WHFS Bethesda MD (Washington DC)

WILLIAM A TYNAN writes: "In 1961, enthusiasm had led me, with my friend Bob Carpenter, W3OTC, to apply for and receive a construction permit for ... Our station. WHFS hit the air in November 1961.

WHFS-FM "High Fidelity Stereo" was "Washington's High Fidelity Station". WHFS began broadcasting on November 11, 1961, on a frequency of 102.3 FM in Bethesda, Maryland. It was the first station in the Washington, DC, area to broadcast in FM-stereo; thus its call sign stood for High Fidelity Stereo. It was originally located in a 20 × 20-foot space in the basement of the Bethesda Medical Building on Wisconsin Avenue with antenna on the roof. Its original format was a combination of MOR and classical, with jazz after 10 p.m. The original owners were considerably underfunded, and the station was sold in 1963. Variety programming included Folk Music with Dick Cerri and Classical music with Bill Cerri. Marlin R. Taylor, the first GM went on to Philadelphia in the early '60's to develop a beautiful music format on highly sucessful WDVR...WJIB in Boston, then to WRFM, NYC. This studio photo of Sunday evening shift, classical music host RACampbell.

Wikipedia History of the station

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