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November 19, 2007

Philly's Legendary Hy Lit Dies


*One of the best-loved voices in PENNSYLVANIA radio history has been silenced.

Hy Lit died Saturday, almost two weeks after undergoing what was supposed to have been routine knee surgery for an injury he suffered when he fell Nov. 4, followed by what his son Sam tells the Philadelphia Inquirer was a series of "bizarre complications."

Lit was one of Philadelphia's first rock-and-roll DJs, starting his career at age 20 in 1955 at WHAT (1340), where he quickly made a name for himself before moving first to NBC-owned WRCV (1060) and then, by late 1957, to top-40 giant WIBG (990), where his achievements included introducing the city to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles - and an amazing 73 rating for his evening show, likely an all-time ratings record for any DJ. Lit quickly became a TV star as well, hosting a dance show on WKBS-TV (Channel 48) that was syndicated to other Kaiser TV stations around the country.

In 1968, Lit made a brief shift to the world of "underground" FM radio, helping to launch a rock format on WDAS-FM (105.3) before returning to WIBG in 1969. Later in the seventies, Lit would work at WIFI (92.5), then at WPGR (1540) and WSNI (104.5) in the eighties.

The next phase of Lit's long career in Philly radio began in 1989, when he joined CBS' WOGL-FM (98.1) and became the first voice heard on WOGL (1210) the next year. Lit remained with WOGL-FM until 2005, when he retired from the station as part of a settlement of an age-discrimination lawsuit against CBS.

Even after a half-century on the air, though, Lit remained active in the business, launching a streaming radio station at that's still active under Sam Lit's leadership.

Lit was an early inductee into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's Hall of Fame, among many honors. He was 73.


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The 2008 Tower Site Calendar is dedicated to the memory of Robert Eiselen (1934-2007), whose digital imaging skills made even a bunch of pictures of radio towers look almost like art. His contributions were essential to the calendar's evolution from 2003 to the current edition, and he will be missed dearly.

*In other Keystone State news...

Few PDs are as closely identified with a cluster as Jim Rising was with Entercom's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton station group - he was there for the sign-on of WKRZ (98.5 Wilkes-Barre) three decades ago, and he rose (no pun intended) to become OM of that station, as well as market leader WGGY, news-talk WILK and AAA WDMT (102.3 Pittston), where he also served as PD. Rising resigned from the cluster last Monday, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors (and not only because his page of links at the WDMT website included one to this page, in which he wrote "Scott has a great grip on this business and is usually right." Thanks, Jim...)

In Philadelphia, WPHT (1210) now has a permanent host for its 6-9 PM slot, as Anthony "Dr. Mazz" Mazzarelli moves from fill-in to full-time on the show now known as "1210 Tonight." (The show is heard only from Monday through Thursday; Friday night continues to belong to Sid Mark and his Sinatra show.)

Wendy Rollins joins Clear Channel's WRFF (104.5 Philadelphia) as assistant PD; the former WAVF (96.1 Hanahan/Charleston SC) jock will also take an airshift at "Radio 104" at some point.

Over at Radio One's WPHI (100.3 Media), the newly-syndicated "Miss Jones" morning show (based at WQHT in New York) hits the airwaves next Monday, with "100.3 the Beat" as its first affiliate. (Jones spent some time working locally at WPHI earlier in the decade.)

In Pittsburgh, the reborn "B94" has a PD, as Ryan Mill takes the reins at CBS Radio's WTZN (93.7). Mill had been assistant PD at the station's previous "Zone" talk format; for his first hire as PD, he's brought in "Flick" from WAKZ (95.9 Sharpsville/Youngstown OH) to do nights.

Another new station in northwestern Pennsylvania has new calls: mark down WNAE-FM as the identity for Iorio Broadcasting's new 102.7 signal in Clarendon, not far from WNAE (1310) in Warren.

And Cumulus has been granted a CP to move WGLD (1440 Red Lion) from its current temporary antenna setup to a diplex on pne of the towers of WSBA (910 York); it'll change city of license to Manchester Township, reducing power from 1000 watts daytime to 730 watts daytime, with 53 watts at night.

*The week's other big pair of stories came out of the talk radio arena in MASSACHUSETTS, where the Howie Carr/WRKO/WTKK saga came to an end (for now, anyway) with the announcement on Thursday that Carr was ending his fight to break out of his contract with Entercom's WRKO and would be back on the air there the following afternoon.

