September 27, 2021

9 thoughts on “Cliff Kenyon, WFIF Milford CT | July 20, 1976

  1. A memory flogger! Thanks to Cliff Truckin’ Kenyon for the link to this site, to this aircheck, and for making our little WFIF sound far better than it deserved to. The webmaster nailed it – WFIF was a very limited facility… barely worthy of being called a radio station. The studio’s ancient Gates “Yard” board and turntables with 2 cart machines were housed in the Connecticut Post Shopping Center’s community rooms. The sound of pre-pubescent girls’ tap dancing lessons had us working the mike very closely some afternoons!

    New England radio legend Tom Shovan was GM, and hired me as PD. We were lucky to get some great people to work for us, Cliff and Pete Salant among the pros who made it sound like far more than it was. By posting this aircheck you’ve stirred a million memories and some incredible stories. Thanks for giving it a home, and thanks for the kind words.

    1. I am looking for the current whereabouts of Cliff Kenyon. I am trying to reconnect with him from the ’70’s from WCCC in Hartford.
      Any info or lead you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
      Thanks,
      Bob…

  2. I really miss the old WFIF and they played some great music!!! Luckily I listened to the station when it was around back in the day.

  3. Hi Carl..Thanks for the kind words. Hard to believe this aircheck was from 34 summers ago from the bicentennial summer of 1976.It was fun working for Randy West and the late Tom Shovan and these memories will stay with me forever.Happy Birthday America….Cliff Truckin Kenyon……….

    1. Hi Cliff,you are very welcome. You are right-really hard to believe that was 34 summers ago!!!!! Sad to say,time does fly. I remember listening to you back when I was in high school(Masuk) back then. I’ll never forget the WFIF “machine gun” radio jingle that you guys always played.It truly sounded great and you guys always sounded very professional. You still are not forgotten around here in Connecticut,Cliff.

  4. I would have given a body part to work for the legendary Tom Shovan. one of the true nice guys in the business who was taken from us way too soon. I have to laugh at hearing those old “safety campaign” live spots we all had to deal with at one station or another. the only bad thing about WFIF was that it was on 1500 WTOP’s frequency so they had to sign off at sunset.

  5. Is the date of this confirmed to be July 20, 1976? When I heard the news report at position 12:25 on the missing children, I decided to do a Google search and see what that was about 40 years ago. That lead to an article at //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_Chowchilla_kidnapping that states the children disappeared on July 15, 1976. The news story says the disappearance happened “yesterday” which would lead me to believe this aircheck dates to July 16, 1976.

  6. I was born and raised in L.A., where 93 KHJ was ubiquitous. Upon graduating high school in 1977, I traveled “back east” for the first time; while staying with relatives in New Haven, CT I enjoyed listening to WFIF, where I won my first ‘W station’ contest: an assortment of shampoos or something similar, which I gave to my cousin. I had correctly guessed CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising” after hearing a snippet of the song.

    I also remember enjoying the manic “96 TICs” FM station during that time. I had never heard DJs – or a radio station – move that fast, before or since that time.

    Seems like yesterday…

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