December 29, 2014, 1:21PM
just seeing this (news
about Lou Morton's death). Thank you for sending
my way. Lou was a gentle man with a deep passion
for the news business. I have only good memories
November 14, 2014, 9:47PM
so much for doing that (tribute
to Lou Morton). I appreciated revisiting my
November 14, 2014, 10:53AM
you, Ed, for passing along this information. I am
so saddened to hear of Lou's passing. I remember
how disheartened I had become being out of work
for four months in late 1970, when Lou hired me
at WPOP and gave me the name "Sunny Shores!" The
year-and-a-half I worked for him and Augie Santana
(Chief Engineer) are the fondest memories of my
younger years. Lou was a man of character and good
conscience, quite a personality both on and off
air, and I owe so much of who I have become to that
man. He will always be remembered, and missed, by
all of us who had worked with him.
Sheldon Shores (Sunny Shores) (e-mail)
Just to update the website information, I am now
retired and live in my family home in the Philadelphia
May 15, 2014, 4:48PM
is my new email address (for the last ten or so
Royal Grand Vizier
Video Dynamics Corporation
February 26, 2014, 4:24PM
a quick update on my personal status. I retired
from AP Radio in Washington in November of 2012.
My wife, Irene, and I are now enjoying our golden
years in NH. Here's my new e-mail address.
February 19, 2014, 5:09PM
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September 1, 2012, 8:59PM
1966 through 1969, I was the Music Director/Record
Librarian at a small college radio station, WCCS,
at Central Connecticut State College in New Britain,
CT. WCCS's frequency was 670 AM. (For radio station
historians: Sometime before 1966, the station's
call letters were WTCC, for Teachers College of
Connecticut. A while after 1969, the call letters
changed again, to WFCS.)
station MD and librarian, I eagerly contacted every
label representative I could locate to get better
service of promotional records sent to the station.
I soon contacted Merv Amols, the Northeast rep for
and I became frequent phone pals (remember, this
was long before emails). I always looked forward
to receiving packages from Merv in the U.S. mail
of LP's and 45's. During the summer of 1967, I visited
the radio station frequently to stay on top of the
mail and record library. In July, I received a thin
package from Merv. It contained the new Beatles
45 with the picture sleeve. I didn't realize it,
at the time, that I held the Beatles' new 45 with
the "B" side that nobody had yet heard! The Beatles'
"Baby You're A Rich Man" was the B-side of "All
You Need Is Love." The 45 r.p.m. single's scheduled
U.S. release date was July 17, 1967, and the single
was commercially released on Capitol #5964 with
a full-color picture sleeve.
of my sources for MD information was Bob Piava,
MD at WPOP, in Newington, CT. On the day I received
the Beatles' 45, I stopped by to talk with Bob,
and we ended our conversation early because he had
a lunch meeting to attend. As we were walking out
to the parking lot, I casually asked Bob which side
of the new Beatles 45 was the "plug" side. Bob paused
and replied that only the "A" side was available.
I told him I had the "B" side on the 45. I handed
it to Bob, he ran into the station's production
studio, recorded the "B" side on tape, and had it
on the air within minutes. While the song was being
aired, the MD of WDRC, Bertha Porter, called Bob.
WDRC was WPOP's long-time fierce competitor for
greater Hartford's Top 40 market. Bertha yelled
at Bob for playing the "B" side on WPOP before WDRC
had it, and Bob smiled and politely told Bertha
that "win some, lose some."
week later, I wrote Merv a nice letter thanking
him for his outstanding promo service to WCCS. That
was the wildest experience I ever had at WCCS!
reply: Paul is the author of Connecticut
Rocks! The History of Connecticut Rock 'N' Roll©
and is working on Supplement No. 1 to Connecticut
August 4, 2012, 10:10PM
- Really enjoy looking at your site for WPOP. While
my stay there was short, I really enjoyed the area
and great people. Little known fact; Dick Heatherton
and I were roommates and I had a chance to meet
his sister Joey. Both very classy people. It was
Dick who came up with the nickname NAGROM W. NEHPETS.
I left to return to Miami, but it was for WQAM (560-Tiger
Radio). I had graduated from high school down there
and my girlfriend was still down there (I had worked
at WFUN - 790 when I met her). I later worked at
WINZ (when it was rock). As a matter of fact I worked
at a lot of stations down there.
only other station that I worked at in New England
was WFEA in Manchester, before going to WSAI in
Cincinnati. Wow - haven't talked about this in years.
Still do a few commercials from time to time. Wrote
the book 'The Human Legacy' in 2001. Now retired
and living in Kentucky. Keep up the good job.
Stephen W. Morgan (J.L. Long)(e-mail)
February 22, 2012, 8:09PM
Ed. Heard from Lee. Worked with Gary at WPOP, WIOF,
WNLC, WTYD. Wonderful gentleman. Warm regards,
February 22, 2012, 5:11PM
am very sad to report that Gary Girard died at 7:30
this morning at his winter home in Venice, FL.
health apparently took a sudden turn for the worse
late last week and Gary was placed under hospice
care at home. Within a week, he was gone, fortunately
not suffering any pain or indignity.
believe most of you knew Gary or certainly knew
of him. For anyone who didn't. he was the Sales
Manager at WPOP and FM sister station WIOF Magic
104 (later WYSR Star104.1). Gary Girard also fulfilled
a lifelong dream when he built and put on the air
WKCD - CD 107 in Mystic, CT -- the station that
is now WWRX Jammin' 107-7.
called him "Quad G" for "Good Guy Gary Girard."
He was that, and he will be missed. Per Gary's wishes,
no memorial service is planned at this time.
August 27, 2011, 1:43PM
in the 60’s I was an avid listener and a card carrying
member of the Royal Order of The Black Socks. I’m
still wearing only black socks!!
Larry Fisher (e-mail)
August 18, 2012, 11:53AM
you're happy in Radio's after-life.
I've been with Temple University's WRTI-FM/HD/Stream
since 2005. I do a regular Big Band Jazz show Sunday
evenings 7-8pm Also a Vocal Jazz Show on their HD
channel...both of which stream on-line wrti.org.
Those are recorded. PLUS I'm their go-to guy for
fill-ins. By the way, check out our webstite wrti.org.
You can listen on-line and also you can download
an updated picture/bio there to replace that scandalous
photo of me from 1970.
also narrated several audio books for Hachette publishing
out of New York. I record them at a studio close
by. You know, this past week a guy I used to work
with at WBZ during my audio engineer days in 1963
found me when he keyed in Jeff Kaye's name...and
the link from the DRC/bio brought him to me via
WRTI. Strange ! Anyhow, we haven't been in touch
for about 45 years.I haven't been in touch with
Jeff since the late 80's.
the way, do you know of anyone who would have a
copy of the Heller-Ferguson jingles that were on
WBZ in the late 60's? One in particular I'm looking
for is the lengthy 2 minute track that begins..."Boston
listens...BZ while we let the music play...." I
have a copy that I think you made for me, but the
audio drops down midway through. It's one of my
all-time favorites. Thanks,
"It's L U N C H T I M E" Craig (e-mail)
August 7, 2011, 1:32PM
am a relatively old unknown nobody now (always have
been I guess -- LOL) , but I worked in Toledo at
WTOD as Rick Allen, and WOHO as Earl Richards, among
other stations. I had the good fortune to know Sam
Holman while he was GM at WOHO and again while
he was at KNEW In San Francisco. Sam wouldn't hire
me because he thought I was too young at the time,
so I went to WTOD, however I would later work for
know Sam has passed away, but I am trying to find
Bill Hughes, who
was a good friend and my boss (PD & OM) at WTOD.
If anyone knows Bills present address I would appreciate
letting me know so I can contact him. I enjoy listening
to Bill on your site as well as the other airchecks
you have. If you have any other checks of Bill please
advise. He was a very talented individual who deserves
more credit than he was given through the years
while at WTOD.
anyone knows his whereabouts, please contact me.
April 18, 2011, 3:22PM
a stroll down memory lane, looking at your WPOP
page. I used to work there in the mid-80s. My question
is why you have ommitted the entire WPOP period
under Merv Griffen ownership, when it was all news
with a CBC half hour clock format. I was afternoon
drive before I went to KFWB in LA. I still keep
in touch with Lee Gordon and I truly miss the days
at WPOP we were a real family that enjoyed putting
a local produce with network assistance, not the
other way round like it is today. I miss community
oriented radio. -- Now I am with Clear Channel,
and so it goes..
reply: Hi Chris: Thanks for checking in;
I always enjoy hearing from WPOP alumni. As it says
right on the home page, "these pages focus on the
period during which WPOP played music, 1956-1975."
