WWUH RADIO HISTORY
1995 Text
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The ECOM consisted of: John Ramsey - General Manager and Chief Engineer, Jim Pressman, Matt Meagher - Operations Manager; Susan Mullis  - Development Director; Rich Oettinger, Anthony Price - Program Director; Mary Dowst - Business Manager and Mike DeRosa - Community Affairs Director.

Craig Molino - ticket coordinator, Alan Livermore - Classics Director, JO Spaak - Jazz Director, Ed McKeon - Folk Director, Rich Dittman and Tim Costa -  Urban Music Directors, Chuck Dube - Assistant Chief Engineer, Brian Grosjean -  World Music Director.

          Chris Baker voted in as Acting Program Director, Mary Dowst became Business Manager in August.

          Staff Paul Abreau, Will Ackerman, McNAl Allison, Tom Aparo, Keith Barrett, Larry Bilanski, Paul Bock, Rich Boissoneau, Jim Bolan, Paul Borque, Tom Bowman, Bart Bozzi, Keith Brown, Steve Burke, Warren Byrd, Bob Celmer, Mark Channon, Deborah Conklin, Vanessa Cooper, Rich Cormier, Tim Costa, Lee Courtney, Marty Daborowski, Mark DeLorenzo, Dave Demaw, Mike Derosa, Amy Dement, Terrell Dickson, Steve Dieterich, Rich Dittman, Vijay Dixit, Bill Domler, Robert Donia, Stuart Donner,  Mike Donough, Mark Dressler, Chuck Dube, Al Dzikas, Eileen Ego, George Michael Evica, Gina Gunn, John Holder, Harvey Jassem, Wayne Jones, Bruce Kampe, Jeff Katz, Gregory Lexer, Gary Levin, Alan Livermore, Greg Lynch, Kevin Lynch, Carlo Magno, Tony Magno, Doug Maine, Chris Marti, Ed McKeon, Gayle Meyers, Peter Michaelson, Dorienne Miner, Phillip Mitchell, Craig Molino, Susan Mullis, Nay Nassar, Ted Neihay, Chuck Obuchowski, Kevin O’Toole, Stephen Petke, Jim Pressman, John Prytko, Johnny Prytko, jr, John Ramsye, Matt Rankin, Henrique Ribeiro, Maurice Robertson, Chet Rotter, Mark Santini, John Scott, Jack Seidl, Bernie Steben, Andy Taylor, Cliff and Margaret Thornton, Dwight Thurston, Dave Vivieros, Nick Vukasinovic, Terry Weichand, Lloyd Weir, Dave Zaluda, Andy Zeldin.

Work study students included Charles Amerson; Jennifer Grant; Jennifer Lee;  Matthew Meagher; Chris Oettenger and Carlos Penagos

          Art Greene stepped down as Business Manager, volunteer Mary Dowst took over for him.  Mary worked in the Biology Department on campus and was very familiar with University accounting and purchasing procedures. Her brother, Bill Measom, had been a station volunteer for more than a year.

          A decision was made early in the year to extend the reach of WWUH’s programming to the world.  Such a thing would have been unheard of even ten your before, but through the Internet, such a thing was possible.

          We will be installing a Pentium computer on campus which will be running special software which will convert our audio signal to a data stream that will be fed via the University's web server onto the internet.  We will be the second station in the state, and one of the first college station's in the country to utilize this technology.

          Initially, our software will only permitted 5 persons to listen simultaneously via the internet. Such a low number was chosen because we are not sure how our broadcasting will effect the campus computer network.  If this proves successful, we can upgrade the system to allow more simultaneous listeners.

 

COMMUNITY

          The Community Affairs continued to present a wide variety of programs offering alternative viewpoints on issues of importance to the listening public.

          In February a series of programs were aired as part of our Black History Month programming.  The programs were produced by volunteer Cliff Thornton among others.

The series “UH Presents” aired a number of campus lectures by various VIPs, including State Representative Miles Rappaport and black activist Angela Davis.  Noam Chomski was featured in a six-week series.  Later in the year, we broadcast a series of programs recorded at the conference on Race Relations that was held on campus.

Volunteer Dorian Minor’s weekly “Cease Fire News” program continued to bring new information to the public about the government’s involvement in clandestine activities, including the School of the Americas. 

