When WTIT Tape Radio began, the guys recorded four or five times a week. We were in high school with time on our hands. Even when we had parties or dates, we’d interview our girlfriends. In fact, one time our girlfriends recorded a show totally without us. Bud’s appeared as Sally Weiser, Johnnie’s was Carol Walker, Gary’s was Jill Townsend and Gypsie’s was Sue Grillo. All our tapes still exist. We thought when we went off to college that we’d “outgrow” it. We did our first “Last Tape Show” in August of 1969.
As soon as we had a semester breaks, we were back at it. We’d record four days a week before we headed back. After college, we knew we’d never stop. Bud got married and the WTIT Studio moved for the first time. Recording became less regular, but still happened.
By 1985, we were back to weekly. First at The Braeburn Studio during Bud’s first marriage, and through the end of his second marriage at The Turnbull Studio. Since then, it’s a three or four times a year adventure. Bud (for reasons only he could explain) is getting married again. Kathy and Bud bought a home and Studio 33 1/3 was born. Rock Rolling, Johnnie Walker and Bud Weiser christened the studio earlier this year. Bud is on vacation and Johnnie is in town visiting. These picks are from last night’s session that included WTIT Earwitness News report on the Olympics. Both decided women’s beach volleyball is their favorite. They do not even understand the scoring. They know that there’s a net involved and a ball. The rest is about watching these fine female athletes compete. Their favorite team? The blonde one. Here’s the photos from last night. we will post the bit, later on.
We also still have our vinyl.
The wall of yearly pics Bud references.
Johnnie cooked a New England Clam Bake.
Bud looks to dig in.
Johnnie’s a wise man.
Johnnie pointing out that we are recording Tape 572.
Johnnie pondering our bit. WTIT Olympic Coverage.
Bud at the computer controls. WTIT last used actual tape in January 2000.
The wall of yearly photos from another angle.
Bud Weiser - Downtown, Connecticut, United States
After a radio, nightclub and television career of over 25 years, I still write and perform comedy with essentially the same group of guys that I started with over 45 years ago. We began as WTIT: Tape Radio and have kept the moniker ever since. What WTIT is, however, a journal of a group of friends done in a radio morning show format playing the music of the era. We have every recording. We interviewed our girlfriends before “The Prom” or whatever. We shared growing up, getting married and having kids on WTIT. Later it was stories of divorces, new wives or girlfriends and grandchildren.
Just like with any group of friends, people came and left over the years. More than 50 gentlemen have sat around our big round table in what is now a state of the art digital recording studio. We still call it “Tape Radio” because we’re old guys who hate change. This comedy blog has won numerous awards and tells part of the story, but exists mostly to comment on life, politics, music and entertainment as it passed by our virtual window. One of our original guys left in 1985. But in 2013 he returned. So our starting five have three of the creators of WTIT.
Shortly after that on our http://facebook.com/WTITRADIO page we announced when our next recording night would be. Another of the original five had come back to join in. Galloping Gary, our brother, returned (since 1982) to record. The "Galloping Gary Garage Show" returned to WTIT in 2014. So for one special night (the first since 1973), four of the founding five were sitting at our table. The sight where all the guys who came after them had sat.
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