1980 - As the Hartford market radio grew and more
stations entered the competition for listeners, WDRC FM
replaced a format of album oriented rock/oldies/singles with
Top 40, or as The Hartford Courant TV Week described
it in an article on January 27th, "adult contemporary"
music. Charlie Parker was
quoted as saying, "Everything happens on the FM that
used to happen on the AM...young people have literally abdicated
the AM side for the most part."
March 8, 1981 - WDRC
AM's music featured a ratio of three oldies to one new
release in some hours. Sundays from 9AM-12noon it aired a
syndicated program, Memories U.S.A., with Michael D.
4, 1981 - WDRC AM installed automation to
handle overnight music programming, displacing Mike
Grady; it also aired UCONN football and basketball games...the
first play-by-play it had ever carried.
1982 - D103 became DRC FM 103.
1983 - After a period of ill health, Charlie
Parker was replaced as program director by Ken
Trimble. Charlie retired altogether in August.
- WDRC AM began stereo operation employing the Motorola C-Quam
August 11, 1985
- Newly hired announcer Frank Holler
pulled out all the stops to produce a ten-hour, live retrospective
weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of when WDRC dropped
CBS programming and created the local, Radio Fun music
format in August 1960.
1986 - WDRC AM became affiliated with Transtar's
syndicated "Oldies Channel," meaning most hours
of the day the programs originated from Los Angeles via satellite.
The personalities were not WDRC employees and could be heard on
other stations around the country as well.
26, 1986 - WDRC FM dropped adult contemporary
music for oldies (Solid Gold Rock & Roll) under program
director Frank Holler, who was
promoted from announcer in June.
1987 - WDRC FM became the first commercial station
to provide continuous FMX Stereo broadcasting. It radiated a 19.5
kw signal from a tower at 810 feet above average terrain using a
945 MHz STL link carrying the FMX Stereo composite signal from its
Bloomfield studios to Meriden Mountain.
- By April, WDRC AM was carrying Mike Harvey's Supergold,
a syndicated oldies show, Saturday nights from 7-midnight.