Man From Mars Productions
November 22, 2002, 2:41:50PM
told to get in touch with you by Dave Nagel. My name is Ric Santos.
I noticed I was not included on your list of WDRC alumns. I worked
weekends at WDRC AM from 1986-1987. I even did a retro feature called
"The Time Machine" while I was there that Dave produced. Glenn Colligan
was the AM PD at the time. I am now PD and air talent at "The Oldies
Channel" from Westwood One in LA. I also serve as a sort of consultant
for WDRC-FM. Let me know what you need from me so that I may be
included on your site. It's a very, very interesting site too. It
brings back alot of memories. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
October 13, 2002, 11:55:32AM
have emailed you a couple times before, but I have to do it again.
turn 19 years old in mid November and have been a WDRC-FM listener
all 19 years of my life and have loved every minute of it. I remember
alot of personalities in those 19 years that aren't around any more.
I'm good friends with Marc Sommers and a couple other guys.
alotta contests they held..remember the contest where they would
call out two intials and you had to be the 2nd caller, and you'd
win a key that MIGHT start a car? Well, they called out my intials
and I was the first caller..darn!!! Oh well, maybe next time!!
though I'm only 19, I remember so much about such a great station.......everyone
there does a good job. "MIke & Beth In The Morning" are hysterically
funny, they work very well together..Larry keeps you on your toes,
Doug does a great job bringing you home form work...and Jack, well,
he's Jack..he's great too!
think there two people who should be recognized for what they do
around there, one person being Ron Sedaille..he's a great guy..has
alots of talent, and energy..plus he has fun on the air, and I always
enjoy listening to him on "All Request Saturday Night."
next person I speak of is Chris Ryan...he's a great guy too...he
has a great voice, I hear him doing commercials all the time and
has some great talent behind him!! Everyone at DRC-Fm does a great
job!! Everytime I visit your website it brings back memories...:)
Well, thanks Ed for your time...keep up the great work!
September 21, 2002, 2:31:52AM
a kid, i heard wdrc the first day it became "fun radio". i listened
to it for years, but then began listening to wpop. eventually went
back to wdrc. as i remember it, there was a real dog fight between
the two stations in the early 60s. i was from windsor, home of the
wildweeds, who got a lot of help and promotion from the big d. i
used to hang out at the macdonalds on windsor av. where we all sat
with the car windows open playing wdrc. i visited ken griffin at
wpop one night during his shift. i was scared stupid but he made
me talk on the air. it was magic. (i guess i was easily impressed)
went to a couple of the big record sales that wdrc had out behind
the bloomfield building. still have several "promo" copies that
i bought in about '62.
i just spent an hour looking at the site and can't tell you how
much i appreciate reading all of the stories about all of the names
i used to know, including bertha, ken griffin, joey reynolds, and
of course ron landry. remember when he used to play a bickerson's
cut every morining at (i think) 9:15? as i had recall ken griffin
got into some trouble while there, but i didn't see it mentioned.
since this history/site is so comprehensive, i may well be mistaken.
again, thanks. i'll be back. just great.
of minneapolis, mn.
September 20, 2002, 12:05:40PM
you for the information on Ron. He was such an enormous talent!
My Dad loved working with him. And he was so proud of his accomplishments
after he left the "BIG D". He spoke of him fondly and often. He
was one of the first D.J.'s I remember growing up with. I recall
that he was constantly working on new "bits", and writing them down
on everything... Napkins, placemats, etc.! The last time I saw Ron
and Margo was at Wayne Mulligan's house for the "BIG D" 35th Reunion.
They looked great! Ron was wearing a Safari jacket. He looked like
the ultra cool California Dude. The amazing thing was that he recognized
my sister Kathy and me. He hadn't seen us since the 60's. The Radio
World has lost a Great One....But you can be sure that my Dad is
thrilled to have Ron back on the air with him in "Rock & Roll Heaven"...#1
For Radio Fun!
September 18, 2002, 8:21:06PM
is a remarkable thing! Well over a year ago, Ron, Margo my wife
and I had a reunion one wonderful Sunday afternoon here in Los Angeles.
Also present was their beautiful daughter Veronica who lives outside
of LA. I distinctly remember bringing Margo to the hospital the
night Veronica was born... ..We shared so much and had so many laughs
over the real beginnings of WDRC as a personality oriented music
station...That lineup was dynamite with Ron, myself, Kurt Russell
and Jim Raynor holding down the fort with the promotional genius
of Charlie Parker tying it all together...The memories are vast
and the sadness at the passing of Ron is almost too painful to deal
with. We did so many record hops together whether it be the old
Crystal Ballroom or a high school...Lunches and dinners with Bertha
Porter and her record promoting friends...generally a time not as
troubled or complex as today. Rons' humor on radio was always tasteful
and squeaky clean as he felt no need to "go over the line"...His
talent went beyond that. He was as hard working and dedicated as
anyone I'd ever worked with. Although he was very succesfull back
east, the day I turned around and saw his face, just in from Boston,
in my studio at KFI in Los Angeles...that marked the beginning of
his greatest successes...He was there to audition at another station
in LA and the rest is history....I'll miss him greatly..Thanks to
your fine efforts we'll be able taste his artistry for years to
September 17, 2002, 8:09:04PM
you for this page to share our personal thoughts and for giving
me the space to make an honorable apology to Ron Landry for not
recognizing his subtle genius in his non aggressive behavior when
I was attacking him in the early days of top 40 radio. In the later
years Ron and I rejoined in L.A. and had a mutual friend named Lew
Bedell who also was a wonderful comic mentor and the host of the
Hudson & Landry Record collection. Lew, Ron, and I collaborated
on a video/cd project with Mike Dorrough, the inventor of the Dorrough
meter, on a parody of Howard Stern, called "Howard Worm". Ron wrote
it and it was wonderfully silly.
is to the children of Ron; Thank you GOD for the goodness of this
lovely creative man and for the load he carried so that ours might
be made lighter. I am sad and in my belief, sadness is but a wall
between two gardens. I will miss your daddy.
