Subject: Pioneer Station W1XBS, later WBRY/WTBY in Conn.
Date: 24 May 1995 11:25:17 GMT
Organization: Roosevelt Middle School
My father tells me that W1XBS in Waterbury, Connecticut was the first hi-fi experimental station of its kind. The dial position was 1590.
They became a highly directional 5k station as WBRY in 1939 with a CBS affiliation, but the dial position at 1590 was too far from the two (and later three) other local stations at 1240, 1320 and 1380.
The station later became WTBY in the sixties and finally WQQW in the mid seventies. Oddly, they finished first in the rating for the first time in 1989, but the station went dark shortly after (even though they were the top local station) after a major political scandal sent some of the station's owners to jail.
[WQQW went of the air in 1992. The license holder eventually agreed to a buyout by WWRL in New York City and relinquished its license in 1997, allowing WWRL to raise daytime power to 25kW. -RPK]