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by phillyb
Sat May 18, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: So many 50 kW AM signals
Replies: 21
Views: 839

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: 23642

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: 10289

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: 887

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: 602

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: 6047

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: 6047

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: 2676

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: 641

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: 1026

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: 1402

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: 1238

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: 2277

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...
by phillyb
Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Broadcasting - General
Topic: Hard Rock/Metal Radio
Replies: 12
Views: 2072

Re: Hard Rock/Metal Radio

TheForce wrote:KNAC.com has a live stream.
KNAC lives on only as a website. KNAC-FM, the actual radio station, changed format and probably call letters several years ago.
by phillyb
Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 640/810
Replies: 8
Views: 2627

Re: 640/810

810 has had transmitter trouble and they are in the process of getting it fixed. I think that it is still on the air, but at real low power until the transmitter is fixed. 810 has been shut down per Boomer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Shut down permanently ? If so, then 93.3 is illegal and m...