Don Brooks, 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford | September, 1981

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Don Brooks (WPTR/WFSB-TV) came to DRC-FM from WPTR Albany, where he was known as Dr. Don for many years. Contributor Paul DiMarco said that Brooks, whom he worked with, was hired for DRC-FM’s CHR format in 1980 and stayed through much of 1982. According to

“Don came from Parsippany, NJ and graduated from Parsippany Hills High School. He played the hits on Big D FM his first time around; among his duties was presenting “Near The Top 30 Countdown” Saturday mornings at ten o’clock. After a stint at Channel 3, he returned in 1991 to do Sunday mornings and fill-in, which he did through the summer of 1999. Don later worked full time in the WDRC sales department.”

DRC-FM was somewhat dayparted for much of its time as a CHR station. Mornings were an AM-FM simulcast with 1360 WDRC (AM) which at that time, also was Top 40, albeit a bit more adult in its music approach during the day. Brad Davis was the morning personality and the station was very sleepy from 5:30-10am. From 10am on through the rest of the day, DRC-FM stepped it up and was a personality-oriented Top 40 station, in your founder’s opinion, hotter than it’s competition. It’s main competition was 96.5 WTIC-FM (96-TIC-FM) and WKCI (KC-101 FM). The 3 way Top 40 war was good for the overall sound of all three stations.

Also noteworthy, WAQY Springfield, MA had a substantial listener base in the northern part of DRC-FM’s footprint. “Wacky 102” ceased to be a factor at the end of September 1981 when it changed formats to Album Oriented Rock. (Today’s “Rock 102“)



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