WWUH RADIO HISTORY
1996 Text
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Staff

 

Managers: John Ramsey – General Manager and Chief Engineer, Susan Mullis – Director of Development, Rich Oettinger and Anthony Price – Program Directors, Mary Dowst – Business Manager, Mike DeRosa – Community Affairs Director, Art Greene – Program Direcctor, Jim Pressman and Matt Meagher – Operations Directors, Nick Vukasinovic – Music Director, Ed McKeon – Folk Music Director, Alan Livermore – Classical Music Director, Jazz Officer Spaak – Jazz Music Director, Brian Grossjean – World Music Director, Peter Rost -  Blues Music Director, Chuck Dube – Assistant Chief Engineer.

 

McNall Allison, Keith Barrett, Paul Bezanker, Larry Bilansky, Paul Bock, Rich Boissonneau, Jim Bolan, Paul Boroque, Tom Bowman, Bart Bozzi, Steve Brechter, Keith Brown, Warren Byrd, Ann Carmody, Michael Caroll, Bob Celmer, Mohinder Chadra, Mark Channon, Deborah Conklin, Vanessa Cooper, Rich Cormier, Mark DeLorenzo, Dave Demaw, Mike DeRosa, Amy Dement, Terress Dickson, Steve Dieterich, Vijay Dixit, Bill Domler, Mary Dowst, Mark Dressler, Chuck Dube, Al Dzikas, Eileen Ego, George Michael Evica, Luis Feliciano, Dawn Finnemore, Mario Greitti, Donna Giddings, Art Greene, Brian Grosjean, Gina Gunn, John Holder, Harvey Jassem, Wayne Jones, Amy Kasden, Josh Lafayette, Gregory Laxer, Gary Levin, Alan Livermore, Greg Lynch, Kevin Lynch, Tony Magno, Doug Maine, Ann Maio, Chris Marti, Ed McKeon, Matt Meagher, Bill Measom, Gail Meyers-Jaworski, Peter Michaelson, Dorienne Miner, Phillip Mitchell, Craig Molino, Susan Mullis, Nay Nasser, Ted Neihay, Chuck Obuchowski, Kevin O’Toole, Rich Oettinger, Stephen Petke, Jim Pressman, Anthony Price, John Prytko, Johnny Prytko, jr, Mel Quinones, John Ramsey, Henriaue Ribeiro, Mike Ringland, Maurice Robertson, Anth0ony Roppo, Peter Rost, Mark Santini, John Scott, Jack Seidl, Andy Taylor, Cliff and Margaret Thornton, Dwight Thurston, Lynnea Villanova, Dave Viveiros, Nick Vukasinovic, Terry Weichand, Lloyd Weir, Dave Zalulda and Andy Zeldin.

 

 

         

          Rich Oettinger, a Junior in the School of Communications, was elected to the position of Program Director in a special election in April.  Rich has been serving as Acting Program Director since the fall, and the election simply ratified this ECOM appointment.

          Anthony Price is filling in as program scheduler for the summer and is carrying the programming beeper.

Amy Kasden summer internship through Hall High School.

Ann Carmody interested in Operations Director

Definate LGH Leadership DIversity Concert:  April 30 96:

COMMUNITY

In January, a special program was aired on Educational Alternatives in Hartford in response to the terrible problems the Hartford public school system was facing.

            Volunteer Cliff Thorton created a new public affairs program by the name of “Efficacy”. He produced programs on domestic violence, education reform, race/class relations, interviewing political candidates running for office and drug policy.

          During the month of August, the station aired special programming to provide an alternative perspective on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.  Called “Unconventional Coverage,” the series featured syndicated programming produced by Pacifica.  Listener reaction was favorable.

During the month of August, the station aired special programming to provide an alternative perspective on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.  Called “Unconventional Coverage”, the syndicated programming was produced by Pacifica, and came to us free of charge. Listener reaction was favorable.

