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800 WLAD / Danbury CT

Big George Repco, Radio 80 WLAD Danbury | 1995

Recorded in 1995, just before Telcom ’96 all but destroyed local radio, here’s a very unique recording taken right off the original skimmer tape. Contributor Paul DiMarco told me that he was training on sister station 98Q, when George Repco walked by. Paul handed him a cassette, and we have this aircheck to prove that WLAD was not only a live station, but a darn good, full-service local AM station, broadcasting in AM Stereo (which as of this writing they still do!).

This starts with Connecticut legend Dr. Mel Goldstein (WTNH NewsChannel 8) doing a local Danbury weather forecast. It moves right into Big George Repco’s show on this, a Classic Hits weekend… before the term and format “Classic Hits” was in vogue! This includes a full local newscast by anchor Lisa Romanello and lots of sports -baseball, as WLAD here is a Red Sox affilliate. Enjoy the music imaging voiced by Bobby Ocean (KFRC)!

This is local, full service radio at its best.


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  1. Judging from the Major League Baseball scores and the i’m guessing high school football scores, this was probably from between late August-late September of 1995.

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  2. Great guy George!! As I mentioned on Facebook I worked with him in the 80’s on WLAD and he was a fireman weekdays and worked for us on a Saturday morning shift.
    WLAD sounds pretty good here (the equipment was upgraded from the antiquated old Gates board we used in the 8o’s).

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