Most of these supporting characters appeared in early Bond films.
DID ANY OF THE DJ’s USE THEIR REAL NAMES? IT SEEMS MOST ARE
EITHER ALCOHOL OR CIGARETTE NAMES.
Yes. Bouncing Billy, Gypsy Joe, Many Miles, Galloping Gary, Carter B., and Michael J. all referenced
their last names. For a while Bud Weiser used his real name and then switched back.
IF I WERE TO LISTEN TO AN ENTIRE TAPE, (NOT JUST THE COMEDY
BITS) WHAT WOULD IT SOUND LIKE? HOW MANY STILL EXIST?
Mostly, the DJ shows sound like a morning radio show. The DJ’s however do get serious at times,
updating the recordings with what was going on in their lives. Bud and Billy did a tape on the night
Bud’s first child, Heather, was born, as an example. And to complete the circle, when Billy return to
WTIT, on Heather's 40th birthday we played that recording. All the recordings still exist.
You mention several "Studio" names. How many are there, and what do
the names mean?
The names are either for the town or street, except for "Penthouse" which referred to being on the
top floor. The “Hell’s Kitchen” name was created when the apartment that Bud and Harvey
Wallbanger shared had a huge kitchen where the studio was set up. It also had a gas heater in it
that showed large flames. While all the tapes ID’s say: "WTIT West Hartford", not all the studios
were in West Hartford. In fact, only half were. Note that after over a year in Boston radio, we
returned to the Turnbull Studio. We'd be there for just one more year. Here’s the entire studio list:
1. The Soby Studio 1967-1973, West Hartford, CT
2. The Glastonbury Studio 1973-1974, Glastonbury, CT
3. The Edgemere Studio 1974-1975, West Hartford, CT
4. The Maplewood Studio, 1975-1976 West Hartford, CT
5. The Cromwell Studio, 1976-1980, Cromwell, CT
6. The Hilltop Studio, 1980-1983, West Hartford, CT
7. The Braeburn Studio, 1983-1990, West Hartford, CT
8. The Walton Studio, 1990-1993, West Hartford, CT
9. The Hell’s Kitchen Studio, 1993-1994, New Britain, CT
10. The Turnbull Studio, 1994-1995, Manchester, CT
11. The Nobscott Studio, 1995-1996, Framingham, MA
10. The Turnbull Studio, 1996-1997, Manchester, CT
12. The Tudor Studio, 1997-2001, Manchester, CT
13. The Penthouse Studio, 2001-2003, Avon, CT
14. The Gatewood Studio, 2004-2011, Enfield CT
15. Studio 33 1/3, 2012- present, Enfield,CT
WHO CAME UP WITH THE CALL LETTERS "WTIT"?
Bud had 16 reel-to-reel tapes by 1967. The first tape was grabbed randomly and was Tape 10. Bud
and Bouncing Billy were on that first tape and called it only by "The Big TT". A rock station in
Hartford was known as "The Big D". The second tape was Tape 15 and the call letters were born.
The largest station in Hartford was WTIC. So, besides the obvious "breast" reference (these guys
were 15 years old, remember), the Tape Radio station was christened, "WTIT, the Big T". Obviously,
no one thought they’d live with those letters for over 45 years. Billy or Bud came up with this, but
neither remembers who to blame for them. The tape numbers, by the way, did not even go in order
until Tape 17. Recently Bill won the argument over who named the Tape Radio station. He said to
Bud, "It was YOUR tape recorder. Why would I name it?" But whether Billy named it or not, no one
would have guessed that not only would he return, but also he took over for Johnnie Walker as Bud's
main partner. He was huge for us in the 1967 to 1974. When he returned in 2013 we could never
have guessed that he'd be as important today.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE ANNOUNCED IN THE INTROS TO MOVIE AND
TV PARODIES THAT ARE SAID TO BE STARRING, PRODUCING &
DIRECTING THE "SHOWS". THEIR NAMES ARE NOT ON THE SITE?
They are names off a movie poster from 1967. The movie was "Operation Kid Brother" starring Sean
Connery’s brother Neil. It was a "James Bond" spoof and flopped big-time. Bud had just put up
mostly music posters in the original studio (Dylan, Beatles, Cream, etc.) But had a couple of movie
posters as well. Here’s a copy of that poster:
The current one: Studio 33 1/3