(We’ve been able to find surprisingly little information on WMMW-FM/WBMI, the station that became WKSS, a major player in
The station started as WMMW-FM, Meriden, sister station to WMMW-AM in the early 1960s.
In 1962, the call letters became WBMI, and along with WGHF 95.1, now WRKI, the station became one of the first stations to broadcast in multiplex FM stereo, the modern day system of stereo utilizing one station and one stereo receiver.
In the mid-sixties WBMI's studios were located in the CT China and Glass Shop, 122 Charles St, Meriden, which was run by Buzz Shultz, whose son owned the station during that period. Muzak (SCA) kept it alive financially. They were spinning records and were beautiful music most of the time with some block programming like Dan Blume and a few others like Front Row Center which was a broadway show feature.
Bob Nary was Production Director in 1965.
The Dan Blume Jazz Show was on from 1963 to 1967.
The Jay Flemming Jazz Show aired on Wed and Sat evenings from 7-9 in 1967.
“Tevynes Garsai,” a Lithuanian show (in continuous production and now on WWUH, 91.3 at the Univ. of Hartford), aired on WBMI from 1964 – 1968.
At some point, we believe in the sixties, the studios moved to the tower site on
In 1977, WBMI adopted a Beautiful Music format and shortly thereafter the call letters were changed to WKSS.
For a number of years WKSS operated out of an old house on the corner of
Contributor Jim Perry who was Chief Engineer of WKSS for many years submitted the following: WKSS "Beautiful Music" Brief History WBMI to WKSS: Fred Constant bought the Meridan's WBMI and changed the format and callsign, and moved into "The Mansion" in Hartford. Audio clip of format switch (courtesy of Bob Mitchell):
WKSS lineup at launch:
Jeremy Savage in AM
Paulie Briggs 9a-12n
Bob Mitchell 12n-3p
Mark Wainwright 3-7p
Curt Monday 7-12m
Tom Casey (Callococci) mid-5a
One year audio composit, 1985 (courtesy of Bob Mitchell):
In the late eighties or early 90s the studios and offices were moved to
WKSS "Beautiful Music" Brief History
WBMI to WKSS: Fred Constant bought the Meridan's WBMI and changed the format and callsign, and moved into "The Mansion" in Hartford.
Audio clip of format switch (courtesy of Bob Mitchell):
In the early 90's Gary Craig was the morning host and Jeremy Savage did afternoons. Personnel included Tim Montgomery GM, Jeremy Savage Operations Director, Jaybeau Jones PD, John Ramsey, Chief Engineer and Greg Williams, traffic director.
The station was sold to Capstar and Rick Walsh became chief engineer.
In 1996 the station was purchased by Clear Channel.
In 1998 the studios were relocated from the south to the north end of the first floor at
In 2005 WKSS added HD capability
1978 Hartford Courant
Above: This beautiful old house on Wethersfield Avenue was the home to WKSS during the seventies and eighties. (2009 photo).
1971 WKSS Dial Card, courtesy of Ed Brouder.
1971 Promotional Album
Old, perhaps original, 95.7 tower on right and newer WKSS tower, built in the eightiesk, on the left. 104.1 shares the top of the tower with WKSS.
The original WKSS transmitter building in the background which once held the station's studios.
Inside the front door during a 2009 tour. That's Rick Walsh, Clear Channel's Hartford engineer on the left.
Judging from the mirror on the wall this room was probably the lavitory.
Charles Street Studio.