By the time the station went all-news I was living
in New Hampshire and it would have been difficult
to track the changes at that point. We do have some
coverage of the Merv
January 7, 2010, 4:05PM
from Florida! Wanted to update my move from Connecticut
to Florida and found Don Blair and Del Raycee on
the Florida Turnpike. Living in Stuart, FL and those
"boys" chose the west coast of Florida, instead.
My e-mail address has been changed (see below).
Keep doing the great job you have always done to
keep us the "world" connected to great memories
and good fellowship. Have a wonderful 2010 with
health, peace and prosperity. I know from Don that
Ray Somers resides in North Carolina....any word
from Mike Lawless?
(Scott) Goldberg (e-mail)
reply: Unfortunately Mike
Lawless passed away in 1996.
January 6, 2010, 4:05AM
went back to the WPOP web site. Just to update it,
I was employed at WPOP in the summer and fall of
1971 following my senior year at CCSC. We spent
the summer heaving rocks along both shorelines of
the stream that ran between the two towers so as
to try to retard the erosion of the ground-radial
system. Of course after a long hot day heaving the
rocks, Augie Santana, the venerable Chief Engineer,
always had a few six-packs of beer for the three
of us to enjoy at the end of the day. I loved the
pix Jack Ramsey posted on his visit. It brought
back so many memories of the gates BC-5P2 and especially
of the Westinghouse 5HV. Even though I was driving
an old Volkswagen, I always knew when the Westinghouse
was on the air. It had a spectacular low end response
and really “boomed!”
too bad the Media Gang in Boston didn’t have a fall
get-together this past year. I enjoyed meeting you
at last year’s (2008) gathering. I may try to make
this coming spring’s gathering if there is one.
But working overnights at channels 7 and 56 in Boston
does take its toll on sleep. Please give my regards
to wild Bill Hennessey the next time you see him!
regards and please keep up the good work on the
WPOP and WDRC webpages.
Sr. Engineer / Air operations
WHDH-TV 7-NBC / WLVI-TV CW-56
Boston, MA (e-mail)
December 31, 2009, 3:06PM
leaving WTIC in 1977 I worked evenings and weekends
for six months at WPOP (Feb. - Aug. 1978) as a news
anchor. It was part time for purposes of supplementing
my income. If you think I qualify I would like to
be listed on your web site.
December 12, 2009, 7:03PM
that I'm all enthused again about Ron and his Rattltones,
is there any place to get a CD with that song on
it? I can't find it anywhere. Thanks. Oh the memories!
New Britain (e-mail)
November 13, 2009, 9:55PM
wrote to you a long time ago about your great website
on the vintage WPOP. I had mentioned that POP initially
affiliated with CBS when it switched to all news;
WTIC would then drop NBC and switch to CBS, and
POP had to switch to NBC. Your site does not mention
the CBS affiliation, but I do remember it. For reference,
I found a link to Christopher
Simon, who worked there during the CBS era.
He makes mention of the affiliation. In addition,
in the 1979 movie "PROMISES IN THE DARK," Marsha
Mason plays a doctor who has a scene driving on
the Hartford highways, and is listening to WPOP
with the CBS new theme (familiar on WCBS-AM). Check
reply: I don't dispute Stuart's information
but as it says on our home page, "these pages
focus on the period during which WPOP
played music, 1956-1975."
July 27, 2009, 2:40PM
name is Jack Borden (note en). Hired at WONS (pre
WPOP)--then at 54 Pratt St.---"upstairs". That was
'53. It was then owned by General Tire & Rubber
which also owned WNAC Boston. Morphed to Ch 18 Hartford
when Gen Tire joined with WTHT (Hartford Times)
to start up Ch 18 Hartford which in '56 became a
CBS 0&0. I'll pick it up from there if anyone out
there really cares.
still above room tempereature albeit pushing 82.
My phone # is 508-479-0073. I'd welcome a call.
all-time most talented person ever to work at WPOP
was Dick Brown. How many out there remember Dick?
If it weren't for 3 packs/day of Luckies he'd still
be around--making Howard Stern and Imus sound like
fuzz-faced amateurs on a (small) college station.
haven't read all of the info on the POP site--yet.
I've not read any article that does a good job telling
the story of "early" Hartford radio & TV.
you want to give it a try I'll do all I can to assist
in pointing you toward some of the still-living
left Hartford after Travelers got Ch 3--and snuffed
out Ch 18. CBS didn't need a calculator to conclude
they could make more money airing their pgms through
a max power V than they could owning a limited range
U! They just folded the place in Oct '58 and were
going to donate all the equiptment to the City of
Stamford where they owned a vaccuum tube (remember
them) plant and the city was starting up an educ
channel. At the last minute--a buyer for the station
showed up. The was buyer was.......?
June 14, 2009, 11:02PM
name is geoff bell... my stepdad, hermie dressel,
was a good friend of both ken griffin, and joey
reynolds. hermie was in the 'fun' end of the music
business... playing with alan freed, mging the legendary
KINGSMEN (the same that recorded 'louie,louie')..and
evetnually woody herman.. i just want to clarify
he never was a drummer for woody herman.. a number
of people got that wrong.. he was woody herman's
personal mgr from 1968-1986. he was never his drummer.
i just wanted to clarify that for the 'record'....
Note: Hermie Dressel's name is mentioned
in an interview
with Ken Griffin that can be found here.
March 22, 2009, 8:36PM
enjoyed reading all the greatness experienced by
those who had the pleasure of working at WPOP. Reading
some of the letters, I do remember "Augie" in the
engineering department. I hired Bill Winters as
program director of WCAO in Baltimore in the early
mention of his wife (Marcia Fox) brings back, probably,
the one thing I did as program director at WPOP
and that was....having the Beatles LIVE ON THE AIR
from their suite at the Warwick Hotel. I was in
that suite thanks to my friendship with Rick Sklar
of WABC. The party was in full swing when I noticed
a phone in the corner....decided to call the station
and called Kenny Griffin - told him I would get
the Beatles on the air...and I did, though it was
difficult because of all the noise in the room.
Sunday, I had a field pass for the Beatles Shea
Stadium concert (again thanks to my buddy Rick Sklar.)
WPOP fans called me "The Leader." Naturally, there
was a phone in the dugout and I wondered whether
I could dial long distance. I did and gave a report
on the air and told "Tony the Tiger" to record it
while the Beatles were singing in the background.
I returned to Hartford - with Ken Griffin - we aired
a special called "The Beatles are Alive." Lou Morton,
Lou Terri (a wonderful guy), Roy Cooper and the
very talented George Brewer formed a great team
with Kenny Griffin at night.
web site and great recollections.
March 9, 2009, 5:17PM
Love here. I'm still in the same place doing
the same shift where I've been for the last
SEVENTEEN years-WKDQ in Evansville, Indiana.
have attached a couple of pictures that may
be of interest. There's one of me as I appear
today at age 66 but there's another that is
actually interesting - three actual radio
legends in one place. It's the WPOP "bossjock
bossketball team" sitting in the middle
of the gym floor at Pulaski High during a
basketball game against the Pulaski faculty.
I'm facing the camera with my psycadelic warm-up
still on. Dickie Heatherton is on my left,
Steve O'Brian is squatting and Dan Clayton
in leaning over us. The other starter- Alan
King - is most likely in the hall taking a
have a personal
website that may have some things of interest.
There are some old air checks and pictures.
again Ed for developing the WPOP site. I love
March 1, 2009, 11:06PM
rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated,
to quote another well known denizen of Hartford,
limited bio info under may air name is completely
wrong except for the dates I worked the overnight
for first Art (Wanderlich) Wander who came in as
PD and for Ev Wren who succeeded him. Actually I
had a previous history with WPOP doing Sunday nights
6 to midnight from fall 1962 until spring of 1963
as a part timer. I was on right before Johnny "Alligator"
Argo. The shift was broken up by an r&b gospel show
at 8:30 for a half hour and a few other taped features
played from the transmitter. Turnover was so great
that I was third in seniority in the AFTRA shop
behind Don Blair and Paul Smith (nee Saul Stockman)
both in news. I know Paul went on to all news 1010
WINS in New York but don't know if he's related
to the WJR morning talker at WJR. Don I tracked
as far as Mutual, and was delighted to learn from
your notes that he is alive and well in Venice FL
retired from a distinguished career. I also did
daylight fillins when anyone was ill and was there
the day that Morton "Doc" Downey had his heart attack
on the air during the morning show, filling in PM
drive for Bob "Booby Scoo" Scott. Paul told me he
heard the dead air, and was standing straddling
Downey's slumped form segging 45s while the ambulance
crew attended to him! Fortunately the always smiley
"Doc," son of the singer Morton Downey, survived
and went on to a notable TV career in a confrontational
manner quite unlike his friendly, cheery dispostion
to his co-workers. Fourth in seniority was Gary
Girard who was hired a couple of days after me to
do the Saturday night trick, remaining a weekend
warrior for several years. He, and Lou (Gualterri)
Terri were the only ones I knew when I was hired
back post graduation at a whopping $15 a week more
than I was making at WTOR, Torrington which was
where I grew up as a teen...a boon for me in 1964
when I got my first phone to ensure all the part
time work I wanted while I finished up at the University
I digress. In 1962 the station was owned by Telebroadcasters
with all of the music programmed out of KUDL in
Kansas City and sent to us on typed lists to play.