And indeed, when 3 o'clock rolled around on Friday afternoon, there was Howie, more or less back in his usual form, albeit sounding somewhat constrained by management as to how much he could say about his absence from the airwaves.

As it turned out, the final piece of the puzzle snapped into place rather neatly: with Carr blocked from jumping over to its morning-drive slot, Greater Media's WTKK (96.9) went right back to that slot's previous occupant, announcing on Friday that it had signed up as the first affiliate of Don Imus' new morning show, syndicated out of Citadel's WABC (770 New York). While WABC had initially said that syndication of Imus wouldn't begin until a month or so after his Dec. 3 relaunch in New York, WTKK says it will be on board promptly at 6 AM that day.

So what have we learned from the last few months? It appears that even if Carr didn't get what he really wanted - WTKK's big FM signal, free from Red Sox preemptions and from having to share a signal with Tom Finneran's stillborn morning show - he still won something in the end, that being a bump in his salary. WRKO gets to breath a partial sigh of relief, having managed to hold on to its star personality even as many of its other dayparts are sagging. (Did we mention the morning show yet?) Over at WTKK, we've got to think that all those weeks of Carr-lawsuit headlines at least yielded some decent publicity, and there's sure to be a pretty healthy curiosity bump yet to come when Imus comes back to its airwaves. (Or perhaps it'll be Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick doing mornings; over the weekend, his picture showed up in place of Imus' all over the WTKK website, for some strange reason...)

In the long run, though, it's hard (at least from where we sit) to get very excited about the state of Boston talk radio, post-Carr squabble. A morning battle between Carr on WTKK and Finneran on WRKO would have sparked some excitement, and might have inspired Carr to a fresher approach, while Carr's departure from WRKO would have forced that station to rethink its afternoon lineup, which might have brought some new talent to the city's talk scene. (Or it might have meant a permanent afternoon berth for Todd Feinburg, given the way things were going.)

Will Carr last until the 2012 end of his new WRKO contract? Will he manage to hang on to his New England affiliate base? Stay tuned...

Over at WBUR-FM (90.9 Boston), Tom Ashbrook won't be heard again as host of "On Point" until after the new year. He underwent heart surgery next week, and will be spending the next few weeks recuperating while guest hosts fill in for him on the radio show.

Another familiar public radio voice is back after a hiatus: Christopher Lydon's "Open Source" has returned, albeit as a podcast with no broadcast component, at least for now. The show has a new home base and funding source, as well: it's coming out of the Watson Institute at Brown University.

And Christmas came early to Boston - last Monday at about 9 AM, to be precise, when both CBS Radio's WODS (103.3 Boston) and Greater Media's WROR (105.7 Framingham) made the flip to non-stop holiday tunes. WODS is a regular holiday-time convert to the seasonal playlist, but this is the first time WROR's made the flip. (Sister station WMJX tried it for one year a while back.)

Over on the TV side of things, the Springfield market is finally getting its own Fox affiliate, but not the way we'd thought it was going to happen. LIN's WWLP-TV (Channel 22) added sister station WFXQ-CA (Channel 28) last year, and both the call letters and insider buzz strongly hinted that the low-power signal (presently a simulcast of WWLP's NBC programming) would eventually become the market's Fox outlet.

But then Gormally Broadcasting bought ABC affiliate WGGB (Channel 40) from Sinclair and entered into talks for a Fox affiliation - and late last week, owner John Gormally announced that he'll be launching "Fox 55" on a subchannel of WGGB-DT (yes, Channel 55) by the end of the year.

The new Fox outlet will replace Hartford's WTIC-TV (Channel 61) on cable systems in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties, and it will have the Springfield market's first 10 PM newscast, produced by the WGGB news staff. (That staff shrunk by a few people last week; Gormally says the station was slightly overstaffed when he took over, which seems an odd claim for a former Sinclair outlet, and he's not saying exactly how many pink slips he handed out in the last few days.)