          Paul Bock who, together with this wife Phoebee, founded the “Asian American Forum” and who have produced the program for the last five plus years, announced that they leaving the station!  They were moving to the Seattle area to be with their children.  Paul and Phoebee received  thanks for putting together such a wonderful program week after week over the years. 

          They have gone to great lengths to recruit a number of high school students to carry on the program.  These students will we starting the training program in June so there is a good chance that the Asian American Forum program will continue in one form or another!

          Communications student Rick Oettinger was elected to the position of Program Director in April Special Election.

In 1998 we approached West Hartford’s Hall High School with the idea of broadcasting the widely-acclaimed “Pops and Jazz” concert.  Several staff members had participated in the concert when they were in high school, and the performance was considered by many to be one of the best high school musical events in the country, in part because of the involvement of the Hall High School Jazz Band which had won a number of national competitions in recent years and had even played for the President of the US at the white house the year before.

Hall was thrilled at the idea so the engineering staff went to work planning how the event could be broadcast.  The show incorporated quite a bit of dance, all accompanied by music performed by the various music units at Hall so radio listeners would still be able to enjoy the concert. 

          Staff members Stuart Feldman and Mark Channon were the on-site hosts, and the engineering was done by Scott Baron, Chris Larsen, Ryan Gilligan-Ramsey and John Ramsey.

West Hartford’s Hall High school had cultivated a jazz band that over the years had won national and international awards and the band played an intergral part in the school’s annual Pops and Jazz extravanza in March.  WWUH made arrangements to broadcast the performance.  John Ramsey relates:

“The technical requirements for the live broadcast were extremely difficult as close to four dozen microphones were used in the production.  As a former Hall student and someone who had been on the technical staff for Pops and Jazz in the distant past, I knew the set up in the auditorium pretty well, and since one of my sons was taking audio theater classes that year, things worked out well.  One of the main issues that had to be addressed with the producer of the show was the fact that potions of the show were mostly visual and would not translate well to a radio broadcast.  They were extremely cooperative in modifying the lineup so that there was always an aural part of the performance that could be heard by the people listening on the radio.

We set up an announce booth in the projection booth in the front of the roof so Mark Channon and our other announcers had an unobstructed view of the action on the stage.

The Pops and Jazz broadcast was produced with the help of Scott Baron, Chris Larsen, Mark Channon, Doug Maine and Stu Feldman.

Kevin Lynch produced a special one-hour tribute to Bluegrass Legend Bill Monroe, who passed away in September.  The special was so well done that we received over a dozen requests for copies of it!

The tradition of broadcasting the Lady Hawks basketball games continues in 1996, and we carried all of their games. As an added bonus to our listeners, we aired the home games in stereo!      WWUH alumni John Esterbrooks and Leah Secundo did an excellent job with the court side announcing, and volunteer Anthony Price produced promos for the games and served as board operator.

Thanks to Music Director Nick, we were able to maintain our 24 hours a day commitment to broadcasting during the Blizzard in January.  Nick volunteered to do 18 out of 24 hours during the "big" storm.

After we had received a number of complaints last December about anti-semetic comments made on the Friday Synthesis show.  The announcer who made the comments appeared before the ECOM in January and was put on indefinite probation for offensive comments.

          A temporary member was dismissed from the staff for taking CDs from the station.  The CDs were returned after he was confronted by the station manager.

          As announced on AlStewart.com, Al appeared on WWUH-91.3's THE HAPPY CLUB on Wednesday, March 6, 2002. Al was there for about 45 minutes, having a relaxed chat with hostess Joan Holliday. His music was featured throughout the show. The show was broadcast live over the Internet

          WWUH Advisor Dave Nagel taught classes for the Communications Department in our Production Studio.

          Susan and Andy Taylor ran the music department for a good part of the year, with help from various other station volunteers.  In the fall, Rich Oettinger took over as Music Director..

          The station received close to 4000 CDs during 1996. 

The band Steve Riely and the Mamou Playboys were interviewed on December 15th.

On Saturday, June 15,  the station sponsored another show in the Ambience In The Wilde series.    Van Zyl and Gulch performed and Mark DeLorenzo opened the show to an audience that numbered 140 people.   $1540 was taken in, with a net of over $1000!

