31, 1927 - Relocated to Easton CT.
Jan. 31, 1928 - Moved to 1130kc 500w.
Dec. 31, 1928 - Moved to 1190kc daytime only.
Feb. 28, 1929 - Moved studio to Bridgeport CT.
April 30, 1930 - Moved to 600kc 250w.
May 30, 1930 - Moved to 1190kc 500w daytime only.
Feb. 28, 1931 - Moved to 600kc 250w.
May 29, 1931 - Now 250w night 500w day.

    By late 1938 WICC was operating with 1,000 watts day and 500 watt night. They became part of the Yankee Network in 1941.
     The first time WICC apears in the Connecticut State Register is in 1941 when the station is listed on 600 KHz with 500 watts, owned by Bridgeport Broadcasting Station, Inc.   

   The station has a history page from Jan 17, 2001. Start at
http://wiccam.dnn.cumulus.net/Home/History/tabid/187/Default.aspx
and go from there. Here's a sample:


Contributor John Babina sent the following info about WICC:    
     The center conductor (center tower) was made of phosphor bronze. It was always mistaken for a horizontal dipole.
     The original transmitter was on Sport Hill Rd. in Easton and I understand the brick bldg. is still standing.
     The WICC towers were (purchased) used  . . .and I believe barged over from LI.
     They ran the station on generators until the late 1940s (the generators also powered the rides at the Pleasure Beach amusement park)  Ralph Winquist said they put a light bulb across the flasher contacts, kept the beacons at half power when off to subdue the inrush current and keep the generator from "hunting" on each flash.
     In later years the FAA made them put extra beacons on the cross wire due to the proximity of the airport runway.
     The Bpt. Stratford line ran right past the towers. 
     Around the 70s Ralph got them a CP for 5000 day 1000 night bu they needed an offset 4th tower. They tried both towns for the 4th tower but were turned down by both, since (they) did not want to come up with the "incentive".

    WICC Towers on Pleasure Beach
WICC Towers on Pleasure Beach.
Dennis Jackson photo.


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