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Philip Callan (Media)

Philip Callan (Media)



1937 –

Philip Callan was born in 1937 in West Haven and has lived in Meriden since age 4. He is a 1956 graduate of Meriden High School and spent his career in radio broadcasting from 1968 through his retirement in 2009. Phil joined Meriden’s WMMW in 1969 and remained there until 1979. In 1980, he moved to Hartford’s WRCQ where he remained until 1989. In 1990, he returned to WMMW for 5 years, and then spent 1994-1998 at WDRC in Hartford before joining Hartford’s WJMJ in 2000, where he worked until his retirement in 2009. Phil was the exemplar of the courteous and inquisitive “boy next door” radio host in an era where loud and louder programming was becoming the norm. His easy manner made it possible for thousands of listeners to face the day and his remote broadcasts from nursing homes and senior centers brought comfort to many. He was a master of the in-depth interview, and his interviews ranged from U.S. presidents to senators, governors, and mayors. He also interviewed stars of the stage, screen and television, and many of his interviewees became friends who would return for additional interviews with Phil. In 1992, the New Haven Register named Phil the “Top Dog” in Connecticut morning radio.


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