Memory from John, N1IWT:
I too had my first 'paying job' as a Sunday morning board op at WLIS
when Don D bought WLIS & WMRD in 1998'ish. The stations had split
schedules. Carol Monn was PD in Middletown, Chris xx was the PD in Old
Saybrook. I was alerted to the job by Walt Pinto,a Director at CSB in
1971, I ran into him when I was working at a fireplace shop in Hebron. I
kidded him about CSB's lifetime placement service, after all it had been
25yrs. Walt was hired as the Sales Manager for the new group.
Anyway, Walt let me know they needed a Sunday AM board op to run
religious, ethnic and other taped programs in Old Saybrook. I had a lot
of fun there, one highlight Rob Dibble (Walt's son) of Cincinnati Red's,
FOX, ESPN and more fame did his only Saturday night music show before
leaving for FOX the next week . Matt Sokolowski worked Saturday evenings
When the stations merged, I worked almost 2 years from the WMRD studios in Middletown from 1 day a week to many evening fill-ins to engineering the New Britain Rock Cats for Bill Glynn from the studio and UCONNN Network games. On Sunday nights I did an oldies mix show until Don D decided to move to the Sunday Night Olde Tyme Radio broadcasts.
The fun part of the station in those days were the many 'live'
broadcasts from shopping centers with morning man, Bob Muscatel, the
afternoon’live’ broadcasts from Marty’s Drive-In and other 'civic good
works'. That was true local radio.
Technically, WLIS’s upstairs studio was quaint well designed simple to
take the meter readings, the older record library next door was immense
for those days. WMRD on the other hand was an older studio fun of the
turn the dials years.
Thanks Don D for the memories.. many others started their careers
whether in older or current years through the studio doors of WLIS/WMRD.