Classic Rock



As we first reported some time ago, Connoisseur Radio has re-branded WDRC-FM as 102.9 The Whale.

The classic rock format is meant to fill the gap left when WCCC-FM was purchased by a Christian broadcaster and changed its playlist accordingly.

For classic rock fans, it can be said, the Lord can give back what He taketh away.

Diane Steps Into the Silver Circle

Congratulations to Connecticut’s Diane Smith who was inducted into NATAS‘ “Silver Circle” this week in Boston.  Read all about the honor…and here’s what they had to say about Diane:

An Emmy award winning TV journalist, radio talk show host, author and speaker, Diane Smith has been on the air in Connecticut since 1982. Diane is the anchor and senior producer for program development at CT-N, the Connecticut version of C-SPAN. She works to promote transparency in government and to increase citizen engagement in their democracy. The Globe Pequot Press has published six books based on Diane’s “Positively Connecticut” TV series, the longest running local TV series in state history.  Diane’s next book Food Fight, written in collaboration with MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski is about solving the American obesity crisis.  Food Fight will be published in May 2013 by Weinstein Books. Diane was an Emmy winning reporter and anchor on WTNH-TV in New Haven, and co-hosted the Morning Show on WTIC-1080, a CBS owned 50,000 watt AM radio station.  She is a frequent on air contributor to the state PBS network, producing and hosting award winning documentaries and other programming.

WTIC Remains UConn’s Flagship Radio Station

Joe D'Ambrosio, left, and Wayne Norman, in the WTIC/UConn Radio Network booth high above Rentschler Field. (Kenneth Best/UConn Photo)Joe. D. & Wayne Norman

After more than 20 seasons of broadcasting Women’s and Men’s Basketball, plus UConn Football,  WTIC News Talk 1080 and the UConn IMG Sports Network have reached a new multi-year agreement including all pre and post-game programming. The new agreement marks the first time that the UConn radio rights are held by IMG College, which is the Huskies’ multi-media rights partner.

The veteran broadcast team for UConn football and men’s basketball will once again include Joe D’Ambrosio, who will handle play-by-play for the 21st straight year, and Wayne Norman with color commentary, who has been UConn’s radio analyst for football and basketball since 1981.

In football, Kevin Nathan will report from the sidelines and Bob Joyce will serve as the pre and post game host. Joyce will also serve as the play-by-play announcer for women’s basketball.

Bob JoyceKevin Nathan on the sidelines at Rentschler Field.Bob Joyce , Kevin Nathan

Editor of Local Radio Magazine Dies in Fire

Joel Kleinman, a 64 year old Meriden resident was killed Saturday afternoon after a fire broke out at his home. Kleinman was the managing editor of the American Radio Relay League’s monthly magazine, QST. Prior to QST, he worked for ARRL, ham radio’s national organization.  Our condolences go out to his friends, family and coworkers. To see more click here.

Aaron (Double A) Goes to the Triple-A

WTIC-am 1080 is looking for an afternoon drive news anchor – Aaron Kupec has taken a job as Public Affairs Manager at AAA.

A Sign of the Times: Four CT Radio Stations for Sale

Cox Media Group has put more than 30 radio stations up for sale as part of a realignment of its broadcast entities,  4 of which are in Southern Connecticut.  WPLR-FM (PLR 99.1), WFOX-FM (95.9 The Fox FM), WYBC-FM (94.3 FM)  and WEZN-FM (Star 99.9 FM) are all up for grabs.  CMG, which includes 15 TV stations, a local cable channel and 86 radio stations says the realignment will help the company to “continue growth and retain its size financially”.

Asking the Question “Why is John Rowland Still on WTIC?”

The Register Citizen: Northwest Connecticut's Daily Newspaper

 In an editorial published today, a Torrington Register Citizen editorial asks why WTIC, one of the state’s most venerable news outlets, has kept former governor John Rowland on his afternoon drive talk show despite the federal investigation swirling around him.
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