8/2/06 Some FM listeners may have wondered where we were early this morning. WWUH was off the air for the first time in well over a decade. We shut down our FM transmitter on Avon Mountain at around 11:50 pm on Tuesday evening and stayed off until about 5:30 am the following morning so that major work could be performed on our FM antenna. Technicians from Northeast Towers of Farmington, Ct were on the tower while engineers from WTIC-FM and from E.R.I., the manufacturer of our antenna, were on the ground taking measurements and directing the tower crew. This difficult work necessitated that WTIC-FM and Channel 3 both go off the air at the same time! The result of the late night work is an antenna that is now a perfect match to our transmitter (for those readers who might be technically inclined, our VSWR is now 1.00:1!). What means that our stereo signal will be cleaner and that our coverage should be a bit better. WWUH continued to broadcast on the Internet during this time, but listeners to 91.3 (and our other frequencies) heard just static. We pride ourselves on staying of the air 24/7, no easy feat with an all volunteer staff, but we've been able to do it for close to twenty years. We'd like to thank CBS Radio's Jeff Hugabone, Chief Engineer of WTIC and all the folks at CBS in Farmington for making this possible. In addition, we couldn't have done it without the cooperation of WFSB, Channel 3. And of course we have to thank those daredevil steeplejacks from Northeast Towers (imagine working at night 330 feet above the top of Avon Mountain, in 85 degree weather to book).
7/21/06 Don't forget that you can catch up on area concerts by calling the WWUH Listener Line at 860-768-5913. This will get you to the WWUH Folkfone, the Jazzline and many other listener services. Give it a try.
7/15/06 Our engineering staff has been working hard improving the signals of WWUH's sister stations, WAPJ, 89.9 and 105.1 in Torrington, WDJW, 89.7 in Somers and WWEB, 89.9 in Wallingford.
6/22/06 We have just surpassed 275,000 hits to the station web site since we started keeping track four years ago! There aren't many college stations that get this kind of traffic, and it is a testament to the people who work behind the scenes on the web site that it is so popular. I am of course referring to our Webmaster Kevin Lynch and our IT Manager Chris Larsen.
6/10/06 With summer approaching with its occasional severe weather, it is probably a good time to remind our listeners that WWUH is a Primary station in the Connecticut Emergency Alert System. EAS allows WWUH to automatically deliver important weather advisories and other emergency information directly to you radio. If you have noticed those strange squawking sounds that we air for a few seconds every week, or caught one of the monthly state-wide tests, than you know a lilttle bit about EAS. Those tones are packets of digital information and are used to alert listeners that an important message is to follow. Message could originate from the Ct. Office of Emergency Management (OEM), The Ct. State Police (CSP) and/or from the NOAA National Weather Service Alerting offices in either Brookhaven, NY or Tauton, MA. NOAA is responsible for issuing weather alerts, the CTP issue Amber Child Abduction Alerts and OEM is responsible for everything else, which included Hazmat Events, 911 Outages, Police/Civil Emergencies, Nuclear Power Plant Events and Radiological Hazards. Summertime bring the threat of severe weather, and you can count on WWUH and the EAS system to bring you important messages about such things as flash flood and tornado alerts. (While on the subject of weather alerts, lots of people call confused about the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that conditions are favorable for the event to occur and that listeners should monitor the situation via Broadcast, VHF Weather Radio or the Internet, and be prepared to take action. A warning means that the event could be imminent and that preparation should be taken immediately.)
You can find more information about the National Weather Service and about the weather at: http://www.noaa.gov/wx.html
Information about EAS is available at: http://www.fcc.gov/eb/eas
5/15/06 It won't be long before most of our student
volunteers leave for the summer. As sorry was we are to see them go, it
is always thrilling to hear some new voices come on the air to fill in
for the summer.
5/11/05 We just finished upgrading our webcast system which should result in much higher fidelity on our webcasts, both RealPlayer and Windows Media Player. If you are a regular listener to our webcast, you may have already noticed the change. Let us know if you hear the difference by emailing email@example.com.
5/9/05 If you pledged to Marathon 2005 and have not yet sent in your payment, please do so at your earliest convenience. We will be sending out second reminders in the next couple of weeks, and your support is urgently needed. Make your check out to "WWUH/University of Hartford" and mail it to: WWUH Marathon, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117.
