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Hartford Radio
Author: John Ramsey
ISBN: 9780738576664
# of Pages: 128
Over 220 high quality images
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

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Book Description: 
Radio broadcasting has been an integral part of the history of Hartford since the early part of the 20th century. WDRC was the state’s first station (1923), and they helped pioneer FM radio technology in the early 1940s. Many Hartford residents learned about the end of World War II via radio, and the medium played a key role in keeping people informed during the floods of 1938 and 1955, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the great Northeast Blackout of 1965. Surprisingly, Hartford, the capital of “the land of steady habits,” saw two stations break from the pack to help bring the British Invasion to the state in the early 1960s. And thousands of schoolchildren eagerly listened to WTIC’s legendary Bob Steele on wintery mornings as they excitedly awaited school closing announcements. Hartford Radio offers a glimpse into the history of the area’s broadcast stations and the people who ran them.

Important note:  Researching radio broadcasting history can be a lot of fun but it is important to keep in mind that broadcast facilities such as this one take security very seriously and have extensive security procedures and systems in place to protect their sites. The pictures below were taken on an authorized tour.  This facility is posted and people attempting to gain access to the site will be detained and subject to arrest for trespassing.

This section covers WTIC-TV, which was analog channel 61 in Hartford.  The WTIC-TV call letters were used from 1957 through the mid-seventies by channel 3 which was originally owned by Travelers Insurance Company.  Information about channel 3 can be found in the sections dedicated to WFSB.

Base of WTIC-TV tower.

View looking down from the 1200' level of the tower that supports WTIC-TV's antenna.

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