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WWUH 91.3 FM
Program Guide
April, 2020
In This Issue
In Memoriam
Flashback: 2004
How To Listen
WWUH Archive Now Online
Be On The Radio
Scholarship Fund Update
Community Affairs on 91.3
Composer Birthdays
Join Our List
 In Memoriam
     I write today from my office at WWUH.  Despite it being the middle of the semester I am one of only a handful of people on the entire 200-plus acre campus. The campus was closed on March 20th. Students are completing the semester remotely.
     We suspend live programming that afternoon, a huge step for a station that prides itself on being live 24/7. 
     Thankfully we already had in place a program automation system which we had used in the past during blizzards and other times a host couldn't make it in. This system allows us to remain on the air and it can draw from over 25,000 songs from all of the varied genres represented by our weekly programming.  These songs were curated by many of the hosts you listen to on a regular basis so we're not just a jukebox.
     A number of our hosts are producing programs at home which we can air via the automation. In fact today, Wednesday, 4/1, we'll have 9 hours of such programming.  It's not the same thing as being live but it's better than the alternative.
     We can remotely access the system to update it and we are adding campus and community announcements daily. 
     We appreciate your support during these trying times and hope that you are safe and healthy.  Rest assured that we will resume live broadcasting as soon as it is feasible to do so.

John Ramsey

Flash Back: 1968
The Beginning
      The station's programming philosophy was outlined in a "Statement of Policy" written by GM Clark Smidt and Robert      Skinner in early 1968:
     "Too many times a college radio station is identified with either "diddy-bob" rock or such conservative programming as to be ineffective as a cultural entity.
W W U H was born in a time of social unrest, and considers itself bound to do more than entertain or promote dry academicia.  We feel a strong responsibility to the community that we serve, hoping to ease the growth of its tolerance and increase its capacity for understanding, so that the day never comes when the baby is consistently thrown out with the bathwater.
          It is not our intention to inflame, but rather serve as a torch bearer for the long, hard conferences which will define and establish human rights.  It is hoped that the mainstays of our programming diet will attract listeners to the less bland potions of our programming, where they may partake of well prepared items designed to tempt them away from a fattening, non-descript listening.
          Having faced power struggle before, and now being a meeting ground for student, professor, chancellor and community.  W W U H expresses its confidence in man's ability to listen to reason, if sufficiently attracted to the packaging.  Our domain is the package."
           Robert Skinner recalled in 2005: " While Clark has generously given me credit for being the first station engineer, I think of myself as the general contractor, working with Clark, the Board of Regents, and many people with engineering skills that far exceeded mine to pull together the physical embodiment of WWUH.  
          Randy Mayer's genius and adventurous nature were prominent in bridging the many gaps between donated (and sometimes superannuated) pieces of equipment and specifying a structure for a foundation that supported the many future extensions and improvements.  We also owe honor and gratitude to Peter Chamalian (a ham operator), Robert Haight (Ward School of Engineering), and the late Ken Kalish, who also contributed the ideas, time, constructive criticism, and prodigious effort that made the team so productive.
          Bill Crepeau served as first business manager, getting us off on a sound basis that helped us quickly attract the first $50,000 public contribution after the Board of Regents' initial $23,000 seed that got us on the air."
     From "Radio Station Progress Report, January, 1968"
     The station has successfully passed through the first three stages of its growth, and has embarked on the forth.
The concept of a radio station on campus has always existedin form, but in 1963 the fever overcame the resistance of the student body, and accumulatedenough support over the years followingso that a proposal made before the Board of Regents was passed in April 1967.
     The word was out, and the students of the Engineering School set to work preparing the applicationfor the FCC, a task involving hundreds of hours of research. The administration work, preparation of exhibits, research, and scores of letters to all concerned were and still are being handled by Mr. Smith, emissary from the Chancellor's office. The application was submitted in July of 1967, and approved in early October.
     With the go-ahead in hand, the core personnel recruited assistance from all branches of the university, and Ward School responded wonderfully, supplying intelligent and well-trained technicians, wile other college and schools have contributed to the production staff. There are now about 50 announcers and control men in training awaiting completion of the station by the technical staff of 16 men.
     The detail planning phase of the station growth drew to a close on January 8, with all designs final.
     The construction time has begun with the sending our of purchase orders for the equipment needed, some of which is now in hand. The status of each of the systems of which the station is formed is as follows:
     AC Power: The source and routing of the main power for the station have been completed by station technicians and approved by Dubin Associated, builders of the campus Center. The BX cable is at the station already for installation, and a work order has been submitted to Buildings and Grounds for its installation.
     Heat and Air Conditioning : The existing ductwork plus extensions will handle the heat output of personnal and equipment. Extension ductwork will be installed after the walls are erected.
     Radio Frequency: The transmitter is in Room 330, and the sub-carrier generator has been chacked out. As soon as the crystal arrives from RCA, we will park up the exciter. The mounting for the antenna tower will be finished as soon as weather permits. We have the filter and plumbing on order. Monitors are being haggled for.
     Audio Frequency: The console has been designed and some parts are already on order, with the others being dickered for. Four turntables are in our possession, and we arein the process of buying tape decks and microphones.
Plant: The City of Hartford
     As the engineering department continued with studio construction and transmitter installation through the first half of 1968, other members of the management team were busy recruiting announcers. WWUH alumnus Charles Horwitz-'70.recalled:
     "I clearly remember sweating the audition to be on the air (little did I know that the station was so desperate for bodies that absolutely everyone passed the audition except for the most grammatically challenged). The day I opened the mail and saw my FCC License was the start of a big change in my life.
     Because of my enthusiasm (and lack of any social life), I was assigned the Friday and Saturday late nighttime slots. These rock shows followed Mel Peppers (who used the name Maceo Woods on the air) and his Soul Experience. As soon as Midnight arrived and I started playing the loud stuff, the phones died and I could feel hundreds of radios being turned off simultaneously. I quickly learned to ease into the hard stuff by starting with a mix of blues, jazz and oldies.
     As Program Director you are occasionally forced into service when someone fails to show up for a show and one early evening classic slot stands out in my mind. I was trying to be the epitome of culture and taste among the rubble of the studios as they went renovation. My two best buddies, Stu Kaufman and John Labella conspired to disrupt the solemn tone of my show by inserting a duck call into the hole where the studio doorknob used to be. But when Stu let out a long blast that sounded more like a fart than a duck, I did the best I could to stifle my laughing, put on my best professional voice and said "excuse me" as my mother has taught me to do and continued on as if nothing had happened.        After getting a record on the air I chased both of them down the hall and down the steps to the first floor."
     On July 15, 1968, Western Union delivered a very important telegram to the station's offices on the third floor of the Gengras Student Union building. The telegram, from the Federal Communications Commission, authorized Program Test Authority for WWUH, giving the University of Hartford permission to turn on their new radio station.