Mike DeRosa participated in talks with WPKN and WHUS about cooperation in the area of community service programming.

The station co-sponsored an event with Greenpeace and Citizens for Clean Water in April.

          On Thursday afternoon, two new programs will debut in February:    Making Contact about how activists are cooperating to developing new strategies for change,  Explorations  by Michio Kaku, which is about science and issues related to society. 

Nationally, the District of Columbia Appeals Court upheld the FCC’s “Safe Harbor” which allowed stations to broadcast “adult material” between the hours of 10 pm  to 6 am.

 

PROGRAMMING

The station broadcast the summer’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival from the Hillstead Museum in Farmington.  The Hartt Recording studio recorded the readings, and provided them to us on CD for broadcast.  The feature received extensive coverage in the Courant’s Northeast Magazine.

In November, the Athletics Department approached us about broadcasting the entire season of Hawks Women's Basketball games.  They were faced with gender equity challenges, and were unable to find a commercial station that would carry the women's games.    We entered into a compromise agreement to broadcast 11 home games.  As was the case in 1991, the cost of the broadcasts was picked up by the Athletics Dept.

          Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, a Zydeco band, played live on Synthesis. 

          On December 20th, Connecticut experienced a “once in a decade” Nor'easter that practically shut down a good part of the state. In keeping with policy, the ECOM offered show hosts the opportunity of coming in for their shows or not, and most decided wisely to stay home. Music Director Nick volunteered to stay at the station during the worst of the storm, and he ended up on air for twenty hours.

          Keith Barrett, host of Monday Evening Classics, produced a special program to celebrate V.E. Day.

Music Director Nick went to King Crimson at Town Hall in NYC and then met the band afterward via Virgin Records.  Photo op with Bill Bruford.  When Nick was announced as Nick from WWUH, Bill actually exclaimed "WWUH, University of West Hartford”.

          FM On Toast hosts included:

          Jazz hosts included:

          Synthesis hosts included:

          Pubic Affairs Producers included:

          Classical hosts included:

          Gothics and All Night Show hosts included:

          Special Show producers included:

We received 4940 new CDs in 1995.  Divided by genre, it breaks down as follows:  Jazz-756, Ambient-179, Blues-213, Classical-155, Comedy-4, Folk-532, Bluegrass-131, Rock-2174, Soundtrack-74, Gospel-39, Childrens-1, Xmas/Chanukah-65, Urban-144, World-354, Reggae-199.

          The third week of March brought Marathon '95 with a goal of $47,500.  By weeks end, $49,000 was raised from 1599 listeners.  In the weeks that followed, that total was increased to $52,000.  Premiums offered included our new T-shirt.

This was the year that we received our first pledge via fax.

When we closed out the books on Marathon in the fall, the results proved that the vent was an outstanding success!  $49,087.80 had been received.

          T-shirt design (by Don Carter) staff celebration party at The Keg

Marathon 95 was a huge success!  Over $52,000 was ultimately pledged!  1599 individual pledges came in from throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.  The staff Marathon Celebration Party held at the Keg Restaurant on the last Sunday of Marathon went very well and was attended by fifteen WWUH staffers.

Ever since the first Folk Next Door concert in 1992, the ECOM had told the staff that they would consider doing a similar concert for any other genre as long as there were enough people interested in helping to pull it off.  While many staff members were interested in taking us up on our offer, once they realized the enormity of the project, their interest waned. 

In 1995, the Chuck Obuchowski, Doug Maine and Jazz Officer Spaak proposed a jazz concert, modeled after the Folk Next Door series. The proposal was quickly accepted by the ECOM and "Jazz in the Wilde" was created.

On September 23rd, the first annual Jazz in the Wilde concert was held.  Modeled after the highly successful Folk Next Door series, performers included Warren Byrd, Ricky Alfonso Quintet, Mixashaun and Word Out, Alan Livermore and Feet Music and the Tarra Mars Triologue with Sue Terry. 

The artists were chosen not only for their musical abilities, but also because of their connections (past and present) to WWUH.   Warren Byrd and Allen Livermore were current WWUH staff members, Mixashaun had produced Algonquin Radio on UH for over ten years,  and Sue Terry had not only hosted a weekly jazz show, she had been Program Director in the mid-eighties and was the first graduate of the Hartt School’s African American Music Program! 

