March 18, 2021
Like many nearing the end of their life cycle
I've written a book. Not about radio but would
like to send you a copy. Hope you enjoy this
Austin music history trip. Years are whizzing
by, glad you are still there.
From Woody, still here (e-mail)
October 31, 2016, 9:29AM
Clark, who was the traffic lady when I arrived
at WPOP in 1970, passed away last Tuesday (10/25).
She was 87 years old. I don't know how long she
was at WPOP before 1970 but I wanted to pass along
this sad news to those of you who may have known
Whitney/Judge Harrigan (e-mail)
October 15, 2016, 7:02PM
to report that one-time WPOP Good Guy Jim
Meeker died of prostate cancer last weekend
at the age of 78. He graced the Hartford airwaves
from 1966-67. In recent years he had been involved
in real estate appraisal in Kirkland, WA.
August 28, 2016, 3:30PM
I'm sorry to report the passing of another WPOP
Alumnus, Jim Horne.
He died on January 14 of this year from an infection
after surgery. Jim's time at WPOP was short (about
three months in 1966-67) but he wrote a marvelous
recollection of his time there for this website
spent many years at KDKA Pittsburgh before moving
to New York City to pursue an acting career. Read
his obituary from the Pittsburgh
Post Gazette. There's also a nice tribute to
him on the SAG/AFTRA
site; Jim was a former president of the New York
August 3, 2016, 3:17PM
Hey there, fellow Hartford (or elsewhere in CT)
Radio & TV comrades
As a public service (in case you didn’t see it on
Facebook), I am passing along word about an event
being organized by Ron Pell and Steve Parker. They’re
using a ‘DRC anniversary as the excuse to get together,
but this is a reunion for anybody who was involved
in the biz. (I figured there was no need to do a
separate WPOP reunion when we could just join forces.)
If you’re an out-of-towner, I’m sending you this,
just in case you’re going to be in the area. Hey,
you still have time to plan a special trip. Here
are the deets:
Pell & Steve Parker present THE 2016 CONNECTICUT
RADIO REUNION!!! Celebrate this day in CT
Radio history, when WDRC gave birth to the BIG D!
#1 FOR FUN - August 18, 1960 on Sunday, August 21,
2016, 2-5 p.m. The Place….HARBOR PARK (also known
as the Mattabesett Canoe Club). The Price…FREE!
FREE! FREE! With your FRIENDS from BIG D! (I buy
mine….you buy yours….) (Heavy Echo) BE THERE!!!
Ron Pell & Steve Parker “presently” don’t wear speedos
or shave their legs. If questioned before, during
or after Sunday, August 21, 2016 will deny any association
with Whales of any sort. Pell & Parker, past BIG
D employees and their families, friends and Connecticut
radio fans are welcome. Buy at a Bedding Barn Near
May 22, 2016, 9:18PM
Hi Ed, Lots of great names...great old friends on
your list. Who knows how many of them are still
with us. I can never forget the day when our dear
friend and WPOP colleague Lou Terri was killed in
a car crash on one of our area highways. He was
the best. As for myself....84 years and counting....great
wife and great kids. Time for me to get going on
a reunion as urged by Billy Hennessey of WTIC fame.
He is telling me to include him when I can convince
Del Raycee and Bob Scott to join us for a get-together
before its too damn late! He’s absolutely right.
Don Blair, Venice, Florida. We...those mentioned
here...are all Floridians....so why can’t we do
the deed? Laziness I guess.
April 16, 2016, 11:04AM
dreamt about WPOP radio last night and "saw" some
of the crew from the early 70's when I worked there.
I just got caught up online and saw that Frank Holler
had passed, he was such a nice guy. I was primarily
the day receptionist but filled in for various office
staff during vacations, and also worked while I
was in college for a while during Frank's evening
shift. What a fun time we had, and what a great
radio station. Thanks for taking me down memory
Jefferson Jackson, aka "Tiger on the phones" with
Frank Holler (e-mail)
April 6, 2016, 6:39AM
Love this site! I was lucky enough to find a copy
of the second WPOP album (the original Hear Here),
back in the early 70s. How it wound up here in Pasco,
Washington, I’ll never know! Since then, all these
years later, I’ve found the first 3 albums (including
a still sealed copy of the first one! – it’s since
been opened. Yellow vinyl.) Somebody asked me about
the 4th album, “Connecticut Graffiti”, but I couldn’t
really provide any answers (since the photo on the
website is none too good). Can you tell me what
the actual name of the album was, catalog number
(I already know it was on Post Records) and what
songs were on it? (Like I said, it’s a lousy photo.
Sorry.) Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
October 19, 2015, 9:04AM
Although I worked briefly at WPOP in 1970 (weekend
20/20 newsman) and 8 years at WDRC as Bob Marx,
I never worked with Frank but knew of him and heard
him on local Hartford radio. Another from our era
has passed from this world to the next.
October 18, 2015, 10:19PM
Wow, Ed. That's terrible news. I have been a friend
of Franks since his WPOP days. We worked together
at Q107 in Washington in the mid 1980's.We last
spoke in April about the Hartford radio reunion.
He was so excited about it.GOD bless you, Frank.
I'll listen to some Lee Baby airchecks and smoke
a fatty for you!
October 16, 2015, 8:19PM
Sad to lose such a talent! RIP Frank!
