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WTIC (AM) 1929 Technical

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Hartford Radio
Author: John Ramsey
ISBN: 9780738576664
# of Pages: 128
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.


    The October, 1929 issue of QST magazine, an amateur radio magazine published by the American Radio Relay League in West Hartford (now in Newington) featured an extensive article about the new WTIC AM transmitter site on Avon Mountain in Avon, CT. 

Courtesy of wticalumni.com

Above:  Control Desk for WTIC transmitter, 1929. Courtesy of wticalumni.com.

Above: Block diagram. Courtesy of wticalumni.com.

Courtesy of wticalumni.com.

Courtesy of wticalumni.com.

Courtesy of wticalumni.com.

Courtesy of wticalumni.com.

Courtesy of wticalumni.com.

Original 50 KW tubes.  2009 photo.

This is the original entrance to the WTIC Radio transmitter site.

Base of one of the original WTIC towers on Avon Mountain, installed in 1929.  Note the spotlight which was used to illuminate the opposite tower. 

1926 Master Control on Grove St in Hartford.

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