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Old 08-04-2014, 08:24 AM
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RIP 106.9 WCCC

This is low on the importance scale and TC might be the only other one here who would be familiar with WCCC in Hartford, which was the last non-corporate radio station in CT. I've been listening to the station since I was a kid, which is getting to be a lonnnnnnng time ago now.

(For better or worse depending on perspective) Howard Stern got his big break on the station. Countless metal and modern/alternative rock bands got their first major airplay here, many of them debuting new singles on the station after they made the big time. A large number of them recorded acoustic versions of their songs at the station for a CD, the proceeds from which went to the local food pantry. They had the usual amount of commercial breaks and DJ blathering, but besides the morning show there was always a DJ on-site and call-in song requests were always possible.

About a year ago they changed their format from metal/alternative to classic rock. Kind of a bummer since I liked hearing the new talent, sometimes on the edgier side, that was right on the cusp of making it big time as well as the ones that had already made it. But it was tolerable, I like classic rock since what I listened to in HS is now classic rock. And while there were classic rock stations in New Haven and Springfield, MA, there wasn't one in the Hartford area.

WCCC was recently sold and last Friday 8/1, they changed their format to K-LOVE adult contemporary Christian music.

Demographics and ratings dictate everything else, I understand that. Due to demographics and disposable income, Classic Rock commands larger advertising dollars than metal/alternative so that format change was understandable. But adult contemporary Christian in CT? Having a tough time seeing that one, demographically speaking.

WCCC Says Goodbye To Classic Rock

I don't spend enough time driving or sitting listening to the radio to justify satellite radio. Country and sports talk are what I've got on during the day in my office. It'll be interesting to see how things pan out and if one of the other stations gives the up-and-coming talent an outlet.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:37 AM
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Wow...just wow. That station was one of the best anywhere, not just ct. Being more than a bit of a metal head myself I listened to CCC a lot. RIP
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Demographics and ratings dictate everything else, I understand that. Due to demographics and disposable income, Classic Rock commands larger advertising dollars than metal/alternative so that format change was understandable. But adult contemporary Christian in CT? Having a tough time seeing that one, demographically speaking.
I'm surprised to hear that too. I have no interest in either of the rock formats but even less in xtian. I hope they fail. I can't see a need for another religious station infecting the airwaves. There seems to be an oversupply of them elsewhere. At least certainly around here.

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Old 08-04-2014, 10:19 AM
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Wow...just wow. That station was one of the best anywhere, not just ct. Being more than a bit of a metal head myself I listened to CCC a lot. RIP
It was sad. Last song was Pantera's Walk ( No message there, eh? ) and at 5:05 they went right into the new format.

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I'm surprised to hear that too. I have no interest in either of the rock formats but even less in xtian. I hope they fail. I can't see a need for another religious station infecting the airwaves. There seems to be an oversupply of them elsewhere. At least certainly around here.

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I'm just surprised that they see central CT as a market. Although I see a donation link on their homepage so maybe they aren't concerned with moneymaking the traditional ad revenue way. Maybe they think we're an area in dire need of their guidance?
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Old 08-04-2014, 10:40 AM
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I've seen a K-LOVE station in a bunch of cities, and only in the last few years....makes me think K-LOVE is just another clear channel....
If K-LOVE is another evil corporate mastermind, that'll come out soon enough.

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List of radio stations in Connecticut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

CT does seem to have a lot of university and public stations that aren't owned by corepirate motherf\/ck3r5, yet.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:44 PM
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It looks like classic rock is on the decline and has been reduced to about 200 or so songs, many of which I personally wouldn't call classic rock.

Anything that is free and could be a subscription is likely to be adjusted.

The advertising world has changed an awful lot with consolidation of ownership.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:49 PM
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I suspect that having the capability of having thousands of tunes on your phone, getting free and often very inexpensive downloads, making everyone their own "program director", has something to do with the demise of music radio. News and talk appears to be a bit safer for the time being, but the creep of podcasts is nibbling at their share.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:21 PM
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List of radio stations in Connecticut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

CT does seem to have a lot of university and public stations that aren't owned by corepirate motherf\/ck3r5, yet.
There are quite a few down on the low end of the dial. Not very strong signals, though.
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