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  November 5, 2000 - WDRC AM picked up a syndicated weekend program, "Broadway's Biggest Hits," hosted by Bud Wilkinson.  
  FM logo @ December, 2000

December, 2000 - WDRC FM unveiled a new logo and a new web site. Visit the WDRC AM web site here.

February, 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.

 
 

April 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.

January 28, 2002 - 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 O'Brien.

April, 2002 - Walt Pinto left as program director of WDRC AM.

April 11, 2002 - Brad Davis celebrated his 25th anniversary on the air as WDRC AM morning man.

May 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.

September 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 (right) hosted weekend oldies shows on several Boston-area stations since 1968.

Little Walter
Jay Gordon

August, 2003 - Little Walter's time was up and another specialty oldies show was added to the DRC FM schedule as Jay Gordon's weekly Elvis Only! was added to Sunday mornings, 7-8AM. The show was later moved to Sunday nights from 11PM to midnight. Jay (left) was a Boston radio veteran who started the syndicated show in 1988.

June 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.

 

March, 2004 - Both WDRC and DRC FM gave their web sites sweeping revisions.

April 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.

July, 2004 - WDRC AM gave its web site another makeover and a new URL: talkofconnecticut.com.

audio - April 9, 2007

link to WDRC AM web site
WDRC FM logo:  September 3, 2004

September 3, 2004 - WDRC FM dropped Oldies from its name and focused on music from the 1960s and 70s.

August 2, 2005 - John Saville replaced Mike Stevens on DRC FM's morning show.

 
 

September, 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.

February, 2006 - DRC FM began reintroducing 60s music; the new positioning logo was Good Time Rock 'N Roll.

March 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.

WDRC's Wayne Mulligan

December 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 Buckley.

January 15, 2008 - the return of Jerry Kristafer as morning drive host at DRC FM; Kristafer held the same shift from 1982-1997.

August 18, 2008 - DRC FM began re-introducing pre-1964 oldies to its format.

2008 - 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 of Connecticut).

WDRC's Eric Fahnoe

July 31, 2011 - Buckley Broadcasting President Richard D. Buckley, Jr. died; click here to read more.

March 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.

July 7, 2014 - 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.

audio: January 29, 2015 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.

July 16, 2015 - 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.

January 15, 2018 - 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.

April 2020 - The end of an era as Brad Davis was retired shortly after his 43rd anniversary as WDRC AM morning man.

 
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