HARTFORD RADIO HISTORY
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WWUH 1971 - 1979
A comprehensive history including over 1200 photos and more than 400 pages of written documentation of WWUH can be found at:
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Above:  Live remote from Newington Children's Home featuring Hartford Mayor Atanson.  November 5, 1972.  Additional pictures below.

Spring 1970

 

          With Clark Smidt graduating, the students at WWUH held elections for a new Executive Committee (ECOM) on April 15 with the following results: General Manager: Ken Kalish, Station Manager: Willaim Crepeau, Claude G. Schleuderer - Program Director: Charles Horwitz, Business Manager: Philip Cabot, Chief Engineer: Charles Allen, Members-at-large: John Eppler and Charles Prunier, Music Director: Stuart Kaufman

          In April, Stuart Kaufman stepped down as Music Director and Ann Harte took over the demanding job.

         

          The station’s first Marathon started at 9:00  p.m. on March 20 and ran for ten days with a goal of $2000.  $2040 was received in pledges.

 

          WWUH carried all of the UH basketball games, including the annual court duel from Trinity College.

 

          According to a station press release “The Hartford area will be flooded shortly with 3,000 ‘black-light, day-glo’ automobile bumper stickers, emblazoned on a black backround, in red and orange will  be the legend WWUH-FM,91.3 STEREO LISTEN AHEAD”.   

         

          There was much discussion about subscribing to an audio news service such as Mutual Network News.  Mutual was available for free, but the station would have to pay for the line charges.  The ECOM decided that if network news were to be carried, it would be scheduled so as not to interrupt Classical programming, or it would be run after midnight.  Also, UPI would be dropped.  The staff was evenly divided about whether carrying some type of national network news would fit in with the station’s philosophy of airing local programming.  Some thought that it was contrary to this philosophy, while others thought it added quite a bit of professionalism to the station’s sound, and provided the listeners with important information.

 

          The 1970/71 budget, discussed at an ECOM meeting in April, included discussions on whether the station should purchase a toll-free WATTS line, Network News, an Ampex reel-to-reel recorder and back issues of records that the library desperately needed.  The group also made plans to move the station’s transmitter to Avon Mountain, to a space provided by WTIC.  The engineering department also began construction on tape delays and speakerphones to facilitate putting phone calls from listeners on the air. Later that year, $5,000 of the Roth Grant money would be appropriated for an audio console for the FM studio, completion of the production board, and an EBS monitor.

 

          In addition to operating the FM station, the staff continued to run WWUH-AM, which operated legally without an FCC license by broadcasting through the wiring in the dorms.   Because WWUH-AM did not need a license, there were no restrictions as to the airing of commercials, and WWUH-AM started selling airtime to businesses that wanted to reach the student population.   They money raised was to be used to help fund the FM station.   A commission schedule was finalized by the ECOM where 15% went to sales people (with no other reimbursement for expenses), 5% for Sales Manager (limited to 10% if he sells the ad) and 2% for the Business Manager.

         

          An ECOM meeting in May 1970, centered on censorship and the responsibility of the station’s management versus the University as licensee. Staff members had aired “A Night at Santa Rita,” which contained several obscene words and had be previously prohibited by an ECOM vote for airplay.  The record was eventually taken off the air in its second side of play, but an on-air discussion about censorship followed.

 

          As a result, the ECOM pulled several questionable records from the library because of the sensibilities of both the audience and the university’s administration.  Caught between the concepts of providing first class, professional sounding programming and embracing the first amendment to its fullest, the ECOM felt secure in its decision as long as the University held the station’s license.

         

          Changes were made to the WWUH Constitution in 1970 to allow the station to receive funds from the Student Association, to allow for absentee ballots, and to provide for voting by proxy.

 

          The ECOM was wary of its association with the Student Association as the SA had shown that they clearly didn’t understand what was involved with running an FCC licensed FM broadcast station.  ECOM finally determined that the SA could audit the station’s financial records and could run the AM station, but they would have no control over the FM station. While the association with the SA was a positive thing, it also prevented community volunteers from having a direct voice in elections and other policy votes.

 

          At this time, all on-air personnel needed to have a third class FCC with Broadcast Endorsement license if they were alone in the studio. The station held training sessions for this license quarterly, and students organized car pools to Boston and New York City for the exams. 

 

          Programming on WWUH-AM included the live broadcast of Student Association meetings (at the request of the S.A.) and football games from the athletic field.

 

Historically in1969: Communist China exploded its first hydrogen bomb (June 17); the US and USSR proposed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty.  racial violence in Detroit; 7,000 National Guardsmen aid police after night of rioting. Similar outbreaks in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Rochester, N.Y., Birmingham, Ala., and New Britain, Conn. (July 23); Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first black US Supreme Court justice (Oct. 2); Astronauts Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Col. Edward White II, and Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee killed in fire during test launch (Jan. 27).

 

Spring 1970

 

          With station founder Clark Smidt graduating in May, the students at WWUH held elections for a new Executive Committee (ECOM) on April 15. Ken Kalish was elected General Manager, William Crepeau – Station Manager, Charles Horwitz – Program Director, Philip Cabot – Business Manager, Charles Allen – Chief Engineer, and John Eppler and Charles Prunier – members-at-large.  In April, Stuart Kaufman stepped down as Music Director and Ann Harte took over the demanding job.

 

          Partial Staff List:  Charles Allen, Philip Cabot, Tom Canaday, William Crepeau, John Eppler, Charlie Hotpartz, Ken Kalish, Stuart Kaufman, Brian Lord, Charles Prunier

         

          There was much discussion about subscribing to an audio news service such as Mutual Network News.  Mutual was available for free, but the station would have to pay for the line charges.  The ECOM decided that if network news were to be carried, it would be scheduled so as not to interrupt Classical programming, or it would be run after midnight.  Also, UPI would be dropped.  The staff was evenly divided about whether carrying some type of national network news would fit in with the station’s philosophy of airing local programming.  Some thought that it was contrary to this philosophy, while other thought it added quite a bit of professionalism to the station’s sound, and provided the listeners with important information.

 

          March saw a ten-day, 240 hour broadcast marathon which raised $1300 for summer fill-ins. Program Director Charles Horwitz was quoted in a press release: “We are offering something for everyone.  We are the only college station operating this summer in the Greater Hartford area. We are portable for beach parties and surf-side rituals”.  The Release goes on to say that Monday through Friday WWUH signs on at 9 an and goes to bed at 4 am.  On Saturday the schedule runs from 10 am to 4 am and on Sunday the broadcast day is from 10 am to 2 am.  New features in 1970 include newscasts almost ever hour on the hour with the help of WWUH’s affiliation with the Mutual Broadasting System. Summer features include “Poppy Fields,” a weekday 10 am folk-rock program, “Soul Sensation” at 8pm on Friday with Maceo Woods and “American Legacy Bonanza” three hours of folk music with Brian Lord.  Weekdays at 5 pm WWUH airs three hours of Classical Music with the following hosts:  Tibor Banlaki, Charles Horwitz, Sherman Novoson and Louis Gagnon. 

 

          The 1970/71 budget, discussed at an ECOM meeting in April, included discussions on whether the station should purchase a toll-free WATTS line, Network News, an Ampex reel-to-reel recorder and back issues of records that the library desperately needed.  The group also made plans to move the station’s transmitter to Avon Mountain, to a space provided WTIC.  The engineering department also began construction on tape delays and speakerphones to facilitate putting phone calls from listeners on the air. Later that year, $5,000 of the Roth Grant money would be appropriated for an audio console for the FM studio, completion of the production board, and an EBS monitor.

 

          In addition to operating the FM station, the staff continued to run WWUH-AM, which operated without an FCC license by broadcasting through the wiring in the dorms.   Because WWUH-AM did not need a license, there were no restrictions as to the airing of commercials, and WWUH-AM started selling airtime to businesses that wanted to reach the student population.   They money raised was to be used to help fund the FM station.   A commission schedule was finalized by the ECOM where 15% went to sales people (with no other reimbursement for expenses), 5% for Sales Manager (limited to 10% if he sells the ad), 2% for the business Manager and 1% for the traffic director who scheduled the spots.  The station simulcast its programming on both FM and AM, and while a PSA ran on the FM a spot would run on the AM.

 

          An April press release described the station programming this way. “WWUH is now on the air from 2p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. on weekends.  In general, programming involves “easy listening” in the afternoon, classical programs in the early evening and college-oriented music until sign-off.

          “John Labella announces the “easy listening” hours which includes the music of Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and The Moody Blues.

          “A special feature on Friday at 5 p.m. is a folk music program directed by Brian Lord, a Navy veteran who hails from N.J.  Lord, a liberal arts student, has evoked widespread interest with his droll, offbeat comments.”

         

         

          An ECOM meeting in May 1970, centered on censorship and the responsibility of the station’s management versus the University as licensee. Staff members had aired “A Night at Santa Rita,” which contained several obscene words and had be previously prohibited by ECOM vote for airplay.  The record was eventually taken off the air in its second side of play, but an on-air discussion about censorship followed.

 

          As a result, the ECOM pulled several questionable records from the library because of the sensibilities of both the audience and the university’s administration.  Caught between the concepts of providing first class, professional sounding programming and embracing the first amendment to its fullest, the ECOM felt secure in its decision as long as the University held the station’s license.

         

          Changes were made to the WWUH Constitution in 1970 to allow the station to receive funds from the Student Association, to allow for absentee ballots, and to provide for voting by proxy.

 

          The ECOM was wary of its association with the Student Association as the SA had shown that they clearly didn’t understand what was involved with running an FCC licensed FM broadcast station.  If was finally determined that the SA could audit the station’s financial records and could run the AM station, but they would have no control over the FM station. While the association with the SA was a positive thing, it also prevented community volunteers from a direct voice in elections and other policy votes.

 

          At this time, all on-air personnel needed to have a third class FCC with Broadcast Endorsement license if they were alone in the studio. The station held training sessions for this license quarterly, and students organized car pools to FCC offices in Boston and New York City for the exams. 

 

          Programming on WWUH-AM included the live broadcast of Student Association meetings (at the request of the S.A.) and UH football games from the athletic field.

Charlie Horowitz wrote:

      “The time were right; agricultural products were in bountiful supply and quality was high and there was just enough air talent left over from the school year for Ken Kalish (bless his little pea-picking heart) to give me permission to keep  Mother (the UH transmitter) up past her bed time. This was summer of '70 I think. The goal was to do midnight to 3am, 7 days a week and in some small way, compete with 'HCN. and the other underground sounds out there. Thought on Friday and Saturday nights, we saw no reason to stop before the sun came up. Ain't nothing like programming music for a sunrise (or sunset for that matter).
            There were times when fun became drudgery and even pharmaceutical enhancement did help much to keep us going. But once the fall semester started, we had a whole new crop of talent, willing to do all nighters just for the privilege of doing a shift and play that evil rock and roll music. Funny how no one ever asked to do all night classics, folk or soul programming.
            Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it.”
 
            Michael Ditkoff reminisced in 2006:

 

            “I remember one year, the station's exec committee went to the CBA's spring convention, conference, whatever in Groton, CT. The conference included a trip to General Boat or General Dynamics shipyard for the launching of the submarine Batfin. Senator Lowell Weicker, gave the keynote address. The conference was helpful for smoozing. Jon Eppler drove his car, a former Connecticut state police car, to the conference. I remember we stopped after a toll so we could ensure nobody got lost. He said through the car's loud speaker "Get back in the car, Mike." In April or May 1972, several station members attended the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) convention in Washington, DC. Sometime during the smoozing, GM Phil approached the President, GM, whatever of WTIC, Leonard Patricelli, and asked if we could put attach our antenna to the WTIC weather tower. This is how we got permission. The gang of us stayed at the Windsor Park hotel, which today is the Chinese embassy. For a few minutes, I got to interview FCC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson, who was considered a rebel commissioner and took the license renewal procedure very seriously and encouraged public comment on renewals. He wrote the book How to talk back to your television set.”  

 

 

Fall 1970

 

          In October of 1970, Brian Lord was voted in as Program Director at a special election, and discussion about whether to have a monthly Program Guide continued. One issue could be produced for $70, which included 1,000 copies but no photographs, and the staff would have to do the formatting and typing. It was hoped that the cost would be underwritten by selling ads in the guide.

         

          In November Anne Harte, formally student personnel director of WWUH, was named black affairs director as as such she was in charge of coordinating “all black programming, as well as public affairs programs which have to do with the black community.” (Quote from at Nov. ’70 station press release).

 

          In December of 1970, the ECOM decided that the AM station could find personnel from outside of the student population. Plans were discussed to install 150 feet of Christmas lights and a peace symbol on the WWUH tower on Gengras for the holiday season.

 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT:

 

          The station spent $4,000 for two Scully 280B 1/2 track reel-to-reel machines for use in production. This was nearly one-third of the station’s total budget, but it was justified since these machines would allow the station to greatly expand its production department and facilitate the broadcast of pre-recorded concerts.  These state-of-the-art machines, the "pride" of the station, remained in use until 1989.

 

          Audio processing at this date consisted of a CBS Labs Audimax and Volumax.  The transmitter was controlled by a custom extension-metering panel, on the over bridge above the air console.  This panel was designed and built by station engineers and allowed all applicable transmitter readings to be taken while in the on-air studio, and allowed for filament and plate on/off switching and power adjustment.

 

          The air studio equipment consisted of a 5-channel Sparta console, QRK turntables with Microtrack arms, two Spotmaster stereo cart decks and two Ampex 354 reel-to-reel machines.  The announcer spoke into two AKG D-200 microphones connected for stereo, which meant that the listener would hear the announcers voice moving between their speakers as the DJ turned to one side or another while speaking.

 

          WWUH-AM utilized transmitters in each of the five dorms.  The WWUH AM studio was the small "booth" next to the air studio.

 

Major News Stories in 1970:

          US troops invade Cambodia (May 1). Background: Vietnam War; four students at Kent State University in Ohio slain by National Guardsmen at demonstration protesting incursion into Cambodia (May 4).

 

1971

 

          Results from the February, 1971 election: Ken Kalish - General Manager; John Michael, John Eppler - Station Manager; Brian Lord - Program Director; Philip Cabot - Business Manager; Charles Allen - Chief Engineer; Michael Joy - AM Sales; Sherman Novoson, Michael Ditkoff - Members-at-Large.

          Partial list of staff: Charles Allen, Philip Cabot, Tom Canaday, William Grant, Charlie Horowitz, Bob Katz, Michael Joy, John LaBella, Brian Lord;  Ken Kalish, John Michael, Marilyn Nabors, Roger Stuass, Rob Weitz

 Advisor:  Chuck Wansley

WWUH alum Charlie Horwitz was Program Director during some of the time period (‘69-71), and he submitted this recollection of one of his shows in the early seventies.

“One of my favorite recollections was one I shared alone. It was the time when Hartford's connection to the sea and whales in particular was getting air airplay and local ink.  In fact a local group had recorded a sea chant of sorts that we played and I think the station had done an interview with them. Their name escapes me.

“Well one night, after my Gothic Blimp Works show, I was determined to incorporate that song into a PSA about Saving the Whales. I put in several hours to get 60 seconds of moderately coherent information and put the whole project to bed on a nice new cart. Leaving the Gengras Center just before dawn, I was struck by the sounds of whales whistling down the empty hallways. Now I know that it was just the wind whistling through the opened doors and not the voices of thankful whales but I checked those doors and there were all properly closed. So I went outside and meditated with the ghosts of those voices and have felt very in tune with their song ever since”.

“I had spent 3 years hanging around the station; watching it being built and seeing my friends go on the air. I almost auditioned for a folk music show, but got involved in the theater department and never followed up. I was supposed to graduate in June 1971, but had one more semester to go. As I always had a work-study job, I managed to get assigned to WWUH for the summer. I was there the Friday of Memorial Day weekend 1971 working on cataloging the classical library, all pre-computer of course. I'm not sure who came in, but I think it was Ken Kalish who asked me if I ever thought I could do a female, easy listening type of program. I said if I did a show it wouldn't be easy listening and he said, great, you go on in 15 minutes. YIKES! I learned the 5-channel Sparta board pretty quickly and since I had spent many hours hanging around, I had a sense of what was supposed to happen. Ken assured me (as there was NO ONE ELSE in the building at the time) that he would be there if I had any problems. SO off I go. My first song at 11:00 AM was Stage Fright by the Band. And except for forgetting to turn off the mike (but potting it down) and taking off my headphones and thinking I was sending dead air out when I wasn't, I did OK.  UNTIL, about 25 minutes into my show, when Ken came in and said a tower light went out and since it was a top blinking one, he had to go to the tower ASAP to change it. I was doing great, so I said, see ya! Of course, about 10 minutes later, I lost cue in the right hand turntable and spent the rest of my shift only playing the first cut of the record because I could see to cue it up. Brian Lord was program director that summer. And for some strange reason, he liked what he heard and offered me midday’s for the summer. I still have my play lists and I will e-mail a sample day to you at another time.

“I have an old air check from my second week on the air and I have NO IDEA why Brian put me on the air!

          “My most memorable day on the air was the day the draft lottery numbers were announced. I remember playing long cuts so we could gather the info from the wire to read on the air. That was the year my kid brother was in the lottery... imagine how I felt when his birthday came up as number 8....and I still had to be professional and read the rest of the dates. (He turned out to be 4-F from an old skiing injury, but that's another story for another place).”