September 17, 2002, 5:44:32PM
Reynolds forwarded your note. Hate to see the passing of another
September 17, 2002, 4:31:34PM
WDRC site is something else. As an update to my bio, I programmed
1groove.com for Iceberg Media.com from 2000-2002. I am now concentrating
on voice over work, still DJing at nightclubs under the name "Dr.
Trance," and own a tanning salon in the Toronto suburb of Brampton.
for sending me the news about Ron Landry. He was definitely an influence
on my career.
don't know if I ever thanked you for the airchecks you sent several
years ago. I was shocked to hear how bad I sounded on 'DRC...but
I was impressed at how much potential Charlie Parker must have heard
to hire me.
if I could only get tapes of my infamous chow closings at 'KB....
the best to you...
Berns (aka Dr. Trance) (e-mail)
September 17, 2002, 2:31:34PM
has been fighting lung cancer for the past year. He passed away
last night surrounded by his family and closest friends. Just as
he lived his life, he handled his death with dignity and grace.
After a full day in a coma, he found the strength to become alert
and to lovingly connect with Margo as he peacefully ended his stay
on this earth. A true spiritual gift.
father was a very wise man. He had some sage advise that we will
live by and hope to pass on to all that we can. He said that if
he had one wish for humanity, it would be that everyone just be
a little kinder, kinder to everyone and mostly to yourself.
you feel compelled to do something, do something kind for a loved
one or yourself . He loved flowers, cashmere socks, gardens, gin,
fine cabernet, travel, 300 count sheets, oversized Turkish towels....luxurious
items. Treat yourself to celebrate the memory of our father.
all love him so very much. His spirit will live on in our hearts
Evan and Eriki Landry (e-mail
Ron's wife, Margo)
September 17, 2002, 8:49:42AM
you for an outstanding page. Good reading and information on many
of my favorite radio personalities. Any contact info for Barry Grant
Jack once known as Pico Fenelli on the Grant's Tomb show 1974-1975
reply: Does anyone have fresh contact info for Barry Grant?
August 21, 2002, 7:23:32PM
checking in on this amazing site from time to time. Your information
is so extensive! What a great website for our station to have.
I'd provide you with a little of my own background, as I head into
my 6th year on the air at WDRC.
broadcast career in Connecticut began in 1991 at WSNG AM 610 in
Torrington. After 3 years there, I began broadcasting parttime at
WTIC AM 1080, anchoring news. For a while, I was working at both
stations. I joined WDRC as News Director of the AM and FM in May
of 1997, and was promoted to full time morning show co-host of DRC-FM
in 1999. It's an honor to be working at such a heritage station!
Thanks for your devotion to DRC!
August 16, 2002, 5:47:46PM
grew up in Hartford and found your site a blast. Thanks for all
the research and all the work it took to put it together.
August 9, 2002, 7:07:26PM
writing to inquire about a show I believed was called "Connecticut
bandstand" much like the very popular American bandstand of teenagers
dancing and music groups. I believe my father John Brett was a regular
on the show and would love to be able to surprise him with footage.
I have no idea if I am in the right place, but this is a shot in
the dark and was hoping maybe someone would have knowledge of the
show and can guide me further.
you for your efforts.
August 7, 2002, 10:36:48AM
a quick note to let you know that I'm now living in the Houston
area. I moved here as a result of my wife getting a terrific promotion
with her company. I'm just starting to send out inquiries to see
if there's something for me to do locally, and I'm upgrading my
computer and in-home equipment to maybe do some voice work. Still
in love with radio after all these years.
site is one of the best, Ed. Great memories of a legendary radio
July 15, 2002, 8:31:04PM
a quick update: I'm currently VP/GM of Oldies 106.5 WMEX in Rochester,
NH and still occasionally do a fill in shift on DRC-FM.
The site gets better every time I look at it. Great job!
June 21, 2002, 10:09:48PM
things remembered! You don't know what you're asking for.
Coe in the recording studio creating "The Secret Sound". One of
the most difficult was simply turning over a wet sponge. Jim Nettleton
in the recording studio splicing into his newscast air check (complete
with background teletype) a story about the price of a Hawaiian
lei going up and tourists complaining about being screwed. Then
leaving the air check for Charlie Parker, pretty funny. Ron Landry
breaking up Joe Barbarette? during a morning newscast by playing
in the background an "a-huh" for each sport score until Joe got
to the one where it was something like Yankees 16, Milwaukee 2 whereupon
Ron played the famous "NO!" Joe couldn't continue, I played a jingle
and on we went. I remember Bertha, at all hours, lifting the arm
of the turntable on to the record and listening for no more than
5-10 seconds to most songs before going on to the next one.
remember having to play the "pool side" tape whenever Dick Robinson's
mic was on during the weekend "pool side" show and how he had to
pretend to go into a phone booth (and turn the tape off) to do a
contest and how many kids thought we were really at a pool. I remember
him getting nailed live on the "Banana song". And once on a request.
We had an agreement that either of us could cut off a live phone
request at any time, no questions asked (and no delay). And that
more than once we got it right.
remember a gentleman named Dick Pace and a weekend super nice guy
name Chip Thompson and a guy named Sandy who gave a whole new meaning
to hypochondriac by spraying the microphone with Lysol every time
he entered the studio. I remember "Ricky". If you knew Ricky, you'd
remember her too.
remember someone (it might have been Wayne, I don't think it was
me) cranking the volume on the intro to a song that started with
a thunder bolt and blowing the main modulation transformer so badly
it blew relays and fuses so far back down the line that the tower
grounding relay fired and prevented us, for a while, from getting
the standby transmitter on the air. I think Ted Hitchcock and I
drove to Southern NJ to get a replacement transformer (waaaay before
FedEx). Before we left, Ted actually got the 5KW transmitter back
on with a very clever trick. I'm not sure he was as appreciated
as he deserved to be.
the famous "fun dials", invented because without them the Hartford
phone system would simply freeze up when we had a contest where
you could win the stupendous amount of $13.60! There was a fun dial
in the control room of WTIC. More than a few friends got together
and exchanged fun dial numbers and names, so you could have 5 or
10 Sue Jones' with fun dial 499 calling on one contest. Whatever
number and name was in the valid range (1-300, 301-600, etc.) they'd
all use and call.