We had a glitch in our mailing system for the first time ever. Several reminders did not get sent, or did not reach some of our listeners. Please accept our apology. We will send a second mailing soon and, those listeners who did not receive the first reminder, should receive one this time around. Thank you for your patience. Special thanks to those who called and sent their pledges regardless. We sincerely appreciate your dedication to our -- your -- radio station.
5/8/05 Former WWUH announcers Mike Crispino and Roger Stauss were on WWUH last month as part of an April Fools day broadcast that took the station back to the year 1979. I've just found out that Mike is going to be involved with a sports broadcasting camp right here on the University of Hartford campus this summer. The camp will allow students, male and female 14 years and older to learn about sports broadcasting. We're thrilled to have Mike back in the area. Don't be surprised if you hear him on WWUH from time to time. If you are interested in finding out more about his summer camp, the number is 203-952-7719.
5/7/05 I am pleased to announce that WWUH will be broadcasting live from the site of the New England Fiddle Contest which will be held in Bushnell Park in Hartford on Saturday, May 28. When most stations say "broadcasting live" they mean that their announcers will be on location. When WWUH broadcasts "on location", we broadcast that actual event or performance. See the difference? In this case, we will air the Fiddle Contest in its entirety, starting a 10 am and going until at least 7 pm. Sure, our announcers will be on hand and there will be a WWUH booth adjacent to the stage, but if you can't come to the park (and I encourage you to do so to witness this extraordinary event in person) than you can hear the entire thing on 91.3.
5/6/05 West Hartford's other broadcast station, WTMI, became the third station in the state to install HD Radio technology today (the others are WHCN and WKCI). HD is an exciting new technology and many local broadcasters have made the commitment to convert their signal so that listeners with HD receivers can benefit from higher audio quality and a clearer signal in the station's primary coverage area. HD AM gives AM stations "near FM" quality in stereo, and HD FM provides "near CD" quality according to the manufacturer of the technology, Ibiquity ("ibiquity.com"). In addition to the higher fidelity, listeners with HD equipped radios will be able to see song and artist information and in the near future will be able to receiver additional programming broadcast by some stations. NPR's Tomorrow Radio is an example of an excellent use for this new technology.
WFCR in Amherst is another station that has converted to HD technology, and here in Hartford WWYZ and WCCC will soon be on with HD as well.
4/12/05 Don't forget that WWUH will be having an Open House this Saturday, 4/16 as part of the University of Hartford Community Day. Our open house runs from 8am to 1pm. The "Community Day" events start at 10am. This will be a great opportunity for you to stop by the station, meet some of the people you hear on the air every day, and see our facilities.
4/11/05 Today we passed the Connecticut Broadcasters Association "mock" FCC-type inspection which is conducted through the CBA's Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program. The inspector looked at all of the things a representative from the Commission would look at during a regulatory inspection and gave us a 100% passing grade. We take part in these inspections every few years and have passed every time. Some listeners with keen ears called this morning to say that they were hearing distortion on our signal. Our engineering staff was already working on the problem when the first listener called and we were able to correct the problem by early afternoon.
4/8/05 On April 7th the station featured its second
annual It's All Live broadcast, which consisted of twelve hours
of live music. In fact, all of the programming between 6 am and 6 pm was
live with no prerecorded material allowed on the air! Performers included
Jim Mercik, Hugh Blumenfeld, David Goldman, Dan Stevens, Anais Mitchell,
Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters in the folk and acoustic genre.
4/1/05 Most listeners figured out what was going on this morning. It was the first April Fools joke we had played on our listeners in years, and this one involved two announcers who hadn’t been on the air in close to 25 years. Mike Crispino (MSG Sports Network) and Roger Stauss (Noteworthy Recording Studios and Shiretown Records), FM On Toast hosts in the late seventies, took the station back to 1979 for a few hours of fun and nostalgia.
