October 29, 2002, 6:06:10PM
What a fantastic job you've done with this
web site and an opportunity to "wander down
memory lane." Fortunately, I talked to Ray
Dunaway this past week-end and he provided
me with the link to your site. It was an exciting
time for Hartford and radio. Reading through
your e-mails, it was sad to see that we have
lost so many "really good guys." But WPOP
lives on through the memories of Don Blair,
Del Raycee, Ray Somers, Jack Bordon, Ken Griffin,
Doug Ward and all the rest.
After radio I got a real job and have been
living in the Hartford area. I'm still looking
for the original records I used on that Sunday......Mitch
Miller's Children's Marching song. Don Blair
or Del Raycee may have taken them to Florida.
Keep up the good work, Ed.
"This old man" is Bob (Goldberg) Scott (e-mail)
here to read about the stunt
September 8, 2002, 1:45:16AM
I was surprised, to say the least, when one of my
students uncovered my long-ago past on your website.
Perhaps I can give you more accurate details about
my years following WPOP. I was at WLEE in Richmond,
Virginia, from 1972 to 1974. In 1974, I completed
my student teaching and moved to Florida to become
a math teacher. I did weekends at WINZ in Miami
from 1974 to the summer of 1975 when the station
went to an all-news format. I then did weekends
at WFTL in Ft. Lauderdale from 1975 to 1981. During
the period 1978-1985, I built and managed WKPX,
an FM station licensed to the Broward County School
Board and operated by students at Piper High School
near Ft. Lauderdale. I taught the radio classes
at the school and oversaw the operation of, what
was then, a 24-hour Top 40 station. In 1985, I moved
to San Jose, California, to teach math again, and
I am now a teacher and chairman of the math department
at San Jose High School. (I do not live in southern
California . . . not sure where that info came from!)
Your website is fantastic! Thanks for all the memories!
September 2, 2002, 11:51:28AM
across WPOP site, neat! i well remember Woody, Miss
Fox in the morning and the Lee Baby at night. wow.
i think you should list and bio Joe Amaturo, he
is one of the nations unique radio operators and
a legend in his own right. after all Joe hired Woody,
Woody hired Lee and Danny and made Danny PD when
he left to be GM at San Antonio rocker.
best to you (e-mail)
August 9, 2002, 4:55:18PM
in the late sixties WPOP was part of my well balanced
rock&roll "radio diet" I remember Woody, Danny Clayton,
and my favorite,Lee Baby Sims-his surly remarks
and commentary were always good for some laughs.You
have done an excellent job with this website-keep
up the good work!
have a question to ask about "POP" which is technical
/ historical in nature. Perhaps this isn't the right
forum in which to ask it and maybe there is no answer
for it-but let's try anyhow. According to the third
edition of the Canadian- American Night Pattern
Book published by the National Radio Club (1980)
nearly every Connecticut AM station operating at
night with directional antenna radiates in a southeasterly
direction toward the ocean. Some stations send out
a figure-8 or cloverleaf pattern- one lobe goes
northwest -the other southeast.WPOP however, transmits
differently from everyone else. Their cloverleaf
radiates northeast toward Boston and southwest toward
the New Jersey coast.(used to pick them up in Norfolk
Va. evenings) I understand the reasons for using
directional antennas and that the FCC has the final
say when it comes to a given station's technical
question to you is this- what were the prevailing
circumstances that allowed WPOP to operate in this
manner? When you think about it, it makes sense-
send your signal toward populated areas instead
of to the fishes! I would guess that these practices
probably go back to when predecessor WNBC first
moved to 1410 maybe earlier. Does anyone out there
have any ideas?
Don Chepurna (e-mail)
response: Don asks a good question that's beyond
my ability to explain - can anyone help?
August 7, 2002, 4:46:50PM
a short note to let you know that my e-mail has
changed. (After all, I don't want all those thousands
of e-mails not coming to me and floating out there
I just left an oldies station here in Fla. where
I was the O.M.. Currently, I've just started my
own small production company..."Bill
Blizard PRO-ductions". We do liners, sweeps,
one other interesting thing we do is combine voiceovers
with the old Pams series re-sings, specially designed
for Oldies stations.
I'm just starting to get my website
up and running. Not much there now, but we're getting
ready to put the audio demos on there.
that's it for now. Hope everything is well up there
in the great white north.
Bill Blizard (e-mail)
July 21, 2002, 11:37:22AM
to your web site I heard from Bill Beamish today.
Bill was with Warner Bros records for years but
also did a lot of radio, including 10 years mornings
at WAVZ. He's retired to Florida now (at age 72)
and happened to find me by typing WPOP into his
search engine. Thanks - I'm amazed at how much response
July 9, 2002, 3:08:48PM
Ed and all the great talents that touched their
wheels down at WPOP.
Ed; Where did you get all that great info? All these
years I thought I left WPOP in 1970-but now I know
it was actually 1971. I remember arriving there
on Thanksgiving day in 1968 and going to Danny Clayton's
home in Windsor Locks for dinner and cutting the
electric knife cord while carving his turkey. What
a great lineup of talent I had a chance to work
with. Coming to work every day was like going to
visit with my friends. I loved every moment. It's
hard to believe that was over 30 years ago. Does
anyone know what happened to Augie (the chief engineer)
and his assistant Maurice? Those guys had WPOP sounding
as good as possible. I've been here in the Evansville
area for 26 years (except for a brief trip to Akron
Ohio to work with Bill Coffee who was at WPOP for
a while and a couple of years programming a country
station in Chattanooga). When I tell radio beginners
about our format at WPOP they have trouble believing
it. We'd play Iron Butterfly and follow it with
Sandy Posey. BUT it WORKED! Thanks for a great three
June 28, 2002, 2:54:18PM
Great site! Bumped into a link today and I can't
believe the amount of work you've put into tracking
down all the talent and their histories. Wondered
why the late Dick Springfield was not listed?
Larry White - WBBF, WAXC Rochester '65-'78 (e-mail)
response: Click here
June 23, 2002, 6:18:44AM
Soul's "All Of My Life" is still a great tune! I
have some recollection (perhaps in error) they were
from the New Britain area and hung out from time
to time at "Neisner's" in the Corbin's Corner Parkade
in West Hartford.
Ken Griffin, as I'm sure many know, managed a band
called The Blue Beats. They, too, had a dynamite
song titled "Extra Girl" in 66/67.