          A special series of programs produced by Pacifica was broadcast in February.  This included “Dissent and Alternatives in Israel,” “Politics and Televsion,” “National Liberation Front,” “Pornograhy, Obscenity and the Law,” “Law and Order,” “Consciousness in Plants,” “TV and the Minorities” and “A Case of Dallas Justice”.

          The ECOM frequently discussed funding sources during the early years of the station.  The station needed $15,000 for operating expenses over the next 12 months, and while the F.C.C. required the station to be on the air 36 hours a week, the ECOM determined that it would need to be on the air 48 weeks a year to qualify for any grants, so steps were taken to expand the station’s broadcast day by adding more shows.

 

          The ECOM also discussed the possibility of and requirements for qualifying for Federal Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants.  They voiced concerns about the possible loss of student power and participation that might occur if “outsiders” were allowed to run the shows.  There was also much discussion about whether a paid staff would be in keeping with the purpose of the station.

         

          Marilyn Nabors was appointed as Program Guide Editor, and a decision was made not to have advertising in the first issue.

 

          The station also planned for a fund-raising Marathon in April, the first on WWUH, with a goal of $1,700.  The programming department would use this money for tape decks, tapes and records. It was later postponed until the spring of ’72.

 

          The station held is annual staff banquet at Valle's Steak House in Hartford on May 14.  The cost was $6.50 per person, which included dinner.  The speaker was the News Director of WWDC in Washington, DC, one of the top news stations in the country.

 

          The ECOM voted to draft a letter to the Federal Communications Commission outlining the station's position on recent FCC concerns about the mention of drugs in the lyrics of songs.  The station felt that any restrictions based on the lyrics of a song would be a clear violation of the first amendment by the federal government.

 

          The topic of changing the station’s constitution was discussed.  A proposal was made to change the section that said "a person must be actively involved in the station and also be a student in order to be an active member."  Discussion centered on changing the policy so that people who were not students could become active members.  The staff at the 3/9/71 General Staff meeting ratified this change.

 

         

 

         

Fall 1971

 

          The ECOM voted that “dope” was not allowed in the studio, and that guests needed prior permission. The station also acquired a large safe, nicknamed Hector.  Originally kept in the office, it was too large and gave people the feeling that they weren’t to be trusted, although tools and equipment had a way of disappearing. It was finally moved down the hall.

         

          In September, the ECOM met and focused on ways to convince Mr. Patricelli, owner of WTIC, to offer WWUH space on its Avon Mountain tower to place WWUH’s antenna.  The ECOM also decided not to pursue Connecticut Public Broadcasting qualifications for fear of losing student interest by hiring a paid professional.  In addition, operational costs had increased to about $15,000 a year.  The ECOM stated that it was looking for a more definite commitment for financing from the University, along with a request for more space in Gengras.

 

          The ECOM voted that “dope” was not allowed in the studio, and that guests needed prior permission to visit. The station also acquired a large safe, nicknamed Hector.  No one can recall where it came from, but several reliable sources said that the elevator cables were stretched after the heavy safe was brought up to the third floor of the student union.   No one has been able to say what was originally kept in the safe or why it was kept in the office, it was too large and gave people the feeling that they weren’t to be trusted, although tools and equipment had a way of disappearing. It was finally moved down the hall.

         

 

          To increase funds, members made efforts to sell underwriting at the rate of $5 per hour, with commissions for the Salesman, Business Manager, and Underwriting Coordinator totaling 15%.  Underwriters would be acknowledged twice per hour on the air. The staff also made a decision not to use national PSAs unless they applied to the local area, nor PSAs that asked for money.

 

          Chuck Wansley was appointed by the Black Peoples Union as an advisor to WWUH.

 

          A constitutional change was made on October 14 to remove the AM Sales Manager position from the ECOM, to be replaced by a Second At Large member.  Tom Canaday and Rob Weitz were elected to these positions. Brian Lord undertook a study of the feasibility of having Spanish language programming on WWUH.

                            

          The new programming schedule featured the following weekday programs:

          7:00 – 9:00 AM - Light music

          9:00 – 11:00 AM - Classics

          11:00 – 11:15 AM - Children’s Corner

          11:15 – 2:00 PM – Recess Rock

          2:00 – 5:00 PM – Afternoon Roll

          5:00 – 8:00 PM - "Stereo Classics"

          8:00 – 8:30 PM - UH Presents

          8:30 – 9:00 PM - NPR or Pacifica programs

          9:00 – 12 Midnight - Accent on Jazz

          12:00 – 3:00 AM - Gothic Blimp Works

 

Specialty shows were:

          5:00 – 8:00 PM Fridays – Folk

          8:00 – 12:00 Midnight Friday and Saturday - Soul

          5:00 – 8:00 PM Saturday- The "Katz Meow," featuring engineering Guru               Bob Katz.

          1:00 – 2:00 PM Sunday - Composer’s Forum from NPR

          2:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday - Contemporary and Modern Music

          5:00 – 6:30 Sunday - Radio Theatre

          6:30 – 9:00 PM Sunday - Opera

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

          Live remotes from the Suisman lounge featured the Hartt Jazz Band.   In March the station’s Opera Masterpieces program broadcast the Thomson-Stein Opera.

         

         

ENGINEERING:

 

          In May, the engineering department discovered that the present stereo generator and exciter would not pass the mandated FCC proof-of-performance.  The ECOM allocated $3,200 for replacements. At this time, the station purchased a state-of-the-art Wilkinson solid-state FM exciter to replace the old tube type RCA unit.  It also purchased a Wilkinson stereo generator.  When installed, these units greatly improved the sound and reliability of the station's signal.  The ECOM also approved $5,000 for two Scully tape recorders, $120 for speakers and mikes, $600 for a portable reel machine, and $350 for five AM transmitters to be installed in the dorms for WWUH-AM.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

          Live remotes from the Suisman lounge featured the Hartt Jazz Band.

 

Major News Stories during 1971:

          Nixon ends the US trade embargo against China. (Apr. 14); US Supreme Court rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation (April 20); Pentagon Papers published (June 13); twenty-sixth Amendment to US Constitution lowers voting age to 18. (June 30).

 

 

 

Spring 1972

          Philip Cabot was elected General Manager in March.  Also elected were:  Robert Weitz – Station Manager, Thomas Cadaday – Program Director, Charles Allen – Chief Engineer, Michael Ditkoff -  Business Manager, Anne Harte – At Large Member, David Radka, At Large Member.

          Staff (partial): Charles Allen, Tricia Beatty, Phil Cabot, Tom Canady, Michael Ditkoff, Anne Harte, Alex Leslie, Dawn Magi, Mel Peppers, Dave Radka, Roger Stauss, Robert Weitz.  Faculty Advisors: Dr. Ummuna, Ed Nelson and Louis Sampliner.

          WWUH, in a testament to the professionalism of the staff and programming, was invited to “move Mother to the Mountain.” Raising the height of the antenna to almost 500 feet above average terrain and moving it to Avon Mountain increased the station’s reliable coverage from five miles to nearly 20 miles.  Charles Allen, Chief Engineer, did all of the leg work in preparing the transmitter to move to the mountain, but was unable to finish the project due to a work conflict.  The project was passed to engineer, Larry Titus, who, along with Stu Yeager and Steve Shore, presided over the actual move.

 

          The station raised money for the move in its first fund-raising marathon that spring.  The two-week Marathon raised  $7,200.  This move was a major step for the station, and it necessitated the purchase of a new antenna.  It was also was the first time the station had to pay for the transmitter's electricity, which, at about $100 per month, was a significant budget line item. 

 

          To help fund the move Alex Leslie put together the first Program Guide which was published in April to help raise funds and reward those who had donated to the station.

 

          Station management had their hands full running the FM side of the station so a decision was made to concentrate on the FM and allow the AM to fall by the wayside.  While the intent was to operate the AM station as a training ground for students interested in getting on the FM, running two stations had become just too much work, and everyone wanted to be on the FM so that they could broadcast to the whole community.    

The Student Association donated $2,000 to enlarge the station’s record library. 

 

Election of officers on February 29, 1972: General Manager: Phil Cabot, Station Manager: Robert Weitz, Program Director: Tom Canady, Business Manager: Michael Ditkoff, Chief Engineer: Charles Allen, Members-at-large: Anne Harte and Dave Radka.  Faculty Advisors: Dr. Ummuna and Ed Nelson

 

Staff (partial): Charles Allen, Marc Andrews, Art Barlow, Joe Barone, Tricia Beatty, Phil Cabot, Tom Canady, Bob Carlin, Michael Ditkoff, Bob Dunkley, Pete Godoff, Anne Harte, Patrick Hill, Mike Joseph, Bob Katz, Dawn Magi, Timm Muldoon, Nel, Mel Peppers, Mark Persky, Bud Pyatak, Dave Radka, Cliff Scheley, Jim Shanahan, Bonnie Sinclair, Bob Smolen, Joe Soya, Roger Stauss, Leslie Terry, Joe Terzo, Ifekandu Umunna, Uncle Dave, Bob Walker, Robert Weitz, Maceo Woods, Joe Young,   

 

          The station’s first Marathon was planned for midnight April 7 to midnight April 23.  Donors received a subscription to the Program Guide for a $5 donation. Announcers were asked to mention the Marathon once every 15 minutes during the 16-day event.  The goal was set at $7,200, earmarked for the transmitter move.  Hourly totals were posted on a blackboard.

 

          A Black Coalition, formed within the radio station, demanded more black programs on the air.  Their concern was that soul and jazz were being neglected, and that there were not enough albums.  A separate library was set up for black records and programs. The station also began a series of programs on Youth and Draft counseling.

          Two new programs aimed at minorities were created:

           “African Worlds” was started by UH Professor Ifekandu Umunna, director of UH’s Black Studies Program and “Minority Viewpoint” which aired on Monday evenings at 8:30 p.m.  Fourteen “Minority Viewpoint” programs were produced by Joan R. Singer in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.  Programs dealt with such issues as “Russian Jewry”, “Puerto Ricans Among Us”, “Inner City Problems” and “Anti-Semitism”.

 

 

          Show hosts in 1972 were as follows:

          Morning Rock: Marc Andrews, Timm Muldoon,

          Morning Classics: Tricia Beatty, Mike Joseph, Mike Ditkoff, Anne Harte, Leslie Terry,

          Afternoon Rock: Bob Smolen, Joe Young, Uncle Dave, Nel, Joe Soya, Rob Weiss, Bob Walker, Bob Carlin,

          Dinnertime Classics: Patrick Hill, Dawn Magi, Joe Barone, Patrick Hill, Bonnie Sinclair,

          Accent on Jazz:  Bob Dunkley, Art Barlow, Cliff Scheley,

          Soul: Maceo Woods,

          Gothics Blinp Works:  Jim Shanahan,  Pete Godoff, Bob Katz, Rob Weitz and Roger Stauss.

          God Presents:  Mark Persky.

          Opera: Joe Terzo.

          A program called “Gothic Annix” was added in the fall which ran from 3am to 7 am on Saturday mornings.  The host was Bud Pyatak.

 

          News compiled by the WWUH News Department was heard Weekdays at noon and 5 p.m and announced by Alex Leslie, Bob Cleary, Steve Goldberg, Dave Radka, Lois Jacobs and Mike Joseph.  WWUH also carried programs from National Public Radio via tape.

 

          Michael Ditkoff recalled:

               I remember one year, the station's exec committee went to the CBA's

spring convention, conference, whatever in Groton, CT. The conference

included a trip to General Boat or General Dynamics shipyard for the

launching of the submarine Batfin. Senator Lowell Weicker, gave the

keynote address. The conference was helpful for smoozing. Jon Eppler

drove his car, a former Connecticut state police car, to the conference.

I remember we stopped after a toll so we could ensure nobody got lost. He

said through the car's loud speaker "Get back in the car, Mike." In April

or May 1972, several station members attended the NAB (National

Association of Broadcasters) convention in Washington, DC. Sometime

during the smoozing, GM Phil approached the President, GM, whatever of

WTIC, Leonard Patricelli, and asked if we could put attach our antenna to

the WTIC weather tower. This is how we got permission. The gang of us

stayed at the Windsor Park hotel, which today is the Chinese embassy. For

a few minutes, I got to interview FCC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson, who

was considered a rebel commissioner and took the license renewal

procedure very seriously and encouraged public comment on renewals. He

wrote the book How to talk back to your television set.

 

 

          Staff awards presented at the Banquet to: Mel Peppers, Tricia Beatty, Dawn Magi, Roger Stauss, Anne Harte and Michael Ditkoff, with a special award to Louis Sampliner.

 

         

          World News:  President Nixon makes unprecedented eight-day visit to Communist China (Feb. 17); Britain takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland in bid for peace (March 24); Eleven Israeli athletes at Olympic Games in Munich are killed after eight members of an Arab terrorist group invades Olympic Village; (Sept. 5); Nixon orders "Christmas bombing" of North Vietnam (Dec.). Background: Vietnam War; Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama is shot by Arthur H. Bremer at Laurel, Md., political rally (May 15); Five men are apprehended by police in attempt to bug Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex—start of the Watergate scandal (June 17); US Supreme Court rules that death penalty is unconstitutional (June 29).

         

 

Fall 1972

 

WWUH was not exempt from the problem of record theft that all college stations are subject to.  In an effort to catch those responsible, spot checks were done by ECOM members, and a one-month moratorium was placed on having guests in the studio.

 

          The ECOM approved the printing of 3,000 Guides for October. Program Guide Advertising rates:  full page - $50, half page - $30, and quarter page - $20.

 

          Tom Canady resigned as Program Director due to graduate workload. Roger Stauss was appointed Acting Program Director in September and became the permanent PD in October.  Roger's first act was to request the ECOM's permission to program the station 24 hours on Saturday, giving the station a full 24-hour broadcast day.

 

          In November the station held a special fund raiser for the Newington Children’s Hospital.  Hartford Mayor George Athanson auctioned off his varicolored tie for $10, US Senator Lowell Weicker went on the air to appeal for funds and US Senator George McGovern of South Dakota, presidential candidate against Richard Nixon, sent a telegram in support.  Secretary of State Gloria Schaffer and Connecticut Attorney General Robert Killian appeared via tape.  Sports legends Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio also participated via taped appeals. The 40 hour Marathon was held in Holcomb Commons in the GSU brought in $700 in pledges.

 

Elections held in November had the following results:  Operatons Director - Tricia Beatty; Director of Minotity Affairs – Anne Harte and Director of Development – Judy Corcoran.

              

Active members on the roster in the fall:  Dave Achelis, Charlie Allen, Ron Barisano, Art Barlow, John Barone, Sharon Boudreau, Tricia Beatty, Andy Brownstein, Phil Cabot, Tom Canaday, Paul Cailler, Bob Cleary, Judy Corcoran, Ron Davis, Michael Ditkoff, Bob Dunkley, Roger Fennig, Peter Godoff, Eileen Harris, Anne Harte, Patrick Hill, Stu Jaegger, Pam Johnson, Ynonne Jordan, Bob Katz, Mike Joseph, John LaBella, Sandy Lavery, Alex Leslie, Dawn Magi, Tim Muldoon, Bill Papoosha, Mark Persky, Mel Pepper, Carl Prutting, Dave Radka, Cliff Scheley, Jim Shanahan, Steve Shore, Bob Smolin, Terry Sobestanovich, Joe Soya, Roger Stauss, Leslie Terry, Joe Terzo, Jim Theobald, Larry Titus,  Rob Weitz, Nel Wilson, Stu Yeager.

Advisors to the station were Dr. Viamonte, Dr. Umunna, Ed Nelson, Ken Kalish and Tom Canaday.

From the November 20, 1972 WWUH Newsletter:

During the Thanksgiving vacation, we will be renovating the studio, tearing down walls, putting up walls, fixing, destroying, etc. Hopefully the studios will be improved. . .”

 

The ECOM discussed changing the two At-Large ECOM positions to two new positions:  Minority Affairs Director and Development Director.  The former would be responsible for coordinating and developing the ethnic and specialty programming on the station, and the latter position would be in charge of fund raising, promotions and staff development.  These new positions were approved pending ratification of the Constitution.  Anne Harte was later elected as Director of Minority Affairs and Judy Corcoran was elected to the position of Director of Development. Tricia Beatty became Operations Director.

The station entered into an agreement with the Connecticut Transit bus company that, starting September 1, the bus would carry promotional advertising for WWUH on the back and sides of select buses for a period of one year.

The October 26, 1972 ECOM meeting minutes end with the following statement:

"…Discussion tabled, immediate adjournment (news over teletype of Vietnam PEACE agreement!!!). 12:50 pm.”

The ECOM drew up the following temporary policies regarding personal "editorializing" by announcers:  "Any announcer may state his opinion as long as he makes it known over the air that it is his opinion and not necessarily the opinion of the station.  No announcer is to make any statement that may be taken as libelous.  No announcer is to state his opinion on personal issues or on internal station policy or decisions."

          An agreement was reached to exchange advice and expertise with Weaver High School station WQTQ (89.9 FM).

          University of Hartford Professor Viamonte undertook a survey of students on campus during the fall of 1972 as part of a class project.  The results show that 92% know where WWUH is on the dial, and 56% listen to WWUH part of the time.