1/22/05 Former WWUH announcer Mort Fega passed away on January 21. Mort Fega, radio broadcaster, jazz record producer, journalist and teacher, died Friday, January 21 at Hospice of Palm Beach in Bethesda Memorial Hospital, Boyton Beach, Florida. Mr. Fega was born on July 4th, 1921 in New Rochelle, NY. He began his career in broadcasting in his hometown at radio station WNRC, where his Saturday afternoon jazz program garnered a loyal following. In 1962, he moved to WEVD, the radio voice of The Forward Newspaper, where he broadcast his program of modern jazz and spoken word six evenings a week. At the time, radio stations were permitted to broadcast the same content on both AM and FM frequencies. Consequently, Fega had listeners as far north as Canada and throughout New England. The show was called "Jazz Unlimited" and was one of the few radio programs that featured modern jazz. A typical show included big bands and bebop, comedy and the word jazz of Lord Buckley and Ken Nordine and vocalists like Blossom Dearie and Joe Williams. He produced and emceed concerts at Newport, Carnegie Hall, Randall's Island and the Apollo Theatre. After leaving WEVD, he continued broadcasting jazz from on various stations before landing at WWUH where he hosted the Tuesday Evening Jazz and the Saturday Focus on Jazz programs from 1977 trough 1983. He retired to Florida where he had a five-hour Saturday evening program at NPR station WXEL and taught a History of Jazz course at Palm Beach Community College. In addition, he wrote a weekly column for the Palm Beach Post. Fega began Focus Records to recognize under-appreciated talents like guitarist Chuck Wayne and singer/pianist Bob Dorough, and to record musicians he favored such as Carmen McRae and Earl 'Fatha' Hines. During World War II, Mr. Fega captained a B-17 Flying Fortress. He and his crew flew 29 missions over Germany and occupied France, and were part of the first daylight bombings of Berlin. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts.
12/1/04 FM on Toast host Ed McKeon celebrated
twenty years on the air on WWUH this year. I encouraged him to write a
history of his experiences at WWUH, and he provided the following valuable
glimpse into the past. Here are some random thoughts that I hope will
help fill in the blanks...
11/22/04 We are excited about opening our tenth women's basketball broadcasting season. Join us for the first Women Hawks game of the season, which will air on WWUH 91.3 FM and on wwuh.org Tuesday evening, 11/23 at 7pm. Tune in for the pre-game show with Jon Easterbrook, followed by the Hawks vs. Miami in West Hartford from the Chase Family Arena.
11/20/04 Thirty six (36) years ago today, WWUH was dedicated as the "Louis K. Roth Memorial Station". Without the help of the family of Lewis K. Roth, WWUH would not exist. However, the station had lost touch with Mr. Roth's family recently and we are anxious to get in touch with his family. Much is known about our benefactor, and people who knew him say that the bronze plaque that had hung on the wall next to the WWUH Air Studio since Day One says it all: "WWUH was dedicated on November 20, 1968 to the memory of Louis K. Roth. His encouragement and generosity, and that of his family, helped make possible the creation, expansion and continued operation of WWUH." Through research, we discovered an obituary written by Rabbi Silverman, c 1970, (reprinted courtesy of The Connecticut Historical Society) that provided us with some new information about Mr. Roth. "Born in 1896, Mr. Roth was educated at NY and Columbia universities. He began his career in 1924 as an independent distributor of radios. In 1935 he joined Radio Corporation, Victor Division as production manager of their electronic division. In 1944, he set up, with two partners, Radio and Appliance Distributors in Hartford. This firm eventually became one of the largest radio wholesalers in Connecticut. "Mr. Roth was involved in many civic and community organizations. In addition to being a trustee of the Connecticut Opera Association, Mr. Roth was a trustee of the Julius Hart Musical Foundation here at the University of Hartford. He also served on various university committees and served on the Board of Regents of the University of Hartford from 1961 to 1967." The Hartford Times, in a May 1967 editorial said: "In the brief span of 23 years Louis K. Roth made an indelible mark on the civic, cultural and business life of this community. He was a man of diverse interests, unbounded energy and willingness to give uncounted hours to non-business activities in which he had a special interest. "The list of the social and civic agencies with which he was identified in lengthy. They range from those formed to help needy persons to societies of a musical or other artistic or cultural nature. "Mr. Roth took his community responsibilities seriously. He was generous with his money, time and counsel whenever the call came for assistance. Hartford will recall Louis Roth with the warmest recollection as a civic-minded citizen of the highest quality."
11/16/04 Several of the student volunteers who graduated from our Membership Training Program last month have been on the air this month. Each of them brings to the airwaves their own unique musical perspective on alternative programming.
11/15/04 All of the WWUH long sleeve T-shirts we had on hand have been sent out to those who have paid their pledges. However the demand for our special shirt has been so great that we have had to place a second order with the supplier. There will then be a delay of a week or two before we can continue sending out shirts.
If you pledged, but have not paid your pledge, please send your payment to: WWUH, 200 Bloomfield Ave, W. Hartford, CT 06117.
11/11/04 WAPJ, our sister station in Torrington, has added a second frequency, 105.1 to cover the downtown Torrington area.