The concert was a huge success, with 141 people paying $20 to see the show and get a CD.   The CD was released in the fall, and made it to Number 15 on the CMJ Jazz Charts.

The recording staff consisted of Chuck Dube, Dave Gardiner, Dave Viveiros and John Ramsey.  Mark Delorenzo served as stage manager, a critically important position.

The Hartford Courant and The Hartford Advocate provided excellent publicity for our Jazz in the Wilde concert in September.

Staff Members, Doug Maine, Warren Byrd,  Mark Channon, Rich Cormier, Sandra DeBorger, Mary Dowst, Donna Giddings, John Holder, Harvey Jassem, Susan Mullis, Chuck Obuchowski, Maurice Robertson, J.O, Spaak and Nick Vukasinovic contributed to the effort.

"Jazz In The Wilde", the station's first Jazz recording, was released right before Christmas, only 93 days after the concert where it was recorded!  Over 300 copies were sent out in January to reviewers and jazz radio stations throughout the country.  Don Carter volunteered his considerable talents and designed all of the graphics.  The recording, the fifth on our "UH OH" record label, was edit mastered using the digital audio workstation at WHCN in Hartford.  Within a week of the CDs releast, we had already received  airplay on WFCS at Central and WPKN in Bridgeport. Jazz in The Wilde also made the playlist of WRST-FM at University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh!   Their March playlist lists Jazz in The Wilde at number 18.  A note from Bob Snyder, their Jazz Director says “Here is our playlist for March with your latest release set for airplay.  This reminds me of what a station in Boulder, CO does every year with independent rock artists in the area.  The variety of styles is quite impressive.  Hartford sounds like a good place to live for a jazz fan.  Thanks for all your support.  We look forward to your next release as we celebrate thirty years of playing jazz for our audience.”

            Station KZSU at Stanford University in California added Jazz In The Wilde to their Playlist, and noted “ is  a pretty decent endeavor and it's nice to hear jazz from other regions besides New York City.  The liner notes provides information on the artists.” 

          The CD was reviewed quite favorably in the July issue of Option magazine and was listed as #16 on the CMJ national jazz playlist.  #1 in Nome, Alaska

          The recording featured current WWUH volunteers Allen Livermore, Warren Byrd, and station alumni  Mixashawn and Sue Terry.

          Jazz In The Wilde was marketed through the station,  and at Integrity N Music in Wethersfield, at Borders Books in Farmington and Manchester and at Sam Goodies in Westfarms.  Copies are available for free for WWUH staff members.

The Folk Next Door concert, Local Color was held on Saturday, May 20th.  The event, which featured 17 acts, went flawlessly and was carried live on the air.  An excellent review appeared in the Hartford Courant the next day.

     Ed McKeon recalled:

In 1995 we received the most audition tapes ever for our sixteen open slots, and some came from as far away as California. Our musical guest who traveled the longest distance to appear was Andrew Calhoun, the exceptional singer-songwriter and proprietor of Waterbug Music.

     Highlights: Andrew Calhoun as standup comedian, Greg Greenway employing the rhythm and voices of the audience, and Travor Hollow killing them in the wee hours.

 

Chuck Obuchowski wrote:

 “The Greater Hartford area, for all its economic distress of late, continues to support a wide spectrum of artistic endeavors.

The prerformers who participated in WWUH’s first Jazz In The Wilde concert ar living proof of this cultural strength-through-diversity.  From the Earth-first songpoems of Mixashawn to Warren Byrd’s powerful post-Monk keyboard excusions, each of the artists communicated his or her own unique story to an appreciative audience.”

 

          Folk Next Door 5 took place on Friday evening, May 31, 1996, for the first time in Hartt’s Millard Auditorium.  The event was moved Wilde Auditorium for two reasons:  First, the larger venue allowed the station to accommodate the dozens of listeners who had been unable to attend in previous years when the event was sold out.  Second, it allowed us to offer free tickets to the performers for use by their guests, something we haven't been able to do in the past due to the limited seating capacity of the Wilde Auditorium. Moving the event ot Millard increased the seating capacity from  228 people 428!  The Hartt Recording Studio had recently installed a recording control room in the projection booth and graciously gave us permission to use it for the recording.

A short history of the Folk Next Door, by Ed McKeon.