They were very out of touch with the East Coast
music trends, forcing us to be a couple of weeks
out of date on our playlists...perhaps anticipating
the recurrent inadvertantly.
Wander came down from WOLF in Syracuse and introduced
a Rick Sklar imitative programming format that kept
us just a little below WDRC in the ratings behind
the Travelers behemoth on 1080 owning the market
thanks to Bob Steele, Ross Miller and 50kw. Nice
guys by the way.
I took the overnight 12-6 (and occasionally 8 when
they needed legal coverage in engineering...I had
to join IBEW as well as AFTRA and worked combo,
an economy measure that enhanced my value to Joe
Amaturo who owned the station then). I often worked
in a small studio in the back of the building to
give me clear line of sight on the meters when we
used the alternate main. The station had moved its
studios out to Newington by then. But I got married
in the fall of 1965 and wanted off the graveyard
to get to sleep with my wife! So I left to go to
WHAY which has just changed over to beautiful music
WRCH...Rich Radio. I was there when they moved out
along route six from in town New Britain. Left there
to go back to WTOR at a lot more money...then onward
to WORC and later WAAB in Worcester MA in 1968.
to PA and worked in automotive accounting for a
few years, then taking over PM drive jock in 1971
for WSBA, flagship of the Susquehanna chain in 1971,
became excited by the award winning news dept and
shifted there in 1972, went to part time in 1973
to pursue a business masters and try to make some
real money (with little success) in computer sales
with Burroughs then back to automotive accounting
and then a second tour in news with WSBA (5k/1k
da2 910khz) from 1976 to 1978 (Also did some part
time there in news in 1989).
1978 to 1984 I did Saturday nites at WHYL 5kw days
(only) on 960 in Carlisle PA while running a small
printing business I owned. Pinched for funds, I
joined WHGB (formerly WFEC) doing mid days, then
news director (mornings) and finally PM drive. 2
tours there, interrupted by work in stockbrokerage.
A lot of part time for WGET 1320 (1k/500w DA) in
Gettysburg PA while spending several years running
the office at a small brokerage. Hit my nadir doing
telemarketing for a few years. Since 2006 with WIOO
(1kw-D on 1000 khz Carlisle PA) doing first part
times then 2 years AM drive in classic country format.
Simuled on WEEO-AM 1480 460w day/9 w nite in Shippensburg,
PA which feeds an FM translator at 93.9 with an
amazingly potent 80 watts. Hope to be on the air
with a similar translator at 97.9 for Carlisle sometime
this summer. I run the news operations (sans budget
or staff of course...this is small town radio) as
well as jocking 6-10. Whispering Bill Anderson didn't
miss it by much...but we do a professional job and
serve the heck out of the community.
for 1971 jocking at WSBA I haven't used the Stan
Douglas monicker since WPOP. It's too hard to explain
who you are when you talk with a news source you
also know off air.
let the world know this is one Good Guy who really
isn't dead...yet. I'm looking forward
to perusing more of this site I just stumbled upon
for the first time tonite.
for the update on so many co workers I've lost touch
with over the years! Now if I could only find Alan
Field (nee Irwin Fenster) who mentored me at WTOR
before moving on to WITH and WCAO in Baltimore.
Lost track of him after about 1963. Anyone have
word of him? Married to a pretty young think named
Lu before moving on and a strong interest in jazz.
Senior (aka Stan Douglas) (e-mail)
August 23, 2008, 1:22PM
it been 50 years? Time really flies when you're
was in high school during the 60's and listened
to both WPOP and WDRC. Back then, I never would
have guessed that I would go on to work at both
stations as well as WHCN, WMRQ, WTMI and WCCC.
time to time, I run into broadcast colleagues at
the bank, concerts and restaurants, however the
50th reunion brought out folks that have retired
or are now working away from CT. There was so much
talent and history to be shared at the reunion,
it boggles my mind.
think radio people are competitors and there may
be a degree of truth to that. However, I've found
radio, tv and sports broadcasters, engineers and
sales folks to be warmest, friendliest and most
creative people I've ever met.
big heart felt thanks to Lee Gordon for being the
agent provocateur and keeper of the flame. Please,
let's... "Do it again, in twenty-ten". (Cue music
Crossen (aka Beef Stew & Sir Stew)
106.9 WCCC - WTMI 1290 AM Hartford, CT (e-mail)
August 22, 2008, 7:32PM
need to add me to the WPOP page. I worked there
33 years ago for Dick Springfield, Paul Bessette
and Bob Gruskay. I was in sales and did some production.
I was at WPOP for about a year then went to WCCC
to work with Howard Stern and Sy Dresner. I also
lasted about a year there, then went to TV30 to
work with Howard Wry, Phil Mikan and Mike Watt.
Those were the good old days.
August 12, 2008, 10:36AM
was involved with WPOP in the summer before it went
all talk. My mom, Joan Giucastro worked in the office,
and married Doc Fidler, station GM. The Amaturo
Group moved us to St Louis in 1975, after the station
was sold. My mom and Doc turned a pop hits station...KGRV,
into KISS radio...easy listening, which in turn
turned it into an all computerized rap station,
MAJIC 108. That last summer at WPOP was the best.
Every Saturday I got to sit in the receptionist
seat and take requests and high school football
scores and give them to the jocks. Mostly Frank
Holler...who called me voluptous Vicki....I was
13!! I loved Go magazine....I still have a couple
of copies somewhere. We had a ding a ling contest
that I had to give prizes for...in honor of Chuck
Berry's song. That was fun. And I remember the day
Bob Paiva called me in to his little office and
asked me if I liked a particular song. It turned
out to be.."It Never Rains In Southern California."
WPOP got some kind of award for being the fist station
in the country to play it. I was very cool and suave
in school because my parents worked at the number
one rock station in the area. I remember when Jim
Croce came to the station for a mini concert. He
played "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" for the first
time in front of an audience right there in the
conference room. The next summer it was a hit. How
cool was that? Anyway, thanks for all the great
memories with this website....it's awesome!
Giucastro Simon (e-mail)
June 5, 2008, 7:32AM
fun! My e-mail is below, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Rock on. Holler and I used to call POP the "Boss
of Newington", or was that New England?
June 4, 2008, 7:25PM
is an update on me. I will officially retire from
radio on June 30th, 2008. Forty-seven years in the
biz; 30 in country radio.
I remember the day so well when Kennedy was shot.
I had just gotten off the air at 10AM, and was sitting
in Doug China's (Charlie Douglas now) office. Can't
remember if he was in the office or not. He usually
followed me on the air from 10-12. Anyhow, our news
director ran in (can't for the life of me remember
his name; this was 1963; you might be able to look
it up). He said "something strange is going on.
UPI (might have been AP) was sending down their
usual batch of mid-day RECIPES, and somebody on
the line kept interrupting with the word "BUST";
happened several times. Finally, they stopped recipes
to find out what the bust was, and that was when
we first heard that Kennedy had been shot. Went
home (at that time, my wife and I lived near Hartford
H.S.) and started watching the coverage on TV. Next
morning, it was classical music; nothing but classical
after Kennedy died. That was on a Friday. All weekend,
my wife and I kept up with the coverage on TV. We
finally went to bed late Saturday night, as I recall,
to get some sleep. Imagine our surprise when we
got up on Sunday morning and Jack Ruby had shot
Oswald. At first, we couldn't figure out what the
hell was going on....it was surreal, to say the
Sorry we can't make the reunion.
Tom Allen (e-mail)
May 30, 2008, 2:55AM
in 2005 we decided to commemorate the 30th anniversary
of the end of rock 'n roll on WPOP with a little
impromptu get-together. It was so much fun, we decided
we ought to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
beginning of rock 'n roll on 'POP -- whenever that
was. The nearest anyone could figure, that transition
took place in 1958 so this is the year.
upon an earlier survey, it has been decided that
the best time to hold our 50th Anniversary Reunion
would be late summer, but not too close to Labor
Day. So, barring widespread protest, the date will
be Saturday, August 16, 2008 at a location
to be determined. Once we have a good idea how many
people plan to attend, we'll pick a place and send
out an announcement. Most likely we'll choose an
outdoor venue as well as an indoor alternative in
case of bad weather.
this time there is no agenda, no special program,
no audio-visual presentation or anything else requiring
special preparation, unless somebody wants to volunteer
to put something together. It's just going to be
old (and not so old) radio people getting together,
swapping war stories, reminiscing about the good
old days, and renewing old acquaintances or making
mythical anniversary of rock on WPOP is the catalyst
for this event, and we'd like to see as many WPOP
veterans as possible, but this is by no means limited
to "Good Guys" and their ilk. Anyone who worked
at WPOP or any of its sister stations -- WIOF, WYSR,
WMRQ, WHCN, WKSS, WWYZ, WPHH, WURH -- is invited.