11/10/04 Community Affairs Director Mike DeRosa announced today that the station will be increasing the amount of locally produced pubic affairs programming in the months ahead.
11/3/04 We will be offering three hours of live music programming this afternoon, starting at 1pm as part of Eugene's Synthesis show. All of the programming will originate from the WWUH studios. We have starting mailing out our long sleeve t-shirt premium to those listeners who pledged for them.
11/1/04 Tonight's 8:00 pm broadcast of the "Hartford Circus Fire Documentary," produced by Brandon Kampe, will be the last time this incredible program is aired until next summer.
10/30/04 Our Fall Fundraiser was a huge success with over $40,000 pledged by close to nine hundred listeners. This was $20,000, or 100% over our goal of $20,000! A million thanks to those of you who donated to the station. Your generosity will allow the station to grow and prosper.
10/24/04 We kicked off our Fall Fund Drive this evening at 6 pm with "Rock and Roll Memory Machine". On the air, WWUH General Manager John Ramsey spoke with the show's host, Wild Wayne, about the importance of listener support: "While we are thankful for the generous support given to us by the University of Hartford, the Community Service nature of WWUH's programming makes it imperative that we receive at least a portion of our funding from our listeners. This week we are asking our listeners to step forward to show their support for alternative media in general and WWUH in particular." Four new WWUH volunteers, all UH freshmen, have been "approved for air" this week! Several of these new programmers have already been on the air doing fill-ins. Expect some exciting new shows this fall. WAPJ in Torrington will start airing some of their own programming next month, once their move into their new home is completed. This means that they will cut back on the number of hours they rebroadcast WWUH, but this is fine as they will be providing the Torrington area with much needed local programming. They will be firing up their new 105.1 MHz signal at the same time which should help improve their coverage in downtown buildings.
10/23/04 The start of the Women's basketball season is almost upon us, and WWUH is proud to one again to be airing the Hawks games, both home and away. Check the most recent copy of the WWUH Program Guide for the schedule, or listen on air for promos starting a week before the first game.
10/18/04 A pledge form has been added to this web page to allow listeners who do not wish to call during next week's Fall Fund Drive to pledge via fax or the US mail.
9/22/04 We have a whole bunch of new students who have joined our staff and are currently involved in membership training classes. We are all looking forward to hearing some new voices and new sounds on the air later this fall. They have also been helping catch up on the huge backlog of CDs that arrived this past summer. Our "new" CD shelves are starting to overflow, the result being much more new music available to our hosts.
9/8/04 Things are kicking into gear on campus, and three of our key managers have returned from summer vacation. Our management team now consists of Jim Christensen, At Large Member; Mary Dowst, Business Manager; Mike DeRosa, Acting Community Affairs Director; Chris Heerema, Program Director; Kate Horrigan, Operations Director; Marissa Lindgren, At Large Member, Susan Mullis, Development Director and John Ramsey, General Manger and Chief Engineer.
9/6/04 Our student staff members have returned to campus and this means that you will hear some changes in our programming slots as our summer fill-ins make way for returning students. Keeping a station with an all-volunteer air staff on-the-air 24/7 isn't an easy task, but we came through the summer honoring our committment to never go off the air. In fact, have had zero off-air time thus far in 2004, and there was only one sixty minute outage in all of 2003.
8/14/04 We have installed RDS (Radio Data System)
on our signal. This means that RDS equipped radios will display "WWUH"
when tuned to 91.3. I'm sure some listeners have RDS radios and don't
even know it.
8/12/04 We have heard from a number of listeners who would like to purchase a copy of the "Hartford Circus Fire Documentary". At the present time, we are not able to offer copies of this program since it contains copywrited material and the copywrite holder will not allow us to release recordings. At a later date, we may be able to offer copies of the program with the copyrighted material deleted.
8/11/04 Getting alternative viewpoints on the radio is difficult these days with all of the syndication and consolidation of the broadcast media. That's one of the reasons that WWUH offers public affairs programming during the week in two prime time slots, 12noon to 1:00pm, and 8:00 - 9:00pm. The "Programming" page on our web site will give you summaries of our various community affairs programs.
8/6/04 We recently purchased new software that allows
us to track how many people listen to our webcast. Preliminary results
show that 1,700 individual users accessed our webcast in the month
of July, and that there was a total of 3,000 user hours! When I say individual
users, I am referring to 1,700 unique user IDs who used the stream
last month. For instance, if I listened to the WWUH webcast ten times
in July it would only count as one user. The 3,000 hour figure is that
total amount of hours accumulated by all users during one month. These
figures show that our webcast is providing an important service, a service
that was used by 1,700 people in July. I'll post more statistics as soon
as they become available.
