and Farmington, for use as "a site for a future television
station and for other future radio purposes."
article went on to say Doolittle had been experimenting with television
at his FM transmitter site on Meriden Mountain
"for several years." He was quoted as saying he
thought television would be "based on a system of relay
stations which would carry images from production studios to cities
many miles away." Saying "the increased output
of receivers, public interest in television and adequate reception
of programs point toward the need of an outlet here," Franklin
Doolittle told The Billboard (Magazine) on September 20,
1947 that Connecticut Broadcasting Company would file an FCC application
for a TV franchise within the month.
Hartford Courant Magazine contained an article on December 14,
1947 titled, "Humming Along in Radio for 25 Years."
Among other things it said, "Mr. Doolittle and WDRC
have applied for one of the two channels which have been allocated
to the Hartford area. The FCC probably will hold a hearing on the
Hartford allocations sometime in 1948."
the bureaucracy that it is, the FCC delayed the process. Another
Sunday Courant Magazine article on December 3, 1950, titled, "WDRC
Looks Backward and Forward," said:
Federal Communications Commission is working on further television
allocations, and within a few months the go-ahead signal may come
for Hartford. That means a new adventure for WDRC's top trio
[Doolittle, station manager Walter B. Haase
and chief engineer Italo A. Martino].
They're looking forward to it with eagerness, just as the public
in this area is eagerly looking forward to television days."
the Doolittle TV plans suffered a setback March 2, 1952 when vice
president and chief engineer Italo A. Martino
died at the age of 58. The next month the FCC lifted a three-year
ban on new television applications, awarding Channels 3 and 18 to
Hartford. Mr. Doolittle told The Hartford Courant (April
14, 1952) he would apply for the license to Channel 3, noting, "we
already have a transmitter site, building and tower on Talcott Mountain
forward to December 7, 1952 - another Hartford Courant Magazine
profile, called, "He Is One of Nation's Radio Pioneers."
It said, "Now Doolittle and WDRC have applied to the FCC
for a Hartford television channel. If the application is approved,
it means the start of a new career for a man who has had a succession
of the nation's 'firsts' in radio."