"Midnight Hour" - the song that supposed got Joey
Reynolds fired - was by Kit and the Outlaws (possibly
from Texas, released nationally on the Phillips
label in 1966). I was listening when this infamous
incident occurred and I still "hear" the "extended
play" version every time I play the song. Another
great tune! The WDRC website says the skip played
for an hour. I seem to recall the time being 25
incident I recall, perhaps apocryphal, was that
a jock from WPOP had hired a helicopter to drop
marbles on WDRC. Any truth to this?
have the WPOP Pop Explosion album. Among other things,
it's "neat" in that the album seems to stop then
spin, stop then spin, etc. when played.
also have the WPOP "Hear Here" album. It has the
same cover as the one you show in your album section
except that it's in color (not b/w) and it's actually
titled ""WPOP, Volume 2 "Hear Here"". The vinyl
is multicolored - very cool!
album is copyrighted 1969 (Eddie Davis).
The track listing is (all with publishing and label
Judy In Disguise - John Fred & His Playboy Band
Let It Be Me - Betty Everett & Jerry Butler
Wipe Out - Surfaris
Happy Together - Turtles
The Cheater - Bob Kuban and the In-Men
A Lover's Concerto - Toys
Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
Expressway To Your Heart - Soul Survivors
Hush - Deep Purple
Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
Papa's got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
Dizzy - Tommy Roe
Surfer Girl - Beach Boys
Green Tambourine - Lemon Pipers
Farmer John - Premiers
What a collection of music! They don't make radio
like they used to!
have another album too titled "Hear Here Vol. 2".
Confusing? It sure is but it's a completely different
album. It is the one Bob Paiva mentioned having
autographed as he did the liner notes (short notes
about the bands and songs on the album) - which
are interesting to read.
gatefold, double disk black vinyl, album is red
with the WPOP logo similar to the one at the top
of your Mailbag web page (3rd from left). There
is no copyright date. The graphic is a "superman"
type character with WPOP on his chest. The track
Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
O-O-O Child - Five Stairsteps
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
House Of The Rising Sun - Animals
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
I'm A Man - Spencer Davis Group
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
God, Love, Rock & Roll - Teagarden & Van Winkle
Evil Woman - Crow
Mississippi Queen - Mountain
Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White
Down On Me - Janis Joplin
Reach Out Of The Darkness - Friend and Lover
Eleanor - Turtles
Timothy - Buoys
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James
D.O.A. - Bloodrock
Goin' Up The Country - Canned Heat
Elusive Butterfly - Bob Lind
Can't Find The Time - Orpheus
Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
Brand New Key - Melanie
Green Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
Again, modern "single format" radio can't touch
the music of the 60's for variety. Whatever people
wanted to hear was all heard on one station, be
it Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin, Slim Harpo (Baby
Scratch My Back), Beatles, Tom Jones, Bobby Vinton,
Kit and the Outlaws or Led Zeppelin. Great times,
memories, music and radio stations!
Dan Hagstrom (e-mail)
June 2, 2002, 8:17:56PM
Incredible job with the WPOP site. Thanks for all
your time and effort. I can't believe it will be
27 years this month that the music died. FYI, here's
my new e-mail address.
Bill (Michael Murphy, Bobby Brooks) Vassar (e-mail)
By the way, I was 'POP's last overnight jock and
worked 12m-6a that last day of the music format.
May 21, 2002, 10:48:08AM
Father was Dick Stephens. He passed away in 1982
at 53 of a heart attack. His last job was the open
line on WBSM in New Bedford. He loved it b/c it
gave him time off to sail! Thanks for the memory.
Amanda L. Bennett (e-mail)
May 20, 2002, 1:06:08AM
had a great 1 hour conversation with Ron Fraiser/;Tom
Jones reminiscing the “GOOD OLD DAYS” at WPOP. He
found me from your site. I’m “semi-retired” now,
in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, but relish the days of the
competition between WPOP AND WDRC! (I’m not sure
WTIC knew we existed). The day to day, back and
forth counter programming we did between DRC and
POP was all-consuming. Every morning, that’s what
motivated me! “How do we beat those guys”. (sorry
Barbara. very chauvinistic) It made for fun radio…and
an audience that was connected like never again!
Things are different today!
Hey, speaking of today, here’s what I’m doing! Check
out the web site: www.radiotvtravel.com.
It is a travel incentive company I’ve started, having
run those promotions for years for my own companies.
In the meantime, congratulations on a great site,
with an amazing amount of work put into it. It looks
great, and believe me, your site brings a lot of
people a lot of happy memories! Thanks!
Danny Clayton/Ken Wolt (e-mail)
May 16, 2002, 4:45:54PM
THANKS FOR CALLING THIS MORNING..HAVE ALREADY RE-CONNECTED
WITH DAN CLAYTON AND ART VUOLO..SINCE LEAVING HARTFORD
WORKED IN MILWAUKEE,MINNEAPOLIS,THEN DID MORNINGS
NAME A FEW..NOW BACK IN MORNING DRIVE IN MOBILE
FOR THE THIRD TIME.HAVE APPEARED IN FIVE MOVIES,INCLUDING
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND,JAWS 2,CACOON
EC..ETC.. I RE-INVENT MYSELF ABOUT EVERY TEN YEARS..STILL
GOING STRONG. KEEP IN TOUCH.
THE REAL TOM JONES
MCGUIRE IN THE MORNING
MARRON & MCGUIRE
RON MCGUIRE...TAKE YOUR PICK (e-mail)
March 22, 2002, 11:26:02AM
Great job organizing WPOP Web-its accurate and professional.
May I recommend one more category-The WPOP Jock
Hall of Fame. I will list my recommendations based
on longevity, talent, voice, ratings, etc. Here
Jack Armstrong, Joe Barbarette, Bill Bland, Georgie
Brewer, Joel Cash, Dan Clayton, Chuck Crouse, Jonathan
Dark, Ray Dunaway, Greasman, Mike Greene, Ken Griffin,
Dick Heatherton, Frank Holler, Kilroy/Lou Morton,
Bill Love, Allen King, TJ Lambert, Woody Roberts,
Bob Piava (Bob Marshall), Lee Baby Simms, Scott
St. James, Lou Terri, Bill Winters.
Thanks, Jim Shannon (e-mail)
March 12, 2002, 11:31:04PM
Another POP memory...(you really started something)...
I was fairly new at POP, on the all night show and
was plugging the WPOP 14plus10 survey and said...it's
the only survey available at record stores. 10 seconds
later the phone rang and a female voice said.."WDRC
has a survey."..and I said "who is this?..the answer...."Bertha
Porter"....I knew who she was and apoligized because
I honestly didn't know about their survey.
It's good that I was courteous to her because I'm
sure I wouldn't have been admitted to the building
a year and a half later when I talked with Charlie
about a job. I met Bertha that day, she was very
February 11, 2002, 11:48:24AM
just happened upon your WDRCOBG/WPOP website last
week, and wanted to tell you how great it is.
