Top 40 competitors

David Tomm
Fri Jun 16 13:38:54 EDT 2006

I grew up in Colchester, halfway between Hartford and the beaches.  I 
could pick up WDRC during the day but not well, and at night it was 
gone.  WPOP didn't reach that far south.   As a little kid, I listened 
to  WABC and WNBC primarily because they came in better, but they also 
had better jocks and music than WDRC.  When WTIC-FM switched from B/EZ 
to Top 40 in 1977, I jumped over.

While much was made of the competition between WPOP and WDRC, there was 
a second top 40 war from 1984 to 1993 when WKSS eventually flipped to 
Top 40 and battled with WTIC-FM.  TIC-FM usually won out until the very 
end when Kiss finally overtook them in the early 90's.  I was able to 
experience it firsthand as a weekend jock at WKSS in 1990.   It ended 
with TIC-FM flipping to it's current Hot AC format, but that battle was 
just as competitive--if not more so--than the WDRC vs. WPOP wars of a 
generation earlier.

--Dave Tomm
"Mike Thomas"

On Jun 15, 2006, at 11:03 PM, Roger Kolakowski wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Roger Kolakowski" <>
> To: "Doug Drown" <>
> Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2006 10:35 PM
> Subject: Re: Top 40 competitors
>> In the 60's and early 70's Hartford was probably WDRC over what I 
>> remember
>> as a puny 5Kw WPOP. But once you got to the Connecticut Beaches it was
>> always WABC.
>> Roger

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