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by Ben Zonia
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: The History of FM Radio
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: The History of FM Radio

Hebron Fire Tower Lookout, now a VHF/UHF/SHF antenna farm, had a problem with the "ultra short wave" high HF frequency skip. https://easternuslookouts.weebly.com/hebron.html My oldest son got into the Scanner listening hobby from listening to neighborhood portable phones on 49.8 MHz. :D He went to s...
by Ben Zonia
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: The History of FM Radio
Replies: 6
Views: 238

Re: The History of FM Radio

Just above the Police Band kids, which ran from 1610-1720 kHz, which was often included with higher end AM/SW radios in the 1930s. https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/v ... tion=click They stopped using the band for Police, and maybe Taxis, because of skip causing confusion with calls. They also u...
by Ben Zonia
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Music Musings
Topic: UNI Records story (1970)
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: UNI Records story (1970)

I thought it was a small independent record label. But there were some historical heavy hitters involved even with The Strawberry Alarm Clock. Songwriter Frank Slay, who wrote and produced several big hit songs in the 1950s (usually with Bob Crewe), produced "Incense and Peppermints". There are a co...
by Ben Zonia
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Music Musings
Topic: Most Unusual Tracks From Mainstream Top 40 Artists
Replies: 13
Views: 202

Most Unusual Tracks From Mainstream Top 40 Artists

Crazy Horses-The Osmonds, 1972. Not a big hit in Detroit due to its anti-automobile theme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=97&v=QXQVSTfhoRo&feature=emb_logo Electric Stories-The Four Seasons, 1968. Top 10 Hit in Western Michigan. Still on WGVU playlist. Lots of near Psychedelic, fuzzed E...
by Ben Zonia
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony on WRIF?
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony on WRIF?

Dayparting can significantly alter perceptions about a format. Depends on the demographics. If you're working while they play it, you might miss it.
by Ben Zonia
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Loss of Limbaugh, Retirement Of Beckman And Others, May Force Changes At WJR
Replies: 16
Views: 1443

Re: Loss of Limbaugh, Retirement Of Beckman And Others, May Force Changes At WJR

bmw wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:51 am
Premiere Radio Network has announced that they will be airing mostly "archival" (basically, a best-of) audio for "weeks" during Rush's time slot.
Works for Casey Kasem on American Top 40.
by Ben Zonia
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Loss of Limbaugh, Retirement Of Beckman And Others, May Force Changes At WJR
Replies: 16
Views: 1443

Loss of Limbaugh, Retirement Of Beckman And Others, May Force Changes At WJR

The death of Rush Limbaugh is the most significant change causing event at WJR since the death of J P McCarthy. Along with the retirement of Frank Beckmann and others, this may force WJR to adapt to a more News and Less Talk Format. If Cumulus doesn't have the resources and vision, another company m...
by Ben Zonia
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: R.I.P. Bozo
Replies: 24
Views: 1431

Re: R.I.P. Bozo

I remember that WGN's Bozo was pretty creepy compared to the Detroit Bozo on Ch 9. The most famous Bozo The Clown nationally was indeed the one on WGN-TV 9/WGN Superstation, Bob Bell. His voice was kind of raspy in later years, like many broadcasting voices, and was copied by Dan Castelleneta in cr...
by Ben Zonia
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Remembering the Golden Years
Topic: The Jeff Christie School Of Broadcasting 1971
Replies: 1
Views: 173

The Jeff Christie School Of Broadcasting 1971

Not that bad as a DJ. Adored and tried to copy Larry Lujack, to the point he once used the surname Lujack on the air on one gig. His dream, like many DJs, was to end up being a DJ at WLS. Never became a DJ at WLS, but was far more successful than Larry Lujack ever was. Lujack hated him. https://www....
by Ben Zonia
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: 10”?
Replies: 40
Views: 2080

Re: 10”?

Other snow totals. Over a foot in Eastern parts of The Thumb.

https://news.yahoo.com/snowfall-sets-re ... 00961.html
by Ben Zonia
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Political Potpourri - U.S. and World
Topic: It's not so easy being green
Replies: 30
Views: 523

Re: It's not so easy being green

It might be time to reevaluate "The Green New Deal". Just imagine how much land would be required, as evidenced by the vast fields of Solar Panels and Windmills. Look at the VFR Aeronautical Chart and you'll see the areas they already take up, for just a small fraction of energy production. And the ...
by Ben Zonia
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: 10”?
Replies: 40
Views: 2080

Re: 10”?

They have one of these at the North Pole like on Get Smart "Ice Station Siegfried", blowing all the cold air South

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by Ben Zonia
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: All of SE Michigan except Midland & Bay
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: All of SE Michigan except Midland & Bay

The geographic center of Michigan is in Wexford County, 5 miles Northeast of Cadillac. So technically, if it is South and East of Wexford County, it is Southeastern Michigan, though not in the way most people think about it.
by Ben Zonia
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: WBMI 1055 Back on the Air
Replies: 8
Views: 1032

Re: WBMI 1055 Back on the Air

Here's my idea-Interstate 105.5, a 105.5 simulcast serving the I-75 Corridor from Toledo to Houghton Lake. Get a format worth hearing and put it on WQQO Sylvania, buy W288BK Rochester Hills (best with an upgrade and as an AM translator), WWCK-FM Flint, and buy WBMI West Branch.
by Ben Zonia
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: Broadcasting - General
Topic: AM Radio Transmitter Sites Now Valuable Real Estate for Logistics Industry
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: AM Radio Transmitter Sites Now Valuable Real Estate for Logistics Industry

I think they'd do better, at least in the Daytime, to move back and put some type of skirted tower arrangement on the WWJ-TV or other very nearby tower. WRDT uses such an arrangement at Night, but the power is only 13.9 watts. Measure all the radials, and go to the highest nondiectional power they c...