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2000 - WDRC FM
unveiled a new logo and a new web site. Visit the WDRC
AM web site here.
2001 - WDRC AM began airing a musical format called The
Best of Everything that includes everything from Adult Standards,
Light Pop Favorites, Classic Country, Jazz, to Classical.
11, 2001 - Like many American radio stations, WDRC
and DRC FM discontinued streaming audio on-line due to a
demand by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
for increased royalty fees for commercial voice talent.
- WDRC AM dropped The Best of Everything and added
talk shows from the Buckley/WOR Network. Following Brad
Davis, Dr. Joy Browne aired from 10AM-1PM, followed by The Dolans
1-3PM. Dan Lovallo played music
during afternoon drive. Bruce Owens
was released and Jack Carney moved
to 7PM-midnight on WDRC FM replacing Glenn
2002 - Walt Pinto left
as program director of WDRC AM.
11, 2002 - Brad Davis
celebrated his 25th anniversary on the air as WDRC AM morning
8, 2002 - The
Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly began syndication; WDRC
AM added the show from 12 noon till 2PM to capitalize on the
well-known TV celebrity.
8, 2002 - WDRC FM began airing nationally
syndicated Little Walter's Time Machine, Sunday nights
from 10PM to midnight following Chris
Ryan's locally-produced Sunday Night Sock Hop. Walter
DeVenne hosted weekend oldies shows on several Boston-area stations
2003 - Little Walter's time was up and another specialty
oldies show was added to the DRC FM schedule as Jay Gordon's
Only! was added to Sunday mornings, 7-8AM. The show
was later moved to Sunday nights from 11PM to midnight. Jay
was a Boston radio veteran who started the syndicated show in
2003 - Another local talk show was added on
WDRC AM with Connecticut native Mary Jones, weekdays from
2-3PM. In addition to Brad Davis
and Dan Lovallo in morning
drive, the lineup included the nationally syndicated Laura
Ingraham Show 10AM-12 noon; Bill
O'Reilly from noon-2PM, The
Sean Hannity Show from 3-6PM, Jim
Cramer's Real Money from 6-7PM, and Michael
Savage from 7-10PM. Dr.
Joy Browne's syndicated show moved to 10PM, followed all-night
by The Joey Reynolds Show.
2004 - Both WDRC
and DRC FM
gave their web sites sweeping revisions.
4, 2004 - WDRC AM added another locally
produced talk show to its Talk of Connecticut lineup,
Simply Food with Prudence Sloane, heard Sunday nights
from 6-8PM, bumping Dick Robinson's American Standards
By The Sea to 8-10PM.
3, 2004 - WDRC FM dropped Oldies from its
name and focused on music from the 1960s and 70s.
2, 2005 - John Saville
replaced Mike Stevens on
DRC FM's morning show.
2005 - DRC FM dropped music from the 1950s and
60s and began emphasizing music of the 70s and 80s; the on-air slogan
was Big Hits 102.9.
2006 - DRC FM began reintroducing 60s music; the
new positioning logo was Good Time Rock 'N Roll.
13, 2006 - WDRC AM's Dan
Lovallo moved from mornings with Brad
Davis to the afternoon shift, hosting a 3-6PM talk show, Tuned
In To Connecticut. He replaced the syndicated Sean Hannity Show.
2007 - longtime Vice President/General Manager
Wayne Mulligan (left) retired after a 38-year career at WDRC
A/F. He was replaced by WDRC sales manager Eric
Fahnoe (right), nephew of Buckley Radio President/CEO Rick
15, 2008 - the return of Jerry Kristafer as morning
drive host at DRC FM; Kristafer held the same shift
18, 2008 - DRC FM began re-introducing pre-1964
oldies to its format.
- the station introduced High
Definition (HD) radio signals in the Connecticut market:
HD (simulcast of WDRC FM), HD2 (mix of 1950s-60s oldies)
& HD3 (simulcast of the Talk
31, 2011 - Buckley Broadcasting President Richard
D. Buckley, Jr. died; click here to read
5, 2014 - Buckley Broadcasting announced it was selling
WDRC AM/FM, WWCO, WMMW Meriden, WSNG Torrington and WWCO
Waterbury to Connoisseur Media of Westport. Click
here for more.
- The $7.9 million closing took place as Connoisseur
Media picked up the baton from Buckley
Broadcasting. The entire FM airstaff was let go; only Brad
Davis and Kim Zachary were
retained. The next day a new FM website was unveiled at 1029DRC.com.
January 8, 2015 - At 10:30 a.m. WDRC FM was rebranded
as 102.9THEWHALE, featuring Classic Rock music. Allan
Lamberti replaced Mike Lapitino
on the midday shift. Chaz & AJ remained on morning drive. Former
WCCC deejays Michael Picozzi and Miss Klonk took over afternoon
drive and evenings respectively.
- Petrus Holding Company of Plano, Texas acquired Connoisseur
Media of Westport, CT. The transaction included all of Connoisseur's
42 radio stations; financial terms were not made public.
- Connoisseur Media sold most of
the former Buckley holdings to Red Wolf Broadcasting (doing business
as Full Power
Radio) for $8 million. The exception was WWCO Waterbury, that
remained with Connoisseur.
2020 - The end of an era as Brad
Davis was retired shortly after his 43rd anniversary as WDRC
AM morning man.