Howard Stern’s First Radio Station Owner Sy Dresner Dies

sternSaul Dresner who went by the name of Sy, the owner and of WCCC the rock radio station in  Connecticut that gave Howard Stern his first job as a DJ, died in Florida on Jan.1. He was 89-years-old.

Dresner started in radio with his brother and built multiple radio stations in New York, including WBNR, WWHG/WDRE.

In the 1960s, he moved to  Connecticut and bought the radio station WCCC .

10 years after purchasing the station, Dresner hired a new DJ named Howard Stern to be the morning show host on his radio station.

Stern was very successful as his show became extremely popular.  However, he quit the station about a year later after Stern’s request for a $25 raise had been denied.

One major event that happened at WCCC was that Stern met another DJ named Fred Norris.  Norris would leave WCCC, follow Stern and become his producer.

In a 1993 interview, Dresner stated that whatever fame Stern has with his career he deserves it because he did everything all by himself and did not rely on others. All credit regarding his career Stern can thank himself.

In 1998 after owning WCCC for 28 years, Dresner sold it and moved to Florida with his family.

Dresner is survived by his wife and two sons.

Written By Barbara Sobel

Sources:

Billboard: Sy Dresner, Former Owner of Hartford Radio Station Where Howard Stern Got His Start, Dies at 89
Radio NK: Saul “Sy” Dresner Passes
All Access Music Group: Former WCCC/Hartford Owner Sy Dresner Passes

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