BUSHNELL

A tradition on WWUH in the seventies and eighties, we were forced to drop the live Bushnell Park concerts in the mid ‘80s due to the rising cost of the special hi-fi phone lines that were required to carry the signal from the park to the station’s studio.  This year, the station used the UHF remote radio link we purchased a few years ago in conjunction with WSAM to bring the signal to us.

The airing of the Bushnell Park Monday Night Jazz broadcasts from the new stage at the West end of the park was accomplished using our new RPU remote broadcast link and a feed from the concert sound company.  Doug Maine and Chuck Obochowski made the arrangements, assisted by Peter Michaelson, BIll Meason, Terry Weichand and Larry Bilansky.  Chris Marti did the engineering.

          The broadcasts from the park started at 6 pm on Monday nights with the local act playing live on the air.  Pacifica News will be aired during the intermission around 7:30 pm, and then we would go back live to the park when the main act went on.  WWUH Jazz Announcers assisted with on-stage emceeing as well!

          Marathon '96 started on February 25 and ran for one week. A higher goal was set to make up for the extra expense of the antenna project. The goal was $70,000 and the ECOM warned the staff that due to the poor economy, they should be prepared to continue to event for two weks

          In an effort to build some excitement for Marathon and to get the listeners to feel that they were part of it, we asked listeners to call in a month before the event to give us ideas on what we should say to entice people to pledge during Marathon.  They were encouraged to leave messages on the Listener Line, and were told that we might use their ideas (perhaps in their own voices) on the air during Marathon.  Only a few calls were received, and none were used on the air.

Doug Maine and Ed McKeon made two excellent marathon carts.

Premiums included the new T-shirt (tan with “Eat Your vegetables, clean your room, listen to WWUH” on the back), the Jazz In The Wilde and Folk Next Door recordings, and various other items.  The price for the T-shirt is now $20, and the CDs have been raised to $25.00.  We're also discussed a plan whereby listeners would be able to contribute monthly if they so choose (either via check, or deducted automatically from their charge account).

The event featured an Open House, 4-8 pm.

Marathon ‘96 will go down in the record books as the most successful fund raiser that the station has ever had. Close to $71,000 was pledged during the event, which was scheduled to run for two weeks but was ended after one incredible week!  Additional pledges continued to come in the weeks following and a total of $74,500.00 was pledged with

          The focus of the event was of course,  the new antenna, which prompted calls from many listeners hearing our signal for the first time. 

          Special  marathon carts were produced by:  Kevin O’Toole, Doug Maine, Ed McKeon, Craig Molino,  Lynnea, and Susan, among           

The 96 Silent Fund Raiser held in October was an incredible success.  The goal of $17,500 was surpassed by over $2,500, with over 700 listeners calling in pledges.  The station's announcing staff did an exceptional job in presenting the event in a positive manner throughout the week.

          The money raised will be used to purchase a replacement for our 10+ year old stereo generator, and to put the station on the World Wide Web with Realaudio (see below).

The Fall Drive brought in $21,288.00 in pledges with a goal of only $17,500!  More than 750 calls were received. The funds raised were used to purchase a new audio processor and to put the station on the world wide web.  Monroe tribute tapes and Sounds of Hartford CDs offered as premiums.  In an effort to save on postage, vouchers were sent out in place of mugs allowing listeners to pick up their mugs at one of about a half dozen convenient locations around the greater Hartford area.

          92.8% of the pledge money was collected for a total of $19,753.56!  In all, we received 758 pledges in the fall drive.

 

FINANCIAL

Due to a number of unexpected expenses late last year, including the costs associated with the antenna project and the related delays, the station went over budget during the year! Cost cutting measures included  cutting back in long distance phone calls, doing more mailings at the 3rd class and 4th class rate and reducing the number of magazine and CD subscriptions.

          In order to make up for the shortfall, a direct main solicitation was sent out to our listeners. 