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*Is there anything in radio more depressing than pre-holiday budget cuts? Probably not - especially the one last week that cost a veteran NEW YORK air talent his longtime job. Al Bernstein was not just part of the inaugural WLTW (106.7) airstaff back in 1984; he'd spent several years at the station's predecessor, WKHK, and a decade before that had started his career on 106.7's original occupant, WRVR. Along the way, Bernstein also spent time at WQIV (104.3), WBLS (107.5), WYNY (97.1) and WNEW-FM (102.7) - and then, of course, 23 years as the late-morning host on Lite.

Now he's out, 33 years almost to the day since his WQIV debut, following fellow WLTW veterans Bill Buchner, Stephen Roy and J.J. Kennedy, and leaving Valerie Smaldone as the sole survivor among WLTW's charter airstaff. Who'll snap up Bernstein's versatile talents?

One more note from Clear Channel's New York cluster: with the studio move downtown to 33 Avenue of the Americas delayed, WAXQ (104.3) had to go somewhere when its lease at 1180 Avenue of the Americas ended - so it's operating, temporarily, out of the WWPR facility a couple of blocks away at 1120 Avenue of - can we just call it "Sixth Avenue," already? WAXQ and its predecessor, WNCN, had occupied the facility at 1180 since 1975, making it one of the oldest radio studios in continuous use in New York City. (The Power 105 studios are a busy place in morning drive, we hear, with Ed Lover doing his WWPR show out of the main studio, Whoopi Goldberg doing her syndicated/WKTU show out of her own studio down the hall, and now WAXQ's Jim Kerr in the back studio where Q is temporarily located...)

Another New York Bernstein is out of a job this week, too; veteran program director David Bernstein, whose resume includes stints at WOR (as well as Boston's WBZ, Hartford's WTIC and Providence's WPRO) has parted ways with Air America Radio, where he'd been vice president of programming for about eight months.

Down the dial, we're wondering what Mega Media was thinking when it put out a press release last week announcing that it's signed a five-year lease to continue programming in Russian on Island Broadcasting's WNYZ. That's "WNYZ-LP," as in the low-power TV signal licensed to operate on channel 6, and while we 've previously noted the Russian programming on the station's audio carrier at 87.76 MHz, we're still trying to puzzle out the press release's claim that the new lease between Mega and Island is for operation at "87.88 MHz." While that fits neatly with the station's self-promotion as "FM 87.9," it doesn't seem to square neatly with any sort of licensed operation, and neither do the reports of strong signals everywhere from southern Connecticut well into central New Jersey. We'll be following this one closely...

Out on Long Island, WALK-FM (97.5 Patchogue) is mourning the death on Saturday of longtime weekender JD Howard, who'd been a fixture on the station's Saturday afternoon shift (and on WBZO 103.1 before that.) Howard had been battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

More schedule shuffles in Buffalo: Joe Siragusa gives up most of his nighttime airshift at Citadel's WHTT (104.1), where a localized version of John Tesh's syndicated show started running last Monday from 8 PM until midnight. Siragusa is still heard 7-8 PM with the "Ulitimate 80s" show on "Mix 104.1." And the Buffalo Bisons will be playing at a new spot on the dial next year: they've signed a three-year deal to return to the big signal of WWKB (1520 Buffalo) after a year away at WECK (1230 Cheektowaga).

Add another station to the all-Christmas list: in the Binghamton market, WMXW (103.3 Vestal) made the flip Nov. 9. Here in Rochester - well, Canandaigua, anyway - Clear Channel's WVOR (Sunny 102.3) made the flip over the weekend, while streaming listeners found channels of holiday music available on all of the company's local station websites.

The pre-holiday layoffs hit in southeastern CONNECTICUT on Friday, as morning man Shawn Murphy and PD Kevin Palana lost their jobs at Citadel's WQGN (105.5 Groton). The Dallas-based syndicated Kidd Kraddick show is now running in Q105's morning slot.

On the TV front, it's looking increasingly likely that Tribune will have to sell either the Hartford Courant or its TV stations in the market, Fox affiliate WTIC-TV (Channel 61) and CW affiliate WTXX (Channel 20), when the FCC finalizes its new crossownership rules. Tribune has been operating under a series of waivers to those rules, but the likeliest scenario from the FCC would allow newspaper-TV crossownership only in the top 20 markets (which Hartford misses by seven notches) and only involving TV stations that are not among the top four in the market (which would still force a sale of WTIC-TV, though not of WTXX.)