Fall of 1972 brought more concerts to the UH Campus, including one featuring the band Ten Years After with James Taylor as the opening act.

          The station held a fund-raising Marathon for the Newington Children's Hospital November 3rd, with a remote broadcast and celebrity visits. $3,000 was raised.

 

Major News Stories during 1972:

          President Nixon makes unprecedented eight-day visit to Communist China and meets with Mao Zedong (Feb. 17); Britain takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland in bid for peace (March 24); Eleven Israeli athletes at Olympic Games in Munich are killed after eight members of an Arab terrorist group invades Olympic Village; five guerrillas and one policeman are also killed (Sept. 5); Nixon orders "Christmas bombing" of North Vietnam (Dec.). Background: Vietnam War; Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama is shot by Arthur H. Bremer at Laurel, Md., political rally (May 15); Five men are apprehended by police in attempt to bug Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex—start of the Watergate scandal (June 17); US Supreme Court rules that death penalty is unconstitutional (June 29).

 

 

Spring 1973

 

The station routinely signed off at 2 AM most nights, although Gothic announcers were allowed to stay on the whole night if they so chose.  Sign on was always at 6 AM.  By mid-1973, the All Night Show was added, making the WWUH the first college station in the state to broadcast 24 -hours a day.

WWUH operated an on-campus AM station, known as “WWUH-AM” during the early years of the station, but it was mostly neglected by station staff due to the demands of keeping the FM station going.  Since students were able to get the station on the FM dial, and the AM signal did not go off campus, the WWUH donated the AM system to the Student Association.  Thus, WSAM (Student Association Media) was born. The donation of the WWUH-AM equipment allowed WSAM to be heard in the dorms on campus through a process known as "carrier current radio" (which utilizes the building wiring as an antenna). 

 The only advantage that WWUH had with the AM station was that since the AM was unlicensed, commercial spots could be sold. However, this required that the AM programming be separate from the FM, something that was difficult to arrange due to the demands of the FM side of the operation. 

Special programming was produced and aired for Black Week, March 5-12. The station aired a series of PSA’s on Vietnam aid and revitalization and in July the station started airing 30 minute episodes of the BBC’s “Sherlock Holmes.”

The ECOM discussed having detailed classical programming notes in the Guide to help make it more interesting to listeners.

The ECOM voted unanimously in February to go ahead with the transmitter move, despite concerns about whether we had our programming act together, whether we had enough money, and whether we had enough technical personnel put on hold because of the pending sale of WTIC to the Washington Post. 

          Money allocated by the ECOM for the FCC Application:

                             $5,000 from University

                             $4,000 from Restricted Account

                             $3,000 from Operating Budget

                             $1,400 from donations

                             $11,650 Equipment costs

A Mini Marathon to get Guide subscriptions was scheduled for March 3-5.

Joe McKernan designed the 1973 T-shirts.  The shirts cost the station $0.90 each, and the station ordered 300 of them to be sold at cost to staff and offered to listeners for a $5 donation.  The station also printed WWUH matchbooks, along with “bicycle bumper stickers” and car-window stickers. 

A meeting was held with UH President Dr. Woodruff to discuss the University's opinion regarding obscenity in public affairs programming.

The station banquet was held at the Steak and Brew in Farmington, CT in April.  Hartford Mayor George Athanson was in attendance as was UH president Dr. Archibald Woodruff.  The university’s Helen Loy was presented with the second annual WWUH Outstanding Service Award.

A review of station membership on February 22, 1973 listed 32 active members.         

Elections were held in March with the following results:  General Manager: Judith M. Corcoran, Station Manager, Joel Schechter, News Director: Andy Brownstein, Operations Director: Marc Andrews, Station Manager: Joel Schechter, Program Director: Roger Stauss, Business Manager: Steve Shore

Chief Engineer: Charles Allen, Director of Minority Affairs: Mel Peppers (Maceo Woods), Director of Development: Terry Sobestanovich, Music Director: Jim Shanahan, Production Director: Ron Barisan, Assistant Chief Engineer: Stew Jaegar, Personnel Director: Sharon Boudreau , Sports Director: Carl Prutting.

          Staff:  Roger Stuass,

 

 

Fall 1973

 

Station management included Judy Corcoran-General Manger; Marc Andrews, Operations Director; Roger Stauss-Program Director; Steve Shore-Business Manager; Maceo Woods,-Director of Minority Affairs; Charlie Allen-Chief Engineer; Stew Jaeger-Assistant Engineer; Jim Shanahan-Music Director; Ron Barisano-Production Director; Steve Foss-Traffic Manager; Carl Prutting ;Sports Director; Sharon Boudreau-Personal Director and Terry Sobestanovich-Director of Development.

The staff consisted of Vickie Germaine, Steve Messino, Tricia Beatty, Margi Adler, Art Barlow, John Barone, Ron Davis, Bob Dunkley, Peter Godoff, Randy Goule, Eileen Harris, Don Helfer, Patrick Hill, Marty Kayne, John Klupsak, Alex Leslie, John McKinney, Debbie Nelson, Mark Persky, Neil Portnoy, John Ramsey, Sandy Rosoff, Joel Schechter, Cliff Schley, Bob Smolen, Leslie Terry, Joe Terzo, Leon Thompson, Rob Weitz, Ray White, Bob Kiel, Neil Alein, Dave Delisle, Paul Rosenbloom, Marty O’Toole, Lloyd Robinson, Hank Michkoff

Advisors:  Philip Cobot, Clark Smidt, Ken Kalish, Michael Forman, Tom Canady, Ed Nelson, Dr. Umunna, Dr. Viamonte.

The Second Annual WWUH Outstanding Service Award was given to Ms. Helen Loy, chairman of the UH Legislative Affairs office the UH.  The award was presented at the station’s annual banquet, held this year at the Steak and Brew in Farmington.

Judy approached the Student Association with a request of $3,000 to go towards the transmitter move. 

 

From a September 6, 1973 memo to Dean McKinley:

WWU is growing.  We recently received permission for the Federal Communications Commission to move our transmitting facilities to Avon mountain. This means that WWUH we be broadcasting to almost the entire statoe of Connecticut  However, currently we do not have sufficient funds to carry out our plans.

Presently our main concern is moving the transmitter.   The entire cost owill be $12500, of which we have only $9,500.  W are in a great hurry to ge this money as we are working against time --- the Mountain Move must be made within two months before the cold weather sets in, and the equipment takes between thirty and sixty days to deliver.  We would also like to purchase a tape recorder that would allow us to record UH lectures, community happenings, press conferences  etc.  We are an educational station and such plans could greatlyincrease public affairs programming.  We would also like to purchase a “Sherlock Holmes Series” from the BBC at a cost of $1300.  And last but not lease this year we were forced to hire a chief engineer because our technical staff was very weak.

“Radio is growing rapidly,. Now many high schools are starting their own radio stations.  For example, WWUH is helping Weaver High School organize their new station.  With this new interest in radio broadcasting among high school students, if WWUH grows to become a better quality station, WWUH could attract many new perspective freshmen.

Since FCC rules required that WWUH’s chief engineer have a first class license, and since the station constitution required that the chief engineer be a UH student, the only person with such a license on the staff was Larry Titus, who had been with the station since the beginning. The ECOM agreed to pay for Larry to take 2-3 courses at Ward College.  In return, Larry would sign up as Chief Engineer.  He could not put in the required 15 hours a week, but would keep the station legal and on the air.  Larry was elected to the position on September 20, 1973.

From the September 18, 1973 ECOM Meeting minutes:

"The Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) decided that the public address system in the campus center will be set on WKND (a local black station) from Noon until 2:30 PM daily, and on WWUH the rest of the time."

General Manager Judy Corcoran set up the Connecticut College Broadcasters Association and held an all-day conference at U of H with speakers from local stations. Topics included sales, programming, technical, legal and ethical issues.

Telephone and Electricity were set up at our location on Avon Mountain with the move planned for early November.  The station would be off the air for 1-4 weeks.      

Several options were discussed to raise additional funds for the transmitter move, including a special Marathon, asking the Student Association for a donation, and borrowing from UH.  The ECOM decided to borrow. In preparation for the transmitter move, the engineering staff dug a trench from the building to the tower, and the antenna was ordered.

  The necessity of the United Press International newswire, which cost the station 16% of its budget each year, was questioned by many staff members who were concerned about using it effectively.  The ECOM had asked announcers to read some news items at the start of each show but not everyone was doing so.

Program on the West Indies is auditioned.

After six years of hard use, the station had out-grown the tiny Sparta air studio board. In addition, the board was also wearing out.  The ECOM allocated $3,000 to purchase a state-of-the-art Fairchild ten-channel audio console for the Air Studio, and the Sparta board that had been used in the air studio was repaired and moved into the production studio.

          In November, the ECOM approved the airing of PSAs for Trinity College's radio station, WRTC (89.3 FM).  They were off the air with transmitter troubles, with no money for repairs. 

WWUH had its own problems with the new Fairchild Board, serial number 1. Even though the board had dramatically improved the improved the air sound and expanded the on-air capabilities of the announcers doing shows, it was problematic.  Steve Shore, the Business Manager said he wouldn’t pay for it since he was so disgusted with the situation.  Optionally, he would send the company $1 a week until it was paid off (about 3000 weeks later!)  Andy Bronstein proclaimed at that time he would be 38 and wondering what everyone looked like!).

The station produced a special Christmas show featuring 160 kids from the Annie Fisher Elementary School and the Annie Fisher Choir.  Sandra Rosoff offered some special holiday readings and the Hartt Brass and Rhythm Department, along with the Emmanuel Congregational Church performed the Bach Christmas Oratorio. In addition, the Hartt College Suzuki class for 3-8 year olds performed at the event, where volunteer Marc Persky appeared as Santa Claus.

Paul Payton wrote the following about his experiences at WWUH, which started in 1973: One of the late night progressive shows; I had also guested on the Street Corner Serenade. The blessing of 'UH for me and many compadres was that youguys let us come up while we were "between stations" and keep our chopssharp. You gave me a place to hang my hat, stay in touch with the trade, and not coincidentally allowed me to help pump up record service a bit for 'UH.

My last show there was filling in for Paul Bezanker on Street Corner Serenade one week when he couldn't make it. It was wonderful - it's the only show I did from the new studio, and I felt like I was *really* back on the radio! (I think I brought up about 4 hours of music for the two hour show!) But the magic of 'UH (and other "real" radio stations in college environments, like WBRU - as opposed to 10-watt or closed-circuit ego trips) is that no matter how much one does for the station, it always does more for you - sometimes you just don't realize in what ways until later.

          Cath Spann offered the following recollection about 1973:  I remember rolling in at 6AM one morning to do FM on Toast, only to be greeted by this man wearing what I would describe as a small leather loincloth. That was Sweet Pie, and that's how I remember him, sitting practically naked in the announcer's chair that morning, with long curly brown hair and a smile. That'll wake you up fast!

General Manager Judy Corcoran set up the Connecticut College Broadcasters Association and held an all-day conference at U of H with speakers from local stations. Topics included sales, programming, technical, legal, and ethical issues.

Telephone and electricity were set up at WWUH’s location on Avon Mountain with the move planned for early November.  The station would be off the air for 1-4 weeks.

Several options were discussed to raise additional funds for the transmitter move, including a special Marathon, asking the Student Association for a donation, and borrowing from UH.  The ECOM decided to borrow. In preparation for the transmitter move, the engineering staff dug a trench from the building to the tower, and the antenna was ordered.

The necessity of the United Press International newswire, which cost the station 16% of its budget each year, was questioned by many staff members who were concerned about using it effectively.  The ECOM had asked announcers to read some news items at the start of each show but not everyone was doing so.

Program on the West Indies is auditioned.

After six years of hard use, the station had out-grown the tiny Sparta air studio board. In addition, the board was also wearing out.  The ECOM allocated $3,000 to purchase a state-of-the-art Fairchild ten-channel audio console for the Air Studio, and the Sparta board that had been used in the air studio was repaired and moved into the production studio.

          In November, the ECOM approved the airing of PSAs for Trinity College's radio station, WRTC (89.3 FM).  They were off the air with transmitter troubles, with no money for repairs. 

WWUH had its own problems with the new Fairchild Board, serial number 1. Even though the board had dramatically improved the improved the air sound and expanded the on-air capabilities of the announcers doing shows, it was problematic.  Steve Shore, the Business Manager said he wouldn’t pay for it since he was so disgusted with the situation.  Optionally, he would send the company $1 a week until it was paid off (about 3000 weeks later!)  Andy Bronstein proclaimed at that time he would be 38 and wondering what everyone looked like!).

The station produced a special Christmas show featuring 160 children from the Annie Fisher Elementary School and the Annie Fisher Choir.  Sandra Rosoff offered some special holiday readings and the Hartt Brass and Rhythm Department, along with the Emmanuel Congregational Church performed the Bach Christmas Oratorio. In addition, the Hartt College Suzuki class for 3-8 year olds performed at the event, where volunteer Marc Persky appeared as Santa Claus.

Major News Stories during 1973:

A ceasefire is signed, ending involvement of American ground troops in the Vietnam War. (Jan. 28); US bombing of Cambodia ends, marking official halt to 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia (Aug. 15).; Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) hikes oil prices tremendously in retaliation for Western countries' involvement in Yom Kippur War. Nixon, on national TV, accepts responsibility, but not blame, for Watergate; accepts resignations of H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, fires John W. Dean III as counsel (April 30), Spiro T. Agnew resigns as Vice President and then pleads no contest to charges of evasion of income taxes while Governor of Maryland (Oct. 10), In the "Saturday Night Massacre," Nixon fires special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus; Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson resigns (Oct. 20).; US Supreme Court rules on Roe v. Wade.

 

Spring 1974

 

The ECOM consisted of: Judy Corcoan - General Manager, ,Michael Cummings -  Station Manager, Andy Brownstein/ Mel Peppers – Operations Director,  Marcia Simon - Program Director, Larry Titus - Chief Engineer,  Mel Yates - Business Manager, Adrienne Rivers - Director of Minority Affairs, Julianna Kovach - Director of Development.

Advisors:  Neil Portnoy, Ed Nelson, Phil Cabot, Ifekandu Umunna.

The staff consisted of:  Margi Adler, Ron Barisano, Art Barlow, John Barone, Tricia Beatty, Sharon Boudreau, Andy Brownstein, John Brennan, Judy Corcoran, Mike Cummings, Ron Davis, Dave Delisle, Sue Desrochers, Bob Dunkley, Wayne Feig,  Steve Foss, Vickie Germaine, John Klupsak, Alex Leslie, Eileen Harris, Don Helfer, Stu Jaeger, Marty Kayne, John Labella, Debbie Nelson, Mark Parksey, Neil Portnoy, Carl Purtting, Joe Terzo, Lloyd Robinson, Paul Rosenblum, Sandy Rosoff,  Jim Shanahan, Steve Shore, Marcia Simon, Terry Sobestanovich, Roger Stauss, Joel Schechter, Cliff Schley, Bob Smolen, Leslie Terry  Larry Titus, Leon Thompson, Ray White, Nel Wilson, Maceo Woods,

 

The station received awards from the following groups for various contributions: The American Kidney Fund, The Jaycees, Aware, The Advertising Council, the American Chiropractic Association, and the Inner Peace Movement.

“Moving Mother to the Mountain” was the name of the project which would relocate the station’s transmitter and antenna from the Gengras Student Union to the WTIC transmitter site on Avon Mountain. The station was off the air for part of the spring as the transmitter was installed on Avon Mountain.  WWUH engineers Larry Titus, Charlie Allen, and Stuart Yeager accomplished the actual move.  A brand new 3-bay Gates FMC-3 antenna with radomes was installed on the old radar tower in Avon.  Our transmitter moved from Gengras and was reinstalled in a small wooden building that had been used to house the center feed network for an old WTIC-AM antenna. The station signed back on the air on April 22 with the new transmitter site.  Mother’s move had cost $14,000.

After the transmitter was moved to the mountain, the wall separating the "transmitter room" from the FM studio was removed, making the air studio "L" shaped and nearly twice as large.  .

          John Ramsey recalls hearing only silence on 91.3 FM during the spring and waiting for the station to come back on air.

 “I didn’t know why they were off, it seemed pretty strange that they would be off so long, but as soon as the station came back on the air after the transmitter move, the increased coverage was simply amazing! I hadn’t volunteered in the station in well over a year, and decided that I had been away too long.  A few days later, I called the station and spoke with Roger Stauss, who invited me to come by that afternoon for a visit.  When I walked into the Air Studio, Roger and I spoke for a few minutes and then he said “hey, can you do the rest of the show, I’ve got to go. So I was back on WWUH again!”

          The increased range of the station's signal really began to be felt.  Listeners called into the station day and night, and favorable letters poured in.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

The station sponsored the WWUH Festival of Folk Music from the Gengras Cafeteria at 1 pm on May 4th.  Featured performers were The Morgans, Jan Armstrong, and Will Welling.  The station's engineering department coordinated the technical set up and broadcast the entire show live on the air.

Another series of live broadcasts took place the weekend of August 3rd when the station covered the West Indian Week celebration in Hartford. This was the beginning of what became a strong relationship between WWUH and Hartford's West Indian Community.

 

WWUH applied to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a grant, but was turned down since there was no full time professional staff.  As a result, the goal for the upcoming fundraising marathon was set at $10,000. 