Our revenue for the year was $121,700. Sources of revenue were, in order, Marathon, Concert Revenue, Fall Fund Drive and Univeristy.

In the fall, the ECOM became aware of an individual who was briefly associated with WWUH as a volunteer in 1991 who had visited one of our Patrons at his residence in Hartford soliciting funds in the name of WWUH!   We believe that he got the Patron's name from the list on the inside front cover of the Program Guide!  Needless to say we are very concerned about this fraud and have taken steps to prevent this from happening, including writing letters to all of our Patrons and Sustaining members.   If you hear from any listeners who have been solicited, give their name and number to John immediately.

PUBLICITY

          WWUH featured prominently in the news on a number of occasions during the year.

          The Hartford Advocate ran a half-page apage article on Banjo Meltdown in March.  The New York Times, Hartford Courant and Hartford Advocate ran articles on the Sounds of Hartford.  The West Hartford News April 25 issue ran a 1/3 page article on the 25h anniversary of Carosello Musicale Italiano.

          An article in the Courant about what Connecticut Public Radio programming in June prompted several letters to the editor complimenting our classical programming.

Our “Jazz In The Wilde” CD was reviewed quite favorably in the July issue of Option magazine. 

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

The Hartford Courant ran two articles about WWUH, one about the Nowell Sing We Clear concert and the other about about the Dar Williams show. The Courant also did an article about WWUH being rebroadcast on the Somers High School station.

Mike DeRosa represented the station on February 2nd at Civitan Club in Hartford and spoke about alternative radio in general and the station's service tp the community in particular.

Volunteer Paul Bach, producer of Asian American Forum, was featured in a Courant article on June 24.

          Additional articles about the station appeared periodically in the Informer article and the Daily Bulletin on campus, and in the  Journal Inquirer.

          Our “Jazz In The Wilde” CD reached Number 16 on the CMJ national jazz playlist.  It was reported as #1 on the playlist of a college station in Nome, Alaska.

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

We arranged to have WWUH’s audio carried on Bloomfield Access TV (BATV) during the "down" time.

          We received a plaque from Cheshire Police Union in appreciation of the support given them by the station.

An award certificate with the following inscription was received in mid-January via fax:  "High Honors in Provocative Programming awarded to WWUH.  Let it be known that WWUH is a swell radio station.  Presented by Listening Committee of Better Sounds, Nov. 15, 1995.  Signed  Rush Limbaugh, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Timothy Leary, Tiny Tim."  The fax had  "Turbo Power Marine" printed along the top.

In June we received a Certificate of Appreciation  from the Golden Rule Award sponsored by J.C. Penney.  Pat Stevens had submitted a wonderful application for the award to nominate our volunteer staff for the award.  The award will be framed and hung in the station office.

          On November 24, the Mayor of the Town of East Hartford proclaimed Wayne Day for his 20 years of service to the community.

The Hartford Courant did an excellent article on the fact that WWUH was being rebroadcast on WWEB in Somers.

 

          FND  YEAR???

          Folk Next Door V was held in the Millard Auditorium in the Hartt School on May 31.  The concert was one of the most successful ever.   The following artists performed at the concert:  Bayou Brethren from Hartford, Cordelia’s Dad from Northampton, Ma., Gabriel Dorman from NYC, Andrew LeBlanc from Bristol, Morrigu from Tolland, Ratsy from Cambridge, Ma., Dana Pomfret from E. Granby, Salamander Crossing from Montague, Ma.,  Stan Sullivan from New Britain, Nancy Tucker from Bloomfield and Sloan Wainwright from NYC.

We have moved the event from the Wilde Auditorium for two reasons:  First, the larger venue will allow us to sell tickets to the dozens of listeners who we have to turn down in past years after we have been sold out.  Second, it will allow us to offer free tickets to the performers, something we haven't been able to do in the past due to the limited seating capacity of the Wilde Auditorium. While the Wilde holds only 228 people, Millard holds 428!  The Hartt Recording Studio has recently installed a recording control room in the projection booth, and  have graciously given us permission to use it for the recording.