While the dust settles in that proceeding, WTIC-TV is getting ready to launch a morning newscast, set to debut sometime in the spring. No anchors or timeslot have yet been announced for the new broadcast, which would join WTIC's existing 10 PM newscast.

And a correction - as several readers pointed out, the New Britain Avenue studios that WVIT (Channel 30) has occupied for decades are not, in fact, the station's original studios - it went on the air as WKNB-TV in 1953 from temporary studios in a second-floor office above a downtown New Britain storefront before moving to its current home a few months later.

In VERMONT, our condolences go out to everyone at WLFE (102.3 St. Albans), where morning man G.G. Griggs was killed Tuesday night (Nov. 13) in a car crash. Griggs had been with WLFE for four years, and had been doing mornings for about one year. Veteran Burlington jock Louie Manno is filling in on the morning shift for now.

*There's a rare cross-border format move taking place across the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, as the "Kix" country format migrates from US-licensed WBDR (102.7 Cape Vincent) to one of the newest FM signals over in CANADA. John Wright, who owns "K-Rock" CIKR (105.7 Kingston), has been programming WBDR from his Kingston studios under a local marketing agreement with owner Clancy-Mance Communications, which hung on to WBDR even as it sold the rest of its Watertown/Ogdensburg cluster.

Now Wright has a second signal on the Canadian side of the border, the new CKXC (93.5 Kingston) - and that new 93.5 signal is now "93.5 Kix FM," simulcasting the country format with 102.7.

It's not yet clear whether 102.7 will end up changing formats (could this explain why it briefly applied for, but then never used, the calls WXKK a year ago?), or whether we'll see a return to the split simulcast that WBDR was using a few years back when it and WBDI (106.7 Copenhagen) were simulcasting top 40 as "The Border," with one signal carrying spots aimed at Canadian listeners and the other carrying a U.S. spot load. Perhaps the Canadian flag in the 93.5 logo is a clue - or maybe we're reading way too much into this!

Meanwhile on the Kingston dial, it looks like CKLC-FM (98.9 Kingston) will officially launch today...stay tuned for the format choice there.

Stay tuned, too, for our in-depth look at the hundreds of new noncommercial FM applications filed all over the region in the recent FCC window - we'll have that for you next week, we promise. In the meantime, a happy and healthy Thanksgiving (to our US readers, anyway), and please remember: turkeys cannot fly.

From the NERW Archives

(Yup, we've been doing this a long time now, and so we're digging back into the vaults for a look at what NERW was covering one, five and ten years ago this week, or thereabouts - the column appeared on an erratic schedule in its earliest years as "New England Radio Watch," and didn't go to a regular weekly schedule until 1997. Thanks to for the idea - and thanks to you, our readers, for the support that's made all these years of NERW possible!)