In 1992, WWUH Folk Music Director Ed McKeon and folksinger and promoter Bruce Pratt approached the WWUH executive committee with a scheme that would recognize unrecognized "folk” musicians while raising money for a volunteer-staffed, community supported radio station that could always use a little more cash. And have a little musical fun in the process.

     The idea was this: hold a concert, invite 15 musical acts who would donate their time and the use of their music, record the concert, use the gate money to pay for a pressing of a CD and cassette release, and release a recording called The Folk Next Door. As you have guessed, the WWUH Executive Committee said yes.

     The first concert, held in the Wilde Auditorium was a huge success. The concert sold out. The acts were astonishingly good. And both the musicians and the audience seemed to love the experience. The cassettes and CDs flew out the door, prompting a re-pressing (the one and only - a printers error will tell you if you have a first edition. On the original, Hugh Blumenfeld, Last Fair Deal and Amy Davis and Danny Gardella appeared on the last page of the CD booklet. On the corrected edition, Folk Next Door printed backwards appears on the last page of the CD booklet.) And the music was played on stations throughout the country. Highlights: the "surprise" visit by Richard Shindell, John Whelan's wandering squeezebox, the debut of Donna Martin, Don Sineti’s chorus and shanty men and women.

     The next year we named the concert "Honey Hide the Banjo, It’s The Folk Next Door again". It made a great T-shirt, but was way too long for most DJs to wrap their lips around. The 1993 concert was to be an all-day affair, starting outside with a free concert, with an evening paid event. Rain forced us inside after the third act and threw off the schedule till the concert ended around 2 a.m. Once again, the music was splendid, although the audience was not entirely happy, or entirely awake by the end of the affair, and on the way we lost a Chinese brother. The CD was heard, eventually, on airwaves as far away as New Zealand. The video version of the concert is still playing on local cable access stations. Highlights: the unofficial hoot hosted by Hugh Blumenfeld, The Nields, and Bruce Pratt as we changed stages, Dar Williams opening the evening show, Kate McDonnell soloing, everyone asking "who is that guy" after J.P. Jones played, the Gospel Stars of Hartford tearing the house down, our visit from folk great Eric von Schmidt.

     In 1994, we pulled in the reins and had a "Hoot." With fifteen acts again, the evening regained a sense of sanity, and the Folk Next Door machine was gassed and humming. Everyone seemed to know what to do, where to do it, and our innovative red light let the acts know when they were out of time. Highlights: Madwoman in the Attic dropping a verse without anyone noticing, Pete Lehndorff knocking them dead, Jeter Le Pont getting the audience involved.

     In 1995 we received the most audition tapes ever for our sixteen open slots, and some came from as far away as California. Our musical guest who traveled the longest distance to appear was Andrew Calhoun, the exceptional singer-songwriter and proprietor of Waterbug Music.

     Highlights: Andrew Calhoun as standup comedian, Greg Greenway employing the rhythm and voices of the audience, and Travor Hollow killing them in the wee hours.

[Editor's Note:  There were many more highlights in the next four years, but unfortunately the last Folk Next Door Concert was held in 2000.   Due to the time consuming job it had become, and many other variables related to such a massive undertaking, the FND series has come to a close.   Hopefully you will enjoy the shows, which are still available on Tape & CD and recall those great evenings of entertainment.]

          Bluegrass legend Tony Trischka performed in a WWUH benefit in the Wilde Auditorium on March 9th. Matt Glaser, Larry Cohen and Bill Keith accompanied Tony.  Fretwater was the local opening act. 

          The station was instrumental in breaking The Nields into the New England music scene, and they had always promised to come back and do a benefit for us.  We took them up on their offer and a station benefit concert was held on May 18.  The show coincided with the release of their new album, "Getting Over Gretta"  which had been getting national attention for several months.  

          The Podunk Bluegrass Festival will be held in  Martin Park in East Hartford on July 26 and 27th. John Hartford, Laurie Louis and Grant Street, Mack Wiseman, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Lost and Found, The New Coon Creek Girls, Bill Emerson and the Wayne Taylor Band, Northern Bound, Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters and the Case Brothers performed.  

          Kevin Lynch (UH Bluegrass) is on the Podunk Festival Committee, and he is working with the ECOM on arranging a broadcast of the event.