If you are up with the baby, working the line, driving a truck, pulling an all-nighter, on your way to the gym or you just like staying up all night like we do, tune in to the All Night Show with Gus T every Friday from 3 to 6 AM on WWUH 91.3 or wwuh.org. If for some reason you choose to keep normal hours, you can also hear us on the archives.
We take a root and branch approach to Americana and you are likely to hear folk, blues, old country and honky tonk, no depression, jazz, roots rock, singer/songwriter, lo-fi, hi fi, bluegrass and every other cool thing we can think of. It's our music: old and new, loud and mellow, foreign and domestic. Thanks for allowing us to help you with the soundtrack to your Friday morning.
How To Listen To WWUH
Many Options Available
In Central CT and Western MA, WWUH can be heard at 91.3 on the FM dial.  Our programs are also carried on:
WDJW, 89.7, Somers, CT

You can also listen live using your PC, tablet or smart device. Listen  here.

We also recommend that you download the free app "tunein" 
here to your mobile device. 

You can also access on demand any WWUH program which has aired in the last two weeks using our newly improved Program Archive feature:  Archive

It makes listening to WWUH on the go very easy, 
wherever your travels might take you.**

 **Undersea listening results may vary. 
Never Miss Your Favorite WWUH Programs Again!
WWUH Round Logo The WWUH Archive!

We are very excited to announce  that our archive has been completely upgraded so that it is usable on most if not all devices.  The archive allows you to listen to any WWUH program aired in the last two weeks on-demand 
the "Program Archive" link   on our home page,  
If you have an idea for a radio program and are available to volunteer late at night, please let us know.

We may have some midnight and/or 3am slots available later this year. Email station manager John Ramsey to find out more about this unique and exciting opportunity for the right person.

Qualified candidates will have access to the full WWUH programmer orientation program so no experience is necessary. He/she will also need to attend the monthly WWUH staff meetings (held on Tuesday or Sunday evenings) and do behind the scenes volunteer work from time to time. This is a volunteer position.

After completing this process, we will review the candidate's assets and accomplishments and they will be considered for any open slots in our schedule.
The WWUH Scholarship Fund


 In 2003 WWUH alums Steve Berian, Charles Horwitz and Clark Smidt helped create the WWUH Scholarship Fund to provide an annual grant to a UH student who is either on the station's volunteer Executive Committee or who is in a similar leadership position at the station. The grant amount each year will be one half of the revenue of the preceeding year.

To make a tax deductable donation either send a check to: WWUH Scholarship Fund
c/o John Ramsey
Univ. of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave.
W. Hartford, CT 06117 

Or call John at 860-768-4703 to arrange for a one-time or on-going donation via charge card.

If you would like more information please contact us at  wwuh@hartford.edu

Real Alternative News
For over 50 years WWUH has aired a variety of unique community affairs programs.

