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by SolarMax
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Then, there's this.....
Replies: 331
Views: 86653

Re: Then, there's this.....

7 Action News on TV20, 10p Wednesday Jan 23. Reporting on the Packard Plant pedestrian bridge collapse, Brian Abel reported that it was the second accident at the site within a month. He referred to the death of the person who fell down an elevator shaft while gaming with a group of "friends." Probl...
by SolarMax
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Crystal unintentionally funny on WNZK this morning.
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: Crystal unintentionally funny on WNZK this morning.

Notice that Streema's Simple Radio at least for Detroit, is in need of updating. 98.7 is still shown as AMP Radio, and clicking "Play" gets a "404 not found." The other local Entercom stations, like WWJ,, redirect to radio.com. I accidentally discovered the "Motown & a Cup of Joe" show a few months ...
by SolarMax
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Music Musings
Topic: Novelty Songs
Replies: 9
Views: 132

Re: Novelty Songs

One of the first records I ever bought as a kid was Lonnie Donegan's "skiffle" hit "Does your Chewing Gum Lose it's Flavor (on the Bedpost Overnight)? A few other novelty songs of that era- Battle of New Orleans Running Bear Wooly Bully Little Red Riding Hood Dang Me! the 50's "Flying Saucer/Spacema...
by SolarMax
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: WXYZ A.M. News set
Replies: 0
Views: 227

WXYZ A.M. News set

WXYZ's morning reports have the anchors now sitting in front of some sort of wavy-textured, edge-lit overwhelmingly bright blue background, which also also seems to have some sort of embedded graphic elements. I find it to be really quite ugly and very distracting.
by SolarMax
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: WTVN 610
Replies: 24
Views: 684

Re: WTVN 610

Back in the 60's, while living in northwest Detroit, I had a tube radio that during the day I could turn to null WTVN and get weak reception from CKTB in St. Catharines. During that same time, in N.E. Detroit, I also frequently dialed in WTVN, on a GE tabletop radio. I'd listen to "Sunday In Columb...
by SolarMax
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: TV detecting vans
Replies: 5
Views: 263

Re: TV detecting vans

The "TV detector vans" are regarded as being an elaborate hoax to frighten UK TV owners into paying the annual receiver licensing fee. The Beeb, however wanted viewers to think otherwise, unveiling in 2003 the "new generation" TVDV. TV Licensing launches 10th model of van in UK Supposedly they worke...
by SolarMax
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: The Good Old Days of Full-Powered Analog TV
Replies: 20
Views: 690

Re: The Good Old Days of Full-Powered Analog TV

That reminded me to repost this photo that I posted before but was lost in the big forum crash. This was a typical old-fashioned Metro Detroit rooftop antenna setup[...] That one and some variations with fewer elements or conical reflector was marketed as "The Detroiter" antenna. Point the big one ...
by SolarMax
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Hudson Tower (Building Under Construction) & Initial FM Collocation Analysis
Replies: 19
Views: 1316

Re: Hudson Tower (Building Under Construction) & Initial FM Collocation Analysis

WRCJ's transmitter was formerly at Lawton and Joy Road, not really near downtown (studio origination, not transmitter, is at Woodward/Selden). The transmitter and antenna moved in 2016 or 2017 to the American Tower site on 8 Mile at Meyers, so they are not part of this discussion. WGPR FM is at Wood...
by SolarMax
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Broadcasting - General
Topic: NOAA Weather Radio
Replies: 17
Views: 669

Re: NOAA Weather Radio

Every spring, local big-box retailers and TV stations have discount days on NOAA weather radios, and apparently sell out of them every year. So at least they seem to be getting out into public use, Of course it's not meant for lengthy listening. It's as repetitive and boring as the news cycle on WWJ...
by SolarMax
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Network & Syndicated Radio and TV
Topic: Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Replies: 1
Views: 203

Re: Mystery Science Theatre 3000

Well, the show's been around in one form or other for thirty years, and has a cult-like following, so apparently somebody does like it.
by SolarMax
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Neighboring States/Ontario
Topic: CFZM Zoomer Radio 740
Replies: 15
Views: 806

Re: CFZM Zoomer Radio 740

Judging by frequent discussions on this site and on others, CFZM has a very large and loyal fan base both in Canada and the eastern USA. In November, the passing of George Jonescu, who hosted the station's popular "Big Band Saturday Night" show, was noted at "Broadcasting - General" on this board. L...
by SolarMax
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Old WDTR Tower gone
Replies: 8
Views: 563

Re: Old WDTR Tower gone

As mentioned at the top, it appears that the tall tower (ex-WDTR, ex-WTVS)on the site has been taken down. I don't remember its height, may have been 600' or so. There was, might still be, a short guyed tower on top of the Lawton building, probably the 135' you mentioned. Last time I saw it there wa...
by SolarMax
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Ferrite Bead Advice For AM BC Interference Supression
Replies: 10
Views: 395

Re: Ferrite Bead Advice For AM BC Interference Supression

Ferrite beads. What kinds should I get and where's the best place to put then on cords? What devices? Which devices? Concerned about remote control smart phone on off dimmers for LED lights. 1) Transformers/power supplies 2) Routers 3) Remote control hubs 4) Others? 1) Transformers and most transfo...
by SolarMax
Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Allow FM Translators Of AM Stations To Use AM Callsign With LT Extension?
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: Allow FM Translators Of AM Stations To Use AM Callsign With LT Extension?

and how, under that scheme, to ID translators that are relaying an FM HD2 or HD3.
by SolarMax
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Old WDTR Tower gone
Replies: 8
Views: 563

Re: Old WDTR Tower gone

There are two self-supporting towers visible from the Lodge. The one at Cass and Canfield is WDET's site. I don't think there are any other users on it. The tower atop the Maccabees Building holds WGPR FM and some other non-broadcast services. WSU owns the building; I don't know if it actually owns ...