Long John (I think) starting the Number 1 song (which had a long
instrumental intro) and five seconds into the song, starting the
Number 1 jingle (And now, W-D-R-C, first on the air in ......1-1-1-1-1-!!!")
timed to fade just as the words of the song began. To describe Charlie
Parker as livid is a bit of an understatement.
Long John (for sure) insisting that if something (anything) ended
in music the next thing had to be talk and vice versa. So a voice
commercial had a jingle unless the next commercial started with
music. It was quite a game, especially with sponsors who had both
kinds and had them on an extended cartridge tape. We ended up writing
in ball point pen ON THE TAPE a number and putting a cue sheet on
the cartridge that identified what spot was about to come up.
Bill Crawford working FOREVER to get Cadillac as a sponsor and finally
succeeding. Then the young lady in traffic screwed up and they didn't
run and Cadillac wouldn't accept make-goods and the young lady was
playing 15 or so minutes of music and jingles just after sign on
waiting for Ron Landry to finally make it to work, then turning
around and noticing that it was 9 AM. God his shows went fast. After
working with Ron, the hardest part of the job was working with the
non drive time when you could do it in your sleep and time dragged
forever. I made more mistakes in non drive time then I ever did
with all chaos surrounding Ron.
the story of Ron working on his next bit while Wayne was at the
controls. The song on the air was, "The men in my little girls life",
which ends with, "Thanks dad.....Bless you dad......Goodnight Dad."
After the "Thanks dad" Wayne surprised Rod by playing the sneeze
tape! Ron fell out of his chair laughing, was unable to get it together
and frantically pointed at Wayne to play something. Wayne turned
on Ron's mic and pointed back.
of course, the NorthEast Blackout. Long John was on the air, I was
on the board when the FM alarm went off about 5 PM. I spun the FM
remote control and got nothing that made any sense, said the heck
with it who listens to FM anyway, this is drive time, take care
of business. (It turns out that the major AC power feed to New England
comes thru Meriden, thus FM failed first). Turned around and resumed
working with Long John and looked at him and said, "Are the lights
getting dimmer in here?" Looked at the AM Power Meter and over the
next 5-10 minutes watched it slowly drop as the power stations between
Meriden and Hartford slowly failed trying to supply the overload.
Finally, AM too went off the air. Waited a bit for the generator
to come on, it didn't. Turns out it was the first cold day of the
season and the generator's oil heaters had been disconnected for
the summer, so the starter ground down the battery but never started
into the office area and put what office staff we had on the phones,
one to a line. The phones worked, they just didn't ring or light
up. The staff spent the next half hour, picking up the phone, talking
to a listener, putting the phone down, counting all the way up to
1, then picking up the phone and repeating the loop. I used the
private line to call a wrecker who came and got the generator going
and we went back on the air with our 1 kW backup transmitter. Meanwhile
the news guys were calling around and had reasonable info that the
problem was a New York and New England one. But we still didn't
know if a bomb had dropped!!
a call on the private line from Wayne Mulligan who said that, "Springfield
has gone on EBS." In those days that was a VERY scary message (i.e..
the BOMB). After all, our teletype had been down as well, so had
our "EBS" receiver tuned to WTIC. After 10-15 minutes of frantic
trying I finally got thru to the station in Springfield. Their response
was, "Well, it's an emergency isn't it." Unfortunately, disembowelment
is a difficult thing to accomplish over a phone.
we went back up to 5 kW, stayed on the air all night instead of
going off at 1 AM. Thanks to the news guys and our relationships
with WNEW and the Buckley-Jaeger (or allied) stations in St. Louis
and California (perhaps elsewhere), we had good information reasonably
fast. I remember that someone went out and bought hamburgers (perhaps
at Friendly's) and many of those and many of the staff were still
around in the morning.
June 7, 2002, 11:41:36AM
AM AN AVID LISTENER OF DRC-FM AND THINK YOUR SITE IS GREAT. I RECENTLY
LOOKED THROUGH YOUR "PERSONALITIES" PAGE AND SAW THAT YOU STILL
HAVE EMILY TAYLOR LISTED AS THE AFTERNOON TRAFFIC PERSON AND DO
NOT HAVE JIM SHARPLEY THE MORNING TRAFFIC PERSON LISTED AT ALL.
I THINK THAT THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT PARTS OF OLDIES 102.9. ANOTHER
PERSON THAT I THINK WOULD BE A GREAT ADD IS THE SUBSTITUTE FOR CHRISTINE
LISI, TED LARSON ON THE AFTERNOON NEWS.
YOU FOR YOUR TIME
May 15, 2002, 9:54:00PM
Ross's also used the name was Gary Peters. He was Gary Almeida.
as a tech from 74 to 77. I have a good deal of 'stuff' from those
years, including a mint copy of one of the better jingle packages.
your looking for anything, let me know.
April 9, 2002, 3:23:22PM
site. I grew up with DRC in the 60s brings back really nice memories.
April 9, 2002, 11:16:56AM
coming Thursday, April 11th, marks Brad Davis' 25th anniversary
on WDRC-AM. As you'll recall, he started out playing music & then
gradually evolved into a talk show host. It's unfortunate I can't
pick up the 1360 frequency here in Bridgeport-Do you happen to know
if the station is planning any sort of tribute to Brad?
April 6, 2002, 8:17:59AM
ran a nostalgic trip into the past with some of the guys I worked
with in the biz. Great site!
doing a session in New York, when the owner punched up your site...Flashed
back for a bit.
was a pleasure.......... regards,
April 8, 2002:
still in New York (living in Wilton, Ct. for the past 27 years.
Still doing commercials, just finished a film on Bill Clinton For
Newsweek, and a series on History Channel, with Sandir Vanokur on
America's Classics. Plenty of Political races (Clinton, Gore, and
this year alot of races for Governors and Senators) Still doing
cartoons for Cartoon Network, and Hanna Barbera. Still doing promos
for HBO, NBC, CNBC, etc.
take the old jock out of the business. It's fun doing what you like.
Parker's son, Steve, is compiling a collection of stories involving
his Dad, the longtime program director of WDRC. If you'd like
to participate, please drop Steve an e-mail.
