For many years
during the 1930s and 1940s WDRC issued an annual laminated
pocket calendar. As it turns out, the 1934 version (right) coincides
with much of 2012...if you don't count the leap year part.
Here are some
prominent July dates in the annals of WPAJ/WDRC history:
1942 - WDRC founder Franklin
M. Doolittle was appointed technical FM advisor to Board of
War Communications in Washington, DC.
15, 1944 - FCC license renewal paperwork showed Sam Pickard
no longer owned shares in WDRC and WDRC FM. Doolittle
Broadcasting Co. owned 71%; Franklin M. Doolittle individually owned
.2%; CBS executive Lawrence W. Loman owned 28.8%.
1956 - Art
Johnson began a six-year run becoming known as A.J. at Midday
on Big D.
1, 1957 - To mark the International
Geophysical Year (July 1, 1957-December 31, 1958), WDRC gave
away "Space Age News Maps" published by Rand McNally.
Only AM 1360 was listed because FM 102.9 was still a year and a
1958 - Lou
Terri began a one-year assignment as WDRC's host in the
wee hours of the morning.
15, 1959 - The FCC approved the sale of WDRC (and
an FM construction permit) to Buckley-Jaeger Broadcasting Corporation
of Connecticut for $815,000.
1963 - One of the charter members of the Friendly
Five, Jerry Bishop,
ended his career at Big D, heading for southern California.
28, 1963 - A twice monthly column began running
in The Hartford Courant TV magazine. Ghost written mostly
by Charlie Parker, it featured
DJ photos, interviews and interesting tidbits about station staff
and promotions. It ran till June 25, 1967, then resumed from April
7-June 16, 1968.