26, 1959 - The FCC granted WDRC FM program test
authority at 102.9 MHz and the station signed on. A dedicatory program
hosted by Victor Forker aired at 8:15 that Monday night, featuring
Connecticut Governor Abraham Ribicoff, Hartford Mayor James H. Kinsella,
and the mayors of Meriden and Springfield.
10, 1960 - Topping WDRC's Lucky Thirteen Swinging
Sixty Survey was Johnny Tillotson's Poetry in Motion.
-Friendly Five weekend man Bob
Cain left Hartford and returned to Providence to host news on
WJAR. The same month WDRC debuted a jingle package produced
by Roy Ross Enterprises, Inc. of New
York City ("first in the capitol region of the Nutmeg State."
31, 1964 - Swinging Six personality Chip
Thompson wrapped up his stay at WDRC, returning to Burlington,
Vermont to get married.
1966 - WDRC pulled off a competitive
coup by stealing away WPOP's nighttime jock, Ken
Griffin to replace Dick Robinson
who moves to afternoon drive.
- WDRC Is Hartford was the main lyric line of a new
custom jingle package written and recorded by Tom
Merriman in Dallas.
11, 1969 - At 11:00 p.m. on a Saturday night, Scene
of the Unheard aired for the first time, hosted by Dick
Sandhaus. Featuring album length cuts and music not heard during
WDRC's usual broadcast day, the program only ran for a few
2, 1970 - At 7 o'clock on a Friday night, WDRC FM's
newest deejay debuted using the name Rod Kennedy. Thereafter
he was known as Rod Allen.
- Program Director Charlie Parker brought
back history as WDRC rebroadcast the 1938 version of War
of the Worlds.
13, 1972 - Just before 10:00 a.m. Jack
Miller said farewell to his morning listeners as his career
took him to New York City. Later that afternoon, the brand new Mobile
Studio D was unveiled at Lynch Toyota's "Put Your Hands
On A Toyota and Never Let Go" promotion. Jim
Harrington was the first WDRC personality to broadcast
4, 1974 - After 4 1/2 years as midday host, Bob
Craig did his last WDRC program.
24, 1975 - The #1 song on the WDRC Big D Sound Survey
was Feelings by Morris Albert.
1978 - Dick McDonough
finished a 10-year run as WDRC AM's afternoon driver; he
was replaced by Tom Kelly.
20, 1978 - The #1 song on WDRC's weekly music
survey was You Needed Me by Anne Murray.
1980 - Personality Larry
Wells began what became a 31-year run on WDRC FM.
4, 1981 - WDRC AM installed automation to handle
overnight music programming, displacing Mike
Grady; it also aired UCONN football and basketball games...the
first play-by-play it had ever carried.
14, 2006 - Popular nine-year veteran morning news person
Beth Bradley suffered a heart
attack, leading to her subsequent retirement from WDRC.
10, 2008 - After 18 years on WDRC FM, Doug
Taylor was let go in a round of economic cutbacks.
2012 - DRC FM replaced Good Time Rock 'N Roll
with The Biggest Hits on the Big D.
4, 2013 - Jerry Kristafer
concluded a run on WDRC FM that totaled more than 21 years.