March 17, 2002, 2:41:12AM
discovered your teriffic web site! Just amazing.
up in New Britain. At age 15, I made my first radio appearance on
WDRC. I was a guest disc jockey on Jim Raynor's Sunday night show.
That started it.
age 16, with the help of my neighbor, Hermie Dressell, I began working,
part-time, as a disc jockey at WHAY Radio in New Britain. But I
grew up listening to WDRC. Hermie was, at that time, a promotions
man for Mercury Records. I would often travel him as he made his
rounds to radio stations. We stopped many times at WDRC, where Hermie
would bug Bertha Porter to play his records.
spent 30-years in television news, eight of them as a correspondent
with ABC based here in Atlanta and London. Now, I'm back in radio,
as a reporter for CBS News.
doubt, WDRC had a tremendous influence on my career. Especially
it's great news department (Al Fletcher, Joe Barberette) I really
appreciate your web site. I'll be back to visit often.
Sirkin, Atlanta (e-mail)
One thing I forgot to mention. Gene Anthony introduced my wife to
me in 1968, while I was working at Channel 30. I was very sorry
to read about Gene's death.
March 9, 2002, 4:12:12PM
the Bacon & Fay Show on WDRC until my partner had an unfortunate
nervous breakdown. Bob Bacon was a very talented, likeable partner.
It was all quite a while ago, but a fun period. My college life
(Trinity) was cut short in its first year when Dad had a heart attack.
I left classes and went to work to help out at home, and wound up
enrolling in Broadcast Journalism courses at Randall in Hartford.
People had been telling me I sounded like one of the announcers
on an area station and asking why I wasn't on the air. The inquiry
I finally made led to classes and I won a class audition exercise
to be able to audition for a slot at WHAY.
to get to WDRC material, I remember an evening when I heard an Emile
Deltour number on that station, I think it was "Siesta in Sevilla"
and it sounded so fine that I thought I might like to be part of
I phoned Charlie Parker he suggested I drop in and have a talk,
which was a pleasure. Charlie told me they were thinking of doing
round-the-clock shows. I was impressed, since they had been the
state's premiere CBS affiliate for years. He said I could come aboard
hosting their midnight to six show, an easy workload, so I took
it. My Engineer was "Lucky" Luckingham, a retired Bird Colonel who
had commanded an Alaska bomb group for SAC. (His son, also SAC,
was doing practice bomb runs down the Connecticut River on Hartford
at the time, a point of minor interest.)
Charlie found that Richard Dimes Buckley and John W. Jaeger, who
were selling WNEW in NYC and negotiating to buy WDRC he began feeling
me out about doing a morning show. I had been covering the morning
news show "Newstime" (7-7:30 am) for Leif Jensen. Leif was a prodigious
talent who had been the youngest Network announcer, I think out
of New Haven. He was now living in Wethersfield, CT and a good man.
I nicknamed him "the striking Viking." (Later Leif worked at WINF
under John Demme, who was deep in concern about staffing costs.
Demme had just given Leif his notice when a staffer from, I think
WHDH, [Ed's note: actually WNAC] Boston
called Leif while passing through. It seems Leif didn't know how
to run the Control Board, so could not hold down regular news-and-music
shifts, so Demme wanted more utility for his dollars. Anyhow, the
man hired Leif when they met and he was off to much better money
in that market. We lost track of him after that. (Incidentally,
John Demme may be the father of Director Jonathan Demme if what
I hear is correct).
had also recently hired announcer Bob Bacon as the station's copy
writer. He told me Bob had suffered a series of nervous breakdowns,
which may have caused his leaving WTIC, the Travelers big 50,000
watt station. Charlie thought Bob's loss of his father at an early
age had been a terrible shock to which he had never fully adjusted.
Well, at least Bob was a funny guy who kept them laughing in the
office and Charlie decided I was the one staffer who might be able
to work with him. Bob was a likeable person, so we were soon kicking
ideas around, and the following Monday we had set up characters
and situations we would try out.
favorite characters were Stanley O. Stanley, the world's greatest
plumber, (an Ed Norton-ish type) and the Man From the Agency, a
very bureaucratic stuffed-shirt type. They were gems. My alter egos
were Werner von Luftpost, the sometimes bombastic elevator operator
("on my elevator, everyone flies! Coffee, donuts, sundries, and
the world's only elevator with its own swimming pool!") I was also
Pierre Le Bret, the show's so-called orchestra leader. Pierre was
fascinated by wine and women. He was a fun character. I was also
Killarney Barney at times and occasionally a Brit named Throckmorton.
ran from 6 to 10 mornings, then headed for Bob's place in Bloomfield
to decide what our characters would face the following morning.
However, it developed that on arrival Bob's good wife had a full
pitcher of Martinis ready. I quickly found that while I was struggling
to make my way through one, Bob would finish the whole pitcher.
Then I had to crawl the next 10 miles or so to get home in Windsor
to say, martinis may have been good for Bob, but my body did not
handle them. When I switched to going straight home after work and
doing our planning by phone, my phone bills climbed, but my system
began to realize that there were problems whenever I'd go from the
Studio to the WDRC kitchen to refill my coffee mug. I had been playing
records since 1950, so was well aware of the timing of most our
music. Bob had never worked with recorded music in that way, so
he would panic while a recording was only 30 or 40 seconds into
a number and be hollering that we were out of time through the kitchen
door. But that's inside and old.
mornings, when Saskia de Lange, the Dutch Tulip Queen was in town
she brought us tulip bulbs to plant outside. God Bless him, Bob
tried to plant his upside down! She asked us what size socks we
wore and in due time sent us genuine wooden shows from Holland.