          M-Pact TV, the Public Access station from Monson, Mass, video taped the show for free and will be producing a video that we can distribute to the public access stations across the state and throughout Massachusetts.

275 tickets were sold, bringing in $5964 gross with a net of $4232 after expenses!

          Ed McKeon produced the show, and was assisted by a dozen or so staff volunteers including Steve Dieterich, Bill Domler, Dwight Thurston, J. O. Spaak, Larry Bilansky, Susan Mullis, Peter Rost,  Dave Viveiros, and Mark DeLorenzo.

Ed McKeon and John Ramsey selected the songs that would be used on the  CD, and Local Color, Folk Next Door IV was released right before Christmas.  Over 200 copies were sent out in January to reviewers and folk radio stations throughout the country.  The exceptional artwork on the cover and in the liner notes was designed by volunteer Don Carter.

          Borders Books sold 24 copies of FND IV in 3 weeks!      

 

SLEEP CONCERT

 Robert Rich was at the station on October 20th and performed in a live radio sleep concert.     He played live sleep/trance music, the object being to invite the listener to relax and fall asleep with the radio on, hwith the goal of creating an interesting atmosphere and perhaps influencing dreams.  “Very cool” says Susan.

           Susan Mullis produced “Ambience in the Wilde” on June 15, 1996  Artists Van Zyl and Gulch performed, with Marky Music opening the show.  Approx. 120 tickets were sold $1,000 net.

 

PODUNK

The Mayor’s Office of the town of East Hartford sponsored the First Annual Podunk Bluegrass Festival on Saturday July 27 from Martin Park.  WWUH was an official sponsor of the event and carried the show live on Saturday starting at 11 am.

           The musical line-up included Northern Bound, New Coon Creek Girls, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Lost and Found, Laurie Lewis and Grand Street, Mac Wiseman (with Lost and Found) and John Hartford.

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

Podunk Bluegrass festival broadcast from 11 - 3;30 pm from martin Park in E. Hartford n July 27.  Kevin Lynch and Tom Bowman, Chuck Dube.  450 RPU. Podunk Review:  Chuck, Larry, Kevin, Tom.

 

CONCERTS

          The band Dervish performed in a WWUH benefit concert on June 6th in the Wilde Auditorium.  The show was a sell-out, and the performance was top notch.  The station netted $1067 out of gross revenues of $3122. Dervish used part of the recording of the UH show in a live CD they released the following year.

Other concerts included:  a Connecticut Jazz Confederation benefit concert,      

Bill Domler arranged for the group Nowell Sing We Clear to perform a benefit concert for WWUH on December 17, 1996 in the Wilde Auditorium.  The band, from Vermont, played a mixture of English and American traditional folk music of the Christmas season.

          The station was instrumental in breaking The Nields into the New England music scene, and they have always promised to come back and do a benefit for us.  We have taken them up on their offer and scheduled a concert for  May 18, 7:30 pm in the Wilde Auditorium. The Nields new album, "Getting Over Gretta"  has just come out  and they have been getting national attention for several months.

March 9 the station sponsored a Banjo Meltdown in the Wilde Auditorium.  Performing on stage were Tony Trishka and his band including Matt Glaser, Bill Keith and Fretwater.  A sell-out crowd netted close to $900 for the station.  Thanks to Tom Bowman for producing the event and to  Susan Mullis, Larry Bilansky, and Renee Thurston for help the night of the show. 

           The show was sold out and the station netted $878 out of gross revenues of $2468.

           Dick Gaughen  returned the Wilde Auditorium on Fri. June 26 for a benefit concert for the station.   Dick put on an outstanding performance, which netted about $400 for the station.

          Ed McKeon deserves the credit for producing this show.

Steve Dieterich has arranged for Doogie MacLean will perform in the Wilde Auditorium on Tue. Oct 22

          Bill Domler arranged for the group Nowell Sing We Clear to perform a benefit concert for WWUH on December 17, 1996 in the Wilde Auditorium.  The band, from Vermont, played a mixture of English and American traditional folk music of the Christmas season.