But why stop there? Anyone who worked in radio or
TV in Connecticut or Western Massachusetts, or is
pals with someone who did is encouraged to join
in. And if you know someone who fits the above criteria,
spread the word.
there you have it. You have about two and a half
months to clear your calendar and make your travel
plans. Once you are reasonably sure you can make
it or you can't, please let me know (either way)
so we can figure out where to hold this extravaganza.
And if you'd like to volunteer to help out, you
are more than welcome. Hope to see you there.
Gordon, Reunion Committee Member (e-mail)
April 22, 2008, 7:39PM
now lookin' around and , somehow , you know how
it is, WPOP and me.. cool , you know what especially
caught my attention ? When I moused over the picture..The
picture changed ........... Then and now ( more
or less ) Now here is my ? to you ......
one of these Guy's would you rather hang out with
?..... Ahh..... Hartford... Of Course .... Her Name
Was Jennie Alexandria ...............
Baby Simms (e-mail)
April 22, 2008, 9:30AM
NAME IS GEOFF BELL. I GREW UP IN AND AROUND RADIO
IN THE GREATER HARTFORD AREA...I WAS VIRTUALLY RAISED
AT WHAY (LATER WRCH etc..) FROM 1957 TO 1969. OVER
THAT 12 YEAR PERIOD, MY DAD, CHARLIE BELL WORKED
AT THE STATION IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES (MANAGERIAL
& SALES). I KNEW ALOT OF THE "ORIGINAL" CREW IN
THOSE DAYS WHEN IT WAS LOVINGLY REFERRED TO AS "MUSIC
MANSION." MY STEPDAD, HERMIE DRESSEL, ALSO WORKED
THERE. HE HAD A JAZZ SHOW, AND WAS THEIR PROGRAM
/ MUSIC DIRECTOR.
FAR AS WHEN & WHERE...THE STATION WAS AT 22 GROVE
HILL UNTIL (+/-) FEB. 1966. I BELIEVE THE FM-STEREO
(100.5) WAS MAYBE '65 (?) AND MOVED TO FARMINGTON
IN 1966. I REMEMBER THE MOVE AND KNOW FOR A FACT
THEY WERE AT LEAST THERE BY THE SPRING / SUMMER
OF 1966. I USED TO GO TO THE STATION WITH MY DAD
ON SATURDAY MORNINGS THEN, & I GOT "RAIN" & "YELLOW
SUBMARINE" FROM THERE IN 1966, IN FARMINGTON.
WAS A GREAT PLACE TO GROW UP...FOND MEMORIES OF
THE CREW, AND GETTING STACKS OF 45 RPM RECORDS FROM
THE LATE 50's TO LATE 60's. THEY DIDNT PLAY ALOT
OF WHAT CAME IN SO I GOT LOTS OF HITS ALL MARKED
"PROMO." LOTS OF BOB DYLAN, PAUL REVERE & THE
RAIDERS, AND PETER, PAUL & MARY.
IS EVERY RECORD COLECTOR'S DREAM. ONE SUMMER DAY
IN 1967, MY DAD LET ME LOOSE IN THE RECORD LIBRARY
AND SAID: "OK, FROM HERE DOWN, ANYTHING YOU WANT."
WELL NEEDLESS TO SAY, THERE WERE SHELVES OF ALBUMS
& 45's THAT NEEDED A NEW HOME AND WHAT HOME BETTER
THAN MINE? EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF: "THE VELVET
UNDERGROUND", TO THE "LOVIN' SPOONFUL,", TO THE
"BYRDS".. AND EVERYTHING ASIDE & IN BETWEEN. TWO
REAL "STAND OUTS:" AN ORIGINAL 'D.J. COPY' OF "LISTEN
TO ME" BY BUDDY HOLLY ON CORAL W/ A BLUE LABEL.
I STILL HAVE IT AND THE FIRST MONKEES SINGLE W/
PROMO MATERIAL & PICTURE SLEEVE...AND OF COURSE,
AGAIN, TWO SINGLES BY THE BEATLES!!!
FUNNY WHEN I DRIVE ON GROVE HILL TODAY, I CAN STILL
IMAGINE THE STATION THERE. ALL THE CREW IS GONE
& MOVED ON BUT THE MEMORIES ARE FOREVER!!!!! I REMEMBER
WHEN THE HOUND WAS ON WHAY. MY DAD KNEW GEORGE LORENZ
THOUGHT I'D SAY HELLO, AND ADD MY MEMORIES. AS I
CAN REMEMBER I BELIEVE THE CALL LETTERS STOOD FOR
"What's Happening Around You."
April 20, 2008, 10:33PM
you so much for writing, I am so sorry that its
taken me so long to write back but I have been swamped,
as you can imagine.
you for your kind words, its really great to read
your posting on the site. Its really awesome that
he inspired you as much as he did us. I know he
really appreciated those with the same love for
was an amazing man & father - and as you know he
had a great memory.. amongst other fantastic traits.
I hope you are doing well, we are just trying to
swim through our sea of emotions over here.
March 29, 2008, 7:40PM
your sites are great. Jack Armstrong was the best
and he is sadly missed. I remember him most from
WPOP and WKBW. Anyone who wants to SEE Jack as he
was should check out the nine minute clip on YOUTUBE
from the WIXY 1988 Reunion Weekend. He is awesome
there as he always was. YOUR LEADER will live on
here and everywhere reminding us all what was so
good about Radio not so long ago.
March 27, 2008, 3:30PM
The guy was one of the best I'd ever heard. Though
I followed him at POP, I first heard "Jackson W.
Armstrong" when he was doing nights on WKYC in Cleveland.
I was a kid in Kansas City (which was DX heaven,
being in the middle of the country) and heard him
blasting through the night. First song: Everlasting
Love" by Robert Knight (not the redo by Carl Carlton)
I also caught him in Denver when he was at KTLK.
March 26, 2008, 10:07AM
I still can't believe our leader is gone. Jack was
one of the greatest. I stole a lot of stuff from
him in my early days in the biz. God Bless you Jackson!
March 24, 2008, 8:31PM
A HUGE loss for all that knew him. Personally..I
knew him from 1968 with WPOP-Hartford...Ken Wolt
had the vision to get him on the air. What a guy!
Thanks for the great radio Jackson...we'll watch
the gorilla for you:)
March 24, 2008, 7:13PM
I met Jack in SF when he was at KFRC..nice guy.
I knew his work, he was great but I didn't know
till now that he worked at POP.
March 24, 2008, 6:54PM
really hit home here. Jack Armstrong was my hero
and THE REAL NEAL had a lot of Jack Armstrong in
the way, I am doing mornings on XTRA 99 in Gloucester,
play by play sports on WLQM and am the track announcer
at Langley Speedway in Hampton.
Neal Steele (e-mail)
March 24, 2008, 5:51PM
hi ed.. thanks for sending that along.. (jack armstrong)
was one of my early influences, and i am so sad
i never got to meet him.. thanks for keeping the
site going.. great memories..
February 26, 2008, 2:46PM
Anyone know where I can find the first 2 WPOP albums
(Pop Explosion and Hear Here) or who might have
them available for sale? My aunt had given those
2 records to my Mom back in the early 70s and I
recall them fondly growing up in New Britain. I
remember the little station on Cedar Street especially
when walking down the train tracks between there
and Twin City Plaza on the New Britain/Newington
line. I still have a turntable and would enjoy hearing
them again but I am also planning on using the album
cover art as part of a display on a wall in our
new addition. Wonderful memories. Thanks for having
such a terrific website..
reply: I see these all the time on Ebay; anyone
have a copy they want to sell to Bob?
January 9, 2008, 9:10AM
Hey, nice web site. I didn't work at WPOP but was
at WTIC in late 70's and knew lots of the folks
then. Do you have any [way to] trace of one of the
salespeople working then, probably in 1979...young
woman named Nancy Keyes? Would love to track her
last heard she might be married to a guy named Fox
in Pittsfield, but no joy on looking that up. Any
help would be appreciated. Thanks.
32 Taugwonk Spur, A5
Stonington, CT 06378 (e-mail)
reply: Can anyone help Greg?
