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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 theyíd live with those letters for nearly 40 years. Billy or Bud came up with this, but neither will accept blame. The tape numbers, by the way, did not go in order until Tape 17.
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 Conneryís 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. Hereís a copy of that poster:
Most of the supporting characters appeared in early Bond films.
DID ANY OF THE DJís USE THEIR REAL NAMES? IT SEEMS MOST ARE EITHER ALCOHOL OR CIGARETTE NAMES.
Yes. We just havenít used them on this site because we are still working on consent. Bouncing Billy, Killer Joe, Many Miles, Galloping Gary, Carter B. and Michael J. all referenced their last names. For a couple of years Bud Weiser became Bud Fisher (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 DJís however do get serious at times, updating the tapes with what was going on in their lives. Bud and Billy did a tape on the night Budís first child, Heather, was born, as an example. All the tapes still exist.
DO BUDíS WIFE (wives) AND KIDS APPEAR ON THE TAPES?
Not ever regularly. Budís first wife (and girlfriend, before that) appears in a bunch of comedy bits (as well as DJ shows), with otherís wives or girlfriends as well. In 1969, the DJís girlfriends did an entire show alone. Budís kids did contribute. In the 80ís they would stop in and say "hi". Budís son James (at age 6 or 7) would tell a joke on a lot of tapes. Ben and Julie would stop to in chat as well. Heather could be heard from the time she was a toddler, to singing the opening to the Tape 400 show. James, by the way, put this site together. Budís second wife appeared briefly, and recorded the show openers used in 1996 from the Framingham Studio. Bud is current extremely single.
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 the top floor. While all the tapes IDís say: "WTIT West Hartford Stereo", not all the studios were in West Hartford. Hereís the entire studio list:
1. The Soby Drive 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 New Britain Studio, 1993-1994, New Britain, CT
10. The Turnbull Studio, 1994-1997, Manchester, CT
11. The Framingham Studio, 1995-1996, Framingham, MA
12. The Turnbull Studio, 1996-1997, Manchester, CT
13. The Tudor Studio, 1997-2001, Manchester, CT
14. The Penthouse Studio, 2001-2003, Avon, CT
15. The Gatewood Studio, 2003-present, Enfield CT