Having been a teenager in Waterbury in the 50's,
I was particularly interested in your bio and pictures
of Ken Griffin. I remember listening to him on WWCO
in the mid 50's (when he used his real name), and
listened to his show faithfully every Sat afternoon
in the late 50's on WBRY, when he was "Sweet Daddy"
(using the record by the same name by the Story
Sisters as his theme). I even won a few records
from him playing "Name it and claim it").
I also remember "Your man...My man...The Wildman"
Steve Gallon on WWCO in the early 50's (possibly
he was on both WWCO and WPOP during the period?).
His show was intended for a black audience, but
he introduced me and other white teenagers in Waterbury
to R&B "race" music years before Alan Freed brought
it to national attention. I came across the following
of the Wildman from 1953 recently on a website,
and thought you might want to use it in the WPOP
Personalities section of WDRCOBG, since you don't
have a picture of him. The quality isn't great (I
think it was scanned from an old newpaper picture),
but hopefully you can use it.
Thanks for bringing back many fond memories of radio
in the 50's & 60's. Five stars and two thumbs up
Bob Neagle (e-mail)
January 27, 2002, 1:02:38PM
thought that Mark Century did those jingles. I remember
war, web, cuff with those too. I'm talking about
the jingle you referred to on the Lou Terry air
January 14, 2002, 1:02:38PM
Thank you for letting me know [about the web site].
things are a bit off on what you had. I didn't go
back to WPTR from WPOP. I went to afternoon drive
at CKLW ...then to WOR-FM in NY, then back to CKLW
as a jock. Became PD of CKLW &CFXX in 1980. Went
to WNIC around 85...became PD and 1/2 of morning
team at WLTI Detroit in 86. Then PD and 1/2 of morning
team at WARM98 in Cincinnati in 89. 1991, PD at
MIX 99.9 Toronto. Then PD of MIX96 & CJAD Montreal.
VP/GM of CJAY/CKMX Calgary. Now VP/GM of CFRB/MIX
Hope this helps.
January 6, 2002, 11:10:02PM
Another trip down memory lane! I'm in the midst
of activating my AFTRA membership. They insisted
I joined the union in 1962, and I insisted I joined
in 1967. They were right. I'd forgotten about being
an AFTRA member at POP.
worked with Joey Reynolds, (he used to call me "Rotten
Dale" because of my churlish attitude), Morton "Doc"
Downey, Johnny Argo, and there are some names I
can't remember. Maybe I'll find 'em on your site.
Which, by the way, is obviously a labor of love
was music director and had the crust to show up
wearing--it was pretty radical then--Bermuda shorts.
I did it many times. One record plugger's report
got back to us. "Weird bunch. A fat, wise-cracking
PM jock. The music director wears shorts to work."
hired me? Phil Zoppi. He was an affable sales-type
with Mafia undertones. He bounced me all over the
place--afternoons, mornings, finally all night.
That was a serious demotion for me, and I was pissed.
During the Ole Miss riots of the '60s, one night
I opened fire. I collected wire stories, magazine
articles, everything I could find. I opened the
mic at 2:10 a.m. and didn't finish until 2:50. Zoppi
fired me the next day. (Wonder why?)
only had shock radio not been born, but nothing
uncontrolled hit the air. The station was being
programmed from KC by a consultant named Irv Schwartz.
He put together a dog playlist that never applied
to Hartford. We violated it all the time, learning
how to slide real hits into the mish-mash from the
Joey know you have that photo of him on your site?
I suspect he would be mortified (but maybe not).
As you know, he turned into a lean, rugged, wise-cracking
Italian and has stayed that way for many years,
more lately reprising his well-worn "Royal Order
of the Night People" act in NY at WOR. I guess I
knew, but had forgotten, that he worked at DRC after
leaving POP. Considering all the mean shit he slung
at Bertha (what was her last name?) at DRC, I'm
surprised that he survived. (And he often hasn't,
as you know.) Maybe Bertha was gone by the time
he went there.
There's a story about Joey. I may have the facts
a little twisted, but the gist is right. He went
to work at WNBC in NY to sub for Wolfman. His second
night on the air (I believe), right after a promo
"hear all the latest hits on WNBC," he said something
like, "Yeah, tune to WABC." He was looking for work
the next day.
He used to MORTIFY me with the things he said and
did. He, to the ticket-taker at the drive-in theater,
"We're from WPOP, and we have complimentary passes.
We get in free." He was able to pull it off, leaving
a confused ticket-taker scratching his head. But
then he had to deal with a red-faced Phil Zoppi
in the morning.
I just discovered that Doc Holiday worked at POP.
I worked with him at WPTR. Sam Holman and I crossed
paths in LA, when I tried to recruit him for a gig
at a radio syndication outfit where I worked briefly.
It was never meant to be, on any level, and I returned
to Sacramento to open my first business. I wasn't
ready for it and wound up accepting a job with National
Dairy Council, in Chicago, as PR director. That
was political quagmire that led me to open my current
Speaking of PTR, do you know the story of The Great
I may post it on my website. It's a grand story
of broadcasting deception and chicanery typical
of the period, complete with physical proof.
Since you went to my website, I assume you saw some
pictures. That's what else I do these days. Peering
through that viewfinder on a well-composed scene,
and getting the shot, is my artistic expression.
(Kelly) Kemery (e-mail)
January 3, 2002, 2:51:10AM
I just went through your information on WPOP. .
.that was great!
My father, Joe, STILL shares with me all of those
fantastic POP adventures during his days there.
. . his "abbreviated" (and concert-ending) version
of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" during the Rolling Stones
concert in 1968/1969, trying to "award" an actual
Lion to a local high school as a mascot, constant
signal problems, creating POP "Good Guys" sweat
shirts and coffee mugs, paying Chuck Berry in CASH
before he'd agree to get on stage, dining with a
couple of Grateful Dead and Herman's Hermits members,
Even though I was so young (aged 2 to 8 years),
during those days, I still remember asking him about
the "hippies" who were always sitting on the concrete
steps at the entrance to the radio station, their
AM radios pressed against there ears. "Why are they
sitting around there, dad?", I'd ask. "It's the
best way to dial in the station signal", he'd always
Thanks for making my day. Too bad radio isn't quite
so colorful these days, right?
