Steve Tefft

“1972 – Big D: 50 Years of Broadcasting History”, WDRC Hartford | December 31, 1972

Produced for it’s 50th anniversary of broadcasting, this off-air recording (with some additions by your friendly webmaster) starts in 1922 and records many important events, including the Hindenburg Disaster, the bombing of Manilla (WW2), programming highlights including Big Band music shows and radio operas like The Lone Ranger… then it’s on to WDRC’s years as a Top 40 station up to then-current 1972. The final portion of this is a recording made with a mic at a radio speaker at the stroke of midnight as Big D welcomed in 1973. This is an authentic original recording and we thank Steve for his contribution!

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

First time I heard this I nearly fell off my chair! Digressing for a moment, most of us on air people have heard or have access to a station blooper tape that got played at various occasions… Station Christmas parties being the usual place for such hilarity. Not this time. This one is NOT from a station in house recording, it was made by the contributor. Steve Tefft 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 newsro...

Jack Miller, WDRC Hartford | June 17, 1972

Date of Recording: 06.17.1972 Station: 1360 WDRC (AM) Hartford, Connecticut, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Jack Miller (WARE / WEIM / WFEA / WBBQ / AKFN / WSPR / WWLP-TV / WBZ / WCBS-FM / WWYZ / WPIX-FM / WKZE-FM) Contributor: Steve Tefft …Sue, hello Sue – that was terrible! Curator’s Notes: Jack Miller did a weekly talent show on WDRC where listeners could call in and perform just about anything. It was, of course, all for entertainment, and some of the callers were truly awful. But, Jack Miller is the star of the show, and he DOES entertain. Shown here in this 14 minute original recording, Miller is a great host, who is much more than a disc jockey. His quick wit and ability to control this ‘talent’ show while playing along with the contestant...

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