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WRTC 89.3

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    Trinity College’s WRTC can trace its roots back to at least the 40s if not earlier.

    The station started out as did many college stations of its day on the AM band using the campus pipes and wires as an antenna.

    At a date yet to be determined they received an FCC license to transmit on 89.3 MHz FM with approximately 300 watts of power.
     In the '90s the studios and transmitter were moved to a high rise down on the north end of campus. 
    The studios were located in the basement of Maththe Cook B dormitory at least as early as the late sixties, perhaps earlier.  In the '90s the studios were moved to the first floor of a high rise dorm on the north end of campus and a new antenna was installed at that location as well.
    Two antennas formally used by WRTC remain on Mather Hall. A single bay which we believe is the original FM antenna and a two-bay FM antenna installed in the seventies (picture below).    

More WRTC historical info here:

Above: Letter outlining 1969 programming schedule.

WRTIC's second transmitter location on the Trinity campus.  This 2-bay antenna atop Mather Hall was installed in the late seventies and served the station until the 90s. The hilltop location of the campus helps the WRTC signal get out quite well. 2009 photo.

The entrance to WRTC's studio. 2009 photo.


WRTC's studios are in this building and their antenna is on top.  2009 photo.



1973 Schedule, page 1

1973 Schedule, page 2


Fall, 1985 Guide

New Air Board, 1985

Spring, 1987

Production studio.

Production Studio

WRTC Memories

Kevin Gracey:

Hey, as a former (1972) program director at WRTC-FM, 350 watts of pure power, audible all the way to downtown Hartford if the wind was right, one small correction to your write-up.  WRTC was never in the basement of Mather Hall.  We were in the basement of the Cook B dormitory, and damned atmospheric it was, too.  Pipes.  Lots of pipes.   The basement of Mather Hall was devoted to sucking up to professors in The Cave, Trinity’s token nod to campus nightlife.

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