 

                  

BEANERY

On Saturday, August 24, the Beanery, a coffee house in Windsor sponsored the second annual “WWUH/Beanery  Jazz Concert” to benefit the station. Ed Fast’s Latin Jazz Quintet and the Rich Goldstein Trio performed.  Approx. $300 was raised for the station.  Chuck Obuchowski. produced the show.  Staffers Mary Dowst, Bill Measom, Peter Michaelson, Rich Cormier, Chuck Dube and Mark Channon helped to make the show possible.

          Friday, August 23  will be the date of the second annual benefit jazz concert for WWUH to be held at the Beanery in Windsor.  Street Temperature and a quintet featuring Ed Dale of Home Cookin are tentatively scheduled to perform.

          As they did last year, the folks at The Beanery are putting on the event with the proceeds going directly to us.

 

ECOM DECISIONS

In the fall, it was discovered that an individual who was briefly associated with WWUH as a volunteer in 1991-visited one of our Patrons at his residence in Hartford soliciting funds in the name of WWUH fraudulently!   We believe that he got the Patron's name from the list on the inside front cover of the Program Guide!  Needless to say we are very concerned about this fraud and have taken steps to prevent this from happening, including writing letters to all of our Patrons and Sustaining members.   If you hear from any listeners who have been solicited, give their name and number to John immediately.

          A temporary member was dismissed from the staff for taking CDs from the station and a rock show host was put on indefinite probation for making offensive comments on his show in December.

 

ENGINEERING

 

Security Guards at transmitter entrance.

After years of delays, and 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!  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!

          Later that month of a representative of the antenna manufacturer who fine tuned the antenna, and document its 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.

          Since the antenna is mounted on a very tall tower which has aviation obstruction lights, we are legally required to monitor the operation of these lights and to notify the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) if the lights should fail (see “tower lights” below).

          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 engineering department put WWEB , the station in Wallingford that rebroadcasts our signal most of the day, back on the air in late December.  We have been able to improve the coverage of the station so that it can now be heard from Meriden to North Haven!  While the Choate Rosemary Hall Foundation remains the licensee, we have agreed to assumed legal control of their transmitter at all times, relieving them of the requirement of having control operators present at their studio in Wallingford.  This means that when you are signed on the logs at WWUH, you are actually in control of two stations!  Operation of the WWEB equipment is 100% automatic, but instructions are posted on how to turn WWEB off should you ever be required to do so by the F.C.C.

          Transmitter site tour was conducted for the staff in the spring.             The Emergency Broadcast System was replaced with the federally mandated EAS system, requiring the station to shell out $2000 for new equipment.

          In December we helped WWEB get back on air.  We have full transmitter control.

          Scott Baron appt. Asst. Chief Engineer

          UPC Code

          Zoning approval for PCS tower on Gengras

One of the goals of the ECOM for 1996 was to create a WWUH page on the World Wide Web.  If any staff members are interested in helping with this, or helping to maintain it once it is on line, please leave John a note.

Recruitment

          We are in the process of working with Bloomfield Access TV (BATV) to get WWUH's audio on one of their channels during the "down" time.  We hope have this arranged in the next month or so.

          WWUH's audio is already carried on the public access TV stations in Hartford, Simsbury, Windsor, and Wallingford.  

In the spring, the ECOM was shocked to discover that the University had been offered local AM station WNEZ as a donation!  Meetings were held with several vice presidents and with representatives of the Communications School.

Obviously, having such a powerful AM station would have made a very nice addition to WWUH’s operation, but while the station’s license and transmitter equipment was being offered for free, there were significant legal costs involved with the transfer of the license. Also, well over $100,000 was required to bring the station up to legal standards, and the donors were not willing to pay for either of these two expenses.  In addition, the operating costs of the transmitter alone were close to twenty thousand per year, something that WWUH could not afford.

