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These photos were taken in 1966 and 1967 at 869 Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield and 750 Main Street in Hartford by former WDRC engineer John Diskes. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions.

 

WDRC studios at 869 Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield, circa 1966, before the move to downtown Hartford

John's drawing of the studio floor plan at 869 Blue Hills Avenue

5 kilowatt transmitter and associated rack equipment

WDRC studios at 869 Blue Hills Avenue
in Bloomfield, circa 1966, before the
move to downtown Hartford
John's drawing of the studio floor
plan at 869 Blue Hills Avenue
5 kilowatt transmitter and
associated rack equipment

DJ studio looking into Master Control; the newsroom is visible across from Master Control.  A tiny Ron Landry is pasted above the clock.

Master Control at 869 Blue Hills Avenue with the 1kw backup transmitter visible at the extreme left

Closeup of Master Control console in Bloomfield, circa 1966

DJ studio looking into Master Control;
the newsroom is visible across from
Master Control. A tiny Ron Landry
is pasted above the clock. Notice
how few controls the deejay had.
Master Control at 869 Blue Hills Avenue
with the 1kw backup transmitter
visible at the extreme left
Closeup of Master Control console
in Bloomfield, circa 1966

Master Control at WDRC's new studios, 750 Main Street in Hartford, circa 1967

Another shot of Master Control in 1967 taken with a flash

In 1967, by FCC decree, WDRC FM originated programming 50% of the time from a separate studio

Master Control at WDRC's new studios,
750 Main Street in Hartford, circa 1967
Another shot of Master Control in
1967 taken with a flash
In 1967, by FCC decree, WDRC FM
originated programming 50% of the
time from a separate studio
Another shot of the WDRC FM studio WDRC morning deejay Don Wade at 750 Main Street in 1967

In August 2005 John Diskes wrote:

"A native Ohioan, I wound up at WDRC
by answering an ad for a control room operator / engineer in Broadcasting Magazine. Worked mostly the sign-on
shift from October 1966 to April 1969. Those were good times."

Another shot of the WDRC FM studio WDRC morning deejay Don Wade
at 750 Main Street in late 1967
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See more of the physical setup at these links:

869 Blue Hills Avenue
750 Main Street (outside of building)
1967 studio floor plan
Chief Engineer George Watson at master control

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