August 20, 2007, 11:25AM
was still at WHAY in New Britain when the Hound
Dog came to us on tape although we did meet once
or twice but can't say if it was at WPOP or WHAY....most
likely the latter. On occasion he would be in the
studio....late, late...going live but not very often.
His theme, a haunting R&B type instrumental recorded
by a local very good young band, and it was called
the Sound of The Hound....on Candy label...the product
of one of our local record distrubutors....the very
one that made tv deejay Jim Gallant very comfortable
with one of the first color TVs in the area and
a nice Buick convertible and who knows what else.
June 11, 2007, 10:49AM
I'm trying to locate Barbara Bodnar who was with
WPOP in 1968 as Continuity Chief. She worked with
Terry McKay at the same time, according to your
I worked with Barbara at the American Forces Philippines
Network in 1965 and continued to be an Armed Forces
Radio and Television broadcaster until 1997. Appreciate
Richard and Nutam Walters
Parker, CO (e-mail)
response: Barbara Bodnar Linden lives in West Hartford
April 13, 2007, 10:12PM
Just checking in with an update. In August, 2006,
I sold WLMI (FM), in Kane, the icebox of Pennsylvania.
I have since retired to Lancaster, PA, where the
alarm does not go off at 4:50 am. I'm not doing
any radio now, but don't rule it out. I love visiting
your website, because it brings back so many (mostly)
Chuck Crouse (e-mail)
March 7, 2007, 8:28PM
I just found your website and was glad to get information
Winter's career. I noticed in his bio, that
his time at WALT in Tampa, Florida was not mentioned.
He went to WALT after he left WHAP in Hopewell,
VA and worked for Dick Oppenheimer at both stations.
Bill did such a great job at WHAP that Mr. Oppenheimer
asked him to come to Tampa with him. After WALT,
Bill went to WLCY in St. Petersburg, Florida.
met him in 1961 in Hopewell, VA. He was a very talented
young man. It is sad that his life ended so early.
It was great to see the picture of him. He hadn't
changed a bit from the time that I knew him. Thanks
for the memories.
November 28, 2006, 2:55PM
Ed!! Excellent work (as usual)!!!!
talking with with Del Raycee over the weekend and
giving it some thought, I was coming to the same
conclusion that you did...that the move to "Top
Forty" at WPOP was an evolutionary process from
'56 to '59.
last newspaper ad that you mentioned from January
of 1959 still has a thing called "Connecticut Ballroom"
which to me sounds suspiciously like a "Big Band"
segment. That, along with the Yankee Network Food
Show, indicates to me that this still wasn't Top
Forty in its purest form.
me "Top Forty" means playing the most popular songs
from a tight playlist over and over again in a defined
format. I'm thinking along the lines of the format
invented by Todd Storz and Gordon McClendon. This
is the team type Top 40 format where all the air
personalities worked together as a branded group
like "Good Guys" or "All Americans."
1959 stations around the country were copying the
Storz-McClendon format and I'm sure WPOP did the
same. I'm from Long Island and the earliest version
of this format that I remember was WMGM in NYC around
1958. WINS was playing some rock but the format
definitely didn't meet the definition described
I find some time over the holidays, I'm going to
go to the Hartford Public Library and look through
the 1959 editions of the Hartford Courant. Maybe
I'll come across a screaming headline...."WPOP Adopts
Top 40 Format."
Whitney (Da Judge) (e-mail)
November 17, 2006, 7:44PM
just tripped over this site, and I am digging it-so
now live in ATLANTA-family of 5...
I was raised on the New Britain - Newington border.
I would ride my bike down to WPOP quite a bit...the
joint was like MECCA for me...
was more of a WPOP fan than WDRC...BIG fan of GRIFFIN,
am sending your site to a number of friends who
would truly enjoy this!...
cant begin to tell you how wonderful this site is.
Life was sure simpler back then...and I feel almost
transposed with thoughts of my 9 volt transistor
and my family...(not in that order...well, maybe
in that order!)...
THANKS AGAIN-this is tremendous!
September 21, 2006, 9:08PM
was reading the Crumpet
Caper page, and I don't remember there being
a fued involved..but it was a long time ago. I do
remember I was drafted to be an agent because they
were running out of trips to London and they thought
a newsman would be more difficult to figure out
than a jock. For your edification, and use in the
website if you would like, I submit my column from
the December 12, 1997 Kenner Star (New Orleans
WITH “FATHER CLANCY"
As a good Catholic boy, I am aware that many mothers
of same, at one time or another, think about their
sons becoming priests. Frankly, my mother never
mentioned the subject to me, but I have always wondered
what she would have thought about one episode of
my life that gave me a chance to see things from
the other side of the collar.
the late 1960's I toiled for a radio station in
Hartford, Connecticut, WPOP. (It’s now an all talk
station, although at the time we were rock and roll
oldies. It sort of brings to mind the inexplicable
use of the name “Jazz” in Utah. But I digress).
brilliant marketing mind at the station decided
we were we going to conduct a listener contest called
“The Crumpet Caper,” and the grand prize would be
an all expenses paid trip to London, England. (Incidentally,
we were not aware until the contest was well underway
that the term “crumpet” was not used in mixed company
in England, although by today’s standards its probably
seems that all the listeners had to do was listen
for clues to the whereabouts of a WPOP “personality.”
“Personality,” meant DJ, disc jockey, on-air talent,
celebrity, etc. It certainly did not mean “newsman.”
it transpired that either our listeners were extremely
crafty, or our clues were extremely easy. I suspected
the latter. We apparently had only four trips to
London to give away and in less than two weeks we
had three winners. The brass was very nervous. These
contests are supposed to last several weeks to cover
the ratings period. Ratings periods were important
to us because they determined who was number one
in the market and who was dog meat. The WPOP plan
was to use the lavish giveaway to boost the station
from dog meat status. But if your contest is over
in two weeks, the listeners no longer have a unique
reason to listen to your station, and go back to
the one they tuned in before your contest came along.
program director came to me and said, “Ed, we have
a problem. We’re running out of personalities. I
want you to disappear for a few days and be a ‘mystery
I’m a newsman, not an airhead air personality!”
pay you extra.”
always worked with me. I disappeared. Barbara Bodnar,
the lady who was organizing the contest, came to
me and asked, “What do you want to be?”
“Be?” I replied.
disguise to you want?”
decided I wanted to be a Catholic priest. I don’t
know why, but I was intrigued with being someone
I knew I could never really be. And so, Father Clancy
I was obliged by the rules of the contest to use
only public transportation, one of our conspirators
borrowed a friend’s taxi cab and I was chauffeured
all over the Insurance City in a faded orange contraption.
I was able to stay in the best hotels (no private
homes), and at regular intervals I phoned the radio
station to give a new clue. These clues, by the
way were so vague and useless that we were able
to stretch the contest out for a couple of weeks.
stint as a Catholic priest was one of the more enlightening
periods of my life. I remember how, when I would
walk into a store or restaurant, eyes would turn,
ladies would smile, children would giggle and people
would take a step back to let the “priest” come
I walked down the street, middle aged women would
come up to me and say, “Bless you Father.” It dawned
on me then that I better not get caught doing anything
was rather good at holding my own whenever I became
involved in any theological discussion. It’s amazing
how many people want to talk religion when you’re
a priest. But I almost lost it when a woman came
running up to me wanting me to hear her confession.
I started to panic. I hadn’t prepared for this one,
and had no idea what to do. Finally I mumbled something
about being a “beginner,” and not licensed to hear
confessions. I escorted her to the nearest Catholic
church and into the confessional. Luckily the green
light was on.
most memorable moment, however, was when I was sitting
in the back of the taxi, and a drunk staggered over
to the cab. He peered into the back window, putting
his nose right up on the glass, and yelled as loud
as he could, “GOD BLESS YOU, FATHER. KEEP UP THE
GOOD WORK. IT’S TOO LATE TO HELP ME.” And he stumbled
down the street.
told Barbara I wanted out. I was not cut out to
be a priest. So we started making the clues a little
easier and finally got a winner. I seem to remember
a gorgeous young woman coming up to me yelling,
“I found Ed Clancy! I found Ed Clancy!” It was at
that moment I was truly sorry I was a priest.
experience taught me a lot of things, but chief
among them: being a priest is a lot more than wafers
and wine. It’s committing yourself and your soul
to other people, sometimes not so savory people.
It’s not like radio, where you go on the air, do
your show or report your news, put in five or six
hours and go home. I learned that when you’re a
priest, you’re “on” 24 hours a day. And your audience
is literally “in your face.”
I finally returned to work the next Monday, Barbara
called me into her office. “You did a great job,
“ she said. I beamed. “Next week you’re a Monsignor.”
I think if we hadn’t run out of free trips to London,
I would have been.
