Beep at top of the hour on WBZ disappeared

Doug Drown
Thu Sep 27 08:00:11 EDT 2018

CBC Radio One has been broadcasting a national time check every day at 1:00
PM ET for the past 78 years.

Also, WTIC, despite the recent ownership change, is still maintaining its
long tradition of playing a stylized, tonal version of the first four notes
of Beethoven's Fifth at the top of the hour.

As for the "transfer" of the WTIC-TV call letters to Hartford's Channel 61,
that's a long story spelled out in detail on Wikipedia.  WTIC AM-FM
and the *original
*WTIC-TV (now WFSB) parted ways in 1973 when Travelers Insurance sold the
stations to separate owners.


On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 10:56 PM, A Joseph Ross <>

> I remember hearing delays in the days before digital systems.  Back in the
> days when I used to listen to the BBC World Service on shortwave, I
> sometimes tuned from one BBC frequency to another and found a delay from
> one to the other.  I assumed that it had something to do with some signals
> coming directly from the vicinity of London and some came from relays at
> some other location, maybe Sackville, NB or some British-ruled island in
> the Caribbean.
> On 9/26/2018 1:08 AM, Garrett Wollman wrote:
>> <<On Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:38:38 -0400, A Joseph Ross <>
>> said:
>> I think this may have been the last station to have that beep on the
>>> hour.
>> It's difficult to do with all of the digital delays in broadcasting
>> systems these days, particularly when you consider how many listeners
>> are coming in via streaming or HD simulcasts.  Even 15 years ago,
>> actually getting these time signals into the air chain on the dot was
>> a huge hassle to the stations that still used them, for little
>> discernable benefit.
>> If you're a young person and you even have a watch, it's probably an
>> Apple Watch or a Fitbit and gets its time automatically from your
>> phone.  Most young people I know don't wear watches.  Your phone gets
>> its time from the cellular network and should keep better time than
>> any watch.
>> -GAWollman
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