Larry Titus resigned from the position of Chief Engineer on July 8, with student Charlie Allen taking over the position via acting status.

WFCR in Amherst asked WWUH to produce Public Affairs Programs for them in return for cash.  This was high praise for WWUH since WFCR was known as one of the top public radio stations in the country.

The price of a Program Guide Subscription was raised to $10.  Station Music Director worked with WSAM to help them obtain record service since many companies were reluctant to service two radio stations on one campus.

          A course entitled "FM Broadcast Workshop" was added to the university curriculum, taught by Linda Goldfarb from WHCN.

 

Judy Corcoran, in an annual report entitled "Insight into WWUH" in May 1974, had this to say:

"During the last promotional campaign for WWUH, we tried to find an adjective to describe WWUH.  It is almost impossible to describe WWUH in one word.  We feel too big to be called college radio. We’re not quite public radio because the government does not fund us, although we air the kinds of programs many public radio stations do.  And we’re more than alternative rock, because we air some of the best soul, jazz, and classical music around. We finally decided on WWUH: Public Alternative Radio. 

Working at WWUH has been a unique experience for most of us.  At most college stations, radio is a hobby.  To most people at WWUH, radio is a lifestyle and WWUH is our family. The people rarely leave or lose contact with the station.  This has been one part of the success of WWUH.  The other part has been the staff’s dedication to forego almost anything to keep the station on the air with quality programming.  And with a staff that turns over nearly each semester (some of us even graduate), keeping the high programming standard is no easy feat. 

Judging from listener response and due largely to the Program Guide, WWUH has a steady audience who are finally realizing that we offer different forms of programming at specific times.  Consequently, they tune back.  There is also a small audience who listen to UH most of the time, people who like jazz, classics, rock, public affairs, and special programs.

One advantage of non-commercial college radio is that it is constantly growing and experimenting.  Some problems come and go, some remain, but the basic concern for the station is always there.  WWUH has addressed three major concerns this year: lack of money, lack of space, and lack of academic credit for the work that is done. 

WWUH took a big step this year when it finally moved its transmitter to Avon Mountain.  Besides making UH one of the largest college stations in the East, the move cost around $14,000.   After begging and borrowing, we came up with the money.  In the past, WWUH has had a reserve fund from the original Roth family grant but now that account is almost empty. 

Fiscal year '74-75 should be extremely tight.  We have received $14,000 from the University for the past few years as an annual operating budget.  This year we purchased a new audio control board for $3,000 and now we are in need of automatic gain control, an FM exciter, cart machines, a production board, and eventually, a new transmitter.

          There have been many meetings and memos this past semester regarding the building of the Communications Department to provide a Major in public communications.  There is much interest among students at UH for such a program, as many people at WWUH have, are, and will work as professionals in broadcasting.  Fortunately, WWUH allows non-students to work here, both on and off air. This is one of the reasons the air sound is so good.  During this past year, about seven announcers have had previous professional experience.  This arrangement is beneficial to both listeners and to students, who learn from these professionals.

The programming department became very strong during the past year.  With much credit due to Roger Stauss, Program Director, WWUH has been on the air, with a few exceptions, for 20 hours a day, 365 days a year.  WWUH has also regularly produced its own programs such as "Music from Czechoslovakia," hosted by Joza Karas, an hourly program featuring native artists performing music composed by Czechoslovakians.  Another WWUH original weekly program is “African Worlds,” hosted by Professor Ifekandu Umunna, which highlights many different African cultures.

          On April 22, WWUH signed back on the air with its new transmitter facilities.  The move cost a lot of money, caused a lot of work, produced a lot of headaches, and took a lot of time.  The move is probably one of the most significant things that have happened to WWUH since it began.  A big fundraising marathon and arts festival were planned for May but cancelled in April because at that time we didn't know when the transmitter move would be completed.  It has been rescheduled for the fall.

          Another project in the works concerns the rights of a non-commercial station to state its editorial opinions.  Currently, Section 399 of the Communications Act of 1934 states: "No non-commercial, educational broadcasting station my engage in editorializing or may support or oppose any candidate for political office."   I have written to the FCC for confirmation that this law is still in effect.  If so, I plan to notify the non-commercial college stations across country and work in a combined effort to change the law.

WWUH has been gaining recognition in the community.  The Program Guide, under the editorship of Terry Sobestanovich, has helped publicize both the station and the many different programs offered on WWUH.  Donations have been averaging $20 a week and many programs have been underwritten by commercial institutions.  Complimentary letters average about three a week.

The main thing that I have noticed is that WWUH is becoming known as "a radio station."  WWUH is often played in stores and can be heard on car radios and blasting from people’s rooms and homes. Window stickers are often sighted and area professionals are aware of us.  But we haven’t done it alone.  Much of the credit for the current station’s success is due to the people who started WWUH.  Everyone who has passed through its doors has been touched and has touched others.  WWUH is a good place.”

The cover of the June, 1974 Program Guide featured “The Official Nixon Countdown Calendar” where listeners could mark off the days until the president was impeached!  While many people liked the cover, a number of people objected and complained directly to the university.

Judy Corcoran wrote about the controversial 1974 Program Guide cover in 2003:  The countdown calendar was a real "poster" I purchased somewhere.  I forget when Watergate broke, but it took several months/years to come to a head.  Nixon, mainly because of the war, was about as popular with half the country as George Bush is today.  The countdown calendar counted Nixon's days in office with a little box to scratch off each day.  I don't recall that we got in trouble for it.  Someone might have said something in passing, but it wasn't huge.  It would be akin to putting a George Bush countdown calendar to the next election or similar "bumper sticker art" on the cover of the program guide today.  Would you get in trouble from the university and listeners?

Speaking of bumper stickers, the bicycle bumper stickers were little 1.5 inch by 1 inch "stickers" in assorted neon colors.  We ordered them for no real reason, probably just for fun to stick around places.  When they arrived, I said they looked like "bumper stickers for bicycles."

 

 

Fall 1974

 

The staff list as of December 5, 1974 showed 25 active members, and 30 associate members, including Anita Alexander, Charlie Allen, Doris Artis, John Barone, Ron Barrsano, Tricia Beatty, Al Brennan, Art Barlow, Andy Bronstein Jerry Burke, Kathy Carrrol, Paul Cailler, Judy Corcoran, Ron Davis, Dave Delisle, Bob Dunkley, Steve Foss, Wayne Geig, Walter Gibson, Don Helfer, Joza Karas, Michael Kaufman, nna Kovach, John Klupsak, John Labella, Coby Leyden, Mickey McClosky, Dawn Merriweather, Nay Nassar, Mel Peppers,Mark Persky, Bill Popoosha, John Ramsey, Adrienne Rivers,  Maurice Robertson, Michael Rosenberg, Paul Rosenblum, Cliff Schley, Jim Shanahan, Marcia Simon, Terry Sobestanovich, Steve Shore, Diane Sinisi, Dianne Smith, Bob Smolen, Roger Stauss, Bob Thompson, Lloyd Leslie Terry, Joe Terzo, Larry Titus, Ifekandu Umunna, Ray "Moby" White, Mel Yates, and Stacy Zwaik.

Michael Cummings was elected General Manager on December 15, 1974. 

The minutes of the election meeting gave the following account of his acceptance speech:

 “The station is really something.  I hope things will continue as they are because I feel that WWUH is going places."

WWUH was on the scene of the West Indial Independence Celebration Parade in Hartford on August 3 covering the Grand Finale of the week’s festivities.  Mel Yates broadcast live from the event and gave a live description of the day’s activities. He also interviewed local and international dignitaries, including the Consul General of Jamaica, the Consul General of Trinidad and Tobago, the Genral Consul of Guyana and from Barbados.

News stories making headlines in 1974 included:

 Nixon and Brezhnev meet in Moscow to discuss arms limitation agreements. Background; Leftist revolution ends almost 50 years of dictatorial rule in Portugal (launched Apr. 25); India successfully tests an atomic device, becoming the world's sixth nuclear power (May 18); Patricia Hearst, 19-year-old daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army (Feb. 5); House Judiciary Committee adopts three articles of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruction of justice, failure to uphold laws, and refusal to produce material subpoenaed by the committee (July 30); Richard M. Nixon announces he will resign the next day, the first President to do so (Aug. 8); Vice President Gerald R. Ford of Michigan is sworn in as 38th President of the US (Aug. 9); Ford grants "full, free, and absolute pardon" to ex-President Nixon (Sept. 8).

 

Spring 1975

         

Staff (partial): Charlie Allen, John Anderson, Ed Barks, Steve Berian, Bob Browning, Steve Berian, Bill Brady, Donna Burton, Gene Chapdelaine, Bob Cohen, George Michael Evica, Linda Faulkerson,  Eric Gordon, Tom Gomez, Bob Gross, Marsha Lasker, Frank Nowicki, Chuck Pagano, Jackie Peart, Melvin Peppers, Michael Plen, Neil Portnoy, Joe Rudich,  Joel Salkowitz, Steve Shore, Mimi Spillane, Roger Stuass, James Sutton, Mel Yates.

The ECOM listed the three major functions of WWUH:

1). to serve the greater Hartford Community

2). to serve the University of Hartford Community

3). to train UH students in the field of radio. 

The ECOM felt that active community volunteers should be allowed to vote, but that students should still have control of the station by holding the ECOM offices.  They strongly felt that all of the people actively contributing to the station should have a say in who runs the station.  

In January, local station WFSB TV-3 approached ECOM with a unique proposal. In an effort to better serve the Spanish community of Greater Hartford, they wanted WWUH to simulcast their six o’clock news program in Spanish.  The ECOM realized that the loss of some classical programming time was more than made up for by being promoted on one of the most influential media outlets in the state. 

The February 15th ECOM Minutes mention a problem with an announcer refusing to sign the programs logs while airing a tape because he disagreed with the content of the tape.  There was also a discussion about the program director refusing to air a pre-recorded program because he hadn't heard the tape and he was concerned about FCC prohibited words being broadcast.  The ECOM decided to make it mandatory for the Program Director to audition all tapes before airplay.

          The March 7 ECOM meeting saw a discussion of the station's programming.  The station continued to follow the pattern, established long ago, to program whatever sounded good.  The question was raised of whether the station belonged to the University or to the community.

           “Spontaneous Combustion,” a program about the “arts-life-alternative energy experience”, made its debut in March.  Segments included specials on the exploration of dreams, a reading of the Long Sheet, Jim Baker and Tabla, a creative satire on commercial radio, readings by members of the Hartford Stage, the Magic Shop, and readings by area poets.

          In April the station hosted the New England College Engineering Conference in GSU.  The event was attended by approximarly 100 radio and TV specialists who heard talks on major aspects of the communications industry.  The main speakers included Harold Dorschug, VP and Chief Engineer of WTIC AM/FM Hartford, Peter Savioli, pres. Of Ideas, Inc.,Larry Titus, chief engineer of WHCN Hartford and Charles Allen, WWUH station advisor and chief engineer of WATR-TV in Waterbury.

          With elections looming at the end of the spring semester, volunteer Ed Barks, expressed an interest in running for the Program Director position but he was told that he could not because he was only a part time student.  Ed protested the decision to the University.  The ECOM and the University researched the matter and determined that a part time student could run for an ECOM position because the station's constitution does not make a distinction between full and part time students.

From the April 11 ECOM Minutes:

          "Joe Rudich was asked to withdraw his name as candidate for the Program Director position based on his statement that he resents the Executive Committee.  Following that request, Joe Rudich resigned as Program Director and as a member of the station."

Bob Gross was appointed Acting Program Director in April.

At the April 20 election meeting, the various candidates presented their positions (the statements below were excerpted from the minutes of the election meeting on that date):

          Mimi Spillane, who was running for the position of General Manager, said that she wants to see the station run in an open manner and asked for feedback from the staff "because all people are here for the station".

          Steve Berian, who was running for Operations Director, stated that he wanted to improve the efficiency of the station and to bring all sections of the station into one cohesive unit.  He also called for openness and said that he intended to speak with all members of the station about their basic philosophies about the station.

           There were two candidates for the position of Program Director, Ed Barks and Bob Gross.

          Ed Barks spoke first.  He said that he wanted to see training in production and news for all announcers.  He also said that he would work to try to bring out the potential of all people.  He presented a written document, "Programming Ponderances, Volumes I through V" to the staff.

          Bob Gross, the other Program Director candidate, said that he would try to bring together everyone as one group to best serve the Hartford community; that he was running on his past actions as acting Program Director and that he hoped to improve the quality of the sound and to teach radio to all who work here.

          The Director of Development candidate, Donna Burton (Firefly) stated that she had experience working in the same type of position at WHUS.  She felt that the job centered on public relations for the station with the University and with the community in general.  She submitted written copies of her ideas for the department.

          John Anderson, the Chief Engineer candidate, asked for everyone's help.  He said that he was running on his past performance.

          Bob Cohen, on the ballot as the only candidate for the position of Business Manager, withdrew his name but offered to help anyway.

          Minority Affairs Director candidate Jackie Peart was unable to attend the meeting.

The election had the following results: Mimi Spillane - General Manager, Steve Berian - Operations Director, Donna Burton - Director of Development, Tom Gomez - Acting Business Manager, John Anderson,Gene Chapdelaine - Chief Engineer, Jackie Peart -Director of Minority Affairs and Bob Gross, Bob Browning - Program Director.

Michael Cummings ratified as acting General Manager at an emergency meeting held in July.        

          Appointments were made for these the following positions: Michael Plen - News Director, Joel Salkowitz - Production Director, Linda Faulkerson - Program Guide Editor.

During the year, there was much discussion between some staff members about the Accent of Jazz shows, which aired from 9-12 in the evening. The issue that was also noticed by several listeners who wrote to the station was that these “jazz” shows were featuring more "rhythm and blues" music than jazz.

The following is an excerpt from Director of Development Donna Burton's letter to the ECOM during this period which summarized the staff’s concerns:

          ". . . Jazz programming cannot be equated with black programming.  If it is, then we are doing a great injustice to the music and to the talented people who make the music.  Jazz is a universal music.  Jazz transcends race, age, and nationality.

          What is Black Programming?  Black programming, musical, educational, and cultural, is programming that speaks directly to the Black community.  It is extremely important that we serve the black community with relevant programming.  The time blocks from 9-12 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and 8-12 Friday and Saturday (note I am not including Monday, 9-12 pm, the jazz show that I do) is oriented specifically towards black listeners.  That is why Earth, Wind and Fire, Taj Mahal, Aretha Franklin, and other black artists who do not play jazz are included in these programs. In my opinion, this slot has been misnamed "Accent on Jazz."  If it is black programming, let us call it black programming.  Otherwise, our listeners will be confused . . . there is nothing wrong with Black Music Shows; in fact, they are a VERY IMPORTANT part of our programming here at WWUH.  The audience is there.  Anyone who has watched the phones light up for Maceo or Art Barlow can attest to that.

          "I request that we straighten this out, this jazz programming/black programming confusion.  They are different.  There is definitely room for both at this station.  Let’s make room for both.  Let’s call the programs by their proper names."

          This letter was just an example of the controversy surrounding the station’s evening programming.  Amid turmoil at the station over black programming and other programming concerns, the ECOM made the following statement pertaining to philosophy and direction of WWUH at the June 19, 1976 ECOM meeting:

 "We the Executive Committee of WWUH, for the year 1976-77, feel that "Public Alternative Radio" WWUH should serve as the voice of the Greater Hartford area.  The station should feature Public Affairs programming, produced within its own studios that deal with the area served. WWUH should also provide diversified programming, "alternatives" to that which is offered on most commercial radio stations, in both music and non-music programming.

          "As the station of the University of Hartford, WWUH should draw on the resources available within the University, as well as drawing upon those outside the University.  This would mean that while training students for jobs in radio, the station should strive for the best programming possible.

          "WWUH is, and should strive to remain, "public alternative radio" in Hartford.  Its schedule and staff should remain flexible, able to accommodate change when necessary, while maintaining an air of professionally at all times.

          "We call ourselves "Public Alternative Radio"; let us think that way and work in that direction."

          Ed Barks, Program Director, made the following proposal: 1). Extend "Morning Jazz" one hour, to run from 9 am - 12 noon Monday through Friday.  2).  Move our current midday Public Affairs hour from the present 11 am - 12 noon slot to 12 noon to 1 pm each Monday through Friday.  C). Consolidate "Recess Rock" and "Afternoon Roll" into one shift, from 1 pm to 4:50 pm. 

          Another controversial issue during this time period concerned the presence and official status of community volunteers at the station.  This was addressed by the 1976 ECOM, who felt that since many of the students at UH were from outside of the Hartford area, they had little knowledge of and/or feel for Hartford.  The consensus was that the input of the community people who work at WWUH is very important.  They kept WWUH and the University in touch with the community, and bring their various experienced from the outside to the station and the students. 

 Michael Plen stated that he planned to start up a News Bureau at the station.

          The annual staff banquet was scheduled for Thursday May 6 at the Terrace Room at Bradley International Airport.     

          Program Guide editor, Linda Faulkerson, decided to combine the issues and put out one "fat" guide for the summer months.

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Fall 1975

 

The ECOM as of October 1975: Mel Yates -General Manager, Bob Cohen -  Business Manager, Steve Shore - Operations Director, Bob Browning - Program Director, Mimi Spillane - Director of Development, Melvin Peppers - Director of Minority Affairs, Charlie Allen - Chief Engineer.

