These letters, WMWC, were the call letters for the “radio station” at Mount Wachusett Community College where I spent 2 years of school. I put the words “radio station” in quotes because our audience was basically the cafeteria. In fact these call letters belong to the University of Mary Washington. Yeah, I have never heard of them either, then again most probably haven’t heard of Mount Wachusett either.
A view above of our board and turntables, carts (for promos), reel-to-reel machine, mic and various papers and notices. Even a window! Not all radio stations have a window.
I wrote previously about some logs for WSRB, my former high school radio station, so figured I’d share a couple of photos as well.
WSRB circa 1982
This is where all the action took place. A simple 5-pot (pot = potentiometer, for adjusting volume) board with microphone, cart machine (like 8-track but only one track for ads/promos) and 2 turntables (record players).
It was the time of flower power, Woodstock and men landing on the moon, but we were 5 or 6 years old, what did we know about any of that? Apparently more than one might realize since my earliest recollection of TV is seeing a man landing on the moon (yes it was in black and white).
My Kindergarten Class 69-70
I present to you my fellow kindergarten classmates, innocent children embarking on the world of the 1970’s. Do people still dress up for photo day, or do they even still have photo day? My kids have grown now so not sure, but even back then not everyone truly “dressed up”.
My high school was very lucky to have a radio station, little did I know how close it came to not being around when I was there. I came across this article, though don’t remember that the station was on life support. An article in the high school paper wrote about it.
WSRB off the air
You can click on the image to read it, but basically it says that the students using the station had been irresponsible and the faculty weren’t sure if the station should continue.
I earned an award in Jr. High school (now usually called Middle School) but I have no recollection of that fact. I wonder what I did to earn it.
Outstanding Accomplishment in Metals – Me?
Apparently it is true since I have this award that I assure you is not a mock-up. I do recall making a screwdriver (not the drink) and a toolbox. What could I have done to earn it?
I am calling it a book, but it isn’t really one in the sense most would think of it. It is more like a scrapbook. It had a pocket to store papers or pictures from each class and a little info about the child at that age. Awww.
I think this is the only time I ever had my picture taken with a vest on, but a cute picture – I was cute at one time. My teacher was Mrs. Cartwright and I began school that year on September 15, 1969 (There is a friend of mine on-line who would be born on this date in another 5 years, little did I know that then). Age 5 and basically the same weight as my height (44 in. and 45 lbs. respectively), already nearly two-thirds my eventual height.
This document does not contain a lot of information like some others but perhaps offers some insight into my schooling progress.
Pre-1st Grade cover
My teacher for first grade would be Miss Nancy Cella and the school was Boyden in South Walpole, Massachusetts. I’m guessing there was an assessment done by the first grade teacher to see how ready a child was for the next step.