Photos (and captions) courtesy of Xen Scott


A 1964 shot of the big studio on the 3rd floor at 558 Ingham Ave.
Supposedly, this studio was suspended on springs to isolate it from the printing presses on the first floor.
I remember that the walls were very thick and there was a double door from the hallway.
The Trenton Symphony was broadcast live from here.
The station was originally built by the Trenton Times newspaper,
hence the call sign, W T(imes) O(of the) A(ir).
When Nassau Broadcasting bought the station, I found a closet full of special FM radios that had been installed on Trenton buses, fixed tuned to WTOA, and controlled with supersonic tones.


The WTOA control room.
The announcer is Phil Stout.
The transmitter is a 3kw GE driving a 6-bay GE ring antenna.
The transmitter originally had a Phasatron modulator/exciter, but that was bypassed when they installed an FMC modulator/exciter, first for use with the bus radios and later for stereo.
The exciter output was at 48.75mhz with frequency doubling in the 250 watt IPA.
The all tube system was a real challenge to keep operational.


Another shot of the WTOA control room


A WTOA letterhead and WTOA calendar

Photo (and caption) courtesy of Scott Lowe

Here's an "on the air" view with the control room in action.
In the foreground, John Pinto, announcer, cues the next transcription to go on the air.
While the turntable in back of Pinto continues to send its score over the air.
In the background are Chief Engineer Paul Fireman (left) and Jerome P. McCarthy, station manager.
(Photo and caption, originally from the Trenton Evening Times - Monday, April 18, 1949)


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