We brought the Athletic Department to the table in the hopes that they would be able to  supply some of the costs involved, but the reality of the situation was that Athletics was not interested since the WNEZ night time signal didn’t cover the campus very well.  Unfortunately, the University was not willing to come up with the money to make the acquisition of the station possible.

Due to the attempted bombing at the transmitter site, channel three hired ecurity guards to watch over the site in the evening.

The new station Web Page was set up in October

 

MISC

For the first time in years, the fall training program was open only to Students by ECOM decision. This was to allow time to train the large number of student recruits we had received in the fall.

John set up a tour of the station with the new Vice President of Development for the University..

Voicemail was added to the office lines

The annual station holiday party was held on December 19 at volunteer Joan Wright-Lee's house in Bloomfield.

          Music Director Nick left the station during the summer.

Two long term volunteers are leaving the station and moving on to other endeavors.

          Allen Livermore, who has been with the station since 1985, is moving to the NYC area to pursue his musical interests.  Allen is known to most of you as the host of Friday’s Evening Classics show, but he has also served on the ECOM as the station’s Community Affairs Director and has hosted many other shows as well.  His band, Feet Music, is featured on our Jazz In The Wilde CD which was released last fall.

          WRONG YEAR?  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.

          A guest book was installed on a new shelf in the hallway outside the air studio.

          Ted Niehay and his wife Elaine, along with John Prytko and his wife Ann, have offered to host the annual station anniversary and reunion party on Sunday, July 28, starting at 1 pm.  (The rain date is the following Sunday.)

          A Presidential Citation was presented to John Ramsey at staff picnic.

The station history project started.

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 under recognized "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 printer's 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 following  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 greased 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 Traver Hollow killing them in the wee hours.

This year we're down to 13 acts, and confident that we'll finish before midnight so that most of you can stay for most of the Folk Next Door.  By popular demand, the evening's events will once again be videotaped for future release."

          The following is from the WWUH Listener Line:

          “Its Tuesday afternoon its 4 o’clock and I’ve been listening to some of this

cacophonous if not dissident material that was just played.  There are no words in the English lexicon to describe the outrage that I  feel for this type of programming. If it comes up again I will have to make a statement and turn it off, that is all I can say.  I can’t even believe it, I did not know what it was, this synthesizer or whatever this garbage was they were playing.  There are no adjectives I can use to describe it.  This deejay guy boasted (about the) the quality and "musicality" of it.  It was just unbelievable to me.  I do not want this stuff on there. I will not contribute a dime to WWUH if it is not taken off the air.  It should not be allowed.  If you want to listen to it in the privacy of your home grab this stuff, by golly, put on a set of cans and listen to it.  I’ll tell you that it was a good thing the Iranians or the Iraqis did not have this stuff during the gulf war because if they did and they shot down a pilot and they put on a set of headphones and played this stuff then the pilots would tell them everything they wanted to know.  It is absolutely unbearable, its cacophonous garbage that should not be allowed to be on the radio and it is an embarrassment and the deejays I can not even call them deejays because there are not words to describe it.  Other than what I said.  I don’t want to listen to it.  I won’t listen to it, and it should be taken off the air immediately and I will never contribute a dime to WWUH if it is not taken off the air immediately. This garbage is crap and it is an embarrassment to everyone that has anything to do with it.

(4:00 pm, 11/26/96).

 

1996  Chechens capture 2,000 Russians (Jan. 9). Chechnya peace treaty signed (May 27).; France agrees to end nuclear testing (Jan. 29). Background: nuclear disarmament; Britain alarmed by an outbreak of "mad cow" disease (March 20 et seq.); UN tribunal charges war crimes by Bosnian Muslims and Croats (March 22). Nations pledge $1.23 billion in aid to rebuild Bosnia (April 22); South Africa gets new constitution (May 8); Israel elects Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister (May 31); Iraqis strike at Kurdish enclave (Aug. 31); after warning, US attacks Iraq's southern air defenses (Sept. 2–3); Valujet crashes in Everglades; all 110 aboard killed (May 11); 747 airliner crashes in Atlantic off Long Island, N.Y.; all 230 aboard perish (July 17).

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