          Ed McKeon and John Ramsey worked hard behind the scenes to make Local Color a reality, and Doug Maine, Jazz Officer Spaak and Chuck Obuchowski coordinated much of the Jazz in the Wilde production. WHCN in Hartford provided the facilities for edit mastering the recording.      

          WWUH’s own Uh Oh Records released two recordings, Local Color and Jazz in the Wilde. Don Carter, a graphic designer for the Mintz and Hoke ad agency in Avon, dld all of the design work for both albums for free!  He saved us thousand's of dollars in graphic design costs.

Jazz In The Wilde was marketed through the station, and at Integrity N Music in Wethersfield, at Borders Books in Farmington and Manchester and at Sam Goodies in Westfarms.  Copies are available for free for WWUH staff members.

Many additional concerts were produced by the station included shows by the following performers: Dick Gaughan, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Celtic bands Pendragon and Fourin A Fairre. The school newspaper, The Informer did an excellent review of the Jez Lowe show.

An off-campus concert was produced as a WWUH benefit by The Beanery coffeehouse in Windsor.  The bands The Exploders Quintet and the Kris Jensen Quintet performed for about 100 people in an outdoor setting on June 16.

At the May General Meeting, General Manager John Ramsey presented Ed McKeon with an award for all of his work on the Folk Next Door series.  The award, which consisted of the three FND CD releases mounted and framed, named Ed the “Father of the Folk Next Door”.

As part of our student awareness/recruitment campaign, we brought the band Johnny Vibrato and the Razorbacks to the campus on Sept. 5th.  The band played for the students on the front steps of the student union, and the concert was broadcast live on the air.  The broadcast went great, but student response was disappointing.  Thanks to Paul Bourque for engineering support, and to Jill for helping to hand out Guides.  Special thanks to Andy Taylor for letting us use the Tuesday Synthesis show for the broadcast.

          Other plans for the fall student awareness/recruitment campaign included 200 copies of a special issue of the Program Guide, 200 large posters and ads in the student phone directory. Two training parallel sessions were conducted during October and November to accommodate the large number of new students we had attracted to the station.

The station’s fall fund drive was held from October 21 - 28.  The on-air enthusiasm of our announcers was contagious:  Over six hundred listeners called in pledges to the tune of $19,100, 28% over our goal of $15,000.   Our volunteers are to be commended for their creative on-air appeals for funds, which made the week long event entertaining to listen to.

          The week ended with slightly over $16,000 pledged, and an additional $3000 has come in since the end of the week.  Special mugs and FND and Jazz In The Wilde CDs were offered as premiums.

          We closed out the books on the fall drive with $15,100 collected and in the bank.         

          The Bill Monroe Tribute Tapes (see below) are being duplicated by Kevin Lynch, and he is sending them out within a week or so of the receipt of the pledge payment. 

The station brought in over $80,000 in revenue in FY94/95!!!  The University of Hartford’s allocation to WWUH in FY95/96 will be about $9,000.

March 7 Hartford Advocate did a 1/2 page article on the Banjo Meltdown.  The New York Times, The Hartford Courant and The Advocate ran articles on the Sounds of Hartford.  The West Hartford News April 25 issue ran a 1/3 page article about Carosello Musicale Italiano’s 25th anniversary.

          The Nields and Dervish Concert received lots of press in such newspapers as the WH News, The Courant, The Advocate and the Journal Inquirer.

          An article by Steve Metcalf about Conn. Public Radio in the Courant in early June prompted several letters to the editor complimenting our classical programming, including one from Keith Barrett.

          Roger Catlin did an excellent article about the Ambience In The Wilde concert in the Friday Courant that came out the day before the show.

          Paul Bock was featured in a June 24th Hartford Courant article.

From the September “913 Letter”:

The following license plates were spotted in the WWUH parking spaces in recent weeks.  Can you guess which staff members they belong to?  "ZODICO",   "ELVIS 1", "SQUONK" and "JZ OFCR".        

Hartt Student Kevin Shivley has taken over as the new Classical Director.  He has been working hard contacting record companies and sending out playlists.

Several extremely biased articles appeared in the school newspaper, the Informer, in the spring. The first article was critical of the firing of a WWUH producer last November.  The producer in question had been let go for repeatedly violating major station policies relating to conflict of interest after being warned several times by the station manager    The University had reviewed the situation a month before and supported the station's decision.  The fact that the campus newspaper chose to do an article on the situation wasn’t the problem, the issue was that no one at the station was interviewed for the article which was very one-sided.

