Waterbury CT

Charlie Wagner, 1240 WWCO Waterbury (CT) | February 20, 1978

One of the nice things about AM radio in the late 70s was that most had morphed into some sort of Top 40 format and were VERY local in areas outside of major cities. Waterbury Connecticut is a medium sized city which is too far away from Hartford to be considered a suburb, yet is included in dual/multi market station legal ID’s – such as WWYZ Waterbury/Hartford/New Haven. WWYZ was the FM sister station to WATR in ’78 and is technically a Waterbury station, but… well, we’re digressing. WWCO is currently part of a multi-station talk format simulcast, originating from WDRC (AM) 1360 Hartford, But back in 1978, it was a local hot Top 40 station, complete with jingles and reverb. This aircheck was recorded by Bob Gilmore, and features Charlie Wagner. This came from...

John Saville, WWYZ “Country 92.5” Waterbury/Hartford | March 21, 1989

From the Steve West collection comes this 23 year old tape just found in an old box. Honestly, I forgot that I even recorded this. Here’s John Saville on his former night shift on Country 92.5, about six months after the station flipped to Country from AC. The station is using its original jingle package, one that I’ve been looking for for many years unsuccessfully. Frankly, I’m amazed at how old this sounds. I was a huge fan of this station from the day it launched and I don’t remember there being a log of gold cuts in rotation, but this aircheck clearly shows two things: First, Country music, while only three years away from mainstream with artists such as Garth Brooks and Clint Black dominating the Country charts in ’92, was still playing many artists that ...

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