Mayflower II came to the states, Gem Mayflower was a big sponsor
and brought Warwick Charlton in for an interview. Cal "the Colonel"
Kolby got to do the interview and then we all go together for and
extended coffee bash (tea for Charlton).
and I had a sold solid run for the show, and Buckley & Jaegar were
impressed. But Bob panicked when John W. Jaeger presented us with
one of his famous 3-year contracts. Since I had worked on renewal
of an AFTRA contract earlier at WONS (Mutual) I was a bit suspicious
of this one, because we would have belonged to Buckley & Jaeger,
lock, stock and barrel. Bob was sweating profusely when we looked
it over after a show. So I said I'd see what I could do with it
over the weekend. That seemed to cool things down.
for the hell of it, I decided to hand John Jaeger and Richard Dimes
Buckley a shock, so I re-worded the contract so that our salaries
were doubled, a month of vacation was included for each of us and
a few other little items I thought might stop them in their tracks.
Jaeger, I had been told, was an ace at writing contracts that made
co-signers his complete subjects. I figured he'd blow his stack,
think first of firing us and maybe then think of the revenues we
were bringing in.
I showed it to Bob, he was sure it would be torn up immediately.
What we didn't know was that (a) B & J had been paying their people
much more in NYC, and (b) they were figuring on using the show at
(I think) a chain or 4 or 5 stations they planned to use outside
the NYC market. So Jaeger actually liked the deal I had proposed
and told Charlie it looked very good.
Bob apparently was edging toward another nervous breakdown. I know
we were both tired after a long series of 20-hour days, and it was
almost a small feeling of relief when he told me he was just coming
we told Parker, Charlie naturally wondered if they could find me
a guy to replace Bob, but I didn't think that would work. Bob was
too fine a talent, one of the best voices in the market, and he'd
been a good friend. So I told Charlie that we'd have to go out together.
man that he was, Charlie managed to provide a healthy severance
for us both. Then he did what I had never heard of a station doing,
which was to let us know our release date. That just wasn't done.
Too many announcers had used such a thing to air their wet laundry
on the air and make their employers look bad. So we had been blessed
and were able to give our best efforts right up until the final
when Bob had recovered he began a series of Ad Agencies, and I was
honored to be the first one he called. We had a ball with many commercials
for Hartford area sponsors, and I was able to get many of the announcers
we knew to work with him as well.
now, all best to you.
February 28, 2002, 5:38:16PM
Ed...I do have a DRC memory. In September of 1967, I was doing mid-day
on AM and I had received a letter that day from my fiance Heidi
(we married 11/11/67). (20 years then kaput) Dumb old me...I left
the letter in the jock booth....Joey came on that night, found the
letter and read EVERY WORD ON THE AIR...all the "I love you"...."can't
wait till we can do that again"..."kiss me there again"...blah blah
blah........I was embarrassed...I thought about becoming a monk...then
I thought...nah...I can handle. But, Joey, you still owe me payment
for the material.
February 22, 2002, 7:24:00PM
WDRC site qualifies you for a PHD, Dr.! You obviously spent buku
hours putting this all together and I'm frankly amazed. To fill
in the blanks on my listing...my 'prior' was WLAN, Lancaster, PA---and
I'm currently a board-certified hearing aid specialist in Orlando,
FL. WHAT??? Best to you,
February 12, 2002, 8:31:34PM
those of you who haven't heard, Johnny Michaels just passed away
a few days ago at the age of sixty-Not only did he work at the Big
D,but he spent some time in New York City,most notably on WOR-FM,WMCA,&
WCBS-FM-As a matter of fact,he was the first DJ to launch the oldies
format at CBS-FM in July of 1972-I believe the very first oldie
played that day was "Donna The Prima Donna" by Dion.
Burton, Bridgeport, CT (e-mail)
note: We've cleared this up - WDRC's Johnny Michaels is alive
and well; click here for the
February 9, 2002, 6:24:12PM
I thought you'd like to know that one of the cuts on your jingle
page, the second selection that is labeled "unknown" is actually
one produced by the station and features a local girl on vocal.
Her name was Ernestine. She was being promoted by Charlie and Bertha
as an upcoming star. I am certain of this.
Enclosed is a photo of a band (click
photo for enlargement) I played with in 1966 when we performed
at the Bushnell at the BIG D BIG SHOW on June 14th. In addition
to the acts listed on your web site that show also included "the
Shags", "Reparata and the Delrons" and us "the Alley Cats". we played
our song "Since she's been gone"as well as a few others. We were
closely associated with Sandy Beach and he was instrumental in helping
us get air play.
have many clear recolections from those early days if you have any
questions. What a Great web site.
February 8, 2002, 8:09:34AM
Diehl of ABC just put me on to the WDRC site. Gads. Hardly recognize
the kid with the big ears from decades ago.
update purposes, if you're interested, I worked at WNEW after I
left WDRC (ending up as news director) then to managing editor at
ABC Network Radio and then as Editorial Producer/Senior Writer for
World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Left that in 1999. Have
now picked up my trumpet (a cornet, actually) again and play jazz
in various clubs in New York and New Jersey.
January 28, 2002, 3:14:40PM
news they ARE playing music!
Joy Brown ran from 10am till 1pm and the Dollans ran till 3 pm.
Music is now on hosted by the news guy Dan Lovallo. It seems to
be the best of everything format although they don't seem to be
calling it that.
as I listen some more. Its good to hear music, if I wanted to hear
talk I could listen to 1080.
January 28, 2002, 3:13:40PM
WDRC AM Radio Network - WDRC AM 1360, WSNG AM 610, WWCO AM 1240,
and WMMW AM 1470 has changed formats as of today January 28.
from Brad Davis, WDRC AM 1360 has dropped all local programming.
WDRC is now running talk from the WOR Radio Network, which is owned
by WDRC's parent company Buckley Radio.
Band And Adult Standards Music can still be heard at these times:
Fred Hall's Swing Thing Saturday 3PM-6PM ...a weekly showcase of
the best of Big Band Music.
Sounds of Sinatra Sunday 11AM-1PM featuring Sid Mark and the best
Biggest Hits for those who love the show tunes, Sunday mornings
9AM-11AM. Big Band Jump with Don Kennedy features more of the best
Big Band & Swing Music, Sunday 4PM-6PM.
Standards by the Sea with your host Dick Robinson, Sunday evenings
6PM-8PM. I do not like this change and have stopped listening to
the station. In the meanwhile Jack Carney moves to WDRC-FM, replacing
Glenn O'Brien in the 7PM-12AM timeslot.