Sub-Department heads as of September 11 included:

Assistant Chief Engineer: Gene Chapdelaine

Production Director: Bob Gross

Program Guide Editor: James Sutton

Assistant Operations Director: John Anderson

News Director: Joe Rudich, Bill Brady, and Bob Browning.

The station’s engineering advisor was Ed Nelson, a faculty member at Ward College and former NASA engineer.

          In the fall, the ECOM stated the following membership policies: Membership would be open to all with no barriers, but with the expectation that the volunteer would actively participate in the station.  After a period of time, the new member would be brought to the ECOM to be recognized as a full member.  Active status could only be conferred on full time UH students who have shown an active interest in the station.  They would have voting rights.  Associate status would be conferred to part time UH students or non-students who have demonstrated active participation in the station.

The demand on the station’s production studio was so great that the ECOM decided that non-station production could only be done in the studio between the hours of midnight to 8 am. 

          As the reputation of the station grew, local broadcasters began to notice that WWUH announcers were a cut above the DJs from other college stations. Both WHCN and WKSS approached the station in search of interns.

Limited elections were held on September .25th for General Manager and Business Manager positions.

Along with the station’s success came a number of growing pains:    

          The September 28th General Staff Meeting had the following items on its agenda: The ECOM set a firm policy regard record theft: Anyone caught removing records from the station would be fired.  No drinking or smoking in the studio would be allowed.  Advance notice had to be given if someone was going to miss a show.  Announcers must perform behinds the scenes work other than just their show.  More care must be taken with meter readings and the logs.

          In reaction to the increasing reoccurring problem of albums disappearing, spot checks were made by certain station members at different hours, day and night, in order to try and alleviate the problem.  Misfiling was also a problem.

          From the October 1, 1975 ECOM Meeting minutes Neil Portnoy spoke first, saying that the station would lose its 'alternativeness' by being 24 hours.  He suggested that a limit be put on the rock programming and that our pre-produced programming be increased as much as possible.

Joe Rudich resigned from the position of News Director, Bill Brady and Bob Browning were appointed to share the job.

          Mel Yates and Bob Browning attended a WSAM ECOM meeting in November in order to promote better relations with WSAM.  Discussions were undertaken for a combined student training effort.

          The annual budget for the station for FY 75-76 was $17,000.

          Further discussion on the controversial "None of the Above" program centered on the ECOM's concerns:

          A). Whether or not the producers of the show were using WWUH to air personal views (This because of their extensive coverage of the gay liberation issue), and

          B). Whether the producers were being too commercial by listing the gay bars in the Hartford area.

          The ECOM agreed that only FCC prohibited material could or should be censored by the Program Director.  Some staff members present at the meeting were concerned with outside pressure on the Program Director, and were concerned that the station would not be a "free channel".        

          In response to some announcers abusing the privilege by showing up late, not filling out logs, missing lps, etc., a "Permit to Operate" system was put in place based on the three semesters.  It was designed so as to enable the station to secure a penalty against a staff member who disregarded FCC law, general station policy, or ECOM directive.  The system was based on the fact that a WWUH volunteer, like any licensed individual, is expected to follow the rules governing on air and internal operations.  Strikes against the permit would accumulate from policy and rule infractions; after a certain number of infractions, the permit to broadcast would be suspended.

          Program Director Bob Gross submitted his resignation in August 1976 citing personal problems.  He stated that he had been affected both physically and mentally by station and staff problems, and that it was difficult to still care about the station.  However, he did stay on as a staff member.

          The ECOM promptly set up an interim programming committee consisting of Donna Burton, Roger Stauss, Marsha Lasker and Mimi Spillane.

          Steve Berian submitted a proposal to consolidate the Minority Affairs, News and Community Affairs Department into a new department to be called the Community Affairs Department, which would be headed by a Community Affairs Director who would be an ECOM member.  Under his proposal, the Program Director would be responsible for music and entertainment programming and day-to-day scheduling and the Community Affairs Director would be responsible for the News, (non-music) Minority and Public Affairs Programming. 

          Dave DeMaw was appointed acting Director of Development in September, filling the slot that Donna Burton had left.

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

          On November 4, 5 and 6, the station sponsored the Citizens Committee of Inquiry into the JFK assassination.  The event took place on campus, and the station broadcast a large portion of it.  George Michael Evica headed the event which featured key note speaker Mark Lane (a noted expert on the JFK assassination) and guest speaker Jim Garrison, the New Orleans’s District Attorney who, many years later, would feature prominently in Oliver Stone's controversial movie, "JFK”! 

          In December a student production of Dicken's "Christmas Carol" was aired.

 

          WWUH once again demonstrated it's commitment to the community in taking part in and/or broadcasting live from the following area events: The New England Fiddle Contest, Clown Day in Hartford, Soccer with the Connecticut Yankees, The West Indian Celebration, The Harambee Festival '75 and the Hartford Family Folk Festival.

          The new Connecticut Freedom of Information Act Commission held one of its first meetings at U of H in October.  The station covered this session in depth.

          The RKO Radio Network planned on forming a human chain across the country on July 4, 1976 to celebrate the country’s bi-centennial.  WWUH offered to be the official Hartford station.

          The winter holidays always bring out the best in many WWUH announcers, and the airwaves are full of songs celebrating Hanukah, Christmas, Three Kings Day, and Kwanzaa.  In December, the station aired a special program, "A Christmas Carol" for the holiday season.

          A twelve-hour live broadcast was undertaken from Bushnell Park as part of the New England Fiddle Contest on May 29th.

 

ENGINEERING:

          An April 1, 1975 engineering report showed a very active engineering department, staffed by Tom Gomez, Chuck Pagano, Neil Portnoy, Joel Salkowitz, Joe Rudisch, Frank Nowicki, and Steve Berian.  Projects being worked on at the time included:  The installation of the new Technics turntables in special acoustical isolated pedestals in the air studio; Work on the custom production console (in the works for over three years!); designing of a main studio power panel.  At the transmitter site, the Wilkinson exciter was returned to the manufacturer for the installation of upgrades.  Tours of the studios of local stations, including WTIC and WDRC, were held for the engineering staff.

Parts were purchased to build a production board from scratch.  The design for the console originated in house by WWUH engineering personnel.  The console would be very large, almost 7 feet across, and feature 12 stereo channels, with three independent stereo output busses. 

          The EBS system was changed to the two-tone system in early 1976, requiring the station to purchase new equipment.

By this time the engineering shop had moved from the first floor (near the SW stairway) to the 3rd floor next to room D in Gengras Student Union    

News headlines in 1975 included:

Nixon and Brezhnev meet in Moscow to discuss arms limitation agreements; India successfully tests an atomic device, becoming the world's sixth nuclear power (May 180; Patty Hearst,  daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army (Feb. 5);  House Judiciary Committee adopts three articles of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruction of justice, failure to uphold laws, and refusal to produce material subpoenaed by the committee (July 30); Richard M. Nixon announces he will resign the next day, the first President to do so (Aug. 8);  Vice President Gerald R. Ford of Michigan is sworn in as 38th President of the US (Aug. 9); Ford grants "full, free, and absolute pardon" to ex-President Nixon (Sept. 8).

 

 

1976

 

 

On January 13, Mel Yates, using the powers vested in him as the General Manger, declared a state of emergency in the station.  In order to ensure the continued smooth operation of the station, John Anderson and Steve Berian were appointed acting resident Chief Engineers.  They replaced Gene Chapdelaine until the ECOM felt Gene could resume his duties.  Bob Browning resigned as Program Director, and Joe Rudich temporarily assumed his duties.

         

The ECOM consisted of:

General Manager: Mimi Spillane and Mel Yates

Program Director: Bob Browning and Joe Rudich

Chief Engineer: John Anderson and Steve Berian

Programming Coordinator: Tom Gomez

Business Manager:  Steve Berian

New Director: Gary Zenobi

Station Librarian: Sally Noble

In addition, Tom Gomez-Programming Coordinator; Gary Zenobi-News Director; Sally Noble-Station Librarian

Staff (partial): John Anderson, Wayne Beebe, Doug Berghardt, Steve Berian, Bob Browning, Gene Chapdelaine, Henry DeKastrozza, Dave Demaw, George Michael Evica, Joe Ferreira, Tom Gomez, Fred Hull,  Steve Keiley, George Krochin, Jim McGivern, Frank Nowicki, Sally Noble, Chuck Pagano, Neil Portnoy, Mimi Spillane, Joe Rudich, Joel Salkowitz,  Joe Spinelli, Roger Stuass, Larry Titus, Randy Witlicke, Mel Yates, Gary Zenobi.

          Marathon ’76 took place the week of the March 28th with the following activities.  Mark Persky’s “God Presents Adam and Eve’s Cavalcade of Stars” featured the president of the university along with a live broadcast from Max Creek.  Jazz pianists Dave Ramsey performed live on the air from GSU at 11 am on Thursday.  Friday’s 9am to 8pm broadcast was from the Hartford Civic Center and saw performances by The Morgans, The True Life String Band, Joel Blumert, Welling and Wallach and the Golder Age Retrievers. Broadcasting continued from the Civic Center on Saturday with the “Intermission” show featuring Steve Carter of the alternative news group “None of the Above” which was hosted by John Klupsak.  And on the next day the band “Future Image” performed during the first hour of the Soul program.  A live broadcast followed at midnight from the Gengras Coffeehouse.

 

           

Chief Engineer John Anderson moved on to channel 30 leaving a legacy of technical excellence and hard work.

Larry Titus, one of the founders of WWUH, and Chief Engineer of WTIC in 1976, once again came to the station's aid by volunteering to be posted as WWUH chief engineer.  This was extremely important since the FCC rules required that a station have a First Class Licensed engineer as “Chief Operator” and since no staff members had the license the station would have been in trouble if Larry had not stepped in.

          Ward student Jim McGivern took over in the engineering department from John Anderson, although Larry remained the licensed engineer until Jim passed his First Class test at the end of 1978. 

          A fire on the first floor of the student union forced the station off the air for five minutes until the extent of the fire could be determined.   WWUH was falsely implicated by several sources as being responsible for the fire since our announcers were the only people “officially” in the building at the time. 

          The General Manager suspended the talk show format program “Speakeasy” until a delay system could be installed because "sensitive material" was broadcast.

          A proposal was submitted in February for the creation of a weekly half-hour show by and about women.

 

The minutes of the February 22 General Meeting note that WWUH has agreed to be the chief media outlet for the International Students Association Guatemala Relief Fund.  All announcers were asked to play a card and read the promo once each hour.

Mimi Spillane arranged for the station broadcast from the Hartford Civic Center on April 2 and 3.

Inside bus signs were acquired and put into the field in May.

Chief Engineer John Anderson moved on to channel 30 leaving a legacy of technical excellence and hard work.

Larry Titus, one of the founders of WWUH, and Chief Engineer of WTIC in 1976, once again came to the station's aid by volunteering to be posted as WWUH chief engineer.  This was extremely important since the FCC rules required that a station have a First Class Licensed engineer as “Chief Operator” and since no staff members had the license we would have been in trouble if Larry hadn’t stepped in.

          As part of his platform in his candidacy for reelection as Program Director, Joe Rudich submitted the following paper on WWUH programming philosophy and suggested programming changes at an ECOM meeting held in January, 1976:

          The philosophy of WWUH in regard to programming (past the initial first three years on the air) seems to have been “because we've always done it".  (Marcia Simon, a past program director, undertook a survey of the announcers that worked for her.  What she found was most people were dissatisfied with the way WWUH was programmed).  Most programs are in the slot they're in because they were put there and no one bothered to take them out because people just wanted to do them at the time specified.  It is interesting to note, however, that shows were not always in the time they are now in.

          “My recommendations as a programming person, for WWUH, are to find a certain type of programming concept (or format, as the word may be, although I prefer concept) and design the programming of the station after that concept.  In order to design a concept, it is necessary to ask us, WHAT THE HELL KIND OF AUDIENCE DO WE WANT? and then proceed from there.

“As a programmer, the broken up "half quarter, half programming" now is a ridiculous approach to a radio format.  An audience needs a multiplication table, calculator, and wipe'n dries to figure out what's on when.  The Program Guide with its limited circulation is no real help.  We must be a tightly run, total radio station and not a play toy for about 60 people.

          “CONCEPT ONE:  "Contemporary Station".  This would use the resources of the more than 40 people who can do rock 'n jazz very well to develop WWUH as a prime station for people 20-34.  The emphasis on rock during the day, with a variant of contemporary top 40/progressive as the music.  Public affairs would be aired from 9-10 am, when people listen to the radio longer, to get more and steadier listeners for Public Affairs.  Evening Public Affairs would be aired 6-7 pm so that would not be forced to compete with prime time TV shows, which command a great share of the potential audience.  This concept would also utilize a good deal of Jazz, but the major jazz time would be from 7-9 pm, which would enable WWUH to be a major station in bars, (not many) but mostly stores, stereo shops and the like, where we could receive lots of publicity.  Weekends would remain the same.  This format is very free and flexible and enables programs such as the news show to be feasible.  News would be featured on an hourly basis (not on the hour) and be somewhat different than other stations news, while emphasizing "hard news" too.  This concept is most feasible because it looks realistically at staff, records, production capabilities, power and how good we will sound.  This concept would provide the best sound for WWUH.

          “CONCEPT TWO:  WWUH as the ALL-JAZZ station in Hartford.  This concept would include every type of jazz available in the broadcast day.  Early, funky, avante garde, all mixed together with Public Affairs 9-10 am and 6-7 pm.  This concept is unfeasible because of untrained announcers who would take months to gather the necessary knowledge for this type of format.  Also, our Jazz collection is much too small for this type of format.

          “CONCEPT THREE:  WWUH as day contemporary or day jazz, nights same as now:  partially feasible.

          “CONCEPT FOUR:  This is the most unfeasible for WWUH A "public affairs"/classics station.  To begin with, not enough staff to do the shows.  Not enough production time to produce the shows, not enough money to buy shows.  This format would sound the sloppiest, and is fairly dumb with both WFCR and WTIC-FM both taking the lion’s share of the audience.  Under this format it would also behoove us to operate from 6 am to midnight.

          CONCEPT FIVE (fantasy):  We could be the NBC NIS (News and Information Station) outlet on FM.  Ridiculous to even contemplate."

          Another set of suggestions came from Dave DeMaw, who also spoke at the meeting:

          "We have a basic problem of conflicting ideologies at WWUH.  Because WWUH is a college station many think that anything goes.  And, because we bill ourselves as the Public Alternative, an infinite number of interpretations arise.  One faction believes that WWUH exists primarily to serve the public, thus more public affairs shows are requested.  A second faction operates on the premise that students are working at the station without benefit of money or credits in lieu of the radio experience that they will need when job hunting.  

          It is my contention that while we exist to serve the public, we also exist to train students who are interested in a broadcasting career.  By offering the public a non-continuous format, we reap a very small audience. Therefore, we are not serving the public at large.  Granted, we cannot challenge WDRC or WHCN in the ratings, but we can grab a much larger slice of the pie by taking a close look at our format and by making some major changes in programming.  I suggest that we keep the specialty music shows, but air more toward rock and jazz.  We should rid ourselves of morning classics and opera Matinee.  Public affairs should have a wider scope and should cover the Hartford area.  Get rid of the syndicated shows that have no interest but simply fill time.  Public Affairs should be aired on the weekends, as done at commercial radio stations.  Rock shows should contain ample amounts of the announcer's personality, but certain requirements should be met (e.g., a required play list of new releases)."

          Another set of suggestions came from Dave DeMaw, who also spoke at the meeting:

          "We have a basic problem of conflicting ideologies at WWUH.  Because WWUH is a college station many think that anything goes.  And, because we bill ourselves as the Public Alternative, an infinite number of interpretations arise.  One faction believes that WWUH exists primarily to serve the public, thus more public affairs shows are requested.  A second faction operates on the premise that students are working at the station without benefit of money or credits in lieu of the radio experience that they will need when job hunting.  

          It is my contention that while we exist to serve the public, we also exist to train students who are interested in a broadcasting career.  By offering the public a non-continuous format, we reap a very small audience. Therefore, we are not serving the public at large.  Granted, we cannot challenge WDRC or WHCN in the ratings, but we can grab a much larger slice of the pie by taking a close look at our format and by making some major changed in programming.  I suggest that we keep the specialty music shows, but air more toward rock and jazz.  We should rid ourselves of morning classics and opera Matinee.  Public affairs should have a wider scope and should cover the Hartford area.  Get rid of the syndicated shows that have no interest but simply fill time.  Public Affairs should be aired on the weekends, as done at commercial radio stations.  Rock shows should contain ample amounts of the announcer's personality, but certain requirements should be met (e.g., a required play list of new releases)."

          The ECOM election was held on February 4, 1976.

Marathon ‘76 was held in mid March.  Two days of the event (March 28 and 29th) were broadcast live from the center court of Hartford Civic Center! A total of $2,752 was received in pledges.

Station budget figures for 1975/76 showed the station $4,441 over budget, with $23,016 spent with only $18,545 allocated.

The major portion of the station’s revenue came from the university, with $2,752 pledged during the Spring Marathon (only $1,416 had been collected as of the fall)!

          Plans were in the works for a Duke Ellington special to run for four hours during Marathon week, and to have Woody Allen appear during the event! 