John Ramsey set up a meeting with the Editor of the Informer to express his dissatisfaction over the situation. The editor seemed surprised that her reporter wouldn’t contact us and stated that she was sure that the reporter had done so.  When John pointed out that there was no mention of WWUH’s side in the story, not even a standard “WWUH was unavailable for comment” she steadfastly stood by her reporter.  When it was pointed out that even thought the article said that the Dean of Students has been contacted and in fact the Dean had not spoken to anyone from the Informer, the editor seemed concerned. John demanded that a follow up article be written that represented the station’s and the university’s stand on the issue, but the Editor refused and said that our only recourse was to write a letter to the editor!

The second derogatory item was printed in the Informer a few weeks later in the form of a letter to the editor written by a student who demanding changes in the station management and limits on station membership. He felt that WWUH was a closed society and that students were being excluded!  The author of this letter was a disgruntled student who had gone through our training problem twenty months prior and done a few shows but who had never met the qualifications for full membership. He was upset that we would not give him a regular jazz slot.  A few weeks before he sent the letter to the newspaper, he met with John Ramsey and Art Greene where he was told that he had to attend meetings and be voted in as a member of the staff in order to qualify for a show. The meeting was positive and PD Greene assured him that there would be a place for him once he fulfilled the membership requirements so the letter came as a real surprise to station management.

.  When the station protested the factual inaccuracies contained in the letter to the Editor of the newspaper, the editor simply replied that the opinions contained in the letter were those of the author. When it was pointed out that the newspaper had a responsibility to correct factorial inaccuracies contained in the letter, she once again replied that our only recourse would be to write a letter of our own. The ECOM decided not to respond publicly.  However, several student volunteers who were new at the station that year wrote letters to the Informer explaining how welcome the station had made them feel and what an positive experience they had working here.

In March, the station sponsored a monthly meeting of the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, whose members toured the station.   This was the second time that WWUH had welcomed the non-profit group.

Volunteer Keith Brown, host of Gay Spirit and our Sunday Opera program, was interviewed on tape by Nutmeg Community Television in Farmington.  The program was aired on WE-TV in the near future.

Paul Back speaks about program on KC101

          Tony Magno celebrated 25 years on the air with 11 years on UH.  We hosted a big party for him on Thursday February 8.  Press releases were sent out in advance, and guests included members of Italy’s NY Consulate and members of the press and politicians.  Refreshments were served and prizes were given out, including  watches, CDs and cassette walkmans. Tony had conducted a contests on the air and a trip to Italy was presented to the winner at the party

Al Dzikas, the host of our Lithuanian program, celebrated his 2000th show.  

          Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Zydeco band, played live on Synthesis.  The performance was video taped by a local cable company.

In April, we finalized arrangements with WPAA channel 18, the public access station in Wallingford to carry our signal. This is the forth cable system to carry us.

          The Hartt School of Music had a piano installed in the Wilde Auditorium, saving us the cost of renting one for the Jazz in the Wilde Concert.

          WWUH participated in the Special Olympics by offering frequency coordination services to the Olympic committee.

          Bill Measom took over the Jazzline from Terry Weichand.

Dave Nagel, Program Director of WDRC in Hartford, assisted with the training program.

In an effort to make our music data base compatable with other data bases, a bar code reader was purchased.

          Rich Oettenger was appointed Acting Program Director by the ECOM, and immediately went to work coordinating training, approving demo tapes, etc.

          In November, the Athletics Department approached us about broadcasting the entire season of Hawks Women's Basketball games.  They were faced with gender equity challenges, and were unable to find a single commercial station to carry the women's games.    We entered into a compromise agreement to broadcast 11 home games.  As was the case in 1991, the cost of the broadcasts was picked up by the Athletics Dept.

A recruitment letter was sent out to150 students who had expressed an interest in the radio station during orientation.

In the fall, a special newsletter was sent to station alumni.  The newsletter was fashioned after the 913 Letter, but with material of interest to the former staffers.

We started setting up the staton’s first Web Page with an outside firm that had offered to it for free.

A forum on race relations was recorded at Lincoln.

The FCC eliminated the requirement that radio broadcast operators have a license or permit.

