It wasn't just
another holiday. July meant America's annual Independence Day celebration.
It was a very special Fourth of July in 1976 because the United
States celebrated its bicentennial.
In the weeks
leading up to July WDRC distributed thousands of red, white
and blue bumper stickers at McDonald's Restaurants around Connecticut.
Listeners could also pick them up in the studios at 750
Main Street in downtown Hartford.
Program director Charlie Parker
created a Fourth of July contest involving giveaways of Beatles
and Beach Boys albums.
WDRC production ace Dave Overson produced a special feature
entitled "776: 7 minutes and 76 seconds - 200 Years of America's
History." You'll hear the voices of the 1976 airstaff starting
with Charlie Parker followed by Pete Ross, Jack Morgan, Ed Mitchell,
Mike Taylor, Walt Dibble, ?, Jack Lawrence, Pam Cross and Dick McDonough.
As always, promotional
genius Charlie Parker
dreamed up a series of contests including cash giveaways for listeners
whose cars were spotted with the #1 number stickers.
America's birthday WDRC also promoted a series of concerts
produced by Jim Koplik and Shelley Finkel:
- July 7 -
Seals & Crofts with Loggins & Messina at New Haven Coliseum
- July 11 -
Stephen Stills, Neil Young & Poco
- July 14 -
Jefferson Starship & Fleetwood Mac at Colts Park in Hartford
- July 16 -
Jethro Tull & the J. Geils Band at Colts Park