Lawrence Amaturo (e-mail)
December 30, 2001, 8:07:14PM
Marvelous job on the site...I was a twelve year
old pain in the ass back in 1972 when I met the
crew along with PD Dick Springfield at a promo out
at Stafford Springs speedway. I was hooked when
I heard they were starting an Explorer Post at the
station (a division of Boy Scouts) and Dick convinced
me to join by fudging my age to the required 13
next couple of years were spent helping and harassing
folks like T.J., Charlie Steiner, Ric O'Connor and
Jack Carney. Answered phones and even wrote a stupid
sendup of the Animals House of the Rising Sun
that was a tribute to Captain Afternoon. Somewhere
I have an aging picture of me wearing the Greaseman's
headphones. How about Ron the rock and roll pig
On a sad note, I recently tried to locate Dick Springfield
but learned that he had passed away in 1998. Dick
Springfield's real name was Richard Ehrbar. Here
is a link to a site on the Panama Canal Radio division
of the Army...he was there prior to his professional
Radio career. The info doesn't note his service
at POP or his nomenclature, but I assure you from
both the picture and the history noted on that site,
that Dick was Richard Ehrbar.
you know, Steiner is successful at being an ESPN
guy and Carney lives on at WDRC. I have a news article
from the seventies about a infamous softball game
me and my friends managed to play against the POP
crew...should provide some memories.
Would love to hear from some of those Explorers....I
owe my start to PD Springfield and the rest of the
clowns...for now I am an Asst. Professor of Communications
at Quinnipiac after many years of success in the
corporate audio, video and internet worlds.
B. Barnett (e-mail)
Ed's response: Dick Springfield died June 19,
1998 following open-heart surgery in Palo Alto,
CA; he was 53.
December 9, 2001, 10:29:54PM
it possible to list the tracks from the great compilations
albums from WPOP? I remember that there were two
albums. They had great psychedelic covers and there
was a contest to color a poster that would be selected
to be the cover art. I also remember the first disc
was clear gold vinyl. I remember that the jingles
were mixed in and the songs were edited. I remember
for sure that Judy In Disguise With Glasses was
one of the tracks. I loved to listen to them as
a pre-teen. I lived in Wallingford, Ct. and WPOP
was my favorite station.
response: I don't have the contents from Hear
Here but visit our new Albums
December 9, 2001, 12:20:26AM
I just found an LP called 'WPOP's Pop Explosion'.
It's pressed in clear yellow vinyl and the songs
1. Land of 1000 Dancers- Cannibal & The Headhunters,
2. Town without Pity- Gene Pitney,
3. I'm so Lonesome I could Cry- BJ Thomas
4. Do it again a Little bit Slower- Jan & Robin
5. Along comes Mary- The Association...
do you have a guess when this was released?
response: WPOP's Pop Explosion was issued
in September, 1968; see our new Albums
December 1, 2001, 9:27:14PM
would love to get/hear Joey's theme song from WPOP
which put words to "Wild Weekend". Any chance it's
out there somewhere?
Paul H. Glotzer (e-mail)
Brooks has retired from the Connecticut Society
of Certified Public Accountants.
November 21, 2001, 8:37:40PM
Love talking about the old days with someone who
actually gives a.........!
I actually worked at WPOP as a weekend newsman in
the spring of 1970 while I was still had a regular
air shift at WCNX. The guy who hired me was a news
director named Paul Lockwood. You might remember
the 20/20 news format. I worked alongside Robert
Michael Walker and I believe one of the jocks was
Big Bill Love, but I can't be completely certain.
I had a long relationship with WPOP thru Program
Director Bob Paiva who had an interest in "Detroit
Soul", the band I played bass guitar in. We had
a regional hit record, produced by Ken Griffin on
Music Town records, called "All Of My Life" in the
summer of 1967. We recorded it at Wallingford's
Syncron (sp) Studio. The "Detroit Soul" was a staple
at the Good Guys All Family Outings at Riverside
Park and won all the Battle Of The Bands, including
one over Al Anderson's Wild Weeds (No Good To Cry).
By the way, I also played in a band that appeared
"Live" at one of Ron Landry's record hop gigs. We
were called "The High Tones" and I was a guitar
player in junior high school.
the same time there was another band from the area,
I think they were called The Wanderers from Bristol
with a drummer by the name of Michael Boyer (SP)
who announced songs during transitions. He sounded
just like he was on the radio. Later, I heard him
on WDRC as Mike Holland. We have known each other
a lot of years and I lost track of him after CHUM
in Toronto. If anyone knows his whereabouts I'd
like to know.
Mazzarella (aka Bob Marx) (e-mail)
October 24, 2001, 9:55:24AM
heard from Chuck Bennett... which alerted me to
the new site. Once again, nice stuff! Just to bring
you up to date... yes, I'm a partner in a small
law firm which specializes in international collections...
we just opened new offices in Carmel, CA. We'll
maintain our presence in South Florida, but this
is a dream come true for me... always wanted to
end up here! Left radio for good last November (2000)...
haven't missed it at all. However, I must admit...
I have a standing invitation to do utility for one
of the stations here. We'll see.
(Colman) Neil (e-mail)
October 15, 2001, 2:14:46PM
Wow....it's gotten even better....what a hoot to
listen to some of my old pals from POP......looking
at the POP and DRC sites reminds me how many great
talent ran through that market....
Even funnier....I still have a hand in WPOP....affectionately
known as ESPN Radio 1410.....small world.
for the great listening and reading trip.
T.J. Lambert (e-mail)
October 1, 2001, 9:15:10PM
from Texas. Tom Allen here; now with sister station
KVET Austin (sister to KASE). Doing afternoon drive
and the Saturday morning Country Classic Show. Jon
Fricke, a friend of mine, emailed me your web page;
just thought you'd want to know I'm still alive
Tom Allen (e-mail)
monthly column | My
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August 10, 2001, 12:05:58PM
are correct...I was Bob Marshall. I adopted the
name because Paiva is hard to pronounce and because
Jerry Marshall, of WNEW, was my favorite disc jockey
when I was growing up on Long Island. I did sub
for Sam Holman when he got blown out. I used the
name when I did news. Sometimes doing news I would
make up different names. One day I was Paul Drew
and another time I was Bill Drake (both famous programmers
of the time). One time I was even Wilfred D'Arcee
as a play on WDRC.
