WBCN, Channel-13, and the old Hancock tower

A Joseph Ross joe@attorneyross.com
Thu Dec 2 01:14:33 EST 2021

Interestingly enough, according to Wikipedia, WHRB's original callsign, 
as a carrier-current station, was WHCN, which stood for Harvard Crimson 
Network.  Originally the Crimson funded the station.

On 12/1/2021 5:35 PM, Martin Waters wrote:
>     WHCN-FM in Hartford lists a start date of May 13, 1939, as W1XPW. 
> It was the station that relayed Armstrong's transmissions from Alpine 
> to the station in Massachusetts when he began broadcasting. IIRC, 
> Armstrong and Doolittle first did some experimental relays from Alpine 
> to W1XPW, whose transmitter was on top of Meriden Mountain/West Peak 
> in Meriden, Conn.
>      W1XPW was set up by Franklin Doolittle, owner of WDRC (AM) in 
> Hartford, in cooperation with Armstrong. It became WDRC-FM, but is 
> unrelated to today's WDRC-FM.
>     The original FM station was sold in 1957 to owners who changed the 
> calls to WHCN later on. WHCN, as well as WDRC-FM and some other 
> Hartford market FM's still transmit from Meriden Mountain.
>      When I was last up there about 17 years ago, the original, 
> disused W1XPW/WDRC-FM tower was still there.
> On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 12:30:10 PM EST, Rob Landry 
> <011010001@interpring.com> wrote:
> According to Wikipedia, WSRS was first licensed as W1XTG in 1940 on 43.4
> MHz in the old 42 - 50 MHz FM band. I believe it was actually the second
> FM to be licensed in New England, after one set up by Major Armstrong 
> just
> up the hill at the end of Asnebumskit Road. Armstrong's station does not
> survive, but his tower is still there and is used by WICN and WBPR (WUMB).
> Rob
> On Wed, 1 Dec 2021, A Joseph Ross wrote:
> > WSRS, which used to be WTAG-FM?  What's its story?

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