On July 6 the application for the new antenna was submitted to the Commission.  The antenna system was ordered contingent upon issuance of a construction permit by the commission.

          On August 6  1995 the F.C.C. approved our Antenna Project application!  The issuance of a construction permit means that we have full legal authority to complete the project.  When we are done with construction, a license will be issued.  The antenna and related equipment is on order, with a tentative delivery date of November 3.   Once delivery is made, we will  have the antenna installed by Northeast Towers, Inc. of Burlington, CT. 

We took delivery of the new antenna system in late November, and scheduled installation for early January.

          After three postponements due to weather, we were finally able to install the new antenna on Avon Mountain on Friday, January 26.  The button was pressed at 7 pm that evening, feeding power to the  antenna for the first time!  Installing the antenna was a major undertaking, made even more difficult by the low temperatures and the high winds.  We had contractors on the tower for twelve hours a day for three days in a row with outside temperatures in the signle digits and winds gusting to 30 miles per hour.

Even though we are now operating with less power, our signal is getting out much better thanks to the higher antenna, which is now above the ridge that was blocking it.   Our coverage problems in the West Hartford/Hartford area have virtually disappeared, and we are getting out in other directions much better as well. 

          Listeners have called in from all over the state, including the towns of Amston, New Haven, downtown Torrington, Naugatuck, Storrs and New Fairfield as well as from as far north as Northampton, Ma., to say that they are hearing us for the first time!  Many dozens of additional listeners have called in from nearby towns complimenting us on improved reception.  We have yet to receive one complaint about the signal!

          We are still awaiting the arrival of a representative of the antenna manufacturer who will fine tune the antenna, and document it's performance for future reference.  Since we are sharing this antenna with WTIC-FM (it's their back-up antenna), there may be times in the future when we have to switch back to our "old" antenna, although we expect this to be limited to only a couple of days a year at the most.

          Our new antenna is 1050 feet above sea level, and nearly 750 feet above average terrain.  When you look at the five towers on Avon Mountain, "our" tower is the one farthest to the South.  The engineering department compiled a video (thanks to Mike DeRosa) and took still pictures of the antenna installation project.  These pictures will be shown at the February 4th General Staff Meeting.   Press releases were sent out to the media informing them of the success of the project in the hopes of attracting new listeners.

          The station purchased a new Mackie 24 x 4 mixing console to complete the PA system setup we use for our concerts.  Over 60% of the cost of this mixer was covered by selling old, no longer needed station equipment.

The unprecedented hot weather this summer kept our engineering department hopping.  In addition to numerous power outages, our transmitter site equipment experienced some minor lightning damage.  Off air time was minimal, thanks to the back up equipment we have in place, including the low power third transmitter we have in Gengras, which we used when our Avon site was knocked out of commission.  Transmitter down time this year is well under 90 minutes!

          A new digital audio processor was tried out on the air for a week.  While it resulted in an audible improvement in our sound, it was returned due to lack of money.

          Ed McKeon  and the station were featured in the January 18th issue of Billboard magazine!

          We have installed a shelf and guest book in the hallway outside the air studio.  Please have your guests sign in when they visit the station.  We ask this for historical purposes.

ALUMNI NOTES

          Former Operations Director Jim Pressman (94/95) announced his engagement.  He's working as a Senior TV Research Analyst with John Blain Television in NYC.

          Carol Stevens, who was Development Director in the mid-'80s, sent a Christmas card to the station.  She is living near Boston and works for a satellite company selling time and organizing US and International news and video feeds.

          Blake Wilcox, Operations Director in 1990, has just started doing the evening shift on WZZO in Allentown, PA, five days a week.  Blake had been working in the music business at a distributor in NYC, and doing weekend overnights at an FM station in the Poconos.

          Former Program Director Chris Baker, who was unable to return to UH this year due to cuts in his financial aid, has just started at the University of Maine.  He had spent the summer and fall working on a ferry boat off the Maine coast.

          Grant Miller, former Operations Director (88/89) just released his third CD along with WWUH alumni Rich Vaughan.  Their band is called Mandible Chatter and the CD is called “Grace.” A copy is in the station's rock new bin.

          Lee Courtney is alive and well in Florida.  He moved down there in December, and has been keeping us posted as he basks in the sun and searches for another station that will allow him to play the music he likes.  And he thought we were strict!

