B&G Secretary Still Making Waves In Radio
Callers to the Buildings and Grounds department would probably never know it, but there is a good chance that they have heard the voice on the other end of the line before.
That’s because B&G secretary Grahame Slogesky has had a long and distinguished career in radio -- all while using her maiden name, Grahame Winters.
“I love my job with the BoE but once you get bitten by the radio bug, it just stays in your system,” says Grahame, who still does a bit of radio moonlighting.
Her first radio job was part-time receptionist at WILI in Willimantic when she was 18 years old. She eventually got on the air there, and moved to WDRC-FM in Hartford, also known as "Big D 103," playing “Hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s” along with colleagues including Brad Davis, Jerry Kristafer and Mike Stevens.
Grahame credits her career in radio to her parents. Her mother Marcia "Miss Fox" was one of the first female on-air co-hosts in Hartford at WPOP, and the bordering-on-legendary Bill Winters worked at more than a dozen stations throughout the country from 1958 through 1975. Bill’s last job was his best -- at WCBS-FM in New York -- but his career ended tragically when he died in 1975 at age 35.
“Radio was a lot of fun for many years,” says Grahame, who worked at WDRC from 1992 until July 2014, when the station was sold and the new owners replaced most of the staff. “I miss my old co-workers and our listeners, but I really love what I'm doing today.”
Grahame replaced Bette Copeland, who had been secretary in the Building and Grounds department for 30 years. Now instead of speaking to half a million people on the radio each day, Grahame keeps things running smoothly in the Buildings and Grounds Department, which encompasses all school custodians and a maintenance staff made up of electricians, plumbers, HVAC, carpenters, painters and groundskeepers that work in each of the district's sixteen buildings. The Buildings and Grounds Department is also responsible for community use of our buildings, and Grahame processes applications for all outside groups wishing to use our facilities.
She still dabbles in radio, working part time at Lite 100.5 WRCH, i98.3 in Willimantic, and recording a daily show on a Top 40 station, Y101 (WHYA) on Cape Cod. She spends a couple of hours in her basement studio most weeknights, taping brief snippets that are played in between songs and doing voice-over work for companies all over the world, to be used for radio and TV broadcasts, video tutorials and even video games.
When she's not working for the BoE or in radio, Grahame volunteers her time as a Girl Scout leader and is President of the Illing PTSA, where her children are in 7th and 8th grade this year.
More proof of that radio bug lies with Grahame's husband Jeff, a Para-Educator at Waddell School, who's better known as "Slater" from The Rock 106.9 WCCC, where he worked for nearly 20 years, and still does weekend shifts at internet station irockradio.com, based out of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Farmington.