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On Sunday, August 21, 2022, nearly 150 alumni, listeners and friends gathered at Farrell's Restaurant in Portland for the annual Connecticut Radio Reunion. This year it was an unofficial celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Hartford radio station WDRC.

A Virtual Guestbook was created for people to post their greetings and memories of The Big D.

Longtime WDRC Production Director Dave Overson produced several videos in conjunction with this gathering and numerous attendees brought memorabilia ranging from tee shirts and jackets to newspaper ads and publicity photos.

WDRC's Bob Marx, Sandy Beach, Dick McDonough, Bob Craig, Dick Robinson & Jack Miller

Extensive pre-promotion was done utilizing the WDRC Alumni and Remembering Hartford Radio Facebook pages.

There was no live broadcast associated with the August gathering, although WDRC's current ownership conducted its own 100th Anniversary event a month later.

Talk of Connecticut WDRC's 100th Birthday Party

For the sake of historical accuracy it should be noted that WDRC AM went on the air from New Haven as WPAJ on December 10, 1922.

WDRC 100th Anniversary montage

What follows are photos of the August event, many of which were taken by professional photographer Brian Ambrose of Glastonbury.

WDRC 100th Anniversary cake

 

Reunion committee members were Steve Parker, Ron Pell,
Dave Overson, Wayne Mulligan, Bob Craig, Ed Brouder,
Bob Marx and John Doolittle.

Former WDRC colleagues Dick Robinson and Sandy Beach share a laugh with Charlie Parker's son, Steve
Former WDRC colleagues Dick Robinson and Sandy Beach
share a laugh with Charlie Parker's son, Steve

Attendees mill around while awaiting orders from the staff photographer
Attendees mill around while awaiting orders
from the staff photographer

WDRC alumni (l-r:) Tom Zarecki & Joe Connolly
WDRC alumni (l-r:) Tom Zarecki & Joe Connolly

Keith Stevens, Jack Kratoville & Ed Brouder
Keith Stevens, Jack Kratoville & Ed Brouder

Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ray, Wayne Mulligan
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Ray, Wayne Mulligan

Betsy (Doolittle) Freeman & son Steve Harwood; Betsy is the daughter of WDRC founder Franklin M. Diilittle
Betsy (Doolittle) Freeman & son Steve Harwood; Betsy is
the daughter of WDRC founder Franklin M. Doolittle

Bob Craig & Russ Oasis
Bob Craig & Russ Oasis

Sebastian, Larry Wells & Don Brooks
Sebastian, Larry Wells & Don Brooks

Hartford radio legend Lee Gordon
Hartford radio legend Lee Gordon

Glenn Colligan
Glenn Colligan

Bryant Thomas
Bryant Thomas

Mike Taylor and his tattoo came all the way from Florida.
Mike Taylor and his tattoo came all the way from Florida

Former WDRC personalities (l-r:) Dick McDonough & Jack Miller
Former WDRC personalities (l-r:) Dick McDonough & Jack Miller

Hal Whitney (Judge Harrigan), Pete Salant & Joe Cipriano (Dave Donovan)
Hal Whitney (Judge Harrigan), Pete Salant & Joe Cipriano
(Dave Donovan)

Angela Pinkerton, Bob Marx (Bart Mazzarella) & Mike Taylor
Angela Pinkerton, Bob Marx (Bart Mazzarella) & Mike Taylor

Kent Clark (Walt Pinto) enjoys a cold beverage on a hot summer afternoon
Kent Clark (Walt Pinto) enjoys a cold beverage
on a hot summer afternoon

Wayne Mulligan & Joe Orlando
Wayne Mulligan & Joe Orlando

Sandy Beach & Dean Richards
Sandy Beach & Dean Richards

(l-r:) Dik Haddad, Beth Bradley, Pat Sheehan, Mike Grady & Joe Orlando
(l-r:) Dik Haddad, Beth Bradley, Pat Sheehan,
Mike Grady & Joe Orlando

former broadcast partners Sebastian & Diane Novak
Former broadcast partners Sebastian & Diane Novak

Bob Craig offers one of his famous lunchtime suggestions
Bob Craig offers one of his famous lunchtime suggestions


the whole damn family
The whole damn family

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