I was hired at 16, the year was 1958 and worked
at WTIC until 1961. I worked daily part-time after school, bussing in from
Manchester. On weekends, I handled the switchboard for an 8 hour run. I operated
the MultiLith Printing machine, a rather large, inky giant of belts and wheels,
running off copies of the AM log, the FM log, and the TV log. I spent hours at
the station every Saturday afternoon, with permission from Ross Miller and
engineer Charlie Fitzgerald while only 14 and 15. I remember the day the TV
cameras arrived. During the summers, I worked full time. Ate my bag lunch in the
projection room watching I Love Lucy in syndication (16 mm). On a regular basis,
I was dispatched to Bradley Airport to pick up hot news film flown in from CBS
After studies in Boston, I was hired at WNAV AM FM, a powerful station in
Annapolis, Maryland......moved later to Washington, DC as news director for a
major station there.
Then on to NBC TV in D.C. where I co-produced and hosted a public affairs
program while doing music, news and talk at nearby WEZR FM. I was hired west to
L.A. by the city's #1 music outlet as air personality, then years later on to
Music of Your Life, live, coast to coast, with Dick Clark and me. Anchored CBS
radio news out of Hollywood and then on to KWXY AM FM here in Palm Springs. Many
TV commercials along the way. Became TV spokesman for Universal Pictures in the
90s. It all started with hanging around WTIC on Saturday afternoons. Top three
songs were Lisbon Antiqua, Poor People of Paris, and the 4-lads doing Standing
on the Corner. I knew Dick Bertel, Bruce Kern, and so many more whose names I
forget. Bob Steele just called me The Turk. We all had a "family" going there on
the 6th floor. TV was new. Ross and Betty Miller did a 30-second commercial
sitting in living room chairs staged in front of the camera. It was put to video
tape. We had two mammoth AMPEX VCRs. What a roar they made. But that was the
most imaginative way to make a commercial in those days. Sit in a chair. Roll
tape. Our TV booth announcers were live, sat in a tiny booth across a hall from
the master control and maintained a log. Then there was the FM. Constantly the
records turned. No one thought about "selling time." It was too early for that.
Today, I own a busy recording studio in Palm Springs, the only one here.
SOUNDSGREAT! Inc. produces radio vignettes for syndication, and also pumps out
hundreds of labeled CDs hourly for clients.
His name slips my mind for the moment; but we had a popular DJ/host who did his
music show from a piano in the studio across the hall from master control.
Between songs, he'd play a few measures and chat.
Some of the celebrities I met while in my "visiting years" of 1955 thru
57....the great names who visited Ross "The Musical" Miller (as the choral group
would sing it) were The Ames Brothers, The Four Lads, Lauren Bacall (I rode down
the elevator with her. Mrs. Humphrey Bogart.) and I know I'll think of some
I became quite well known on KJOI FM 75,000 Watts (towered in Beverly Hills) and
met virtually everyone famous and near-famous. I introduced so many on stage or
TV...I was the veritable "announcer" ('TIC bred). At the Pantages, our station
hosted a nostalgia evening and brought in Les Brown and his Band of Renowned.
Les "only had one drink" but still couldn't get my last name right all evening.
I intro'd the last surviving Andrews Sister (whose name now slips my mind,
imagine.) Before we went on, I visited her dressing room and introduced myself.
This was 1987. I told her that when I was a teen, I remember she and her sisters
being interviewed by Ross Miller in 1955. That brought tears to her eyes. Mine,
too, because she remembered THAT RADIO VISIT. She said it was the only Hartford
interview they had ever done.
I better stop, I could go volumes. Bob Ellsworth played piano live from studio
A. Each studio had its corresponding control room engineer. I remember a
gargantuan studio which held a sizeable audience. Musical instruments adorned
the empty stage. Must have been live shows at the time. There was a RADIO AROMA
that hung in the air, a good smell I have not smelled since. Those were real