August 27, 2006, 12:51AM
Addressed to Lee
name is Rosemarie Thibeault and Augie Santana was
my dad. Having Goggled my dad's name I came across
your lovely tribute to my dad. I cannot tell you
how very much those words meant to myself and the
rest of his family who loved him so very much and
are still having a hard time believing that he has
left us. My dad was indeed a wonderful man and I
do not know of anyone who ever met him that didn't
like him. My children and grandchildren just adored
him, he was their Pop.
the time he spent with his family he was happiest
down at the station, he just lived and breathed
that building. I remember as a youngster going down
there in the evenings when he was working on some
project or another to have dinner as a family. When
my brothers were maybe 10 and 12 he would take them
along with him on the weekends to rebuild the catwalks
that led to the towers. They would come back dirty,
wet and tired but so happy!
quote you mentioned; How goes the battle for men's
minds and women's bodies was one of his favorite.
The last time I heard it was about a month before
he passed. I had gone to see him at the end of a
very long day and seeing the weariness on my face
he said,"So Sissy, (his pet name for me), how goes
the battle for men's minds and women's bodies! He
knew it always brought a smile to my face. Please
have no doubt that although his obit may have been
brief it wasn't out of lack of respect but simply
due to shock. We were in no way ready for him to
leave us. I would like to reassure every one knew
him that he went peacefully and without pain. All
of us who loved him were able to say good-bye and
tell him it was okay to go, that we would be alright.
The picture we put in the paper is our favorite,
if you could view the whole photo you would see
that it was taken at the station. He was sitting
at one of the consoles with a mike in front of him.
Once again I would like to say thank you for your
kind words, they meant a lot to us.
Rose Thibeault (e-mail)
July 21, 2006, 11:53AM
I have just become acquainted with the WPOP website,
and saw the list of former talent, plus a picture
(?) of myself. Jack "Brooks" was NOT a Korean War
Veteran. He was a World War II vet who served in
Korea in 1945 and 1956, first as a heavy weapons
specialist, but later as the morning man on Armed
Forces Radio, Souel, Korea. There he was the "Jack
the Bellboy". Returned from Korea, back to school,
on to WWNH, Rochester, NH, then to WCCC where he
worked for 9 years before joining WPOP. He was hired
by Del Raycee and Zoppi, and worked along with Don
Blair, Morton "Doc" Downey, Jr., Joey Reynolds,
Lou Terri and in the newsroom Paul Scott (Stockman),
John Swope, Mike Lawless and Mike McClellan. I was
in the newsroom when the first Kennedy assassination
bulletin came in. Lou Terri was on the air.
got everything else right. Sorry about the photo.
It obviously was a copy of a copy of a copy of a
promotional shot in the days when WPOP used me to
sell to the advertisers.
Brooks (Broitman) (e-mail)
June 19, 2006, 1:40PM
Dick Heatherton was the "King of Kielbasa Country".
Ken Griffin used to play requests for "New Britski"
Uncle Johnny (e-mail)
June 16, 2006, 5:19AM
and the memories started coming back...
anyone know which DJ claimed the title "King of
Kielbasa Country" and was he the same one who called
"New Britski, the white sox capital of the world?"
...Spots for "Flingo East and Flingo West."
finally, is there a roving copy of Joey Reynolds's
"Wild Weekend" which he scarfed from WKBW when he
know, I could never tell that WPOP was a 5Kw'er
and WDRC was a 50. We just kept popping the car
radio buttons for the best tunes. Thanks for the
Kolakowski WESX 1230 AM (2003-2006) (e-mail)
May 26, 2006, 6:08AM
Has any heard from or know the whereabouts of Linc
Holmes? I know a close relative that is looking
May 22, 2006, 8:58AM
just came across the WPOP website. I worked as an
engineer at the xmtr in Newington from about April
1956 to Oct 1958 and then again from Oct 1962 to
about March 1964. I was in the USCG from Oct 58
to Oct 62.
remember Phil Zoppi (station Manager), Lou Terri
(DJ), Doug Ward (DJ), Mike Lawless (DJ) and the
engineers Rogers Holt (Chief Eng), Chuck Ripley,
Auggie Santana, Jim Geer, Lew House, Wayne Mulligan
and Don Muckle (Chief Eng - replaced Holt).
I first started working at the xmtr in early 1956
I was only 19 years old. It was quit a thrill working
at a ROCK station. Some of the DJ's would refer
to me as the "teenage" engineer.
remember one Sunday morning when I opened up at
the xmtr (we were not 24 hrs then). We had been
on the air for about 2 or 3 hours when a minister
of one of the Hartford churches delivered a tape
recording I was to play later on that day. It was
a very windy day and the wind slammed the door and
the vibration knocked us off the air. All sorts
of lights started flashing and relays banging. It
turned out that one of the 891R modulator tubes
shorted out. It had about 10000 hrs on it so I guess
it was about time.
have fond memories of those days. I didn't find
out about the reunion until is was over. I'm sorry
I missed it.
November 22, 2005, 9:58PM
We looked up Zoppi and found your site, if you notice,
when you search Zoppi , some clown my dad hired
,refers to him as a affable sales- type with MAFIA
UNDERTONES. IF YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW HIM I'D SURE LIKE
TO SUE HIS ASS. MR. ZOPPI PASSED AWAY AT AGE 62
, JULY 1978 . MAKING WPOP A SUCESS WAS NO EASY TASK
, AND TO CONTROL THAT LIST OF DJ'S DURING THAT TIME
PERIOD WAS A STATION MANAGERS NIGHTMARE .
November 13, 2005, 1:46PM
everything is well up there in the Great White North.
I don't mean to rub it in (well, maybe just a little),
but it's sunny and about 80 here in Florida.
just wanted to keep you updated. I have an new web
site. My old site is still up on the web, but
it has no demos on it, so therefore is useless.
strictly doing my VO business now, and building
a nice client base. It's really amazing what can
be done these does with the internet. I just finished
the first spot of a campaign for a client in South
I did a spot a while ago for Radio Disney for a
children's book character called Captain Underpants.
Aahhh, the things we do to make a living. Again,
I hope all is well, and keep me posted on any big
changes up there (IE: reunions, etc.).
October 31, 2005, 8:47PM
job on the WPOP Website. I enjoyed the articles
and bios on all the POP jocks/staff.
remember listening to WPOP when my brother was the
Program Director. I would also listen to their sister
you might want to add WFAN/NEW YORK CITY for the
bio on Lance Christian. I remember hearing him host
a few shows on WFAN several years ago using the
name Sebastian. Keep up the great work.
came across the reunion notice via the WDRCOBG website.
I worked at 'POP in 1971 right out of CCSC for about
6 months as an engineer with Augie Santana as chief.
I remember we spent the better part of the summer
heaving rocks in the brook between the two towers
in Newington to shore up the embankments to prevent
further erosion of the ground radial system. I hope
Augie is still around, and if so, please give him
my best regards. I do remember those days quite
vividly, with the Gates BC5P2 main transmitter and
the old Westinghouse 5HV which had a real sweet
sound. Given the somewhat short notice, I don't
think I'm going to be able to attend, but if Augie
or even if Doug Wardwell makes it, please give them
my warmest regards. I'm going to have to look up
Doug in Rhode Island one of these days! He was my
"boss" at CCSC-TV for a few years!
my days at 'POP, I've been at (the old channel 27)
WSMW-TV in Worcester, (the old channel 6) WTEV in
New Bedford, MA, and for the past 26+ years here
at channel 7 (now WHDH) in Boston and have survived
three owners so far!
1410 is still alive and well and hope the reunion
goes well too!
Cohn, Senior Engineer / Air Operations WHDH-TV Boston
May 29, 2005, 2:11PM
the trip 'down memory lane' today as I sit way out
here in Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs area). I
used to listen to WPOP in Willimantic where I grew
up and worked for a while there as a reporter for
The Hartford Times while in college.
an old pal of mine named Bob Mills was a WPOP guy
in the mid-60s...think he was on-air, or even sales
for a while?? If anyone knows or recalls Bob (we
used to vall him "General Mills") Mills, he or she
can email me.
Charlie Barrett (e-mail)
Publicist for NBC's THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY
May 18, 2005, 9:06AM
again. Revisiting your WPOP site.....what an awesome
body of work and, for the likes of us, incredibly
interesting. A note or two.
Kal Kolby came to Channel 30 as a news anchor after
Barry Barents....or maybe even to do weekend anchoring....not
positive...but he was there....talked like he had
a mouthful of marbles....but there he was for a
relatively short time. This had to be around 1965...as
I was getting ready to head for NYC. I felt he gave
the channel a real come down.
for the book mention you so kindly give us.....you
might note that Splashdown is about all 31 oceanic
recoveries...not just Apollo 11 although that was
certainly the biggie.