Britain Rockcats Baseball and Hartford Hawk's Basketball will continue
airing on the four stations along with the Yankees and Naugatuck
High School football on 1240 AM only and Torrington High School
Football on 610 AM only.
Bramhall, Former WDRC AM Listener (e-mail)
January 28, 2002, 1:12:48PM
for the WDRCOBG.COM website, I can't tell you how many memories
your site has brought back to me.
wanted to write you and let you know that as of today WDRC-AM has
dropped its "Best of Everything" format and has gone to a talk format,
airing shows such as Dr Joy Browne and The Dollans to its airwaves.
the listeners there was no mention of this format change, as of
Friday The Best of Everything was still cruising along.
change must have been known coming for awhile as the WDRC website
has no mention of the Best of Anything format and the only music
shows they mention now only air on the weekends.
thanks for the memories!
Greczkowski, Newington, Connecticut (e-mail)
January 24, 2002, 10:29:38PM
did a show in 1965 and 1966 on WHCT -TV in Hartford, CT called Scene
18 with Ron Landry. Do you know where he is today? Thank you, great
to see the program guide from Big D way back when
January 17, 2002, 11:31:32PM
much improvment here thank you for the jingles and station history.
growing up in harwinton ct and believing this station was god and
still is ,it is great to see this tribute to conn's version of wabc
or wrko. this to me was the best as wpop was far 2nd. it is great
to relive all the fun stuff as i was fortunate to see the station
at 750 main twice. then it went back to nlue hills ave.i often tell
my wife about it as when we come back to ct to visit wdrc fm is
on my car radio ,but to here oldies now and when they were current
in the 60's is a different thing, this site takes me back to that
time, and it feels so good to think i am 14 and not soon to be 50
as i will 6/22/02 thank you,
lascko, elkton, maryland (e-mail)
January 15, 2002, 8:36:48PM
upon your web site by accident this evening. What a find!! Many
thanks for all the memories you brought back. I grew up with "DRC"
thru the sixties & seventies. My first & favorite memories are when
I got my first 8 tranistor radio at the age of ten. Listening to
"The Raynor Ray", Ron Landry's "Snorkasaurus", Dickie Robinson (when
the station was only AM & signed off at 1 a.m., Bob Craig, "The
Prince" Dick Mcdonough, & so many others. The jingles are a great
touch, & so are the music surveys (I remember the Hartford Courant
was the only paper the surveys were published in). Again, thank
you. It's a great piece of work & is now included in my favorites
January 14, 2002, 6:52:02PM
appreciate any info you or other fans have on where to reach Brian
Dow, who worked at DRC and at WBIS in Bristol. We're former coworkers
who have been trying to find him for ages!
Laura and Bob Canno (e-mail)
reply: Visitors...can anybody help?
January 9, 2002, 5:27:02PM
you have any info in the group The Twilights from the 60's and 70's.
I am looking for band name members ... met someone recently who
was a part of this group and didn't write down his name, so, of
course, it now escapes me. Thanks for any help.
reply: Visitors...can anybody help Karen?
December 24, 2001, 5:27:02PM
WHAT A WEBSITE. I HAPPENED UPON IT ACCIDENTALLY, AND YES, I'M ON
THE LIST. THIS IS BOB O'BRIEN, AND THERE'S SO MUCH INFO MISSING
FROM MY SECTION (AS IF ANYONE CARES). UPDATE INFORMATION - NOW AT
KOLA-FM 99.9, RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA - AFTERNOON DRIVE OLDIES AND
MUSIC DIRECTOR. 2001-PRESENT.
WORKED AT WMEX-AM 1150 IN BOSTON FROM 1987-1989 ON WEEKENDS, ALONG
WITH GLENN COLLIGAN..
- WROTE AND PRODUCED SYNDICATED SHOW 'SOLID GOLD SCRAPBOOK' FOR
UNITED STATIONS RADIO NETWORKS. SHOW WAS HOSTED BY NORM N. NITE
OF THE 'ROCK ON' BOOK SERIES. 1987-1988.
December 23, 2001, 6:46:12AM
a memory while i was at camp sokol in east haddam while hiking and
camping along with my 8 transistor radio, picking up you a station
on am. made that a very memorable summer with the best music that
the sixties had to offer, i will always remember wdrc that time
j. votlucka (e-mail)
December 22, 2001, 11:53:02PM
- my name is Richard Brukner and I wanted to let you know how much
I enjoyed your WDRC web site. I found your page after searching
online for info on the Wildweeds. I'm doing some research on the
band and was wondering if you could point me toward people in the
radio field that might be able to help me out with recollections,
perspective and maybe even photos or memorabilia.
forward to hearing back,
December 2, 2001, 8:13:22AM
Pinto told me about your website and I've visited it and have been
blown away! The voluminous 'DRC history brings back many fond memories.
Your profile on Judd Otis reminds me of his first night as an enrollee
at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. I wasn't sure that he'd
benefit from the classroom structure, but I was POSITIVE that he
had all the makings of an exceptional on-air personality. His one-minute
ad-libbed biography (required of all students) was absolutely outstanding.
It had everyone in the classroom spellbound and received a round
of applause when he ended (exactly 60-seconds later!). The applause
-- and his exact timing -- were unique occurrences. Judd proved
to be just as I expected (a funny, talented guy) and, when he was
at WRCQ, he got arrested during a verbal encounter with some guys
from WTIC-FM who tried to crash a live remote tied to a "roll back
the prices" promotion at a gas station in Glastonbury. Unfortunately,
the local cops wouldn't allow him to continue his show from the
jail cell -- but THAT would have been terrific!
on the whereabouts of Long John Wade also makes your website special.