a flea market last week I picked up a copy of HEAR
HERE VOL.2, one of the albums we put together for
WPOP. I wrote the liner notes and somewhere along
the way autographed this copy to somebody. It was
interesting to be able to buy back a piece of your
July 16, 2001, 12:07:52PM
a cool web site...I was surfing the net today (oops
instead of working),...and I came across this sight,
in my search for Ken Griffin. I was a big fan in
1964...Ken was working at WPOP at the time...we
were like 13 or 14 years old...On John Lennons birthday
Oct 9th 1964 we walked all the way down to WPOP
in Newington to bring a cake to Ken, saying happy
Birthday John...think I still have that picture...and
brownies..cuz he once mentioned on the air he liked
them..the poor guy..probably hates brownies and
cookies today... Your interview with him was interesting...at
one time in 1982, when ken was working in Farmington
Ct, I went to see him..with my 3 1/2 inch tape recordings
of his show....like the groupie that I was, I use
to sit in my room and tape his show....my friends
and i would talk about him cuz we all had this mad
crush on him...I met Joey Reynolds also, when he
left WPOP ..then sometime later went to WDRC...was
it there he played IN THE MIDNIGHT, IN THE MIDNIGHT,
IN THE MIDNIGHT...and got fired???? Art Wander also,
a few years after he left WPOP, I think it was 1969,
and I went to Boston to meet him, and have lunch,
and that year he sent me a postcard of his children
and himself...but then I lost track of him.....is
he still around? Well I could go on and on...today
I still LOVE music, even have an oldies album Color
me Blue or something, recorded at WDRC...and refuse
to give up my turntable.. ....I guess I have never
grown up ...ha...cuz today I listen to Gary Craig,
and some of his skits, remind me of the Ken Griffn
days, with the Phats, and Rocky voices etc....oh
well..I did E Mail Ken today, will have to see if
he sends back a reply....well thanks for letting
me walk down Memory Lane..
Pam Civiello (e-mail)
July 11, 2001, via snail mail
you did it. Hooked me with the letter, now I'm writing
been a great life. WPOP was definitely a part of
that. Only a year, but what a year. You mentioned
Nashville and WSM, it also included a co-hosting
role on TNN with Jim Ed Brown and "You Can
be A Star," plus a couple of years as co-host
of TNN's "Road Test Magazine" with Big
Daddy Don Garlits.
mentioned the movie "A Thing Called Love,"
but it started with "Ernest Goes to Camp,"
several "Heat of the Night" episodes and
the last of 46 TV/Movies is with Cuba Gooding and
Skeet Ulrich in "Chill Factor." Last five
minutes, in the tunnel, you'll love the credit -
Larry Black, Fat Man in the Tunnel.
six years of marriage, 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law,
5 grand kids, we split our time between Nashville
and Red Lodge, Montana.
'97 I stumbled into starting a company that produces
Country's Family Reunion. That in turn led to several
Reunion style shows including Stock Car Legends,
Bluegrass and 50's and 60's Rock and Roll.
has currently been airing Rock and Roll Graffiti
as a membership program.
August we will produce an 8 volume video series
on the Opry.
July 1, 2001, 7:45:04PM
didn't see any mention of Joey's theme song to the
tune of "Wild Weekend".
"Joey Reynold's show On pop radio Top tunes, the
news and weather Where Connecticut gets together
Right here On pop radio"
Would love to get a copy of it or at least hear
it on your site.
was the song he used for the Royal Order of The
Night People ceremony. Any chance that might make
it to the site? I may have a copy of it somewhere
in my house.
Paul H. Glotzer (e-mail)
June 8, 2001, 8:44:24AM
Bob Paiva e-mailed me to hip me to your delightful
site. Damn, if you haven't made a career of old
radio shows, eh? And you're quite a webmaster as
I'm semi-retired in Pt. Charlotte, FL, however doing
a weekly 2-hour Auction Radio show at WKII, Punta
Gorda, #1 in the whole state. Surprise.
on down sometime. Be my guest. Keep in touch. Best
June 5, 2001, 11:10:28AM
friend of mine, Mike Kavanaugh, of Atlanta gave
me the address of your site and it was great fun
to read the list of WPOP names. I started hanging
around WPOP in 1961 but finally started work there
in 1963, first as Assistant Promotion Director to
Walter Stewart, then as Music Director to Program
Directors like Danny Clayton and Woody Roberts,
and eventually as P.D. when Woody left the station.
We all worked for Joe Amaturo and I stayed with
the station until it was sold to Merv Griffin in
1974. Reading over the list of personnel was fascinating
as I can remember when and how most of them came
to the station, funny stories about their time there,
and some of the success that came to some afterward.
Ray Dunaway, as you know, was our weekend guy when
Clayton was P.D. and he's in the market doing mornings
on WTIC. Brewer and Winters are dead, Reynolds is
doing some overnight network talk and I still communicate
almost weekly with Ken Griffin who is in Florida
doing some stuff on an AM station in the Port Charlotte
area. WPOP relied on inventiveness and creativity
to make up for the power and coverage we didn't
have. Some of that made it's way into my book (The
Program Director's Handbook - TAB Books). Several
years ago one of the local radio stations utilized
a promotion we created at WPOP as a way of introducing
their new morning team to the market. 25 years later
and it still worked. The WPOP smiley face logo on
your site was created and drawn by Ken Griffin and
I recently sent him one of the WPOP "Grouch" cups
we used to give away...utilizing the smiley face
with a downturned mouth..and celebrating spouses
and friends who were a "grouch" in the morning.
I used that promotion in two other markets and it
did well both times. Thanks for remembering. It
was great while it lasted and harkens back to a
time that will never be duplicated.
Bob Paiva (e-mail)
June 4, 2001, 3:52:44PM
I can't believe this. There is some guy who is trying
to put together a reunion of WFTL, Fort Lauderdale
personnel and he found the WPOP website and sent
it to me. I have spent the last hour going through
each person in the data base trying to remember
if I knew them or had just heard stories about them.
I found the site entertaining and informative.
I have kept in minimal touch with Dick Heatherton
and I ran into Dirty Dan Clayton (who refused to
be recognized by that name) at the NAB in Las Vegas
three years back. I still see Joe Amaturo on a regular
basis as we are both in Fort Lauderdale.
Some other connections you might find interesting.
The first on-air personality I met when I went to
work in a radio station was "Wee" Willie Winters.
He was the morning man at WHAP Hopewell, Virginia
and my first duty was to bring him 4 hot coffees
from Libby's Donut Shop.
Larry Black and I were in Charlotte at Big WAYS
together. He came up to WPOP first and then recommended
to Woody Roberts to hire me (which he did and left
two days before I arrived).
I am now the President of Chrysalid, Inc. a television
commercial production company in Fort Lauderdale.
I am the Vice-Chairman of the Broward County Film
and Television Commission, Board Member of The South
Florida Manufacturers Association, and Board Member
of Junior Acheivement. I am also a partner in VidKid
Distribution, Inc. a public company that owns and
operates an 18,000 square foot television facility
in Fort Lauderdale. That is where my office is.
I have spent the last five years as a management
consultant specializing in strategic planning.
creating television commercials, I also am executive
producer of "Get Fit", a nationally syndicated fitness
insert program for newscasts.
Thanks again for the great WPOP website.
May 30, 2001, 10:34:20PM
came across your WPOP collection on the web via
What a compilation! I came across many names I know
from my years in radio. I worked for Bob Paiva at
WLEE - he is now selling cars for a big dealer in
Hartford and heads up the dealer internet marketing
according to a net search I did a few weeks back.
