Obscure radio trivia
Fri Dec 22 09:55:01 EST 2006
WCOU/WAYU was also my first commercial radio job in 1981, so I remember that
building well. I was hired when the Wellborne family owned the stations,
and did part time news and jocking. I was there when they transferred the
music format from the AM to the FM (prior to that the FM was an automated
country station). I remember a mentally ill old lady who would walk up and
down Lisbon Street, mumbling to herself and smoking cigarettes, who would
come into our lobby and set herself down from time to time. I was also the
board operator for the Connie Cote Show, done entirely in French. She would
just cue me to spin the French-language records by pointing her finger at
me, since I didn't speak a word of French. I was there the day she quit and
walked over to WLAM after we couldn't ger her remote on the air from the
park during the Franco-American Festival. After that debacle, the Program
Director, News Director, and myself went to one of the beer tents at the
festival and proceeded to get mightily drunk. Man, those were the days.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Billings" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2006 6:48 PM
Subject: Obscure radio trivia
>A fire on Lisbon Street in Lewiston this week gutted four buildings. At
> least three of the four are likely to be taken down.
> One of the buildings was the home of 93.9 WAYU and 1240 WCOU when I worked
> there in 1986. It was my first full-time job in radio and my first
> full-time job anywhere.
> The station moved to Sabattus Street later that year. The building where
> the station was located there was also recently taken down.
> -- Dan Billings, Bowdoinham, Maine
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