With the death of George Harrison a few days ago, we should all
be reminded that Long John was the true "5th Beatle" (NOT Murray,
The K). John was a key member of their famous tour and remained
in touch with them ever after. I'm sorry to say that I've lost touch
with John, but am glad to learn that he's happily retired on Cape
on the subject of the immortal Charlie Parker. During his later
years he became a summertime weekend sun-bather at Crescent Beach
in Niantic, where I had a cottage. We'd sit together and chat and
he always had something interesting to say about radio. It was his
life and had treated him well -- 'til near the end. His son, Steve,
still shows up there occasionally and Charlie would be proud to
know that Steve is very much like him: full of energy, laughter,
and enthusiasm. Your viewers might get a kick of knowing that Charlie's
funeral was a hoot, too! George McCannon III strummed a guitar during
the services and sang repeated verses of "Forever In Blue Jeans"
prior to Brad Davis's heartfelt eulogy. It was truly a "Big D" production...
this info will inspire other viewers to send along more notes. There's
so many stories to tell! I'll probably become a regular on-line
viewer, 'cuz your stuff is so interesting. Thanks for it -- and
to YOU, for doing such a great job.
November 28, 2001, 9:42:32PM
WDRC OBG site is great. Many thanks for putting it on the web.
you have any information about floorplans of WDRC studios at 11
Asylum Street, 1930-36, and 750 Main Street, 1936-1954; or at the
New Haven locations?
moved to 11 Asylum and was there for some years. There was a fire
around August 1975. I don't know if the studios were the same ones
as WDRC - had those not been torn out - or if CCC was even on the
same floor as DRC had been. I came across some articles on microfilm
of the Hartford papers concerning WDRC's move from New Haven. There
was a big program to kick off the station's move...CBS radio had
a program in honor of the occasion.
care and happy holidays,
reply: These are great questions! While we have seen no floor plans
of New Haven or Asylum Street, we do have a page of WDRC facilities
in 1936 at 750 Main Street. Does anyone
know if WCCC occupied WDRC's former space?
November 27, 2001, 8:13:34AM
site is very well done, congratulations.
up in Hartford county, DRC and WPOP were my staples during my formative
years. I pestered many legendary drc and pop jocks on weekends or
at remotes, long before I could drive. My dad would drop me off
and pick me up. Actually it was easier to "hang around" at WPOP
than DRC, so I spent many weekends there and would visit while Ken
Griffin, Joey Reynolds, and many others did their shows. Was big
fan of them and Dick Robinson, Sandy Beach, Scotty Morgan, lots
more. Collected all the playlists, but sadly, don't have them anymore.
began getting paid in radio at age 13 at Torrington's WTOR (ironically,
this is now WSNG which operates with DRC-AM, WMMM-AM and WWCO-AM
across the hall from DRC-FM!) at 19 I was a studio engineer (board
op) at woth WABC and WPLJ in New York City, running the controls
for Dan Ingram, Cousin Brucie, Harry Harrison, Ron Lundy, Chuck
Leonard, Johnny Donovan, Pat St. John, Jim Kerr, Tony Pigg, Howard
Cosell, and many others. After a few on-air and PD stints, I went
on to consult radio stations nationwide for 11 years, and nowadays
besides handling PR and marketing at RCS (home of Selector music
scheduling) I write for two national trade magazines, Radio Ink
you later, and thanks, Ed. Keep up the great work.
November 19, 2001, 4:12:02PM
emailed me your site and it's the most thrilling thing I've come
across on the web since classmates.com. My days as Bob Marx began
on Big "D" after meeting Steve Parker at the beach about six months
after slamming the door on Lee Manson at 91Q! He got me an audition
with "Doc" Overson thru his dad, the original Charlie Parker. I
began as a PM drive summer replacement for Ed Mitchell and then
moved into the permanent slot in August of '75...I guess I was the
sole reason Charlie won Medium Market Program Director or the year!
What a thrill working the FM side while "The Prince", Dick McDonough
worked the AM side with Lon Landis in the middle at 750 Main street.
of my most vivid memories was MC'ing the Harry Chapin concert in
Springfield where I rode in an old English taxi cab to pick up our
contest winners and then met Harry and his guitar at Bradley International
before heading over to the civic center. What a wild ride that was,
complete with police escort!! Harry was a friend of 'DRC's and a
great human being.
was I who had the distinction of working the FM side on Blue Hills
Ave when Len Thomas was summarily dismissed by Dick Korsen after
uttering the infamous #*&$#*%@+$ on "live" mic just minutes after
relieving Brad. You should've heard the phone response!
8 years I spent at 'DRC fulfilled a childhood fantasy because I
grew up idolizing the POP
Goodguys, and the voices on The Big "Drag". My junior High school
(Slade/New Britain), even won a dance with Joey Reynolds as DJ.
I also taught at the Ct. School Of Broadcasting for a few years
for Dickie Robinson.
course, I could write volumes from my recollections, but then it
wouldn't fit in a comfortable talk-up and Charlie would never stand
for that. I actually left 'DRC because I wanted to do Sportscasting
full-time and Dick K wanted me to focus solely on doing the mid-day
show. I then bought a share of a Southington Auto Store where I
stayed until heading south to Vero Beach and my own little corner
of paradise. May God Bless you for the great work. I absolutely
Mazzarella (Bob Marx), WSCF FM Christian FM (e-mail)
November 13, 2001, 3:57:20PM
just checking out your site & would love to be included with your
other personalities. Don't know if P/T jocks are part of your list,
but if so i worked on Blue Hills Ave for a period of time in the
early 90's. Frank Holler was PD at the time. It was a great gig
for me, but then moved on to work F/T in Vermont as PD of what was
then an AC. Now I do mornings here as part of our Adult CHR format
and still program the station (WZRT-FM).
Click on personalities & check us out.
Kelly, Z97 Radio...Rutland, VT.
November 10, 2001, 9:24:28PM
this website by accident, I was looking for something for my father
for Christmas. I was born and raised in East Hartford and now resided
in Lakeland, Florida with my husband and stepson, I grew up with
WDRC and listen to it until I moved to Houston in 79. I still have
one of the 45 that I won from the station. I can not hear the station
due to an programming problem my husband can not fix, but in my
mind I can hear the station as it was back then. Thank you for reading
M. Johnson (e-mail)
November 10, 2001, via U.S. Mail
a quick note to thank you for Kurt's bio on the internet.
great fun and treasured memories of WDRC came flooding back. Seeing
the pictures of Jerry Bishop & Val, Ron Landry, and all the
great people Kurt worked with. The laughter never stopped when they
got together. The walls would rock.