Allen King - went by the name Gentleman Jim King
in Richmond at WLEE and was an enormous talent.
Jim was a king size drinking man and unfortunately,
it did him in. Jim died sometime in the 1980's from
kidney failure in Oklahoma. Those of us who worked
with him mourn his passing.
Kavanagh, WSB Atlanta (e-mail)
May 26, 2001, 11:08:56PM
I was really surprised, to say the least, when I
got your e-mail telling me about the WPOP site.
It is absolutely great! Especially for those of
us that worked there.
The in depth info you compiled is amazing. I don't
know how you were able to get it all. I learned
where some of the other jocks I worked with are
now. In some cases it was surprising. Thanks for
a great site!
PRO I got out of radio for a number of years. I
moved to Fla. and got back in when I became the
PD of a talk station in Ocala, FL...WOCA. After
this I ran my own production company for a few years
(Audio Production Enterprises...The "APE"). Currently
I am the OM of an Oldies station in the Ocala-Gainesvile
market...WRGO, FUN oldies 102.7. You were correct
that I live in Silver Springs.
Again, thanks for all the great memories and info.
Chuck Bennett / Bill Blizard (e-mail)
May 25, 2001, 12:30:50PM
Congrats on another great website. As with my sites
it is amazing how many incredible talents and legends
walked through the doors of POP. I'll add a link
to your site to mine this weekend. Continued success.
Jeff Roteman (e-mail)
May 19, 2001, 8:04:10PM
from New Orleans,
Thanks for getting in touch with me about the new
Website. I took a look and it's wonderful. Most
of the info about yours truly is good, except that
my haitus was not to go on active Duty with the
New York National guard. Randy Brock threw me a
huge going away party and a few days later they
CANCELLED my call up..and I was back to work on
Monday morning. I did, however, leave WPOP to go
to work with Joe Barbarette for Senator Thomas J.
Dodd. He was defeated for re-election, and I went
back to WPOP until then end of 1972. After a few
months of free-lance, I took a job at WGSO in New
Orleans, and I have been in New Orleans ever since
(April 1973). After four years at WWL AM I ran my
own production company for ten years..and am back
in radio at WWL'S sister station, WSMB 1350AM, doing
the morning show, 6-9.
I had always thought that Joe Barbarette and Lou
Morton had died. I certainly hope I am wrong..but
you might check it out. I do know that Dick Heatherton
owes me dinner.
Thanks... Ed Clancy (e-mail)
May 18, 2001, 1:28:38PM
tenure at WPOP began the same week as the survey
for April 8th, 1966. I remember it because we did
the Easter Egg Hunt the first Saturday I was in
Dan Clayton was always "Danny" Clayton, affectionately,
I knew most of the PD's you mentioned, the only
ones I can testify to are Sam Holman, who brought
me in from the North West, Woody who followed him,
and Danny, who replaced Woody when he returned to
KTSA. I knew Ev Wren because he did some consulting
for Cecil Heftel when I was president of Heftel
Broadcasting. As you're undoubtedly aware, Joe Amaturo
switched program directors like folks do dirty shirts.
He was an excellent business person, however. I
was personally very fond of Joe.
little story to illustrate the turnover at WPOP.
In my archives, I have a proclamation from the Mayor
of the city of Hartford, CN, gold seal and all,
proclaiming March 31, 1967 as "William Bland, Jr.
Day." The occasion? I was the longest tenured DJ
at WPOP! I hadn't been there a year. I worked for
many of the top rockers of that era. WPOP, where
I spent four years, remains a highlight of my career.
Bill Bland (e-mail)
May 17, 2001, 1:28:38PM
I certainly got a kick out of receiving your note
on WPOP. I checked the website, and some of the
people you include were newsmen, such as I was,
as Mike Heid. I was, also a DJ known as Terry McKay.
I don't know how you ever came up with that list.
Kilroy and Lou Morton were one and the same. He
didn't use his real name, Morton, until he went
to WINF, where he worked with me. I do remember
Linc Holmes and Doug Wardwell, both from WINF. Never
knew they worked for WPOP.
an interesting tale. Almost thirty-five years after
leaving Hartford, I have reunited with Dick Robinson,
in a sense. He worked at the time for WDRC, but
he, of course, owns the successful broadcast school
chain, and although I was asked to work at his Philly
location thirty years ago and could not, I am teaching
several courses at his new Arlington VA location.
Mike Heid (e-mail)
May 17, 2001, 3:37:58PM
to see the POP page and all the associated memories.
I'll pass it on to Dick Heatherton, who's back out
in the LA area, and Dan Clayton, too.
Steve O'Brien (e-mail)
May 16, 2001, 5:01:18PM
Yes, I do remember some years back when we were
communicating about something or other and talking
about WPOP is never a problem. Lots of fun and what's
not to love about "groupies"....bless 'em.
Looked into your mail bag and was not too surprised
to find that most entries were from guys who followed
us.......by us I mean Del Raycee who was our boss....Mike
Lawless, Howie Burlingame, Ray Somers, Lou Terry,
Bob (Goldberg) Scott and myself. Later on came the
morning guys...Jack Murphy and Morton (Doc) Downey
Jr. who died recently. Lou Terry, I believe, died
in a car crash in the WPOP area while he was working
at WRCH. Del Raycee still has a home in Connecticut...down
on the shore and a home down here in Florida about
an hour south of our place in Venice. We see each
other once or twice a year now. He never misses
a broadcast convention in Vegas to this day.
Our time stretched from 1959 to 1962 with all the
others coming and going around the same time. Nothing
we did will ever top the scam involving Bobby Scott.....supposedly
distraught over not being able to get a "full-time"
slot....locking himself in the old studios on Asylum
Street and playing the Children's Marching Song
over and over and over all weekend. Friends smuggled
in food.....don't ask me how he took care of more
personal needs during that time. The Courant bit
on it big time...snapping his picture through the
studio window....Bob looking down...cigarette dangling...one
angry dude. Total hoax created by Ken Cooper who
was brought in by our owners to goose our ratings
and it made us the talk of the town for weeks. That
must have been in 1959...not later than 1960. A
classic gimmick. I don't think the Courant ever
forgave us or ever will.
Later our studios moved further down Asylum in a
bank building...near the old Hotel Bond where WCCC
had it's studios in the hotel basement and where,
for a short time, I worked some weekends with the
above-mentioned Bob Scott and longtime WDRC jock
Jerry Blume, Blair, Bishop....he used all three
at one time or another. Last heard doing Dick Clark
announcing out in LA. I'll pipe in more as the remembrances
crop up now and then. Oh yes.....Doug Wardwell preceded
me at POP....called himself Doug Ward...Doug the
Bug and later went on to teach, I believe, at Central
Connecticut State. No one seems to know the fate
of Mike Lawless who loved jazz and only played rock
under protest when POP went big into top forty.
