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by phillyb
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 101.3 The Brew
Replies: 16
Views: 2096

Re: 101.3 The Brew

101.3 is an abomination of a radio station. An absolute embarrassment and a microcosm of everything that is wrong with mega corporate radio. I do not know if I've ever seen a crappier rock playlist in a top 100 market. The sad thing is - iFart uses the exact same playlist on WHEB in Portsmouth, NH,...
by phillyb
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 93.1 Grand Haven
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: 93.1 Grand Haven

They were having problems all day Sunday. Went blank after just about every stopset. Sometimes I wonder how much 92.1/93.1/94.9 personnel listen to their own stations. 94.9 modulates at about 30% peaks much of the time (god help your ears if you tune from 94.9 to another station--you'll have ringing...
by phillyb
Sat May 18, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: So many 50 kW AM signals
Replies: 21
Views: 1157

Re: So many 50 kW AM signals

Coverage areas differ tremendously from west to east in Michigan. I remember seeing a map of 1520 kHz coverage areas in Michigan back in the 1970s. WKJR-1520 Muskegon covered about the same area in square miles with 10 kilowatts as did WYNZ-1520 Ypsilanti with 250 watts! Neither station exists anymo...
by phillyb
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: 106.7 WLLZ: Detroit's Wheels (Classic Rock) is here
Replies: 520
Views: 27139

Re: 106.7 WLLZ: Detroit's Wheels (Classic Rock) is here

What ever they are playing right now, this will quickly devolve into the standard iFart/"Premium Choice" line up of music and jocks. This is what happened in Grand Rapids with 101.3 in the change over from "the Fox" to "the Brew". In other words, a few weeks of experimenting with some less burnt out...
by phillyb
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 94.5 The Q - new format is Adult Album Alternative
Replies: 73
Views: 11427

Re: 94.5 The Q - new format is Adult Album Alternative

At least some of the jocks are voice-tracked. The guy doing middays who calls himself "Ryan" on the Q is Stiller from WLAV, where he does evenings.
by phillyb
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: What ever happened to WZND Zeeland?
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: What ever happened to WZND Zeeland?

My grandfather was friends with Chuck Rich,who owned WZND. Chuck's son, Craig, was the station PD. WZND played country. I visited the place in about 1978. It was operating out of an old chicken barn in downtown Zeeland. For the first 10 years or so of its life, WZND was mono, using an old, 1950s-vin...
by phillyb
Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: WGN Transmitting Station From 1939
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: WGN Transmitting Station From 1939

A couple of observations: --AM Radio was the cutting-edge technology of the 1920s and 30s. Ah, those were the days ! --Caould you imagine a newspaper today printing such a technical article explaining how any of today's technologies work in such detail? It's amazing how "dumbed down" our media have ...
by phillyb
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Misheard Song Lyrics
Replies: 97
Views: 6799

Re: Misheard Song Lyrics

I always thought the "Big Ol' Jet Airliner" chorus was singing "Big ol' Jedi Liner". Luke, I am not your father! 8)
by phillyb
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Misheard Song Lyrics
Replies: 97
Views: 6799

Re: Misheard Song Lyrics

When I was younger, I never could figure out why the Christmas Carol "Jingle Bells" sang about a "One Whore Soap and Sleigh" :lol:
by phillyb
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Radio And the year you Graduated.
Replies: 44
Views: 3351

Re: Radio And the year you Graduated.

I graduated in 1975. On the west side of Michigan, I listened to the following on my AM-Radio Only car radio : WLS,-890, WCFL:-1000, WOKY-920, WLAV-1340, WTRU-1600, and WMAX-1480. In the house, with an AM/FM radio available, I also listened to WGRD-97.9, WLAV-FM 96.9, WVGR-104.1, and WLRQ-95.3.
by phillyb
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Broadcasting - General
Topic: Is this something that Comcast could fix?
Replies: 3
Views: 734

Re: Is this something that Comcast could fix?

Have the same problem with Charter standard-def. (Free HD, my ass!) WXMI and WWMT get full-screen cutoff (except during NFL games!?!). WOOD-TV and WZZM, among others, are "letterboxed" so the full widescreen signal is shown (albeit with a black space at the top and bottom of the picture). It may be ...
by phillyb
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: February 2017 Tropos
Replies: 13
Views: 1141

Re: February 2017 Tropos

We are slated to get a very powerful warm spell starting around the 19th--temps could be in the upper 50s and lower 60s for up to 5 or six days. Such a strong "punch" to the troposphere could result in some interesting FM (and TV) reception, IMO.

We'll see, but be on the watch for it!
by phillyb
Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Why do most Chicago stations transmit with low wattage?
Replies: 15
Views: 1522

Re: Why do most Chicago stations transmit with low wattage?

I know their sticks are tall but when I was there WKQX was getting drowned out in the outer suburbs by ESPN Radio out of St. Louis. B 96 was also getting interference from Now 96.3 from St. Louis. I also found all their signals can be choppy at times in most of the suburbs but they can travel prett...
by phillyb
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Everywhere Else
Topic: PBS Channel Tampa Bay to Go Dark
Replies: 11
Views: 1406

Re: PBS Channel Tampa Bay to Go Dark

Greed, schmeed. It's about an irrelevant, stodgy network with rapidly aging (soon to die) viewers who will take the stations down with them. There's no reason for PBS to exist anymore, and WUSF is just taking an easy way out of a bad conundrum.
by phillyb
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Everywhere Else
Topic: Could this be the end of the road for WBAI in NYC?
Replies: 5
Views: 2399

Re: Could this be the end of the road for WBAI in NYC?

Edit: Since there's no sale of WBAI immediately pending, expect the Pacifica looneys to continue to labor to keep WBAI in their hands, even if they end up broadcasting from a telephone pole in Manhattan with 100 watts. They just can't picture the world being able to exist without their exalted progr...