WWUH RADIO HISTORY
1969 Text
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Clark Smidt – General Manager; Neil Portnoy – Program Director;

E-Comm elections May 1, 1969...Randy Mayer, Ken Kalish, Neil Portnoy, Bob Kunik-MD, Jerie Dahmer, Bill Crepeau, David Valfer, Ronnie Berger – Music Director; Dave Alper – Special Advisor and Record Procurement, Michael Ditkoff – Traffic Manager.

In a January 9, 1969 memo to the university community, Clark Smidt wrote:

       WWUH gained enough listeners to be included in the October survey of the metro Hartford area by the American Research Bureau, WWUH-FM has an overall .6% of the total audience. This means that there are at least 4000 people listening to the station whenever it is on the air.  And from 7 pm to midnight, we had 3.9% of the 18-24 crowd. It may not seem like much but in October, WWUH was only three months old!

          An on campus survey revealed that 100% of the administration had FM radio and that 71% of them had listened to WWUH at least once.  67.5% of the students had FM radios but a total of 90% of them had listened to WWUH!

          Right now our schedule is as follows:

          Monday – Friday

          6-9 am       Rock

          4-7 pm       Easy Listening

          7 pm          Classics

          9 pm          Jazz

   12:30 pm   Progressive Rock

 

    Saturday

    7a – 7p       Rock

    7pm           Jazz

    10 pm        Progressive Rock

 

    Sunday     

    11am         Easy Listening

    3 pm          Jazz

    7 pm          Talk

    7:30 pm     Opera

    10:30 pm   Progressive Rock


 

As of February 10, the new WWUH will be on the air with a carefully prepared rock format (with Top 40, Oldies, Progressive and L.P cuts) from 6 am to 5 pm daily, and again from 10pm to 2 am.  Although we will remain mostly a stereo station, MONO CUTS WILL BE USED in playing new hits and leaning on good sides that other stations with tighter play lists refuse to play.  5-10 pm will be devoted to quality, stereo programming with the emphasis on news features, classics, talk features and jazz.

   I hope we can count on your for continued service in ALL aread, in Stereo when possible…but if you don’t have it, please send mono so we have the record. Thanks very much.


         

          Programming continued to expand as more and more students and faculty became aware of and involved with the station as volunteers. The number of listeners grew as well, as shown by the increasing number of calls and letters the radio station received.

         

          The station’s schedule expanded with the start of the fall semester.  Signing on at 2 p.m. every day easy listening was heard until 6 p.m.  From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. jazz was aired.  Progressive rock rollowed until sign off at 2 a.m. Press releases of this period refer to the station as “Hartford’s ‘Think Ahead’ Station”.

 

          WWUH was the only station broadcasting live from the October 15th Mobilization in Washington, DC.

 

          Live musical performances were a mainstay of the station's programming; with many performances presented live or pre-recorded live.  Recording engineer, Bob Katz, was instrumental in making these live broadcasts sound technically superior.

Major News Stories in 1969:

Communist China exploded its first hydrogen bomb (June 17); the US and USSR proposed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty. Background: nuclear disarmament; racial violence in Detroit; 7,000 National Guardsmen aid police after night of rioting. Similar outbreaks in New York City's Spanish Harlem, Rochester, N.Y., Birmingham, Ala., and New Britain, Conn. (July 23); Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first black US Supreme Court justice (Oct. 2); Astronauts Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Col. Edward White II, and Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee killed in fire during test launch (Jan. 27).


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