November 20, 2006 -

  • It's a big issue this week, full of news that we'd, frankly, much rather not be reporting. Before we get to our usual state-by-state roundup, we'll bring you up to speed on the week's three huge stories: the axing of the entire WRKO news department in Boston, the impending sale of Clear Channel (and spinoffs of many of its divisions in the region), and the latest in the ongoing cuts at Clear Channel's stations around the area.
  • First, the bad news about WRKO news: on Thursday afternoon, the seven staffers who made up the Entercom talk station's newsroom were called into the offices of station management and informed, one by one, that WRKO was moving in a different direction, replacing its local news staff with reports from Metro Networks and increasing the amount of Fox News Radio content being used on the air. The moment must have felt like deja vu for several of the WRKO staffers: back in 1995, previous owner American Radio Systems dismissed most of the entire news staff, including news director Rod Fritz, and contracted with Metro to provide newscasts. At the time, Metro hired some of the WRKO news talent (including Fritz and Pat Carroll, now at WCBS in New York), and WRKO kept a handful of its own newspeople, including veteran anchor Listo Fisher.
  • This time, it's total - Fritz and Fisher are both out of work, as are Paul Tuthill (who joined WRKO from Worcester's WTAG when WRKO reversed course in 1999 and rebuilt its newsroom), Mary Blake, Sharon Smith, Marga Bessette and Deb Daigle. WRKO says it's a cost-cutting measure, "primarily based on our mission to build upon the core identity of WRKO-AM." The station's statement continues: "It is a talk station, and we need to put all of our resources into improving our talk format." (We'd note the big bill coming due for WRKO's expensive new Red Sox deal, too.)
  • The big national trade publications are already covering this story's national implications in far more detail than we can, so we'll limit ourselves to the regional implications of the spinoffs that Clear Channel announced Thursday at the same time it revealed its plan to go private in a buyout valued at more than $26 billion. Clear Channel says it will make the spins regardless of whether the privatization takes place, divesting itself of 448 radio stations in many of its sub-100 markets, as well as its entire Clear Channel Television division.
  • In MASSACHUSETTS, Charles River Broadcasting officially closed on its sale of WCRB (102.5 Waltham) on Wednesday, handing the keys off to Greater Media, which promptly closed on its deal to swap WCRB's intellectual property and the signal of WKLB (99.5 Lowell) to Nassau. The move of WCRB's classical format to 99.5 (and WKLB's country to 102.5) won't take place until December 1. Boston Radio Watch reports that four WCRB staffers won't make the move: mid-day announcer Don Spencer, creative services director/announcer Rob Schuller, continuity manager/announcer Larry King and listener services director Roberta Siegel.
  • The big news from eastern PENNSYLVANIA was the debut of the reborn WJJZ (97.5 Burlington NJ) Friday evening at 6, following two days during which the former WTHK was simulcasting its new Greater Media sister station, classic rock WMGK (102.9 Philadelphia). The new WJJZ signed on with PD Michael Tozzi playing Grover Washington, Jr.'s "Keep the Dream Alive," followed by several hours with Tozzi live at the board. He'll take the 3-7 PM slot beginning this week, followed by Dave Koz's syndicated show. No morning or evening show has been named yet. Music director Margo Marano will voicetrack overnights.

November 18, 2002 -

  • The sale of the CBS affiliate in Erie, PENNSYLVANIA has some citizens worried that their city will soon be served by only two TV news operations -- and it appears their concerns aren't far off the mark. WSEE-TV (Channel 35) recently changed hands, becoming the first property of Initial Broadcasting of Pennsylvania, a company controlled by Kevin Lilly, whose father, George, controls SJL Communications, which owns Erie's NBC affiliate, WICU (Channel 12). And later this week, Initial will lay off 18 of WSEE's 66 staffers, including weekend sports guy Red Hughes and weekend weathercaster Tina Zboch. (Weekend news anchor Kara Calabrese is leaving of her own volition.) Also leaving is 28-year WSEE veteran Carol Pella, who tells the Erie Times-News that she was offered a management position but turned it down.
  • WSEE wants to enter into a joint operating agreement with WICU, which will handle some of the station's back-office and master-control duties. Under the JOA, the stations' news operations would remain separate, with about 25 to 30 employees remaining at WSEE to handle those duties. WSEE is also applying to replace its current STL tower at its Peach Street studios with a taller tower which would also carry microwave links to the WICU studio building.
  • On the other side of the Keystone State, the ever-impatient Citadel cluster in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has struck again, this time cancelling all local talk at WARM (590 Scranton), which just returned from oldies to news-talk this past April. WARM's local morning show employed host Rob Neyhard, newscaster Paula Deignan and reporter Bobby Day; producer Sam Liguori was also out the door when the show was cancelled last Friday. WARM remains with the talk format, albeit all off the satellite; we note as well that the domain, which is still linked even from Citadel's corporate Web site, apparently expired and was registered by someone with no connection with the station. It's a sad story for a station that once owned the market....
  • We'll start our NEW YORK news down in the big city, where your intrepid editor spent most of last week (which is why there was no issue last Monday) visiting transmitter sites and working on an upcoming history of New York City FM radio. What's in the headlines down there? We'll start with a new transmitter site for public radio WNYC-FM (93.9), which will be on the air from the Empire State Building any day now (if it hasn't happened already), now that the work has been done to inject its signal into the combiner that feeds the ERI master antenna high on the Empire mast. WNYC had been using the Four Times Square tower as an interim site after losing its transmission facilities at the World Trade Center; additional work yet to come at Empire will add WPAT-FM (93.1) to the ERI master, as well as building a second combiner that can be used to keep the ERI antenna on the air while work is done on the main combiner.
  • What's next for poor bedraggled talker WNEW (102.7), which did at least get a bit of publicity when it added a simulcast of David Letterman's TV show last week? Owner Infinity brought Eric Logan in from Chicago, where he was operations manager of country WUSN (99.5), to be VP/programming for its New York stations, which immediately prompted a new round of speculation that 102.7 will be playing country soon.
  • On the AM dial, there's a new morning show on WWRL (1600 New York), with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (author of Kosher Sex and advisor to Michael Jackson -- we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried) and former Village Voice writer Peter Noel. Yes, we airchecked it; we'll aircheck anything, you know....
  • We heard digital AM radio for the first time, thanks to Tom Ray at WOR (710); while the circumstances weren't the best (a little speaker in a noisy control room), we can say that it does sound pretty good on the one existing receiver in New York City (WOR expects to get more in the next few months), and that the sideband hash, while certainly present, wasn't quite as odious as we'd expected (we could still hear WADS on 690 from Connecticut while driving in Rockland County, 60 or so miles away, and a trip down to Trenton found WPHE on 690 from Phoenixville, PA quite audible without WOR interference.)
  • Over in Syracuse, WTVH (Channel 5) has a new logo, and a redesigned Web site to match. The honor of "first digital TV signal in Syracuse," meanwhile, goes to Fox affiliate WSYT (Channel 68), which signed on with its DTV signal as we were passing through on Wednesday, Nov. 6. WSYT is using just 4 kW from its tower in Otisco for now; it hopes to move the channel 19 DTV signal to the new WSTM tower at Sentinel Heights eventually (though we hear that tower's completion has been delayed by a problem with the ice bridge, which apparently didn't go in straight....)

