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A “Happy” Christmas Night, WTIC 1080 Hartford | December 25, 1985

Steve from Cape Cod has the knack of having his recorder on at *just* the right time. Here’s an aircheck that reminds us that sometimes automation isn’t ALWAYS bad… given the right circumstances.

Steve writes:

(Here is an) outtake of WTIC news reader Paul Reynolds, from Christmas night, 1985. It starts with the jingle intro to the news, followed by about 20 seconds of silence(apparently Reynolds was passed out in the newsroom). Then, talk host John Birchard scrambles to his mike, vamps for time, then hands it over to Paul…who does his thing.
About 30 seconds into the newscast the engineer realizes what’s happening and yanks Reynolds off the air.

…Christmas parties might have been scaled back a bit in 1986 🙂

WTIC Hartford

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  1. OMG! this is absolutely hilarious! “The time is coming up on 17 degrees”….Brilliant! Let’s put this recording into context. Christmas 1985 fell on a Wednesday, and the time is 8:00 PM. so we can only assume one of two things…WTIC had a Christmas party on Christmas day that must have started sometime in the afternoon for Reynolds to be that plastered by 8:00 PM, or because it was Christmas day, there was probably almost nobody in the studio so Reynolds decided he’d might as well hit the sauce to pass the time until his newscast. Either way, the visitors to are the real beneficiaries of Mr. Reynolds’ good time.


  2. This is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard! I played it for a few o my friends, and we all had a question, I’m not sure if anyone can answer this? Does anyone know if Mr. Reynolds was fired for his on-air performance that night? Or were the rest of the WTIC staff so plastered tat nobody noticed until later? No matter what, it’s a slice of great radio and ‘m glad I found it here on Airchexx!


  3. Oh wow!!! I really don’t know what else to say at this point. Let’s just make sure that we don’t drink before we go on the air! That WTIC 1080 aircheck had me saying “What???” I can’t understand what Paul Reynolds said at this point, except that everything was all jumbled up!

    OK, sorry if my comments don’t make sense. This is my first time posting my comment to Airchexx, so bear with me… 😉


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