8/5/04 WWUH can still be heard in the Torrington,
CT area on 89.9 MHz 24/7 on a temporary basis while our sister station,
WAPJ, moves their studios from Main Street to Water Street. WAPJ will
resume local programming sometime later this fall, although they do still
plan on carrying our programming for portions of their broadcast day.
8/4/04 After over ten years of producing the WWUH Folkfone, Ed McKeon has turned the job over to Susan Forbes Hansen! We are lucky to have Susan performing this important job for us. The 768-5000 Folkfone number is updated weekly and provides concert listings for the entire area. We also have concert lines for Polka, Celtic, Bluegrass and Jazz, all of which can be accessed via the WWUH Listener Line at 768-5913. If you would like to have information included on any of these lines, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the line in the subject line ("Jazzline" for instance).
8/2/04 We have recently added approximately 100 square feet of space to our LP and CD library. This new space will be used to group our Jazz and Reggae CD collections in one area.
7/31/04 WWUH made history (of sorts) last May when
we broadcast completely live for twelve hours straight! Our "Its All
Live" broadcast was very popular and featured over a dozen local bands
and performers from many different genres. We have decided to do an outside
concert on campus this fall to showcase local music. We'll have details
on the air and on our web page as soon as they are available.
7/29/04 WWUH has a fairly complex technical plant, one that is very well equipped. On 7/29/04 we switched over to a fiber optic transmission path to send our audio from the WWUH studio in the Gray Center, to our microwave system atop the Gengras Student Union. This system uses infrared laser light to send our signal over a glass fiber between the buildings and replaces the copper wires that we have used since 1988. The result is much better fidelity on the air.
36 Years of WWUH Radio!
A plaque that hangs on the wall next to the WWUH Air Studio reads: “WWUH was dedicated on November 20, 1968 to the memory of Louis K. Roth. His encouragement and generosity, and that of his family, helped make possible the creation, expansion and continued operation of WWUH.”
Through research, we discovered an obituary written
by Rabbi Silverman, c 1970, (reprinted courtesy of The Connecticut Historical
Society) that provided us with some new information about Mr. Roth. “Born
in 1896, Mr. Roth was educated at NY and Columbia universities. He began
his career in 1924 as an independent distributor of radios. In 1935 he
joined Radio Corporation, Victor Division as production manager of their
electronic division. In 1944, he set up, with two partners, Radio and
Appliance Distributors in Hartford. This firm eventually became one of
the largest radio wholesalers in Connecticut. Mr. Roth was involved in
many civic and community organizations. In addition to being a trustee
of the Connecticut Opera Association, Mr. Roth was a trustee of the Julius
Hart Musical Foundation here at the University of Hartford. He also served
on various university committees and served on the Board of Regents of
the University of Hartford from 1961 to 1967."
May 2, 2004
When WWUH Director of Development Susan
Mullis suggested last year that we do a special program consisting of
twelve hours of live programming, I loved the idea, but at the same time
I had some concerns about whether or not we would be able to pull off
such a complex event. Don't get me wrong, I don't for a second underestimate
the talents and energy of our volunteer staff. But while we had produced
literally hundreds of live shows over the years, most of them were four
hours long at most. This event would be three times longer, and would
tax even a seasoned professional staff. Not surprisingly, the staff got
behind the idea in a big way.
3/08/04 Thanks to the support of our listeners,
we just closed-out our week long 'Marathon' fund raiser with $68,250 in
pledges! Close to 1,500 listeners made pledges of financial support to
keep WWUH on the air, and many took advantage of the great premiums (T-shirts
and CDs) that were offered during the week. The success of Marathon
means that the station can continue to offer some of the best in alternative
programming throughout the year.
3/01/04 WWUH is thrilled to lend it's support to the New England Fiddle Contest which will be returning to Bushnell Park in Hartford after a long absence. The event, which used to be one of Hartford's most popular attractions, will be held on Saturday, May 29 from 10 am to 7 dusk. Stay tuned for details.
WWUH Staff Awards Ceremony
WWUH 35th Anniversary Party
New Students Join Radio Staff
WWUH is also broadcast live on these FM stations:
WAPJ (89.9 and 105.1) Torrington, CT
WWEB (89.9) Wallingford, CT