I ever write to tell you that a bandleader, who
appeared at Lake Compounce, wrote a book about his
long career and included a picture of the Hartford
deejay and station personnel crowd in his book....is
still blowing the horn and leading a young big band
down here? Leon Merian lives in or around Sarasota.
We've been to hear him several times and he just
recently played a big band date at our Venice Little
Theater. He's in his early 80's and is the trumpet
heard on the sound track of the film Ben Hur.
Don Blair (e-mail)
April 22, 2005, 1:46PM
Bless you...for thou shalt bring old deejays together
and they shall break bread and recall old times.
Thanks to your untiring efforts.....Bob
(Goldberg) Scott and yours truly were able to
break the bread....breakfast at a popular restaurant
near Hartford (I had flown up to attend a friend's
funeral) and then head back to my daughter's house
for more nostalgia and chuckles. It was a truly
excellent visit and he really promises that next
time he and the wife are in our area they will stop
in. The funeral was for a former member of the rock
band I managed for a few years in the sixties. Thanks
to the practice of having record distributors reps
bring acts to your record hops....Freddie Boom Boom
Cannon heard my "kids" at one of those outings and
decided then and there that they would back him
on his next record...Buzz Buzz A Diddle It....probably
written by Bob Crewe and/or Frank Slay. It got into
the 30's on Billboard. He made some money but Slay
and Crewe sent us a bill for the studio time. I
wrote back suggesting they put their bill where
the sun don't shine. End of story. All is well here
in warm, sunny Florida. Our book is in a second
printing and looking at a third around mid-year.
thanks again for your website and all your good
Blair, Venice, Fl. (e-mail)
February 12, 2005, 11:28PM
I would correct some of the information published
about myself. I left WPOP, in Hartford, in 1972,
and joined WJJD, in Chicago. I became the 12 noon
to 3 p.m. host, which lasted until I was invited
to join WMAQ's "gonna make me rich", in 1975, doing
the 10 to 3 p.m. shift. Worked with some great people,
including Bob Pittman, creator of MTV, and Lee Sherwood,
who was our morning show host, and P.D.
1975, I moved to St Louis to do the morning show
on Country Music, WIL, in St Louis. In 1977 decided
to try programming, and joined WSLR, in Akron, as
morning show host & pd. In 1981 I rejoined my former
boss at WIL, Wally Clark, who had moved to KSD,
in St. Louis.
1981 until 1996 I worked for Gannett's KSD, which
ultimately became KUSA for a brief period until
Gannett sold the properties.
that time I have worked in the auto business, and
am currently employed at Sinclair Lincoln Mercury,
in the St louis area as a sales manager.
never worked in Rochester, and that must have been
someone else using the same name. Best wishes!
Bill Coffey (it is my real name) (e-mail)
January 16, 2005, 1:33AM
used to listen to WPOP back in the 50's and 60's
all the time. I'm 61 now so I grew up as the rock
era became huge and POP had all the tunes. I accidentally
came across your site when a group called Ron and
the Rattletones popped into my head. I clicked on
and remembered that there song "Doug's Drag" was
a DJ theme way back when on POP. This is a great
site! Thanks for the memories. Wish I still had
New Britain, Ct.
May 14, 2004, 4:58:12PM
ran across your name while searching the i-net for
info on Fred Lowery [known
as Bruce Hayes on WPOP].
I knew Fred passed away several years back but I
never could find anything lengthy on it and no obits.
I was one of Fred's admirers. I used to listen to
him when he anchored, along with Paul Henderson,
at WFIL radio in Philly. I tuned in just to hear
Fred anchor the afternoon 'casts at FIL. He was
great. I followed him to Mutual Radio and that was
a real treat for me. I never met Fred and never
saw him so I don't know what he looked like. I auditioned
for a news writer position at WFIL when he was there
but I never saw him, only Paul Henderson. That was
I miss hearing both Fred and Paul. Not much good
on radio these days. Thanks for your help.
May 9, 2004, 12:42:12PM
friend of mine told me about this site a couple
of days ago. Since then it's been fascinating reading
about the people I worked with or knew of and how
they're doing; also saddening in finding out that
some have passed on so young.
currently living in Waterbury and, like Al Bundy,
I'm 'married with children'. (5 of them).
the mid 90's, when WIOF changed format (again),
and let everybody go, I said to myself "That's it".
I did not want to subject the family to the life
of a gypsy. I wanted the kids to stay in the same
school district. My wife, Lesa, and I both work
in retail, for Bloomingdales. It's not a glamourous
job but offers something radio rarely does --stability.
our youngest daughter is finished with high school
in three more years, Lesa and I want to move to
Florida. If a radio job became a possibility down
there it would be enticing, as long as I didn't
have to read flash cards. There are times when I
miss being on the air, but I'll never miss reading
those flash cards. Everyone saying the same thing,
the same way, at the same time of the hour, it's
predictable and boring.
thanks for your time. You've done an incredible
job with this site and I plan to visit it often.
bless and keep up the excellent work.
May 2, 2004, 1:25:14PM
dad called himself "The Grand-daddy" of the Good
Guys, also known as "Lovable Lou Terri." He was
definitely lovable and we miss him terribly. Upon
his death in 1989, my family donated his service
flag to the station for a memorial. Does anyone
know if that flag is still around? If it is not
on display, we would love to have it back.
Thanks so much!
Donna Gualtieri Dell'Arcoi (e-mail)
April 2, 2004, 1:27:38PM
I just wanted to say hello and thank you for putting
up such a great site. My father, Joe Barbarette,
worked at the station in the early 70s. I wasn't
born until 1977, so this site is the *only* place
where I can hear my dad's voice from his radio days.
It's really cool. :~)
Mary Barbarette (e-mail)
March 11, 2004, 7:02:48PM
Never worked at WPOP, but listened frequently at
night on the skip in Levittown PA outside Philadelphia.
To help you in updating, I'm writing to inform you
of the passing of two jocks listed on your amazing
Hall, who moved on to WCBM, WCAO and others( I worked
with him there) died last year from ALS.
Marion also has died. Prior to his Catholic radio
ministry at WTMR-AM in greater Philadelphia, John
was a newscaster at CBS Owned WCAU-AM in that city.
WFBS Radio 1280, Berwick PA (e-mail)
March 11, 2004, 1:39:46PM
I'm not sure that you can help me but I'll try to
explain my dilemma in a very short synopsis. Back
in the later 1960's (1967-1969) I used to listen
to WPOP exclusively. Anyway, the radio station played
a song back in those days by a gruop called, "The
Peoples Choice". The name of the song was Lost and
Found. I purchased a 45 rpm of that recording that,
unfortunately, was recently broken. It was on the
Phillips label. Since it was one of my favorite
songs of all time, I have been desparately trying
to find a replacement. It seems that no matter where
I search, this group and/or song never existed!
Can you help me find another copy? I would appreciate
any assistance you can render.
response: Can anyone help Jack get a new copy?
November 22, 2003, 11:39:10AM
It has been 5 years since my stroke. I turned 60
in October. As you may already know, I am retired,
and after we sold the station 4 years ago we bought
a house in Florida where we live in the winter.
It’s on a lake (with resident alligators) in a very
nice "over-55" gated community. Englewood is just
south of Venice in southwest FL. We are 2 miles
from Manasota Key which has 4 beautiful beaches.
I am happy and I feel good. I continue to recover
well from the stroke. My wife has helped me over
the past 5 years with my speech recovery, and I
still attend speech therapy sessions. We keep busy
every day and go out to lunch 3-4 times a week.
We miss our smooth jazz format, so we now enjoy
several channels on XM satellite radio with contemporary
jazz as well as an upbeat classic gold channel.
We have XM in our car, boat and both houses, although
there are two smooth jazz stations here in Ft. Myers
and Tampa. We still live in Stonington, and enjoy
time on our boat "SaltAire" in the summer. Our little
dog "Docker" is 6-1/2 now and still keeps us smiling.
I hope all is well and let me know what's new with
you. Stop by if you are in our area, either CT or
Gary Girard (e-mail)
September 23, 2003, 9:35:38AM
Hey, I just realized I'm on two sites created by
you and I want to write to thank you for remembering
that I was once part of two of the greatest radio
I was growing up in New Britain as Bart Mazzarella
I dreamed of one day taking my place beind the mighty
mic at WPOP as one of the "Good Guys" but as fate
would have it I was hired by news director Paul
Lockwood as a weekend newsman doing 20/20 news (as
Bob Marx). Big Bill Love was one of the guys I enjoyed
working with along with fellow newsman Robert Michael
Walker who broke me in. Unfortunately I didn't fully
appreciate the position and was unavailable for
weekend duty on more occasions than Paul could stand
and I was summarily dismissed!
a schoolboy in New Britain I always heard of the
heated rivalry between WPOP and The Big "D" and
of course I had the privilege of working at both
stations ('DRC as a mid-day jock for 8 years '75-'83).