He had a jazz voice if you know what I mean. Howie
Burlingame and wife exited the apartment building
where POP was housed for several years and left
in the middle of the night and were last seen heading
way out west. He used to put "R's" on everything....like
Yumer, Arizoner and Havaner, Cuber....he thought
it was hilarious. All for now from sunny, rain-starved
"the Teddy Bear" Blair (e-mail)
May 16, 2001, 8:13:26AM
Finally able to get to the sites...
first radio gig was at WKAT Miami Beach...Worked
with Larry King there in 1957 or 58. From there
I went to WIRK, then to Boston for WMEX, etc....
Joel Cash (e-mail)
May 15, 2001, 5:01:18PM
Ed-I find it hard to believe we've never met-your
memory and mine are in lock step on so many things
Hartford! I was absolutely amazed at the breadth
and depth of info on the website. It's inspired
me to go find all the WPOP things I can from my
As far as my listing- I can tell you I left Hartford
on August 9, 1974 ( I remember, because Nixon was
resigning that day!)-so I must have quit (I remember
telling TJ Lambert to tell PD Dick Springfield,
who was on vacation) a few weeks before that.
I also know the whereabouts of Larry Hall-he, like
me, is a freelance voiceover guy in the Baltimore
I'd be glad to supply you with a lot more info as
soon as I dig it up. I was truly surprised to see
that Bill Vassar (who I never met) had a similar
story to mine, complete with the hanging out in
the lobby! If you'd like to hear all my details,
I'll put on a pot of coffee and pound away at the
compter. Let me know. Thanks again for some priceless
May 15, 2001, 4:40:04PM
for the heads-up. I hope that those with whom I
have lost touch over the years will be able to contact
me and let me know how they are doing.
I must say I was overwhelmed by the number and quality
of people who went through both WDRC and WPOP during
the halcyon days. I was in Hartford the first time,
at WPOP, but for three months before moving on to
WFIL in Philly. But what a three months they were!
With Danny Clayton at the helm (Ken Wolt) and an
excellent lineup of talent, we managed to beat WDRC
--at least in the Summer Pulse (remember them) book
of '68. If you were a rock and roll station that
made you #1. Yeah, 'cause *nobody* could beat WTIC
& Bob Steele. I think that at that time Steele had
a 50+ share! (I used to kid Bob that he never really
was in radio. Who ever heard of having *one* gig
for 50+ yrs!)
After my 8 1/2 yr. stint at WFIL I came back to
Hartford and WTIC. I came in as Production Director
and within three months was given afternoon drive.
Did that from early '78 to '86 when I retired from
broadcasting to devote time to New England Personnel,
LLC, a venture in which I remain a partner with
my wife Kathryn. (Ah, yet another story. She was
hired to do the first helicopter traffic reports
in Hartford on WTIC. Made the cover of Northeast
Magazine, covered the Windsor Locks Tornado of '79
for AP and now is a syndicated columnist in 700+
newspapers neationwide. "Kathryn Clark's Employment
Yes! There is, as a jock from one of the FM rockers
in NYC agreed in a conversation on a flight back
from Barbados in '87 or '88, a life after radio.
Tom Tyler (e-mail)
May 14, 2001, 10:39:18PM
Ed...love the site! Possible additional info: I
believe the station actually sold the wnbc call
letters to the national broadcasting company for
a price. Take care.
response: Jack may be correct. According to The
Airwaves of New York by Bill Jaker, Frank Sulek
and Peter Kanze (1998, McFarland & Company,
Inc.), the New York station at 660kc "came
to an agreement with a small station in New Britain,
Conn., to relinquish that city's initials from its
call letters. On 2 November 1946 at 5:30P.M., WEAF
presented its last broadcast...and at 6:00 turned
into WNBC." That varies by two years from
the info I have about when WNBC (New Britain) changed
its calls to WHTD.
It should be noted that Channel 30 in West Hartford
was known originally as WNBC TV and remained that
way until at least 1958 before the calls were changed
to WHNB TV; at that point WNBC TV went to Channel
4 in New York.
Certainly it is conceivable that financial considerations
prompted the Connecticut station to sell its name
to the bigger station in New York.
May 14, 2001, 12:06:22PM
have done an absolutely thorough job. Congratulations!!!
I've been going through the site and looking through
the bios. I had forgotten about the Monticello the
Magnificent. You are good. I'm currently Broadcast
Consultant for the New KRLA in Los Angeles and glad
to be home in the Southland. I've been doing lots
of producing/hosting of infomercials as well as
doing ABC-TV's General Hospital (which I've been
on as a semi-regular for the last 12 years) usually
as the Newsman, Reporter, Background Radio Voice
etc. Keep up the great work. I had more fun at POP.
Working for Woody Roberts and Danny Clayton was
the best. AND, you couldn't find a better boss than
Joe Amaturo. In those days, it was "WAR" between
POP and DRC. It was fabulous. Keep up the great
Dick Heatherton, CRMC (e-mail)
May 14, 2001, 11:12:16AM
Went to the site...all the info on me seems fine.
Nice site. Lots of old friends listed there.
McLaughlin, DelVecchio & Casey, Inc.
May 14, 2001, 12:37:10AM
Ed...great stuff on that WPOP page.. Joey Reynolds
told me about it. I noticed you have the same problem
I do. Type so fast that letters get reversed. Under
Joey's bio it has him at WYXT and it should be WXYZ
and WLPG-TV in Miami should be WPLG-TV (Channel
10). Also under Tom Shovan is says Tom died on New
York..should be in New York April 9, 1999. Easy
Just trying to help out. I do it ALL the time too.
Have you seen my website about my video
May 14, 2001, 8:51:10AM
an incredible piece of work!!! Where the hell did
you come up with all that information?
It really is fun looking back on a part of my life
that sometimes I find hard to believe really existed.
WPOP and Connecticut radio in general was like a
beacon for me while I was growing up on LI.
I'd wanted to be a radio announcer for as long as
I can remember. Living in Uniondale on LI, the NY
stations WINS, WABC, WMGM, WMCA, and WADO were my
Murray The K, Cousin Brucie, Jocko Henderson, Dan
Ingram, Herb Oscar Anderson...all these guys were
like gods to me!!