November 20, 1997-

  • The last daytime-only music station in the Boston market could soon be operating 24 hours a day. WILD (1090) is expected to make an announcement next Tuesday that it's reached a deal with noncomm WUMB (91.9) at UMass/Boston to share programming. The nature of the deal remains a closely guarded secret, but it's rumored to involve the possible purchase of full-time signal WNFT (1150) from CBS, which must shed several of the stations it's buying from American Radio Systems (a group that includes WNFT).
  • NERW speculates a deal like this: The UMass system gets WNFT as a tax-exempt donation from CBS/ARS. UMass allows WILD to program WNFT with WILD's urban format, in exchange for a portion of the advertising revenues from 1150. WILD owner Nash Communications then either leases out time on the 1090 daytimer, or sells it for stick value. UMass gets a new revenue source for WUMB, in addition to the public relations value of getting WILD its long-desired night signal. WILD is also making noises about taking its programming to FM; something the locally-owned urban station has long wanted to do, but been unable to afford. (2007 note: The rumored deal never happened, and WILD remains a daytimer on 1090.)
  • In other news around MASSACHUSETTS: Oldies listeners in Boston won't have "Austin of Boston" to wake up with any more. The veteran WODS (103.3) jock has reportedly rejected a move to the night shift, and will leave the CBS-owned station when his contract is up.
  • WBZ (1030) morning anchor Gary LaPierre reached out to a national audience last week, guest hosting Paul Harvey News and Comment on ABC. It's been more than a year since LaPierre's last guest shot on the Harvey show.
  • In MAINE, Harpswell religious station WMSJ is just a few days away from changing frequencies. "Joy 91.9" will become "Joy 89.3" on December 1, changing city of license to Freeport in the process. The 91.9 Harpswell facility is up for sale; WMSJ expects to put a better signal into Portland on its new channel.
  • We know more about Allan Weiner's shortwave application, first mentioned in NERW several weeks ago. Weiner wants to put his station on Britton Road in Monticello, a stone's throw from the Canadian border -- and also the site of WREM (710), a station he owned back when it was WOZW. It will be interesting to see how the FCC handles Weiner, given his long history of unlicensed operation (including one pirate that actually used the WOZW transmitter site).
  • WMMM (1260) in Westport, CONNECTICUT will soon be back on the air. The station was donated to Sacred Heart University in September, and has been dark ever since. WMMM was conducting engineering tests on Tuesday, and is expected to be back for good shortly.
  • Hartford jock Michael Picozzi is coming back to the airwaves after losing his job at WHCN (105.9); he'll join soon-to-be-Marlin-owned WCCC FM-AM (106.9 Hartford/1290 West Hartford) for a 3-7 PM shift as the "Picozzi and Slave Boy" show.

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