Incidently, Bob Paiva was instrumental in helping
my band, The Detroit Soul, record a hit single,
All Of My Life in '67 and he got Ken Griffon
involved in the studio as well as promoting the
record on The Big 14! In those days we were living
the movie, "That Thing You Do". What a magical time
starring bigger-than-life people in Hartford . It
was truly the golden age of radio and regrettably
we will never see it ever again.
Ed for keeping our radio memories alive with your
dedication and hard work!
Bartman, WSCF - Christian FM Vero Beach, Florida.
August 19, 2003, 8:15:10PM
name is Mark Johnson. I'm a PD up in North Conway,
NH, WMWV its a Triple A format up in the White Mountains.
just wanted to thank you for this great tribute
to my favorite radio station growing up in New Britain,
WPOP. I liked DRC but loved POP as a kid and have
fond memories of it. Mostly I was a fan from 1968
thru the end in 1975 with the Greaseman. Thanks
again for this great site.
August 14, 2003, 3:45:52PM
writing to give you props on the WPOP archive site.
I currently work at WPOP. It almost kind of sad
to see how huge an AM radio station was and is not
simply a talk sprts bottom rated station. That may
change with the recent syndication of the jaxx show
but even still. Great site very informal. I liked
Michael Czarnecki (e-mail)
June 3, 2003, 2:28:04PM
malice toward none, I've always been a WPOP listener
and prefer the POP web site over the Big D. WPOP
had a "progressive edge" over DRC in it's programming,
some of it's on air talent and was handicapped with
a weak radio coverage area.
Shannon, Avon, Ct (e-mail)
May 19, 2003, 5:13:22PM
Interesting Tribute site !!! As I recall, I worked
at WPOP from August 1962 until June 1963. That was
during my Junior year at Trinity College. After
graduating in June of 1964, I joined the staff of
WHAY (changed to WRCH in 1965) as News Director
and did some freelance TV and radio work in Connecticut
until 1966. Other than a short stint at WROW in
Albany in 1969, I was out of broadcasting until
December of 2002.
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April 15, 2003, 2:25:22PM
I happened to find your website about the WPOP Jocks
and thought I'd bring you up to date on Jack Kelly.
His real last name was spelled Szczepanik.
He was born in Buffalo and started his radio career
in the early 1950s at WUSJ in Lockport, NY. From
there it was on to WWOL in Buffalo where he used
the name Vic Bell. In 1958 he went to WKBW
to do the all-night Spotlite Serenade and then stayed
on when KB went "Futursonic" on July 4, 1958. After
that he was in Rochester and then ended up back
in Buffalo at WBNY. When WBNY was sold to McLendon,
he was there for a brief time doing the beautiful
music format before working for Mohawk Airlines
and then ending up in Hartford. After Hartford,
he ended up back in Buffalo at WMMJ and then back
to WYSL, which had now become a rocker. When he
went to WYSL, he started using the name Sean
Grabowski. He was there until March 1970 when
he moved to WGH in Norfolk/Newport News, VA and
then WNOR in Norfolk. After that he went to Milwaukee
where he was with WRYT. After that he ran a Broadcast
School in Milwaukee and even spent a couple years
as the P-A man for the Milwaukee Brewers. He died
in January of 1980 in Milwaukee.
also worked for Zach Land at WSPR and used the name
Bob Allen. He loved Hartford and hoped to
end up back there one day, but it never happened.
do I know this? He was one of my closest friends.
He married my wife's roommate and was my son's Godfather.
I think it's great the way you have researched so
many of the WPOP Good Guys. I spent a lot of years
in radio in Buffalo, Louisville, Norfolk-VA Beach
and Richmond and it is always good to see there
are others who still have the "Broadcasting Bug."
I'm still doing some radio and TV, but only as a
sideline. I appreciate your website.
Dick Harman (e-mail)
December 8, 2002, 12:54:56AM
noticed a photo of Mike Lawless, who worked with
me (or, I worked with him) at WICC when he did news,
and WJZZ when he did music. Don't know where he
is now, but I do remember that his theme on FM,
doing jazz, was a piece called "The Outlaw." That's
it; nothing more from here.
Carten (lotsa stations, lotsa years) (e-mail)
December 6, 2002, 1:14:32PM
I am shocked and amazed at the archival work you've
done to create this website. Certainly wish all
the stops I made during radio days had one. (Of
course in the case of Lee Simms that would require
a large staff).
Although only briefly at WPOP, it was a vivid existence
with Lee Baby, Woody Roberts, Bill Bland, Bill Winters,
Bob Paiva, Ed Clancy and other reprobates all under
the command of the estimable Joe Amaturo.
Mr. Amaturo never really "got me", I think. Woody
told me once he wanted to fire me until one night
we hosted a Beach Boys concert at Bushnell Auditorium.
The B.B.'s were late, not there at showtime, and
Bill Bland and I ad-libbed our way into a long meandering
story about chili recipes, as I remember, until
their plane landed. We were able to get the sold-out
house laughing and that so impressed Joe that my
job was safe.
I got the job there through Pat O'Day who was National
P.D. for Seattle, Portland, Spokane Radio (Danny
Kaye) which owned WUBE in Cincinnati where I had
been canned by some new genius trying to improve
ratings...or actually GET some. (WUBE could not
be heard in 25% of the market due to it's weak signal
and 1230 on the dial). Pat recommended me to Woody
and I left my lovely Cincinnatti girlfriend, packed
my "64 Rambler and headed to Hartford. I left at
night, got as far as Cleveland and stopped at a
Holiday Inn on Euclid Ave. I had car trouble and
couldn't go any further and during the night they
relieved me of everything in it.
When I came to Hartford, after having my car robbed
of all my possessions in Cleveland, I literally
had the clothes on my back and some laundry the
thieves left. A quick trip to Robert Hall with what
was left of the 100 dollars I had negotiated for
moving expenses kept me from freezing to death in
the approaching Connecticut winter. I moved into
the same motel Lee Baby was living in on the Newington
Turnpike, (Woody was at a nicer one next door),
which had the thinnest walls I've ever encountered.
How they were up to building code, I'll never know.
But that's another story.
were a motley crew in those days. We hung together
almost every evening chasing the local flora and
fauna, and sampling the local wines. I think I lived
on clam chowder and alcohol. One night we decided
to order a tribute cocktail indigenous to various
cities we'd worked in. Tequila Sunrise for San Antonio,
a Pina Colada for Miami, etc.,etc. I think I made
it to about the sixth etc. (a shot and beer for
Buffalo), but I was young and seemingly indestuctible.
was a Chinese restaurant we liked to favor with
a western motif called "The Round-Up" where we cooked
up the name "Cannonball" for me. Woody thought a
colorful nick-name might help. He was wrong, but
otherwise was a sharp fellow and had that certain
"Carny" side to his character that a good radio
guy needed then. He was sick one morning and Lee
Baby took his show, announced his passing, and did
a memorial show for him playing "some of Woody's
favorite sides" with a tear in his voice.
main claim to fame as a jock on WPOP, I think, is
the fact that I once fell into the swampy creek
that ran by the studios and getting a strange fungus
on my hands. I was wandering around outside waiting
for the sandwich truck to pull up. The studios themselves
were something between WW II quonset hut and 60's
draft board and actually just a pre-fab looking
addendum to the transmitter shack.
By the way, Tom Shovan was there also then working
in continuity. Someone told me when he left they
found old food caches squirreled away in his office.
He was a huge guy. WDRC had Joey Reynolds and the
Wade Brothers at each end of the drive times. The
feeling at "POP in those few brief months I was
there was one of David going up against Goliath.
And there was a fair amount of flexibility from
Woody as to being creative on your show. He would
definitely fall into "Personality Programming" niche
as a P.D. But just before I left they hired that
consultant (Graham ?) who was much more rigid and
harder-formatted. Also big-time game guy. Cash calls,
I see that I am rambling on and haven't even gotten
to the Lee Simm's boa constrictor that he kept in
his motel room story or the offer J. Amaturo made
to keep me on when I left. (No money, but he emphasized
the fact that Hartford had four distinct seasons,
I am not kidding). My weird pal Rex Miller offered
me a "buddy offer" to come to WNOX, Knoxville to
do mornings which turned out to be another swamp.
you can see, I DO love reminiscing about those days.
I appreciate the opportunity to recall those days.
I was 22 at the time. Would love to hear from anyone
from those days, especially Beth McGurk. Or anyone
period. It gets lonely here in the swamps of Manhattan.