          At the September 1976 general meeting, Mimi reported that Gary Zenobi has been appointed acting News Director, and that Sally Noble was the station librarian.  There were open slots are for Program Coordinator, Chief Controller, Director of Development, News Director, Chief Announcer and Business Manager.  She also reported that record theft continued to be a problem at the station and that 24-hour notice is required if a staff member cannot do his/her shift.

The station took out two ads in the Advocate in December promoting the station.

The station’s annual dinner took place at the Terrace Room at Bradley International Airport on May 6. Don Noel, Jr. senior Eyewitness News staff channel 3 was the guest of honor.   Mel Yates GM.

WWUH presented special programs on Chrismas Eve according to a press release sent out by the station which read:
          WWUH will broadcast four features designed for family appeal.  At 6pm students of Hartford’s Annie Fisher School will present Christmas carols by the school choir and band. At 6:30 pm Santa Clause will arrive at the WWUH on-campus station to take part in “telephone talk-back.”  Children may speak with old St. Nick by dialing the the station. At 8:15 pm, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be broadcast. The annual Advent Christmas Service will follow as performed by the St. James Episcopal Church choir of West Hartford.

“Children’s Radio-go-round” is the name of a show producedby Eric Gordon and other volunteers.  During the live show children recited poetry, played musical instruments, told stories and were interviewed by the host.  The program was open to the public.

Don Noel, Jr., senior correspondent with channel 3 news was the guest speaker at the May 6 WWUH annual dinner held at the Terrace Room at Bradley International Airport.

          The following volunteers were listed as members of the station engineering department as of April, 1976:  John Anderson, Wayne Beebe, Doug Berghardt, Steve Berian, Bob Browning, Henry DeKastrozza, and Joe Ferreira,. Tom Gomez, Fred Hull, George Krochin, Chuck Pagano, Neil Portnoy, Joe Spinelli, Joel Salkowitz, Randy Witlicke, Chuck Pagano, Joe Rudisch, Frank Nowicki, and Larry Titus.

          A report on engineering department activities dated April 1, 1976 included the following notes: New high quality direct drive turntables are being installed, Tom Gomez and Bob Gross are working on Production Studio wiring layout, tour of WTIC studios arranged, along with those of WDRC and WHCN. “The film “On Solder” that described NASA soldering specs was viewed.

The guy wires on the Gengras tower were replaced, and the tower was galvanized.

          In the fall, the ECOM became aware that the owner of WHCN was becoming concerned about what he thought was commercialism on WWUH.  WWUH was accused of blurring the distinction between a promotional announcement and a commercial, especially when it came to concert announcements and ticket giveaways.

Bloomfield native Michael Picozzi wrote a letter to the Advocate that basically mimicked the concerns that WHCN management had about commercialism on WWUH.  (Years later, Picozzi would tell John Ramsey that he wrote the letter to get the attention of WHCN’s management since he was trying to get a job there)!  The letter got Picozzi a full time job at WHCN. (Who now works as Program Director at WCCC.)

 

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Picozzi.

I owe it all to WWUH.

The band I was in during college broke up.  I could study with that free time but…well there was a radio station starting up.  I got a shift then became the Music Director then the Program Director.  New college.  Shift then Sales Manager then General Manager (a paid position…$25 a week, thank you.) Straight out of college radio (3 stations, 2 colleges, every kind of music imaginable) into overnights at WSAR Fall River.  Nights and Production Director. Mornings and Program Director.  Now I’m the king of radio.  They change formats to all news.  I’m gone.

Back to the parents’ basement in Bloomfield and now everyone’s got career advice.  “Get a real job”. “You should be on WHCN”.  Wow, I listened to that in high school, they’re WAY too cool for a geek like me. I sent a tape anyway; the Program Director never returned my calls. “Review bands for the Hartford Advocate”.  Now, that made sense.  I played in bands.  I drink.  Go to clubs, imbibe, listen to live music, try and remember enough to write about.  I must be the only guy with that idea, right?  I send the resume; I make the call.  They don’t care about my party plans.  But, they do want to use my radio experience. 

It seems they have noticed WWUH, a free-form college station sounds more and more like WHCN,  (“ugh” said with an upturned nose) a commercial station.  They noticed similar music, “ Why, I think they even did an album giveaway!” I was told in disgust.  They wanted to know why and I was the radio guy to find out.  Off I ran with my little pen and paper.

          The college radio “powers that be” couldn’t wait to tell me their story of success.  “ We tricked the record company”; they said. “Yeah, we’re just college kids we don’t know better” (Insert Dr. Evil’s evil laugh here.)  “What a couple of boobs” I said to myself.  They have the opportunity to play anything they want; say anything they want and they’re playing the same songs commercial radio is.  And doing dumb giveaways.  To myself I said all this because while they were bragging, I was writing.  “WHCN is scared of us,” they blurted out.  Oh my God, are they high!  Then I was off.  “Thanks boobs”.

I’m off to call the Program Director of WHCN to get his side of the story.  Sure, like he’ll talk to me.  Well, there might have been no returned calls to out of work Picozzi, but Picozzi of the Advocate…he couldn’t wait to talk to me.  “Come on in, let’s chat”.  Hey, my new best friend. 

Basically, he agreed with me.  College radio is freedom, no sponsors to answer to, no ratings to mass appeal program for.  What a shame to toss that away. College radio is the time for experimenting.  Finding new music, finding your voice, finding tomorrows commercial styles and stars.  As I was leaving, I said; “by the way…while I’m here…you have my tape.”  He fumphed around cleared his throat and said he’d try and find it. 

The phone was ringing when I got home.  “Come back, let’s talk”  “Ah great, he’s going to bribe me for a favorable write-up in the article”.  He told me my tape was good and he offered me a Saturday midday shift.  I told him I was offered a Saturday night shift elsewhere, he said; “I think you’d be wasted on Saturday night”.  Exactly!  I re-started radio at WHCN, the Advocate printed my story and paid me $15!”

 

Marathon ‘76 was held in mid March.  Two days of the event (March 28 and 29th) were broadcast live from the center court of Hartford Civic Center! A total of $2,752 was received in pledges.

         

Station budget figures for 1975-76:  $18,545 allocated with $23,016 spent, a $4,441 overrun. 

          The major portion of the station’s revenue came from the university, with an additional $2,752 pledged during the Spring Marathon (only $1,416 had been collected as of the fall!)!

          At the September 1976 general meeting, Mimi reported that Gary Zenobi had been appointed acting News Director, and that Sally Noble was the station librarian.  Open slots are for Program Coordinator, Chief Controller, Director of Development, News Director, Chief Announcer, and Business Manager.  She also reported that record theft continued to be a problem at the station.  Twenty-four hour notice is required if a staff member cannot do his/her show.

The station took out two advertisment in the Advocate in December to promote the station.

          The station’s annual dinner took place at the Terrace Room at Bradley International Airport on May 6th. Don Noel, Jr. senior Eyewitness News staff channel 3 was the guest of honor.   Mel Yates GM.

          Thom Gomez was appointed Programming Coordinator by the ECOM on October 17.

          Frank Sturgis, who served in Fidel Castro’s revolutionary army and later trained Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs Invasion, spoke about the JFK Assassination in the South Cafeteria in an event that was broadcast live on WWUH on the evening of November 22, 1976.  (Editors note:  Frank Sturgis, (also known as Frank Fioni), had been one of the Watergate burglars. Some speculate that he and E. Howard Hunt were involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.).

          Ten Eighty Corporation, owners of WTIC in Hartford, donated money to WWUH in November to send representatives from the station to the Chicago NAEB convention.  Chase Corporation and WTIC also donated two ITC cart playback units and a cart recorder. 

WWUH applied for a grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council, which would enable a specific public affairs show to originate from WWUH.

          At one point station management was contacted by an area police department with an unusual request.  They wanted to know what time a certain piece of music was played on a certain night.  The host of the show in question took meticulous notes and was able to provide a precise time the song was on.  The only thing the police department would divulge is that they were trying to pin down the time a crime occurred and they had a witness who said that they were listening to WWUH and that a certain song was on the air when they witnessed the incident.

 

News headlines in 1976 included:

Israeli airborne commandos attack Uganda's Entebbe Airport and free 103 hostages held by pro-Palestinian hijackers of Air France plane; one Israeli and several Ugandan soldiers killed in raid (July 4); US Supreme Court rules that blacks and other minorities are entitled to retroactive job seniority (March 24); Nation celebrates Bicentennial (July 4); Mysterious disease strikes American Legion convention in Philadelphia, eventually claiming 29 lives (Aug. 4); Jimmy Carter elected US President (Nov. 2).


 

1977

 

 

ECOM:

General Manager: Mimi Spillane

Operations Director: Joel Salkowitz

Program Director: Jim McGivern

Chief Engineer: Michelle Demas

Development Director: Mark Smith

Business Manager:  Steve Berian, Mark Smith

Music Director:

News Director: Annette Salvucci

          Personnel changes: Joel Salkowitz resigned from Program Director position.

 

          Staff (partial):  Michelle Demas, Eric Gordon, Bob Holdsworth, Patty Kurlychek, Jim McGivern, Mimi Spillane, Joel Salkowitz, Annette Salvucci , Mark Smith, Robert E. Smith, Roger Stuass,

           (email from July 2007)

           I'm Annette Jones, but in 'UH history, I'm Annette Salvucci...

    I just wanted to let you know that I was WWUH's news director from Sept. 77 through May '78.  It was a fun time... I actually had a small staff that include Patty Kurlycek  (her air name was Patty O'Hair), Bob Holdsworth and a couple of others.  When I jocked (which was very very very seldom) I used the air name of Toni Daniels.  I mostly did an odd classical show or two.  Had NO clue what I was doing, but I kept the modulator going, you know? 

    The '78 Marathon did so well that I was able to go to a news conference that President Jimmy Carter did for the college media.  It was so much fun...  I remember sitting in the Old Executive Office Building... in the back, because back then I was still pretty shy... and just being enthralled by it all.  I did some reports for the radio station with a Capitol Hill lockout because that's where I was when I found the pay phone.  (Remember pay phones?)

          The station’s annual spring banquet was held on April 24th.  Paul Kuntz, a well-known news media specialist, was the guest speaker.  The guest of honor was D.r Archibald Woodruff, UH Present who was about to retire, and Stephen Joel Trachtengerg, UH president-elect.  Hartford Mayor George Athanson was also present.

            When Hartford’s WTIC-FM, which had broadcast classical music for years, changed their format abruptly to Top-40 popular music in late 1976, many former listeners vowed to do something about it.  These listeners banded together to form the Classical Listeners Guild of Connecticut. The organization’s only goal was to force the change of WTIC-FM’s new Top-40 format back to classical music, at almost any cost. The Guild mounted a letter writing campaign and petition drive which ultimately made no difference.  The Guild then decided to turn to the FCC for help, and this resulted in the WTIC-FM license renewal to be held up for more than a year. (The FCC, in their defense, refused to hear the case based simply on the change in format, but did decide to investigate when informed by members of the Guild that in WTIC’s FCC filings, the new owners wrote that “they did not anticipate” any major changes in programming.)  Because WTIC had been involved in assisting WWUH since day one, the ECOM thought they could benefit from WTIC’s format change.

From the February, 1977 ECOM minutes:

          “The station approached WTIC in January in the hopes of acquiring some of the WTIC classical library.  However, in a meeting with Leonard J. Patricelli (President of WTIC), Mimi found that the management of that station would like to see an expansion of classics here if they were to donate some of their library. However, after discussion, there was a consensus among ECOM members that expansion was not feasible because of the lack of qualified announcers to do shows, and the solid line up of jazz programming prohibited a time change for classics, or expansion of existing programs.”

          Several months later, the situation had changed.

          WTIC-FM donated their record library, consisting of over 10,000 classical records to WWUH.  They also provided a daily, one-hour taped classical program hosted by Robert E. Smith, one of WTIC-FM’s most popular veteran classical announcers. that WWUH aired from 5 - 6pm. WTIC also offered to assist in making WWUH’s signal "equivalent to their FM signal" through the use of an old 5,000 watt FM transmitter, as well as engineering help to file an application with the FCC.  WTIC no doubt felt that this offer would be good public relations in the community and would go a long way towards begin to appeaseing the Classical Guild.

From the start, the management of both WTIC and WWUH knew that there was no hope of obtaining a signal similar to WTIC-FM due to the possible interference to surrounding stations. However, station management knew that WTIC might be of assistance in helping to increase our signal in other ways.

With the acquisition of the WTIC’s classical library, the new listeners gained both through the publicity the donation generated, and by the airing of Robert E. Smith’s program every afternoon, the ECOM was very concerned about presenting the best classical programming possible.  Volunteers were coached in proper pronunciation, jargon, and manners.

The Marathon of 1977, which ran on the air for one week, resulted in $17,000 in pledges, $2000 over the goal of $15,000.  Performances by the Hartt Coral and Max Creek were planned for Marathon.

Beginning in late 1976, staff members expressed concern that ‘progressive rock shows’ may not be as progressive as the name implied. According to the minutes of several meetings, there were also thoughts of shortening the afternoon rock show from 5pm to 4pm.back to end at 4 pm instead of 5 pm.

1977 saw another programming change:  The name of the Recess Rock slot, which had aired from noon to 2 pm for many years, was changed to Midday Fuse to more accurately reflect the increasing amount of fusion (jazz/rock) music being played.

Early Midday Fuse hosts included Mark Smith, John Ramsey, Fred Hull, Marsha Lasker, and Rick Kelman. 

This change was the beginning of an a trend in the focus of the station’s afternoon programming, a change that seemed to reflect the station’s slow move towards an ever increasingly alternative music programming,.This trend ultimately produced a change that resulted in the combination of Midday Fuse and Afternoon Roll into a single slot, from 1pm to 4pm, to be called Synthesis.

Several live performances were aired from Bushnell Park during the summer

The station broadcast the New England Fiddle Contest which resulted in an excellent article about WWUH’s involvement with the Contest in the Hartford Courant’s Sunday section which included a photo of the engineering staff “in action” at the park.

 The series of summer broadcasts culminated in a broadcast of The Paul Winter Consort in September.  Many of the volunteers present that evening vividly remember the strange and wonderous feeling they experienced when Paul Winter somehow was able to get nearly everyone in the audience to howl like wolves into the chilly fall air at the end of one composition.  Another highlight of the performance was the utilization of recorded whale -song in another of the compositions.

ECOM minutes from March of 1977 note a particular difficulty concerning FCC rules and regulations on FCC obscenity and indecedecy laws. The public affairs program "None of the Above,” produced by volunteer Eric Gordon, and was terminated by the ECOM on March 4, 1977 “because of language utilized in a recently aired radio play”.  According to station records, the show and producer had been suspended for one month previously due to the airing of “offensive” language.  The termination came as a direct result of the producers negative comments about WWUH in the Advocate and after his refusal to abide by FCC and station policies as determined by the ECOM.  Also, the "internal strife at WWUH as a result did not merit the continuation of the show." (From March ’77 minutes).

          Community Ascertainment was undertaken with the help of the school’s Communications Department. The FCC required quarterly ascertainment, which involved teams of students making hundreds of phone calls to area residents in an effort to “ascertain” community needs.

          “Women In Your Ear” was the name of a popular show featuring women’s programming.

          According to the March 4, 1977 minutes, a radio listening survey conducted by a UH class showed that WWUH captured 6% of the listening audience with 72,000 out of a possible 1.5 million listeners.

UH President Dr. Woodruff was the guest of honor at the WWUH Banquet on April 24, 1977.

          The United Press International wire service was dropped, with Associated Press picked up in April 1978.

          The station's technical plant at this time needed quite a bit of work.  While the RCA transmitter that had been in use for close to ten years at WWUH was reliable, the studio experienced frequent failures.  The production studio was a disaster; build around a board that actually overheated and smoked occasionally!

The ECOM made the decision to upgrade the studio and a new Autogram 10 channel console was installed in the production studio in the fall by Chief Engineer Jim McGivern.  This greatly enhances the station’s production capabilities, and soon new PSAs and promos were heard on the air.

News headlines in 1977 included: Scientists identify previously unknown bacterium as cause of mysterious "Legionnaire's disease" (Jan. 18);  Carter pardons Vietnam war draft evaders (Jan. 21); Supreme Court rules that states are not required to spend Medicaid funds on elective abortions (June 20).

 


 

1978

 

The ECOM consisted of: 

General Manager: Walter Mishkin, then later Steve Nichols

Operations Director: Marsha Lasker

Program Director: Walter Miskin

Business Manager: Mark Smith

Development Director: Patty Kurlycheck

Chief Engineer: Jim McGivern, later John Ramsey

Production Director: Marty Peshka and Bill Kaplan

Music Director: Fred Hull

New Director: Dan King (Kriwitski)

Marty Peshka –Production Director, Bill Kaplan-Production Director, Stu Lovejoy/Fred Hull-Music Director; Jim Fifield-Classical Director; Annette Salvucci-News Director;  Marsha Lasker-Program Guide Editor and Dan King (Kriwitski)-News Director.