          Laura Grabsch, (Operations Director '89-91) has recently been promoted to the position of business manager  for Este Lauder at Filenes at the Naugatuck Valley Mall. She also does regional concert booking for local artists “Sweeter Than Wine” (acoustic duo).  Laura is living in Wallingford and visited the station in early February.

          Dave Agasi is alive and well and living in the San Francisco, California.

          Michael Claire, Synthesis host in the early 80s, is working at Amoeba Records in Berkeley, California.

          About a dozen staff members and friends attended the annual Holiday Party held this year in the WWUH office.  Staffers shared station stories, discussed station history, and glanced through photo albums and scrap books while munching on refreshments.  Thanks to Nick and Matt for getting all of the refreshments together.

We received 4940 new CDs in 1995.  Divided by genre, it breaks down as follows:  Jazz-756, Ambient-179, Blues-213, Classical-155, Comedy-4, Folk-532, Bluegrass-131, Rock-2174, Soundtrack-74, Gospel-39, Childrens-1, Xmas/Chanukah-65, Urban-144, World-354, Reggae-199.

          The vast majority of comments received on the Listener Line have been complimentary, and while some offer constructive criticism, some are over the top.  Here are a few samples:

“One simple comment. I’m from NYC and I’ve been listening for 48 hours and I haven’t heard any Charles Parker.  Play some of the Bird.” (9:30 pm, 12/13).

“I think you could really improve the station if you used more classic rock.  You know, some Jimi Hendrix, Doors, Who, Beatles, Clapton, like that.  It could really add some spice to the show.  I also never hear the DJ, they never talk.. People like to hear the DJs some times.   I don’t know what to say.  Bye.”  (11:10 am, 12/8).

“It’s me again.  The programming is really dead.  You should just pick one style.  You can’t have a successful radio station by having different types of music on all day long.  You won’t get any listeners.  You can’t expect to have different people tune in at different times of day.  I don’t want to listen to different things.  I have no idea what’s on your station.  Pick one kind of station.  Whoever the DJ is I have no idea.  The program lacks any kind of flavor.” (3:00 am, 12/18).

”Thank you WWUH, and Cliff (Thornton) and Margaret for your excellent work on prohibition.  I listened today, 2/8, “Efficacy”  it was very interested to hear that you are not in favor of Prohibition.  I think one of the people who said is one of the things we are confronted here is a lot more pervasive than the McCarthy era was.  I’ll keep my comments brief 

If we are to fight a war,  the best way is to use the non-violence methods of Gandhi and King,  You have to believe in the rationality and compassion of the powers that be, to take a great leap of faith to feel that you can gain anything through non-violent action.  In this country there are enough educated people in the country,  prohibition will be a thing of the past.  The problem of alcohol and drugs use will go way.  I appreciate what you're doing to bring the truth to the forefront.”  (8:50 am, Wednesday, 2/8).

This is a long time listener from Manchester.  I have to say that I think your programming is excellent in regards to Assassination Journal  and your programs on drug policy. I’d like to see a lot more of this information, and more frequently distributed, too.   I also wish you would play a little more alternative music.  Where’s the punk, kids?”

          FM On Toast hosts included:

          Jazz hosts included:

          Synthesis hosts included:

          Pubic Affairs Producers included:

          Classical hosts included:

          Gothics and All Night Show hosts included:

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News stories making the headlines in 1995 include:  US rescues Mexico's economy with $20-billion aid program (Feb. 21); Russian space station Mir greets first Americans (March 14). US shuttle docks with station (June 27); Nerve gas attack in Tokyo subway kills eight and injures thousands. The Aum Shinrikyo ("Supreme Truth") cult is to blame (March 20). Background: International Terrorism; Israelis and Palestinians agree on transferring West Bank to Arabs (Sept. 24). Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin slain by Jewish extremist at peace rally (Nov. 4); Scores killed as terrorist's car bomb blows up block-long Oklahoma City federal building (April 19); Timothy McVeigh, 27, arrested as suspect (April 21); authorities seek second suspect, link right-wing paramilitary groups to bombing (April 22); Los Angeles jury finds O. J. Simpson not guilty of murder charges (Oct. 3);  Million Man March draws hundreds of thousands of black men to capital (Oct. 16).

 

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