740 WGSM/94.3 WCTO Stereo


An early 1970's WCTO logo.

WCTO promised "52 minutes of music, 24 hours a day".
This is the WCTO hour.

WCTO was fully automated. It had an IGM automation system with two Scully model 270 decks for playing music reels, a carousel for commercials, two tape cart machines and a mechanical network joiner for news. Commercial cartridges had to be loaded in the carousel in the order that they played. After a while a second carousel was added. The station I.D.s were done by some of the WGSM air staff as well as announcers Mike Jay and John Taylor from Greater Media's station WCTC in New Jersey. The I.D.s were changed at intervals to give the appearance that each announcer had an air shift. Music was programmed by Stereo Radio Productions. Music reels alternated every 15 minutes and were changed every 2 hours. The carousels held 24 tape cartridges. News occupied the first minute of the 2 minute break at the bottom of the hour. Who ever was on duty in the newsroom had to get all the news headlines in that 1 minute. It was fun to watch. Overnight the news was pre-carted and played from an external cart machine tied to the automation system. Sometimes the news was read by the overnight operator, who was often Bill Shepperd (you can see his picture on the WGLI pages).

An playlist from one of the SRP music reels.
Contributed by "a friend".

A WCTO dial card.
Something many FM stations had at that time. You kept it by your radio so you would know where to find the station on the dial.

Most radio stations had bumper stickers. WCTO had these metal plates to strap on to the bumper of your car.

The original transmitter at WCTO was a Gates FM 3 H.

The transmitter ran 2.8 kilowatts with a Jampro 2 bay H & V antenna atop the tower to give WCTO an ERP of 3 kilowatts. Later the antenna was changed to an MCI panel antenna. The transmitter was then field converted to an FM 5 H in order to maintain the stations ERP.

The original FM 3 H name plate from the WCTO transmitter.
It was replaced with an FM 5 H name plate when we field converted the transmitter. Today it hangs on one of the cabinets in the WA2FNQ transmitter room.

The WCTO (now WMJC) tower on Crooked Hill Road near the Long Island Expressway.

See the WMJC Tower Rebuild

On May 1, 2007 the top 2 sections of the tower were replaced to improve its structural integrity.

See some pictures here.

My thanks to Mike Glaser for allowing me on site to witness this.

Hear some WCTO airchecks on Joe's Radio Aircheck Page.

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