October 16, 2015, 8:19PM
Thank you so much for the notification. This one
hits me hard.
October 16, 2015, 5:43PM
young guy who came in as a record librarian. Was
Mike Heid for Good Guy Basketball while the real
MH was Terry McKay. How fitting that Frank replaced
Terry McKay on the air later on weekends when I
went to Philadelphia.
October 16, 2015, 5:43PM
couple of weeks ago I came access a 1970 era Holler
air check on line. Amazing, he was such a pro and
a great person. Listening reminded me that the station
always sounded major market. Such great radio emanating
from a swamp.
a teenager, I crossed paths with Frank at the station
just before and after his tour of duty in Vietnam.
He had a positive inspiration on my early career
that remains with me to this day.
forward any arrangement info as it becomes available.
Bill Vassar (Bobby
October 16, 2015, 4:48PM
That was the last time I saw him, as well. He seemed
in great spirits but spent a lot of time at home
in production. A wonderful person an American Vet
who needed more TLC. Very saddened. We had a wonderful
conversation, that day. He wanted to put his excellent
taped collages on the air. I’d like to help get
Branigan #2) (e-mail)
October 16, 2015, 4:44PM
all must remember and most of you knew Frank
Holler from his WPOP days in the late 60's and
early 70's. He was also PD and air personality at
WDRC-FM in the 80's. Newington Police have confirmed
that Frank died last night at his home. I don't
have any more details right now. I worked with Frank
at WPOP and I always thought he was a "Good Guy."
Last time I saw him was at the WPOP 45th anniversary
of the change to All-News.
June 10, 2015, 7:02PM
upon a time, WPOP was one of the country's legendary
Top 40 radio stations, but at the end of June, 1975,
that came to an end when the format changed to All
News, all day, every day.
on Saturday, June 27, 2015, we will commemorate
the 40th anniversary of "the day the music died."
Let's get together at the Mattabessett
Canoe Club (a/k/a Harbor Park) in Middletown,
CT starting at around 1 PM and continuing until
we all run out of gas (history suggests that could
be around 6 or 7, possibly later).
in past get-togethers, there will be no speeches
or presentations, no special programming, no admission
fee (unless the restaurant decides to charge one)
and no food and drink provided. If you want to eat
or drink, just order and pay for it just like any
regular restaurant/bar customer, because that's
what we are. However, this is important: since we
are not paying for the use of the facility, we can't
prevent them from serving their other restaurant
customers. If any of us are sitting at a table long
after we have finished a meal or are nursing a drink
and they say they need the table to seat other diners,
please relinquish it. Believe it or not, restaurants
mainly make their money from the food, not from
the bar, despite what you may pay for your beverage.
of you may have seen this already on Facebook, or
you may be nowhere near Connecticut, or you may
not have ever worked at WPOP or any of its FM sister
stations. Doesn't matter. If you're on this mailing
list, you either worked there or know someone who
did, or have been a member of the media in Hartford
or elsewhere. So you're invited. And feel free to
spread the word. By the way, if you did ever work
at 'POP or one of it's sisters, are on Facebook,
and are not yet a member of the WPOP
Alumni Group, feel free to go to ask to join.
May 23, 2015, 3:38PM
worked in sales at WGTH having gone there from WTHT
in February 1954 and stayed at WGTH until some time
in June or July 1954 and brought a number of former
WTHT accounts including Arthur Drug whose jingle
I authored, also State Savings Bank, etc. Station
manger was Fred Wagonvoord. Sales manager was John
Kinsella and fellow sales guy was Phil Zoppi whom
had known previously as a friendly competitor.
the link and scroll down to the very bottom
of the page that opens and you will see my WTHT
business card. Sorry my WGTH business card is lost.
might also find miscellaneous Hartford radio memorabilia
from the participants in
this program emceed by Bill Hennessey which
I put together a while ago. The radio content starts
about 5 minute into the show.
Newington CT (e-mail)
May 23, 2015, 10:18AM
channel 18 building on Asylum to 600 Asylum to Over
the Connecticut Bank on Asylum.......
February 16, 2015, 7:01AM
to the tepid response, I'm dropping my efforts to
organize a radio reunion. Thanks to all those who
did respond. I'm sorry it didn't work out.
January 5, 2015, 4:12PM
In! This is really a Top 40 event. How about a Pirate
Radio Barge on the CT. River or a “mystery” lake.
Happy New Year to All.
Branigan #2) (e-mail).
January 5, 2015, 12:30PM
coming June 29, 2015 marks 40 years since the music
died on WPOP.
Gordon and I have been thinking about getting a
"reunion" together to celebrate that anniversary.
you were a WPOP jock, newsperson, engineer, salesperson,
administrator, or you are a good friend of one of
those folks, or if you were a friendly competitor
back in the day (WDRC, WCCC, WHCN, etc), we'd like
you to make plans to attend the reunion.
29th falls on Monday this year so the event would
actually be held on Saturday, June 27th. Putting
the word out now allows folks to make plans well
plans yet on where the event would take place. We'd
like to get an idea first of how many would be attending.
But definitely somewhere in the greater Hartford
let us know ASAP if you think you'd be able to attend.
Whitney (Da Judge) (e-mail)
NOTE: Click here for info on the 2005
& 2008 reunions
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