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  WDRC's Harvey Olson - February, 1951
Olson Spreads The News....click for an article from
Radio & Television Mirror, February, 1951.

1958 ad for WDRC News

1958 ad for WDRC News

Prior to the switch from CBS network to local pop music programming in August, 1960, WDRC certainly provided local news.
WDRC's Joe Barbarette and Aaron Shepard

But for most of the 1960s, news director Joe Barbarette and Aaron Shepard were WDRC News. While various utility announcers augmented the department on a part-time basis, they were the core of the news staff.

WDRC Newstips - May 23, 1960

May 23, 1960 ad for WDRC Newstips


Later, Mike Millard, Kent Clark and Bob Walker were full time. When Barbarette left, he was replaced as news director by Walt Dibble, (right) and many others followed including Pat Sheehan, Lon Landis, Chuck Crouse and Ken Trimble (who replaced Dibble as news director).

For a time in 1968 several part-timers auditioned live, which also occurred periodically in the early 1970s.

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WDRC's Walt Dibble
WDRC's Walt Dibble

WDRC's Aaron Shepard
Aaron Shepard

audio:  1961 Aaron Shepard/1961 - This intro is referred to as the Jaeger format on the station master tapes, after co-owner John Jaeger (partner of Richard Buckley).

audio:  June, 1962 Al Fletcher/@June, 1962 - When there were bulletins, the anchor on duty broke into regular programming with an Earwitness News Extra.

audio:  1963 Wayne Hickox/1963 - This intro was from the customized Roy Ross jingle package. The hard tympani stab at the very beginning was not part of the package; that was added in the WDRC production room. Only real trivia fans realize that the original Roy Ross version of this cut contains an additional five seconds of vocal but for some reason Charlie Parker edited that out of the air version. Coming out of the news there was a special jingle tag.

audio:  April 4, 1966 Joe Barbarette/April 4, 1966 - This was the news jingle from the famous PAMS Series #27 package. The instrumental bed was also used as a talkout bed at the end of the news as a voice intoned, "Repeating The Big D Big Story." (example is Bob Walker from Christmas Eve, 1968)

audio:  June 11, 1967 Bill Hennessey/June 11, 1967 - Here's an unusual - and rare - hybrid prompted by the arrival of the Joey Reynolds jingle package. It starts with the Big D tympani and segues into an instrumental news bed supplied with the package. The life span of this news intro was short. There are indications the Reynolds jingles began use May 14, 1967; the PAMS Series #27 intro was back on the air by July 4th.

audio:  November, 1967 Aaron Shepard/November, 1967 - This was an unusual format which also didn't last long. This intro started with an instrumental from the Roy Ross package, and segued into the instrumental bed from the Joey Reynolds package used in the Hennessey cut above. It was at least the third news variation in a six-month period.

audio:  June 30, 1968 Unidentified/June 30, 1968 - Neither the late Walt Dibble, Dick Robinson or Kent Clark, all of whom worked at Big D at the time, could remember this reporter's name. The music bed was later used as a bed for a Connecticut School of Broadcasting commercial.

audio:  May 23, 1969 Walt Dibble/May 23, 1969 - This was the electronic sounder that was used beginning in April, 1969 - and for almost a decade - to start each newscast.

1972 WDRC Earwitness News staff: Chuck Crouse, Walt Dibble and Lon Landis

1972 Earwitness News staff (l-r):
Chuck Crouse, Walt Dibble & Lon Landis

audio:  May 25, 1979 Fred Swanson/May 25, 1979 - For a couple of years, WDRC borrowed the five-note sequence made famous in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

audio:  April 23, 1984 Ken Trimble/April 23, 1984 - For a time, WDRC used no sounders, jingles or effects to open the news.

audio:  July 13, 1986 Andy Bricker/July 13, 1986 - The origins of this instrumental sounder are unknown.

audio:  April 17, 1987 Mike Feldman/April 17, 1987 - This news sounder was borrowed from a movie soundtrack (though I can't remember which one; maybe The Electric Horseman?).

audio:  July 20, 1992 Kim Zachary/July 20, 1992 - This instrumental sounder comes from the TM Century 21 "Miami's WAXY" package.

audio:  April 13, 1998 Beth Bradley/April 13, 1998 - This news sounder was preceded by a station jingle.

audio: July 26, 2001 Beth Bradley/July 26, 2001 - This was the news sounder from a JAM jingle package.

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