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the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Discussion pertaining to Detroit, Ann Arbor, Port Huron, and SW Ontario
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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by WOHO » Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:44 am

The superstation would be better running the music format from WCHB, IMO.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by Captain Rock » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:18 am

If 910 AM Superstation switched to an oldies format, they could call themselves 910 AM Superhits! Unfortunately they would find it difficult to sell commercials with old listeners and would soon be 910 AM Superbankrupt.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by Steve79 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:08 pm

As of this morning AM1200 WCHB is off the air. Wondering if Crawford took over and they are moving studios or something.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by Captain Rock » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:22 pm

Crawford is buying a new main transmitter and making other upgrades to AM 1200. It sounds like they will be off the air for a while. Now is a good time to get everything working perfectly before they start regular programming.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by ftballfan » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:46 am

Wonder if Glory 1340 will eventually make the move to 1200 and 560 and 1340 simulcast 560's existing format.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by ZenithCKLW » Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:11 am

Darn, I really like the current music format on the strong (near my house) AM station.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by Fingerboard Corners » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:10 pm

Why does anyone think a 250 watt translator, even at near 1000 feet HAAT, often duplicated cochannel by full power Canadian and US stations 25-50 miles away, can cover the market? What has been needed for 30+ years or more is an expanded FM band. Should have done what Canada did instead of putting stations in the middle of nowhere.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by Fingerboard Corners » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:35 pm

WEXL is nondirectional and full efficiency at Night. Days it goes toward Detroit. As a Class IV/Class C, the NIF is normally in the 20-25 mV/m range. Class IVs never were full market coverage signals except smaller markets. Even in a city of 45 square miles, like 1230 and 1340 in Grand Rapids, the Night signal is not full coverage for various reasons. Great for signals like WLS and WCFL at Night in the 1960s and early 1970s, even in college towns like Ann Arbor and East Lansing before FM became dominant.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by Captain Rock » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:47 pm

The 250 watt translator "Soul 99.9 FM" does not have a signal even remotely competitive with a full power station. But it still can serve a good number of people. Consider Radio One to be operating 3.2 FM stations in the market, not just 3.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by MWmetalhead » Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:42 pm

My guess is that signal's sole (no pun intended!) purpose in life is to clear the Tom Joyner Show until the current contract runs out.

Based on my limited listening, the playlist seems shallow, boring and way too mainstream.


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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by Captain Rock » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:02 pm

Radio One's Soul 101.5 in Cincinnati is only 99 watts, but also Tom Joyner in the morning and classic Soul all day. Aren't Tom Joyner's listeners getting a little old for what advertising agencies want? Maybe translators operated cheaply as part of a cluster of stations makes sense. Maybe sold along with a gospel music station.



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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by MWmetalhead » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:57 am

I'm sure the offer to get "bonus" advertising on a tiny signal that few people know even exists will be too much for advertisers to pass up! :hat

$2 million for a 50 kW AM signal in a top 15 market. That says it all, doesn't it?

IBOC digital radio sure has done a "swell" job of saving the AM band.


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Re: the end has come to WCHB AM1200

Post by WOHO » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:55 am

$2 million is a bargain for a 50KW signal- how much did Disney invest in buying 900 out of Fremont, Ohio and moving 910 from Flint and the world's most complicated computer-controlled phasor system for nighttime signal? Be nice if they put a 50KW Nautel stereo transmitter in on 1200 and put a nice deep playlist of music there. True, the WOMC original oldies would be nice there, as would a revival of the old Big8 format.



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