February 14, 1941 - Doolittle's FM took part
in a unique radio relay test. Major Armstrong, speaking by
telephone (from New York) to the Yankee Network studios in
Boston, was fed to Yankee's W1XOJ transmitter at Paxton. The
signal was relayed, by FM, to W1XER atop Mt. Washington...back
to Paxton...on to W1XPW on Meriden Mountain...and on
to Armstrong's W2XMN in Alpine. Engineers at each site spoke
freely over the air with each other, without static. (note:
this excerpt was recorded by W1XPW engineer John Denny at
Meriden; he was recording the off-air signal of W1XOJ. The
first voice is that of Major Armstrong, followed by Paul deMars
of the Yankee Network.)
l-r:) Major E.H. Armstrong and Franklin Doolittle in front
of an REL Catalog #517 FM receiver
used at W1XPW for relay chain pickups on Meriden Mountain.
1942 - Doolittle was appointed technical FM advisor
to Board of War Communications in Washington, DC.
- He was named technical advisor to the Defense Communications
Board, Washington, DC. Doolittle and Walter
B. Haase assumed co-general manager responsibilities of
WDRC and W1XPW.
for more photos of Western Electric microphone
3, 1944 - Doolittle purchased 68 acres atop Talcott Mountain
in Farmington, CT, "as a site for a future television station
and for other future radio purposes." He stressed TV would not
be available on a broad scale immediately after the war, though
frequency modulation would be in general use.
for more on Doolittle's unsuccessful TV efforts.
- Doolittle served on the CBS Affiliates Advisory Board.
December 7, 1952 - Doolittle
applied for a television license (but ultimately it was awarded
to another company).
August 18, 1958 - Doolittle
fashioned an electronic announcer monitor. A tape recorder
running at slow speed was hooked to the studio signal light
and each time a microphone was live, the recorder ran. About
six hours of programming could be stored on each reel.
15, 1959 - The FCC approved the sale of WDRC
(and an FM construction permit) to Buckley-Jaeger Broadcasting
Corporation of Connecticut for $815,000.
l-r:) Walter B. Haase & Franklin M. Doolittle, December,
During WDRC's 50th Anniversary celebration, news director
Walt Dibble met with Doolittle
for an interview about the station's early days. The founder
was willing to share his recollections, but he refused to
permit his voice to be put on tape!
4, 1979 - Franklin M. Doolittle died at Yale-New
Haven Hospital at the age of 85.
more detailed information about both of Doolittle's FM stations
visit the History page.