- The WDRC Phone Forum allowed listeners to call CHapel
27751 and record their comments on issues of the day. Each
call aired was rewarded with one dollar; the best caller each
week received five dollars!
17, 1960 - The final CBS Network programs were
aired on WDRC as a thirty year relationship came to
August 18, 1960 - Radio Fun was launched
with a format of contemporary music and news, plus a
deejay staff known as The Friendly Five. Click
for more on Funday.
- William Crawford was appointed general manager succedding
Victor E. Forker.
- Bill Crawford was promoted to vice president of Buckley-Jaeger
Broadcasting and program manager Charles
R. Parker was promoted to assistant general manager.
Listeners phoned in for contests at 242-7754.
19, 1963 - Thousands of listeners joined the first
of four annual Teenage
Marches Against Leukemia to raise money for Danny Thomas
and St. Jude's Hospital.
- A twice monthly column began running in The Hartford
Courant TV magazine. Ghost written mostly by Charlie
Parker, it featured DJ photos, interviews and interesting
tidbits about station staff and promotions. It ran till June
25, 1967, then resumed from April 7-June 16, 1968.
1963 - Listeners got a new phone number to use
for contests: 278-1360.
1963 - New Britain fundialers got their own contest
phone number: BA5-7747.
1966 - A new phone number was installed specifically
for listeners to phone in requests: 987-6205.
for studio map
10, 1966 - Vice president and general manager William
Crawford announced the signing of a lease for the entire 15th
floor at WDRC's previous address, 750 Main
Street. It was a 20-year agreement and while renovations
began immediately it was believed the station wouldn't begin
moving until November.
31, 1966 - WDRC FM received FCC permission
to increase output from 7 to 17.5kw effective radiated power.
1967 - WDRC's album of oldies, Color
Me OBG, was released on Roulette Records.
1967 - A new 50,000 watt FM transmitter was installed;
WDRC studios moved downtown to 750 Main
Street. For the first time, separate programming was broadcast
on WDRC FM during certain hours with a new staff of deejays
including Bradley Field,
Kent Clark and Don
29, 1968 - After John Jaeger's 20% interest was
bought by his partner, the name of the company was changed
to Buckley Broadcasting Corporation of Connecticut.
1968 - Assistant general manager and program director
Charlie Parker was named vice president
August, 1968 - Ken Griffin
began hosting a late-night underground music show, Scene
of the Unheard, from 11PM-1AM. Originally aired six nights
a week (and later just on Saturday), it was marketed as the first
program of its type on a major station in America. The Hartford
Courant (Sunday, October 6, 1968, p.16, Home
Entertainment Section) reported major record labels were
"bending over backwards to provide" WDRC with product.
- Salesman Michael Boudreau replaced William Crawford as vice president
and general manager.
- Richard S. Korsen replaced Michael Boudreau as vice president
and general manager. Korsen previously worked for Buckley's KGIL
San Fernando and WWTC Minneapolis.
1969 - The station became affiliated with Scene 2
magazine, a nationally-syndicated publication on the music world
which contained several WDRC-related pages each month.
1969 - WDRC FM begins operating in multiplex stereo.