Here is our current schedule:
Monday: Noon - 1pm  Alternative Radio
8:00 - 9:00 pm Radio   Radio Ecoshock
Tuesday: Noon - 12:30 pm  New World Notes
12:30 - 1:00 pm  Counterspin
8:00 - 9:00 pm  Black Agenda Report
Wednesday: Noon - 12:30 pm  911 Wake Up Call
12:30 - 1:00 pm  Building Bridges
8:00 - 8:30 pm  911 Wake Up Call
8:30 - 9:00 pm  New World Notes
Thursday: Noon - 1:00 pm  Project Censored
7:30 - 8:00 pm  Making Contact
8:00 - 8:30 pm  This Way Out
8:30 - 9:00 pm Gay Spirit
Friday: 12:00 - 12:30 pm Nutmeg Chatter
12:30 - 1:00 pm  TUC Radio
Sunday: 4:30 - 5:00 pm  Nutmeg Chatter
 Composer Birthdays


Apr 2
1803 Franz Lachner
Apr 9
1627 Johann Caspar Kerll
1717 Georg Matthias Monn
1846 Sir Francesco Paolo Tosti
1887 Florence Beatrice Smith Price
1935 Aulis Sallinen
Apr 16
1885 Leo Weiner
1889 Charlie Chaplin
1893 Federico Mompou
1924 Henry Mancini
1946 Peteris Vasks
Apr 23
1464 Robert Fayrfax
1756 (bapt) Alexander Reinagle
1757 Alessandro Rolla
1857 Ruggero Leoncavallo
1872 Arthur Farwell
1891 Sergei Prokofiev
Apr 30
1870 Franz Lehar
1939 Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Hartford Symphony Orchestra 

Our Mission:  To enrich lives and community through great music. Our Vision: HSO will be widely known for and unrivaled in its ability to: Openly engage our community and its diverse people Foster joy for music and an appreciation...
In Collaboration with the WWUH Classical Programming we are pleased to partner with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to present their announcements and schedule to enhance our commitment to being part of the Greater Hartford Community
West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Richard Chiarappa, Music Director
whso.org    (860) 521-4362

Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra 
Great music and great musicians! Food for the soul! Affordable prices! The Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra offers these benefits to all of you in the greater Hartford Community.

The CVSO has been operating for 88 years. Our musicians, serious amateurs and music educators, range from teenagers to seniors, and have a fabulous 2020 season of classical, romantic and modern music lined up for your listening pleasure.  

The West Hartford 
Symphony Orchestra
In Collaboration with the WWUH Classical Programming we are pleased to partner with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra to present their announcements and schedule to enhance our commitment to being part of the Greater Hartford Community

West Hartford Symphony Orchestra 
Richard Chiarappa, Music Director 
(860) 521-4362

The Musical Club of Hartford
The Musical Club of Hartford is a non-profit organization founded in 1891. Membership is open to performers or to those who simply enjoy classical music, providing a network for musicians from the Greater Hartford area.
Club events take place normally on selected Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m, Fall through Spring. The usual location is the sanctuary at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2080 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT (between Ridgewood and Mountain Avenues). Information on time and location is given at the bottom of each event description.
Music by Members


The Hartford Choral


The Manchester Symphony
Orchestra and  Choral

Bringing Music to our Community for 59 Years!

Temple Beth El
Music at Beth El Temple in West Hartford is under the aegis of The Beth El Music & Arts Committee (BEMA). With the leadership of Cantor Joseph Ness, it educates and entertains the community through music.
                       Beth El Temple
2626 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: (860) 233-9696

Serve Harmony: 
Voce's 2019-2020
 Concert Season
St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 197 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury, CT, 06070
Voce, Mark Singleton, Artistic Director
McCoy Tyner

NEA Jazz Master and five-time Grammy Winner, Alfred McCoy Tyner passed away on March 6th. Born December 11, 1938, he was known for his work with John Coltrane in addition to having a long and illustrious solo career. He was widely imitated and had a very recognizable playing style.  Playing acoustic instruments only, avoiding synthesizers or keyboards.
Born in Philadelphia, he began piano lessons at 13 and began playing professionally at 17 He was neighbors with Bud Powell and Rickie Powell. Tyner joined the Jazztet led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer. Soon after, he joined John Coltrane's quartet. Coltrane never hired another pianist until 1965, when Tyner left the quartet once Coltrane started playing Free Jazz,  because he felt no connection with that genre. After Coltrane, Tyner produced several albums for Blue Note from 1967 to 1970.
McCoy Alfred Tyner died at his home in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on March 6, 2020. He was 81.

Wallace Rooney, Jr

Wallace Rooney, Jr. passed away on March 31, 2020 from complications of Covid-19. He was 59. Rooney was born May 25, 1960 in Philadelphia. He began serious trumpet lessons after it was discovered he had perfect pitch. After studying with classical instructors he eventually studied with Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie.
He was the only musician ever mentored by Miles Davis. Rooney attended Howard University and Berklee School of Music in Boston. He played with Cedar Walton's quartet at 16, the Jazz Messengers under Art Blakey and later with Drummer Tony Williams, By the time Rooney was 40, he had appeared on over 250 recordings and eventually released 20 albums as leader, for various labels such as Muse, Concord/Stretch and Highnote records. His chosen genre was Hard Bop and Post Bop.
Wallace Rooney, Jr. passed away at S. Joseph's hospital in Paterson, NJ on March 31st.

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WWUH Radio 91.3 FM : Celebrating 52 Years of Public Alternative Radio
Our programming can also be heard on:
WDJW - Somers, 89.7 Mhz