I knew I wanted to be a part of this business but
I also knew that NY radio was the ultimate challenge
and that I couldn't start there. But I used to spend
my summers in the 1950's on the north shore of LI
out by Port Jefferson and the Connecticut stations
came in like locals. In the summer, when the only
NY station I could hear out there was WABC, the
Connecticut stations became my focus and I knew
this was a market I had a chance to crack. WAVZ,
WDEE, WPOP and WDRC became my goal stations. And
I got there eventually!!!
I'm very proud to be a part of a legacy like WPOP
and your website. Thanks for including me.
few corrections... I actually started doing PM drive
in the summer of '71 when St. James went to AM drive.
From the time I started at WPOP in Oct '70 until
then, I was doing weekends on the air and during
the week I was doing production. Bill Winters was
at WFBS in Spring Lake, NC in the fall of '68 while
he was doing his National Guard commitment. He came
there from WPOP when he was called up and went back
to WPOP when his 6 months was up. I know this because
we worked together at WFBS...actually doing the
same show together. It was a Saturday afternoon
call-in college football show. We'd give continuous
coverage all afternoon of ongoing college football
games and take calls for scores and comments. (Wasn't
there some sort of war going on then too?)
In addition, "Tracy" was Tracy Garneau. I don't
remember his real first name but we worked together
at WAVZ when I first came to CT. I don't know for
sure but I think he died a few years ago.
Lastly, I'm still in programming..but it's computers
now and not radio. I'm now at Travelers in Hartford
having left Aetna in 1996.
Hal Whitney/Judge Harrigan (e-mail)
May 13, 2001, 9:22:38PM
you've done it again! Pulling together all of the
loose ends of the WPOP saga (the station was a forest
of loose ends) is amazing. I'm sure that in time,
you'll come across a few more names. When I was
there, the story was that in Joe Amaturo's first
two years of ownership, the turnover was even higher
than it was later. Allegedly, he came from ownership
of MOR WIRE, Indpls, and didn't know what to do
with a top 40 station. He turned to Max Richmond,
owner of WMEX, Boston, for advice, and was basically
told that Top 40 jocks were animals and should be
treated that way. Even so, he was somewhat easier
to work for than WDRC's Dick Korsen, because Joe
was ummmmm....more stable. A couple of small items:
my recollection is that Scott Kilgore was the president
of Tele-Broadcasters. Joe bought WPOP from him,
not with him. Rusty Potz used the name Ron Jackson
when he did newscasts, sometimes in the same shift,
with no change of voice.
The arrival of Tracy Cole was in fits and starts:
When Ed Clancy's National Guard unit called him
up in Summer 1968, I hired Tracy. Then the National
Guard decided it didn't need Ed after all. So I
had to fire Tracy before he ever worked a shift.
Then a few weeks later, Mike Heid left for WFIL,
and I re-hired Tracy. That December Joe Amaturo
gave me three weeks notice, but moved the title
of News Director to Ed immediately. Ed decided after
a few days that being News Director was a lot less
fun than being a staff newsperson, and resigned
to seek work in New York. At that point, late December,
Tracy moved up to ND. Ed returned a short time later.
Linc(oln) Holmes worked for WRCH before WPOP, certainly
during 1969. Woody Roberts returned briefly in mid-1972
as a consultant, but not on the air. In their on-air
bits, Woody called Marcia "Miss Fox". He didn't
use her first name. Barbara Bodnar should get on-air
credit, since she frequently voiced feature stories
for newscasts. (I'm ashamed to recall that we referred
to her as "WPOP's Newsgirl." At the time, we thought
we were hip, putting a female voice on the air.)
Pete Myers worked for WJW, Cleveland before going
to WHK. At both stations, he did both normally-paced
non-top 40 shows under his own name, and his supercharged
rhyming Top-40 shows as Mad Daddy. Buy one, get
two. And, completing my nit-picking for the moment,
Lou Morton worked at WCBS (AM) for a short period
May 13, 2001, 3:14:20PM
Sunday morning just turned into an orgy or reminiscences
When I spent 1967's summer of love at Hartford's
"5000-watt flower pot" doing fill-in I was in heaven.
I'd been listening to WPOP through the static from
New Haven, and it was the most progressive top 40
station, with the strongest personalities, I had
ever heard. The previous winter I often found myself
freezing in my car because I'd reached my destination
and turned off the heater but was unwilling to turn
off the radio... Lee "Baby" Simms was in the middle
of one of those bits about motorcycles and grandmothers.
I don't have any vintage WPOP photos to share, but
current photos are on my website at www.mckeown.net.
Kevin McKeown (e-mail)
May 13, 2001, 1:57:10PM
god!!!! All those people!!! And I remember working
with most of them...and listening to the rest! Thanks,
May 13, 2001, 12:53:56PM
I heard from Lee "G" that you are preparing a WPOP
tribute site. Thank you.
My name is Bill Vassar. I was a freshman at Newington
High School in 1967 when I first rode my bike down
Cedar Street to visit "Boss Radio" WPOP. I was one
of those kids with radio in the blood. I spent many
hours hanging out in the lobby and looking into
the studio through the parking lot window. Eventually
the jocks let me hang around inside the station
and encouraged my dream of being a "Boss Jock."
Many nights and weekends were spent talking up the
hits in the overnight/backup studio. In '69, I became
the station errand boy and got to do a few weekend
shifts (Billy Boss Jock). In the summer of '70,
management fired my radio godfather Danny Clayton.
Lou Morton replaced Danny as the PD and sent me
packin'. He told me I had "the stuff" but no one
under 18 belonged on the radio. I was back doing
weekends and fills in '72-'73 as Mike Murphy and
returned in '74-'75 to do weekends and fills as
Bobby Brooks. The last month the station played
music I was doing overnights right up to the last
day WPOP was "The Music Station." I loved that radio
station and for a long while I was angry about the
format change. The only time I went back to the
studio was to pick up my final check. I passed by
the old and new studio buildings on Cedar Street
many times while visiting my parents in Newington.
Like Billy Joel says "you can never go back there
again." Eventually the anger faded into my wonderful
Camelot of WPOP memories.
For a kid starting out in "the biz" WPOP was a great
experience that kick-started what is now a 32-year
media career. The memories are more than the air
checks and tee-shirts in my attic. Thanks for the
web site and keeping the good old feelings alive.
Vassar/Michael Murphy/Bobby Brooks (e-mail)
May 11, 2001, 5:52:20PM
Wow! I wasn't expecting such a comprehensive site
considering it is just out of the box. I will send
you a more current photo of myself so that you can
do the cool roll-over thing in my space too.
I believe that newsman Mike Burke is deceased but
I'm not 100% certain of that. Perhaps Charley Steiner
will know. There's probably a current shot of Jack
Carney at his
website. I'll go through my stuff to see what
I can supply.
I can't wait to see how this great site progresses.
Lee Gordon (e-mail)