OCTOBER 5, 2007:  WILI's 50th ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION
 
 
14/WILI invited current and former staff members, and local merchants and elected officials to join us for a celebration of our 50 years on the air.  The Golden Anniversary event was held at the Windham Theater Guild's Burton Leavitt Theater on Main Street in Willimantic.  Over 200 people attended, including Bill Olds, who was a staff member the first day we went on the air.
 
Fifty years of memorabilia--from photos and newspaper stories to old program logs and music surveys--were on display as a slide show ran on the big screen.
 
Later, Nutmeg Broadcasting Company VP Colin Rice narrated a slide show which recapped WILI's history.
 
Then Hall Communications president Art Rowbotham called up Hall Executive VP Bill Baldwin,  GM Andy Russell, Michael, Colin, and Robin Rice, Hall CFO Evelyn Wolf, and WILI Program Director and morning man Wayne Norman, who also addressed the crowd, saying "In my 37 years at WILI, I have never had as much listener response as I got from the shows with WILI alums we did this week."
 
 
Andy Russell, Bill Baldwin, Evelyn Wolf, Art Rowbotham, Wayne Norman, Mike Rice, Robin Rice, and Colin Rice
 
Art Rowbotham and Colin Rice
 
Colin Rice narrating the historical slide show
 
Evelyn Wolf and Art Rowbotham arrive
 
WILI receptionist Latoya Mitchell and account executive Deb Marouski pass out name tags
 
UConn senior and WILI intern Joy Huang and the WILI "Frogcaster"
 
Andy Russell, Art Rowbotham, Donna Evan (Sales Manager) and Bill Baldwin
 
People begin to gather
 
Robin Rice and her husband Jack Nardi
 
Andy Russell, Bill Baldwin, Evelyn Wolf, and Art Rowbotham
 
Colin Rice with Bill Olds.  Mark Roy is in background
 
1970's voices Wayne Norman, Dan Hayden, Steve Kotchko, Tom Lyons, Les Morrell, Jeff Reismann, Willie J. Naughton, Mark Roy, with Vanessa Naughton
 
Early 1970's announcers Tom Lyons (L), Dan Hayden (R), with former GM Dave Evan
 
Wayne Norman's original sports broadcasting partner--Frank Melo (1970's)
 
Gretchen and Bob Fairweather talk with Donna Evan
 
1970's announcer William J. Naughton with daughter Vanessa and son Willie J.
 
1980's announcer 'Little" Wayne Schmidt with current account executive Chris Proulx
 
1980's announcers Ken Carson, Mark Christopher, and Robin Lee Jennings, with former Production Manager Ken Bliven
 
1980's announcer Brian Lapis--now a WWLP-TVweatherman in Springfield
 
Mike Gerardi and Bob Gregory
 
Wayne Norman and William J. Naughton
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