Russell (wife of Kurt Russell)
October 24, 2001, 3:38:08PM
from one of the Engineers who loved your work. I haven't talked
to you in ages!! I remember we used to have long talks in the 'DRC
control room. (You made the Halloween tape consisting of screams,
chains rattling, and moans). I still have that tape!! I was just
looking at your list of Engineers who were at the big D, and I think
that the engineer you listed as 'John Morris' should be changed
to 'Kevin Morris', or, ( if John Morris is who you thought), then
add Kevin to the list. Also, add to the list the following names:
George Dombrowski; Lee Steele; Bobby Krowka; and Barry Grant, (remember,
he was the overnight engineer). If I can think of anyone else, I'll
"the duke "Landry (e-mail)
October 21, 2001, 2:40:14AM
job on the wdrc website!!
really enjoyed the pages of former dj's - finally seeing what Dick
McDonough, Gary DeGraide, Barry Grant etc. looked like... and lots
of good history.
personal wdrc thing has been tracking down data from the weekly
top 40 lists from the '70-'73 period. Specifically what songs debuted
on the wdrc chart each week. So far I've had to rely on microfilm
(the Hartford Courant would publish wdrc's top 40 chart every Monday)
and haven't gotten too far. Those top 40 lists would be a great
addition to your website - well, for me, anyway!
and keep up the good work.
Feinberg Boston, MA (e-mail)
October 19, 2001, 9:34:20PM
daughter's middle school language arts teacher is from Hartford
and a product of WDRC's broadcasting school. Talking with him, I
was reminded of my father's tenure with WDRC in the late 1930's.
My father, Ray Barrett, left WDRC to enter the Army Air Corps in
looked at the picture of the flood coverage for quite a while when
I first found your site. I do believe it is my father in the headphones
because I spent many long evenings listening to the stories about
that flood and how important it was to cover it. I believe there
were massive sandbagging efforts to try to stem the flow of water.
his discharge, he went to work in New York for WEAF, then WNBC and
NBC-TV where he did live TV as an actor (Robert Montgomery Hour,
etc.)and ultimately became a staff announcer. He retired from NBC
in 1967 and enjoyed 5 years of retirement in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
doing some commercials, movies and relaxing. In his later years
at NBC, his last great challenge was doing 4 hours of live radio
when the Northeast was hit with the Great Blackout of 1965.
enjoyed visiting your website. Thanks for the memories.
Coral Springs, Florida (e-mail)
October 15, 2001, 10:06:02PM
the daughter of Kurt Russell, one of your disc jockeys from 1962.
I first want to say how thrilled I and my family are that you have
his name and biography listed. Its so heartwarming that he is remembered.
tiny thing though. While most everything is correct, for the sake
of accuracy, he wasn't a co-owner of WRIV, but he had returned there
after many years in radio, it was one of the first stations he worked
at. Also, he worked extensively at WIND in Chicago, just before
all, Sorry to be nit picky, but since you were good enough to get
most of it right, we thought you'd like to have proper documentation.
you again, his listing probably means little to anyone other than
us, but it sure means a lot to us.
Meriden Russell (e-mail)
October 13, 2001, 11:08:06PM
thought I would drop you a few notes - you have a great website
-keep up the good work! Back in the late sixties is when I did most
of my listening of DRC, my favorite deejays back then were Sandy
Beach and both Wade brothers. Are there any airchecks longer than
30 seconds for these individuals,and if so will you ever put them
on the website?
reply: Hundreds of WDRC and WPOP airchecks are available on the
Man From Mars web site.
October 10, 2001, 5:58:08PM
really don't have any photos from my WDRC days. No aircheck either.
Wish I did. I am extremely impressed with your project. I have told
several people in the Hartford area about it so they can enjoy it
as well. Great job!!! Also...I spent quite a bit of time going through
the personality pages. I was friendly with Aaron Shepard even before
my WDRC days. I noticed you said he is retired and living in Rochester,
N.Y. I tried to find his address or e-mail on the internet. No luck.
Any idea where he is?
September 29, 2001, 6:07:30AM
of all, you have an incredable web site. I can actually hear some
of the Big-D jingles in my head when I'm logged on. I've passed
this address to my classmates of the New Britain High School class
of 66. They'll love it. I was a big Ron Landry fan but really got
into the news. For a high school kid, that was unusual. I later
went on to work in radio as a jock in Florida, Idaho and Massachusetts.
Eventually, I stopped "playing the hits" and settled down into news.
I am currently News Director for WUPE-FM and WUHN-AM in Pittsfield,
rushing to the phone and calling WDRC during the "name it and claim
it" contests. Got pretty good at it. Also remembering riding my
bike from New Britain to the WDRC studios on Blue Hills Avenue.
Let me tell you, that was a ride. All to claim a 45-rpm record.
Once, a friend and I biked to the Big-D to collect our prizes. We
never really told our parents where we were going. Both of us were
so tired when we got there, one of the office people offered to
call our parents to come get us. My dad did and wanted to know what
the hell we were doing biking to Bloomfield. "To pick up my record"
I would say. I think I was 14 at the time. I think I saw "Lovely
Bertha Lovely" (as Ron Landry described her) on one of my rides
to the Big-D but I was never certain. Keep up the good work on the
site and if you've ever in Western Massachusetts, stop by the studios.
Kratka, Pittsfield, MA (e-mail)
September 19, 2001, 8:34:56AM
name is Beth Brundage -- I am a former employee of WDRC. If you
are interested in replacing the question mark in the "Today Section"
of my bio, I would like to provide updated information for you.
receiving my Master's Degree at Boston University in International
Relations and International Communications, I worked as a reporter
and anchor in television news for 5 years. I now own my own production
company and have been producing documentaries for PBS for the past
3 years. I am also an adjunct professor at Suffolk University in
Boston and American University Paris.
everyone at the "Big D" is doing well.
(Brundage) Murphy (e-mail)
September 8, 2001, 9:28:24AM
reading the station's history which was informative.i was very impressed
with the history of station jingles.i used to be ajingle collector
so the history was welcome. good luck!
reply: Doug: Glad to have you visit from the UK! If you like jingles,
perhaps you'll like our new WPOP