early October 1930, Franklin M. Doolittle
petitioned the Federal Radio Commission (FRC) for permission to
relocate WDRC from New Haven to Hartford. Doolittle Radio
Corporation had secured studio and office space in the Corning Building
at 11 Asylum Street in downtown Hartford but still needed a transmitter
site. Mrs. George J. Maher and her family owned about 20 acres along
Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield, directly across the street from
Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery. The Mahers lived at 799 Blue Hills
Avenue. Doolittle arranged to lease several acres at what became
783 Blue Hills Avenue and started work on erecting two 165-foot
steel antennae and installing a new 500 watt transmitter.
was a brief hiccup as the Bloomfield Zoning Commission delayed approval
of the project until the FRC authorized the move on October 17.
Monday, October 21 concrete work was begun by the Foundation Construction
Company of Hartford. The Allyn Wadhams Company, also of Hartford,
was awarded a contract to build the building pictured below. The
overall project budget was $7,361. Under the supervision of consulting
engineer Norman I. Adams, a Yale University
physics professor, the towers were finished by November 16.
final New Haven broadcast took place on November 23 and WDRC's
first Hartford broadcast occurred on December 5, 1930.