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.
are some prominent July dates in the annals of WPAJ/WDRC
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.
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.
1966 - A
new phone number was installed specifically for listeners to phone
in requests: 987-6205.
1969 - New Haven deejay Ed
Flynn picked up some overtime by doing Sunday morning fill-ins
at WDRC for the month.