the years Franklin Doolittle owned WDRC, his company was
careful not to use the word first as a promotional point.
Until the original Doolittle FM station was born in 1939 (and that
legitimately was a first), the station relied heavily on
the phrase Pioneer Broadcasting Station of Connecticut. That
was an accurate statement and did not imply WDRC was the
first radio station in the state.
late 1936 a promotional booklet distributed by the station used
the phrase the oldest station in Connecticut. That was, and
is, an accurate statement.
1939 ad for the new W1XPW proclaimed it was the first
regular broadcaster to utilize the Armstrong FM system - again,
an accurate statement.
wasn't until a Hartford Courant article published on October
3, 1944 that the station was awarded status to which it wasn't entitled:
"...WDRC opened a station in New Haven, and in so doing
it became the first commercial enterprise of its kind in the state."
That was especially mystifying since The Courant itself was
licensed to operate commercial land station WDAK June
1, 1922 - six months before Doolittle got his license (obviously
WDAK's shelf life was short).
Doolittle Radio Corporation succumbed to temptation in its unsuccessful
1947 FCC application for a television