Peter Ross, 102.9 WDRC-FM Hartford | February, 1972

102.9 Hartford WDRC-FM Big D 103

This begins at the tail end of a newscast, the announcer doesn’t give his name. Then its right into music on the Peter Ross show!

Here are the things to notice on this aircheck:

Dick Robinson, who was HUGE on WDRC, voicing a Railroad Salvage spot. Robinson is the founder of the “Connecticut School of Broadcasting”.

A somewhat racy promotion on DRC, called Hanky-Panky, starts the following Monday. Might be useful in pinning down the exact date of this aircheck.

This is heard on 102.9 FM! And, its BILLED as the FM station! This proves that WDRC 1360 and WDRC-FM were programmed essentially the same (Top 40) but had separate air staffs and programming. Remember, this was recorded in 1972! Its possible that part of the day was simulcast. Indeed, when I started listening in 1979 or so, the Brad Davis morning show was simulcast on AM and FM, then the FM broke away for it’s own programming after 10 AM.

This recording came to us on cassette, and the way the source tape was recorded, the left track was intact, the right track was only tape rumble. The rumble was apparent on the left track as well. In performing noise reduction, the tape rumble was so loud and so apparent everywhere on this recording that I ended up with digital artifacts of the tape noise, and that, even at reduction at 50% instead of higher levels otherwise the whole recording began to take on an ‘artificial’ sound. So, this is it, for now.

102.9 Hartford WDRC-FM Big D 103

Aircheck #1,308 since May 2, 2002!

Recorded by Henry Frick of Greenwich, Connecticut

Sent in by Contributor Steve Bleecker


  1. steve

    I think the news announcer was Chuck Krauss(sp?).

  2. The first voice you hear on the comical is mid-day guy Bob Craig. By the way Pete Ross was Pete MOSS at WWCO, WAVZ and WNHC – great guy!

  3. Big D 103 and WDRC AM did have separate staffs. I worked both the FM and AM in 74 and 75 as a fill-in guy using the name Dave Donovan. But the AM did simulcast on the FM from time to time. I think maybe mornings were a simulcast and I know the overnights was a simulcast. I was doing the AM night shift one Saturday in 74 and the FM jock, named Otis called in sick. So they simulcast me from the AM studio. I’d get calls as far away as Maine from the AM skip and from all over CT, as the FM blanketed the state. It was impressive. The FM jocks ran their own board. The AM was a combo – the engineers ran jingles and commercials, the jock ran turntables.

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