Staff: Deji Ayinde, Pat Beckford, Joel Blumert, Thom Bolan, Burrito, Carolyn Carlson, Chuck Carter, Mike Crispino, Phil Deangelis, Michelle Demas, Dave Demaw, George Michael Evica, Francis Dillion, Mike Farrell, Mort Fega, Dennis Gagne, Diane Goldsmith, Sylvia Guglietti, Shelly Hassman, Joel Hofman, Bob Holdswirth, Ruth Howell, Fred Hull, Irving Jones, Wayne Jones, Bill Kaplan, Rick Kelman, Mike Kirvan, Dan King, John Klupsak, George Krochin, Darlene Kruse, Patty Kurlychek, Tom Laroche, Marsha Lasker, Stu Lovejoy, Pete Margeson, Melonae McClean, Paul McGuiness,  Charley Midura, Sally Noble, Chuck Pagano, Greg Paternostro, Abe Perlstein, Marty Peshka, Neil Portnoy, John Ramsey, Alison Rasmussen, Richard Ray, Maurice Robertson, Lloyd Robinson, Annette Salvucci, Billy Samboy, Bob Scherago, Robert E. Smith, T.J. Smith, Roger Stauss, Chris Stevens, Ed Stivender, Joe Terzo, Rick Virello, Terry Weichand, Jeff Winn, Andy Zeldin.

Faculty Advisor, Ed Nelson.

          Walter Miskin resigned from the position of Program Director on December 1, 1978. Steve Nichols assumed the position. Marty Peshka was appointed Production Director.  Dan King (Kriwitski) was appointed News Director in October 10, 1978.

A programming highlight occurred in January of 1978 when WWUH produced and aired a live broadcast from Mad Murphy's Cafe in Hartford featuring jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. This was the second attempt at the Metheny broadcast, the first attempt failing because of the aforementioned B of ‘78blizzard.  On the date of the first scheduled Mad Murphy's Metheny broadcast, the remote crew, , consisting of ,Allison Rasmussen,Sylvia, Mark Smith, Jim McGivern and John Ramsey, became snowed in while setting up at the club the governor declared a state of emergency andclosed the city.  The night they spent at Mad Murphy’s café was one to remember!

 

         

The Metropolitan Opera contacted WWUH in the spring and ECOM agreed to carry the Met throughout their 1978-19/79 season. Even though the opera was already being aired on Connecticut Public Radio, the folks at Texaco,  (the sponsors of the Met,) had correctly determined (correctly) that CPR’s signal was not adequate in the Hartford area and that our signal would betterhelp server the greater Hartford area.  The ECOM considered the program a real “feather in our cap” and believedthought that it would enhance the station’s image and provide alternative programming to the community.  Stereo program lines were installed in October, and the Met debuted on WWUH for the first time on Saturday, November 7th.  

WWUH aired “Your Theater of Melody”  with Robert E. Smith on tape courtesy of WTIC-FM.

 

Adding the Met to the station’s line-up required a major compromise in programming since the Opera preempted the very popular four-hour “Focus on Jazz” slot.  Even though the Met was broadcast on several other southern New England stations (WFCR in Amherst as well as CPR) our broadcast was the only stereo broadcast of the opera, a fact that many listeners appreciated according to phone calls received. exacoThey picked up the cost for the two 15 KHz lines which brought their stereo signal to WWUHthe station from a Hartford downlink.  WWUH was the only station availablereceivable in Hartford that iedcarrying the Met in stereo.  The first show of the season was Saturday, December 2nd.

In the spring, the University requested that the station mention the University of Hartford more often on the air.  The ECOM quickly adopted a policy requiring the top of the hour ID to mention UH.

During the summer of 1978, the series of jazz concerts from Bushnell Park, sponsored by the Community Renewal Team were broadcast live. These concerts included performances by artists Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Toots Thielsman and others. In addition, a number of the Thursday Peace Train evening night concerts were aired featuring artists such as Maria Muldaur, Pat Metheny, B.B. King, and Tito Puente.

 

Over 30,000 people attended the Fiddle Contest, and many more listened whom couldn't be in the park. The fact that WWUH was airing the event concert live was mentioned hourly from the stage, assuring audience members they could still listen in if they left Bushnell Park.that many of the people who had to leave before the end of the event could still listen in.  Throughout the day, staff members walked around the park interviewing audience members.  These recorded comments were incorporated into the broadcast.  In fact, the entire ten-hour broadcast was originated completely from the park, without relying on sending the broadcast back to the studio at all!  This was made possible by careful advance planning, and by the use of two cart machines at the park.  Listener response to the broadcast was very favorable, with many folks calling thanking the station for making them feel as if they were actually in the park. to say that while they weren’t able to go to the event, they were able to feel as if they were there since they could listen to it on the air.

          As the station started once again to have two newscasts a day, one at noon and one at 4 pm. These segments, called “In The Hartford Interest”, originated from the small studio next to the air studio and which had been used in the early years as the studio for WWUH-AM, which had been turned into a news booth, complete with a microphone, mixer and cart machine.

          The quality of the newscasts varied greatly, but everyone involved got an “A for effort”.  Some announcers delighted in trying to distract the newsperson during a live newscast by making faces, gestures and other various antics.

 

          In the fall, a live broadcast was produced from the Hartford Stage Company, featuring the band Spiral, in concert.  This band was unique in that their instrumentation consisted of sound sculptures, created by the Bachet Brothers from France.  These "instruments" were designed as both visually pleasing sculptures and as musical instruments.  Needless to say, learning to "mic" these instruments for broadcast was a real challenge. 

          The fall brought staff discussion of a possible name change for the All Night Show:  "Afterburn,” "Nightwatch" and “Nocturnal Emissions” were considered and then rejected by the staff.

The idea of merging "Midday Fuse" and "Afternoon Roll" into one show was again discussed. The staff did not support this change, in part because five volunteers would lose their slots.

          Due to a lack of qualified staff members interested in filling the slot, the Friday "Sounds of the City" soul show was eliminated and replaced with "Accent on Jazz" in December 1978.

          A new program focusing on Women’s Issues started airing on December 17.

In mid-January Connecticut was hit by the "blizzard of the century" which shut down the state for several days.  WWUH stayed on the air throughout, staffed by three volunteers, Allison Rasmussen, Mark Smith and John Ramsey, who were literally snowed into the Gengras Student Union for three days.  The snowdrifts were up to the second story windows. For the first twelve hours or so, the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having the radio station all to themselves.  However, sometime in the second day of the event, two things happened:   First, they realized that they were unable to leave the building because none of the outside doors could be opened because of the snow drifted up three to four feet high in front of them!  Luckly, none of them had clostrophobia. Second, they ran out of money.  They had been eating out of the vending machines on the first floor of Gengras, which at that time consisted of a number of machines that dispensed all sorts of goodies. There was a machine that dispensed candy, another soft drinks, another for ice cream, a fourth coffee and another for things like hot dogs, tuna sandwiches and even microwave popcorn (which had recently made its debut in the consumer marketplace).  The food that the volunteers consumed from these machines while they were trapped in the building while certainly not nutritionally redeeming but it kept the hunger pangs away and probably provided the cafeen and energy necessary to operate the station hour after hour.   Public Safety came to the station's aid by ferrying in food to our volunteers, who produced over 72 hours of programming between the three of them.

Early in the morning on January 18, the roof of the Hartford Civic Center collapsed due to a faulty design.  Several thousand people had been in attendance the night before for a UH ballgame but thankfully the venue was empty and no one was injured in the disaster. 

Marsha Lasker wrote in 2008:

“I was on the air, literally when the civic center came crashing down and out for a better tomorrow. (I was doing the) Gothic Blimp Works, so obviously after midnight(and)  i DID announce it on the air after a few minutes of indecision and phone calls. the uh photographer, jeff somebody,  was working late in the darkroom on the  floor and he came rushing in and went downdown directly. I STILL have the photograph he gave me (an excellent photo, indeed)”

It would have been great if someone had recorded the programming produced by these volunteers, but the important thing was that the station remained on the air for the duration of the blizzard.

          Marathon 78 was held February with a goal of $20,000.  The show “Myth America,” a satirical theater program dealing with modern American life aired live from GSU rooms E_H in front of a live audience.  This was followed by a live broadcast of the Don DePalma jazz band.  Jazz pianist Dave Ramsey gave a solo performance in the Suisman Lounge on Wednesday at noon and in the evening Mr. Ramsey’s Dance Band performed live on the air at a wine and cheese party to benefit WWUH. On Thursday at 9pm the Greater Hartford Arts Ensemble performed live.   The event also featured  parties in the Pub with rock band Max Creek, the Latin Jazz band Talking Drum and a fusion band by the name of Upside Down.  All of the concerts were broadcast live. The 1978 t-shirt was red with white lettering (the logo) on front.

          In an effort to make marathon pledge processing more efficient, a five-part carbonless form developed for marathon pledges.  The top portion was the part that the operators wrote the caller’s information on.  Part two was the first reminder, which could simply be pulled out and put into a window envelope.  Part three was the second reminder, with wording reflecting that fact.  Part four was a Thank You and Acknowledgement of the donation.

          The staff picnic was held in July.

          As the members of the station's ECOM were also confronted by apathy (and sometimes hostility) from various University departments, they decided that steps had to be taken to improve the station's image on campus.  The ECOM made a commitment to present a much more mature and professional image to the university, and to promote the university as often as possible on the air.  The result of this effort was the development of decent working relationships with the majority university departments.

          A disgruntled student staff member sent a letter to the UH administration alleging rampant marijuana use at the station.  The allegation included the ridiculous claim that the student was refused membership in WWUH because he didn’t smoke pot!  Campus security followed up by interviewing ECOM members individually and found that there was no cause for action. Just in case, the ECOM reminded the staff of the "no smoking" policy at the general meeting in November.

The ECOM reviewed the types of station suspensions.  A suspension could either be "off air" or "off promises".  An off air suspension would be given to someone who had violated FCC rules or station policies directly relating to on air operations.  An off promises suspension would be given to someone who jeopardized the safety or security of station operations or station staff.                

          The engineering department personnel worked hard pouring over terrain maps and working with Faculty Advisor Ed Nelson in the hope of putting together an FCC application to allow the station to increase power.  By using "roughness correction" factors they attempted to prove that our signal didn't really go as far as the formulas say it did due to terrain blockage.  Thousands of points were plotted and curves analyzed.  Before they were ready to file, the F.C.C. abandoned the practice of accepting roughness correction factors for FM stations, leaving the station with little hope of a power increase.

          When Jim McGivern passed his first class license test in early summer of 1978, he became chief engineer and immediately went to work trying to upgrade the station’s facilities.  Unfortunately, his diligent efforts as chief engineer were cut short by a full time job offer from WTIC, which he accepted.  Jim continued his efforts as chief engineer at WWUH for several months while working full time at WTIC, and stepped down when John Ramsey obtained his license in October of 1978.

          The engineering department was faced with a number of serious challenges at that time, including: the conspicuous lack of engineering records or documentation of any kind; various university departments which were apathetic or worse, openly hostile to WWUH, because of their previous experience with the station; a technical plant that could barely pass the F.C.C.'s minimum technical standards and absolutely no redundancy in system design (no back up systems).

           A program of documenting as much of the engineering department's work as possible was immediately started.  The old maintenance log form was scrapped in favor of a new log form, which provided much more space for detailed descriptions of the required weekly transmitter inspection.  A system was also developed to document all of the new wiring.

          The following events made the news in 1978: the US Senate approves Panama Canal neutrality treaty (March 16); "Framework for Peace" in Middle East signed by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin after 13-day conference at Camp David led by President Jimmy Carter (Sept. 17); Jim Jones's followers commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana (Nov. 18);US Supreme Court in Bakke case, bars quota systems in college admissions but affirms constitutionality of programs giving advantage to minorities (June 28). 

 

 1979

 

ECOM:  Patty Kurlychek-General Manager, Marty Peshka-Operations Director, Rick Virello and Rich Aubin-Program Director, Tina Podlowski-Development Director; Doug Maine-Business Manager, John Ramsey-Chief Engineer, Bruce Smith-Community Affairs Director

          Paul Zulpa-Assistant Chief Engineer; Jim Fifield-Music Director; Rich Aubin-Program Director; Joanne Bilotta- Classics Director; Paul Robertson, Jim Fifield-Music Director, Andy Winters and Lisa Polski, co-News Directors, Jeff Wynn & Chris Watson-Program Schedulers.

          Staff:  Charlie Allen, Laurel Aronstemm, Rich Aubin, Deji Ayinda, Joyce Bass, Jeff Becker, Pat Beckford, Joanne Bilotta, Eric Bloom, Bob Bowser, James Brown, Sharon Burchfiel, Dave Burkhart, Burrito, Carolyn Carlson, Tina Colada, Martha Cohen, Mike Crispino, Phil DeAngelis, Ron DeFord, Dave Demaw, Vijay Dixit, Bill Dougal, , Jim Dopuglas, Bob Edgar, Ron Elliot, GM Evica, Mike Farrell, More Fega, Jim Fifield, Carol Fournier, Howard Frydman, Tom Goehring, Diane Goldsmith, Tony Grant, Lee Green, Hector Hannibal, Shelly Hassman, Joan Hoffman, Sue Heske, Ruth Howell, Fred Hull, Margaret Johnson, Wayne Jones, Bill Kaplan, Rick Kelman, Brian Killiany, Mike Kirven, Dan Kriwitsky, Patty Kurlychek, Marsha Lasker, Doug Maine, Gary Margolin, Leo Matos, Jim McGivern, Peter Michaelson, Walter Miskin, Peter Moon, Scott Munsey, Steve Nichols, Nat Needle, Greg Paternostro, Paul Payton, Jackie Peart, Abe Perlstein, Roger Perrin, Marty Peshka, Tina Podlowski, Lisa Polski, John Ramsey, Alison Rasmussen, Wally Remes, Mark Rinas, Mark Roberts, Maurice Robertson, Paul Robinson, Sam Rodgers, Gordon Roland, Joel Salkowitz, Billy Samboy, Dottie Shami, Bruce Smith, Mark Smith, Mike Soltoski, Lee Sparapani, Roger Stauss, Ed Steivender, Joe Terzo, Brian Twiss, Terry Weichand, Helen Wassel, Chris Watson, Jeff Winn, Andy Winters, Roger Wright, Vic Vince, Rick Virello, Dave Von Kleist, Andy Zeldin,

As usual, there were a number of personnel changes throughout the year. Jim Fifield was appointed Music Director, and he put in an enormous amount of effort through August when he had to step down.  Paul Robertson took over the MD job from Jim. Chris Watson took over scheduling from Jeff Wynn in September and became Program Director in January. Bruce Smith resigned from the Community Affairs Director position in August citing lack of time.  Ward student Tina Podlowski was appointed acting Development Director and Joanne Bilotta was appointed Classics Director in August.

During the spring, a group of volunteers started producing a weekly program called "Myth America".  Ed Steivender and Eric Bloom, among others, made up this group. This program featured original dramatic, satirical and comedy works, and featured some excellent production techniques.  One of their most memorable productions was a song entitled "Nothing Ever Happens in Hartford" which we started airing immediately after the collapse of the Hartford Civic Center roof.  This satirical song quickly became a favorite among our listeners, and for a while was the most requested song on the station.

          The Saturday programming line-up as of April, 1979 included Focus on Jazz from 11 am to 4 pm, Myth America from 4 pm to 4:30 pm, African Worlds from 4:30 pm to 5 pm, Portuguese programming from 5 pm to 6 pm, West Indian Rhythms from 6 pm to 8 pm and Sounds of the City from 8 pm to12 midnight.

Geetanjali, a program of Indian music, was scheduled for the Friday 8-9 pm slot.

The annual WWUH Banquet was held at the Ramada Inn in East Hartford. Arnold Klinsky, New Director of Channel 30, was the guest speaker.

During the summer a new poetry show “Poesis” was created by student Margaret Johnson.  The first shows featured poets Helen Swarts and Charles Lipka.

Live broadcasts of the CRT jazz concerts again took place during the summer, with one of the concerts featuring Betty Carter.  WWUH had been doing live broadcasts from Bushnell Park for several years prior to 1979, but the quality of these broadcasts left much to be desired.  This was due to the poor quality of the remote equipment, the previous staff's unfamiliarity with the technique of live sound broadcasting, and the tendency to treat these remotes as parties by station staff.  All felt that these live broadcasts should be something to be proud of from both a programming and technical standpoint.

          Operations Director Marty Peshka and Chief Engineer John Ramsey, along with Jeff Winn, Doug Maine and other volunteers, produced 14 live concerts from Bushnell Park during the summer of 1979. Included in the line up were such diverse artists as Stephen Grappelli, Maria Maldaur, John Hartford and Doc Watson. The last two concerts included a live simulcast with Connecticut Public Television!  The station also aired the 6th Annual New England Fiddle Contest from Bushnell Park on May 26th.   

          At the start of one of the live broadcasts from Bushnell Park, there was an interesting “incident”, that is humorous in hindsight:  John Ramsey writes:

“During summer, the air studio was undergoing renovation so all programming was being aired out of the Production studio. There was a live, call-in show on the air right before the start of the remote broadcasts from the park, and everything was fine at first. The board operator at the studio got the park feed on the air just fine, and on-site announcer Doug Maine was just starting to welcome the listeners to what he was sure to be an outstanding evening of live jazz. I was the engineer at the site, and I was listening to the first minute of the broadcast on the air when I heard in my headphones "Hi, WWUH" followed by a listener asking a question about when the station's music director would be in! It didn't take more than a second for both Doug and I to realize what was going on, The board operator had forgotten to turn off the phone feed in the studio after the last show, and he was taking routine phone calls and putting them on the air by accident!

