HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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WLIS
1420 Khz, Old Saybrook, CT.
    Contributor Larry Kratka recalls:
    "WLIS had their studios in a split-level ranch house with the single stick in the backyard...next door to a Howard Johnsons restaurant.  Rt. 9 wasn't even completed yet.  WLIS was owned by the Trantino family, a husband and wife team that ran the station with a popular format.  I believe it was a daytimer but I'm not sure.  I did the morning shift, cranking up the AM transmitter in the basement and hitting the airwaves.  The station had a main studio and production studio...both upstairs in the upper portion of the house.  From what I understand, the studios...house and all, to another location alongside the Connecticut Turnpike. "

    In the late '80s the station decided to increase its daytime power and add night service.  This required the use of a directional antenna system and a new tower site was chosen adjacent to Rt. 9 a mile or so north of the studio.  Mike Rice, Lee Steel and Hillis Holt were the engineers who designed and built the facility.

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
for years.
     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.


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