Seems an unlikely coincidence but Hartford is in the midst of a trio of radio parties to celebrate or lament changes in the industry in the Hartford area .
On Thursday, Connoisseur Media, which recently purchased WDRC and Buckley Broadcasting’s other stations in Connecticut, held at party at the Gershon Fox Ballroom to introduce themselves to Hartford.
Meanwhile, while current WCCC (tidbit…originally owned by entrepreneur and jewelry giant Bill Savitt, CCC supposedly stands for color, clarity, cut..as in diamonds) 106.9 CEO Woody Tanger of Marlin Broadcasting will only say he “can’t say anything because of a confidentiality agreement,” California-based Christian radio company Educational Media Foundation is poised to take over the hard rock-turned-classic rock station today, with plans for an immediate format change to contemporary Christian music.
But “The Rock” is not going out without a big bang. Program director and popular on-air personality Mike Karolyi will be hosting the final show from noon to 5 p.m. and besides a look back at the station’s history and the best of the best when it comes to the rock music it was known for, he will have a special guest, celeb Howard Stern.
For those of you who don’t know, Stern’s WCCC gig in the 1970s was his first job in a major market.
It has been several weeks since the sale of WDRC but fans of “The Big D” will officially get together on Saturday at 7 at the Tunxis Grille on the Berlin Turnpike to celebrate the station that was know for its “oldies” music . Many former personalities from the state’s oldest radio station are expected at the party.