Poor Doug, there he was trying to do an ad-libbed live introduction, and all of a sudden he was hearing a telephone call loudly in his earphones. I was worried that he would stop talking, which would be a natural reaction, but which would have made the problem even worse since the listeners would be hearing just the phone call, and silence when the caller hung up. Doug did not stop talking which would have been a normal reaction. He didn't even stumble as he described the show that was about to begin. Doug did something that only a seasoned veteran announcer would ever think of doing. He simply took off his headphones (so that the phone call wouldn't distract him) and kept on with his announcement!

I grabbed the phone and started calling the station hot line number. As the phone was ringing, I was thinking of the best way to get the board op to realize what had gone wrong. I had to identify myself, and then tell him specifically what the problem was and how to correct it. Trouble was, with such a common first name, I realized that I would have to give my last name as well so that he would not think that I was a prank (the board op didn't know there was a problem since he had turned down the speakers in the studio at the start of the broadcast to answer the phone).       

As I was thinking all of these things, with the telephone to one ear and one side of my headphones to the other, I heard the op say "Oh, I've got another call, I've got to go" in the phone ear followed almost immediately by "Hi, WWUH" IN BOTH EARS (both on the phone and on the air!). I used the board ops name and said "Dave, this is John Ramsey, the phone is on the air, turn off pot ten". Both the listeners and I heard this, and they heard his confused reply, "What did you say?” I paraphrased myself and said "Dave, this is John Ramsey, this conversation is on the air, turn off pot number ten" to which he responded "Oh Shit!" before he turned off the phone feed. This entire exchange was heard by the thousands of WWUH listeners who were tuned in for the evening's jazz performance. It was not uncommon for listeners to record these live broadcasts back then, if anyone has a tape of the start of this broadcast, I would love to hear it.”

In addition to the CRT Monday night jazz concerts, the station broadcast the Peace Train concerts on alternate Thursday nights.

In the fall, arrangements were made with the Talcott Mountain Science Center to provide weather reports to the station!  It was arranged for their meteorological department to call the station twice a day (at noon and at 4 pm) to feed weather reports over the phone for use over the air These segments would provide basic weather forecasts developed by the students at the school along with commentary on any interesting astronomical events.   These feeds were recorded for playback during the afternoon and evening. 

          In June, WWUH acted as the point of origination for an interview for the Australian Broadcasting Company on the topic of Franco-Russian writer and revolutionary Victor Serge.    Dr. Richard Greenman, assistant professor of French at the University and an authority on Serge, was in our studio for the program, while the interviewer and host of the program were in his studio, in Sydney, Australia!  The two stations were interconnected via phone lines and satellite circuits.

In December, the station started a series of live evening jazz broadcasts from the 880 Club in Hartford called "Jazz Alive!"  Volunteer Mort Fega was the host, and the series featured such performers as trumpeter Ted Curson. Gene Bertoncini and Bobbi Rodgers, and audience reaction was very favorable to the Monday night broadcasts.

The Metropolitan Opera will began its 40th season in the fall.

An interview with rock drummer Bill Bruford was recorded via the phone and aired on both the Synthesis and Jazz programs.

          Because of concerns about staff moral, a questionnaire was handed out by the ECOM at the November general meeting, with the request that it be filled out candidly (and anonymously) by staff volunteers. 

          A review of membership on 11/28/79 listed 10 members eligible to vote in station elections (to be eligible to vote, volunteers had to be full time UH students who had attended the last two general meetings.

          Students Andy Winters and Lisa Polski were appointed co-News Directors in November. They worked well together and shared the responsibilities of the position.

Bill Domler approached the ECOM in November about doing a weekly folk show.  The ECOM was very enthusiastic.

During the spring, the station was given the opportunity to move its offices from down the hall to the area directly across from the studios.  While this move didn't increase the usable space that was available, it did provide two more rooms.  The room directly across from the studio was designated the office, and the small room attached to this the inner office for the General Manager and Business Manager.  Just down the hall was a newsroom (later to become the jazz library) and another large room, which became the large classical library.

The station moved into the new offices on July 1st, 1979.

A champagne reception for WWUH Classical listeners was held at the A.S.K. house on Prospect Avenue on February 16th.

          Marathon goal was set at $20,000.  Premiums included yellow with blue sign wave logo T-shirts for a $5 pledge, and Guide Subscriptions for a $10 pledge.  As part of Marathon, Myth America appeared live on Monday Accent on Jazz, the Hartt Jazz Band appeared on Tuesday, Dave Ramsey and his big band played for the wine and cheese party in room G, the Hartford Arts Ensemble was aired live on Thursday and live bluegrass was carried on Saturday. The event ended with a party on Sunday featuring the band Talking Drum in the Cafeteria.

          Marathon returns total $22,500!

          Throughout the late seventies and early eighties, the Marathon phone room was located in Gengras room D, which provided a great view of the Hartford skyline.  

          At the April general meeting, the candidates for the various ECOM positions presented their platforms:

          Marty Peshka, running for Operations Director, spoke of his knowledge of non-commercial radio.  He said that he wants to smooth out the problems and get everyone working together.

          Doug Maine, a sophomore in the Communications Department, who running for the Business Manager position, admitted that it was a tedious job, but felt that he could handle what needed to be done.

          John Ramsey, running for reelection as Chief Engineer, stressed preventative maintenance of the equipment, and said that he would run on his past performance.

          Rich Aubin was nominated for the Program Director position and felt that he would be “good for another 12 months”.

          Marsha Lasker, one of the two candidates for General Manager, said that she wanted to keep the station ideal the same:  WWUH should be a place to learn radio.  She would work for a more creative learning environment.  She was against a paid management for the station (something that had been discussed in passing during the past year).

          Patty Kurlycheck, the other candidate running for the General Manager position, spoke of four pressing issues she would address if elected:  The proposed rewrite of the Communications Act in Washington, the long sought after power increase for WWUH, eliminating the crisis management mentality of the ECOM, and improving the communications among ECOM members and with the staff.

          Randy Borowsky withdrew his name when it is determined that he cannot run because he is not a student at UH.

          Student Bruce Smith, who was running for the newly created ECOM position of Community Affairs Director, spoke of the station’s tradition of serving the local community, a tradition that he hoped to continue.

          The election of the following ECOM members took place on April 5, 1979:  Patty Kurlychek-General Manager, Marty Peshka-Operations Director, Rich Aubin-Program Director, Doug Maine-Business Manager, John Ramsey-Chief Engineer, Bruce Smith-Community Affairs Director (Bruce became the first person to hold that newly created position).

          In an open letter to the ECOM dated April 12, 1979, Steve Berian summarized the stations last year and looked to the future:

          ". . . In the previous year, we were saddled with a GM who chose to function as a committee chairman.  That had both positive and negative effects:  it caused or at least opened the door for achievement by and acknowledgement of sub-ordinate ECOM members.  Operations of the station fell squarely on the shoulders of the Operations Director.  She handled it the best she knew how, albeit sometimes with haste, sometimes without consulting all the other ECOM members, sometimes missing appointments and meetings.  DON'T forget--she was learning! 

          "Mark (Smith) did the organization a tremendous favor by being Business Manager.  He added a crystal clear facet of logic to its operation.  He is to be credited with keeping us solvent . . .

          "Patty came up through the ranks and radiated her capabilities from the start.  She mastered the Development Department in the shortest time I've seen it done.  She too asked questions:  acquired knowledge.  She demonstrated a marked ability to learn - FAST.  She was integrally involved in Marathon - to the station's clear benefit.

          "John and Marty stepped into an engineering department with Jim McGivern that was a shambles.  This trio, later to become a duo with the loss of Jim to WTIC, was responsible for implementing the cleanest signal with the cleanest paths that we've known in several years.  John and Marty compliment each other . . . They work as a team - a point to remember and apply at several levels of thought concerning UH as an entity.

          "We knew Rick Virello as Program Director for only a short time.  He came out of the shadows - an untried leader - one that had not, at the time, demonstrated but a fraction of his capabilities.  Leaving us, Rick was replaced by Rich Aubin . . . a fast learner who can be counted on for good, well thought out decisions.

          "Throughout the year, two people have been ever hovering in the not-too-deep background.  Walk Miskin and I have tried to teach our comrades how to cope with the intricacies of their respective positions, their relations with one-another and those with the outside world.  We have explored the microcosm of station management with them as well as the macrocosm of its effects.

          "At some points we were told to go away:  something that we had expected, indeed wanted to have happen.  However, we never went so far that we couldn't be reached. . .

          "We have lost considerable ground in some areas of University politics in that we are being viewed as more of a "student" organization despite our cosmopolitan membership.  Though a delicate issue, we must face it and regain our posture as an organization non-dependent on the office of the dean of students.  We have demonstrated capability to manage our own entity, not without faults, but considerably better than some other university departments over a ten year record of volunteer staff and management.

          "We must come out of our holding pattern style media membership and again assume the point position.  We have come to be regarded as leaders in area radio - not merely college radio or public radio.  We are an acknowledged threat to all radio in this market.

          "We must continue in that frame - strive to be alternative to all radio commercial and non-commercial; strive to enlarge our audience base; strive to improve radio programming.

"I am confident, as are my colleagues, that we can do it."

Steve Nichols, the outgoing station GM, wrote this in his last issue of the Program Guide. 
         “After this year, I can only say that I am so proud to be involved with something so many people believed in!  I was taught more about radio, music, people, etc. than I thought anybody could learn in one year.  Although it required much work, long hours and no pay, if I had it to do over again I would not hesitate.  Your response has always been heartwarming and well worth any effort.”

Incoming GM Patty Kurlychek wrote the following in the Guide:

“This year I am anticipating a change in the focus of our priorities.  We have tried to develop our musical offerings to the point of unique diversity which we feel is unequaled in our listening area.  Now that our music has reached a point where it can stand on its own, I feel that the station must reach out and development itself in terms of talking to people.   We need more programming that talks to people who live in West Hartford, Hartford and in Bloomfield, South Windsor and so on.  WWUH will be trying to develop our liason with these and other communities so that we can keep an ear to the heart of the public.”

 

         

There were technical problems with the remote broadcasts from Business Park during the summer due to the limited quality and flexibility of the remote equipment.  Realizing the programming value of these broadcasts (no other station in the state was doing live music on a regular basis); management felt it was important for the station to acquire better equipment.

          In keeping with goals, parts were purchased in the fall of 1979 to build an eighteen-channel microphone splitter that would allow interfacing with the stage microphones so a broadcast "mix" could be done.  Hours were spent building the splitter, which cost close to $1,000 in parts!  In the following three years, renting the splitter to Connecticut Public Television during those periods when we were not using it brought in more than twice that amount.

          Motto, a fusion band, and Cocinando, a Latin-jazz band were chosen to play at the summer picnic, which took place on the lawn in front of the Gengras Student Union.

          The Hartford Courant ran an article that praised the efforts of the station and mentioned the excellence of the remotes from Bushnell Park (and the convenience of being able to listen at home, as Owen McNalley, the writer, was sick and had no other way to review the performance).   

With the goal of improving the fidelity of the station's signal while at the same time installing as much redundancy as possible, it was decided that the air studio had to be completely rebuilt from the ground up.  Not only was the equipment and wiring in poor condition, but also the carpet, the walls and ceiling were in terrible shape.  Since the renovation of the air studio meant operating the station out of the production studio for several months, the renovation of the production studio became first priority.

          A new 10 channel Autogram board had been installed in the production studio in mid 78, but because the station was pressed for both time and money, the installation left much to be desired.  The new board sat on an ordinary table, and the studio lacked such basic features as direct drive turntables and a patch bay.  The ECOM decided that the renovations should be done right this time, with adequate time and money allocated to the project.  The station's staff was easy to convince, and thanks to a successful Marathon 79, money was made available.

          The actual construction work on the production studio took place during the Christmas '79 school vacation.  The station was very lucky to have Paul Zulpa, an EE student at UH, assist Chief Engineer John Ramsey with the work. Paul's previous electronics experience, his ability to see a job through to the end, and his incredible ability of producing, on a moment's notice, just about any tool or part that was needed, helped the project along.  Paul convinced a friend to donate his time and woodworking abilities to the project.  The result was professionally built counters to hold the equipment.

          Since most of the major equipment was on hand already, the station only had to purchase a few pieces of equipment (two direct drive turntables, a distribution amplifier, a small microphone mixer, and JBL monitor speakers).  The studio was designed and built to be functional and rugged, with enough flexibility to allow for future expansion.  Ease of maintenance and repair was of primary concern, as was simplicity of operation.  All of the wiring was fully documented.

          Along with the equipment and wiring renovation, a suspended acoustic tile ceiling was installed and fluorescent lights were replaced with incandescent lights on a dimmer circuit.  This was in keeping with the philosophy of making the studio esthetically pleasing as well as functionally efficient.

          The station was off the air for 48 hours toward the end of the year because of major transmitter problems involving high voltage bypass capacitors in the final stage.   This long duration outage, along with several other STL-related equipment failures around the same time, made staff realize the importance of equipment redundancy.  The engineering department set out to specify, design and install back ups for all major sub-systems:  transmitter, exciter, STL, processing and studio.   Since the station's volunteer staff was making such a major commitment to the station, management felt it was only fair to commit a portion of its financial resources to ensuring redundancy, so volunteer efforts wouldn't be wasted should a major piece of equipment fail.

          As part of the station’s arrangement with WTIC about Classical Programming, WTIC had offered us a used 5,000 watt FM transmitter for us to use for our power upgrade.  The transmitter was very old, and it was unlikely that we would ever need it, so we asked WTIC to sell it for us.  They did so and we received $2000 for it. 

           The UH Radio pub night held in October netted $215 for the station.

          Realizing the importance of students to the station's mission, the ECOM would undertake a recruitment drive on campus each fall.  Student recruitment efforts in 1979 included a meeting for interested people that was attended by close to 60 students, a campus WWUH “Pub Night” featuring the band Sol Rubin, and participation by the station at the Student Leader's night and the Student Organization night.

          During the period when the production studio was being rebuilt, most public affairs programs were aired live out of the air studio.  For those programs that had to be taped in advance, a reel recorder and mikes were installed in the office to allow programming to continue almost interrupted.

          Over the years WWUH had garnered a lot of support with area commercial broadcasters.  WTIC had been a supporter for years, but WDRC, right next door in Bloomfield, also helped WWUH from time to time.  The following story is an example of WDRC’s generosity:

          In July, we were given only 12 hours notice that WWUH would have to vacate the building for at least 24-hours so that it could be fumigated (apparently the cafeteria was having a bit of a problem with bugs).  Rather than leave the air for more than a day, WDRC came to our rescuer with a loan us their mobile studio for the weekend!   WWUH broadcast from that studio, which was parked in front of the student union, for over 48 hours.  Because the record library couldn't be moved, all the announcers had to pull their music in advance.  The fumigation also happened to coincide with the annual WWUH birthday picnic causing numerous additional complications but one big plus – we were able to broadcast from right in front of the crowd that was attending the picnic!

          Because of time limitations, staff could not get the transmitter remote control to work from the portable studio, so an operator had to be posted at the transmitter site for 48 hours!  Staffers Bruce Kampe and Tom Bolan volunteered for transmitter duty, and spent many hours sleeping in the woods "babysitting" the transmitter!

        Some of the major news stories of 1979 included: Shah leaves Iran after year of turmoil (Jan. 16); revolutionary forces under Muslim leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, take over (Feb. 1 et seq.); Carter and Brezhnev sign SALT II agreement (June 14); Iranian militants seize US embassy in Teheran and hold hostages (Nov. 4); Soviet invasion of Afghanistan stirs world protests (Dec. 27); Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of dead and injured in Kent State University shootings (Jan. 4) and Nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island, Pa., releases radiation (March 28).

Above: 1976 Staff photo including Walt Miskin, Mark Persky, Mimi Spillane, Joe Terzo, Dave Demaw, Steve Shore and Bob Gross among others.  If you can ID anyone else in this picture please let us know.
Above: WWUH's Dan King interviews Ed Bradley of CBS's 60 Minutes for WWUH's "UH Presents".  Photo probably from 1979.
Above:  Early '70s WWUH Executive Committee.
Left: Jazz legent Mort Fega was on WWUH from 1975 - 1979.
Above:  Mimi Spillane and John Anderson produce a live broadcast of the Hartt Jazz band in 1975.
Above:  Jackie Peart and ? in the WWUH production studio, 1974.
Above:  Maceo Woods in the WWUH Air Studio, 1972.
Above:  WWUH's Trish Beatty interviews Sen. Lowell Weiker on the air from the Gengras cafeteria.

Above:  WWUH Executive Committee (1975?), L to R, Charlie Allen, John Anderson, Mimi Spillane, ?, Mel Yates, Steve Shore.
Above:  WWUH softball team, "The Keg Masters."
Kneeling L-:  Holly ?, Rick Virillo, Bill Kaplan.
Standing L-R:  Tom Bradford, ?, ?, ?, Mike Crispino, Jim Fifield, Harvey Jassen.
(1977)


Above:  Jeff Winn on remote from WWUH Picnic, 1979.


Above:  Travor Hollow performs for "UH Radio Bluegrass" in 1978.

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