|Slogan||"News, Talk and Entertainment"|
|Translator(s)||97.7 W249DY (Waterbury) (soon)|
|First air date||1934|
|Format||News/Talk/Sports/Classic Hits/Great American Songbook/Jazz|
|Power||5,000 Watts (day)|
1,000 Watts (night)
|Owner||Estate of Harold Thomas |
WATR (1320 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Waterbury, Connecticut and the Naugatuck Valley. The station is owned by WATR, Inc. It airs a full-service News/Talk/Sports plus Classic Hits music format. It is the oldest privately owned station in the state of Connecticut, never having been sold outside the family of its founder, Harold Thomas (1902–1968).
The station is host to the long-running "Tom Chute & You," the weekday morning drive program from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. hosted by general manager and program director Thomas J. Chute with News Director Christopher M. Fortier anchoring news reports through the noon hour. It is the fourth-longest continuously running morning drive radio program in Connecticut, having debuted on Jan. 2, 1986.
Barbara Hart Davitt, who marked 55 years at the station on Nov. 22, 2018, hosts "Coffee Break" from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Debuting in the mid-1960s, it is one of the longest-running radio shows in the U.S. Davitt was the first Waterbury-area radio personality inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2018.
Steve Noxon hosts "Talk of the Town," WATR's flagship talk show since the early 1970s focusing on local and national issues, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Previous hosts include Larry Rifkin, Ed Flynn, James Senich and Jay Clark. Fortier serves as the program's executive producer.
The daily programming lineup also includes syndicated Fox News talk shows from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Fox Sports Radio from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Weekend programming includes the traditional and contemporary sounds of Polish music on Sunday morning's "The Zembruski Family Polka Hour." The show's predecessor, "The Polish Eagle Show," originated in 1934 on WATR by bandleader Victor Zembruski (1912–1976). His widow, Sophie Zembruski (1918–2010), hosted the show from 1976 to 2008, at which time the couple's daughter, Loretta Hoxie, took over hosting duties. The current show, hosted by Nathaniel Zembruski, succeeded Hoxie shortly after she retired in 2013. Other weekend programming highlights include the Sunday morning's "Carosello Italiano," a program hosted by Joe Costa featuring music and news from the Italian community and the Sunday night "Music Museum" hosted by Jay Crawford.
The station also maintains a decades-long tradition of broadcasting play-by-play of local high school sports. In 2018, WATR joined the University of Connecticut sports radio network. The first football game was broadcast Aug. 28, 2018.
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- WATR official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for WATR
- Radio-Locator Information on WATR
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for WATR
- Query the FCC's FM station database for W249DY
- Radio-Locator information on W249DY
- FCC History Cards for WATR
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