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Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

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Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by TVC_DX5678 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:00 pm

This could be a recreation of a lost thread, but call it what you will. Let's talk about the latest news about Blarney Stone and their new stations.

As of right now:

- 99.3 (finally with better sound quality) and 100.3 (with a weaker signal) are simulcasting (with a h*** delay, though).
- 92.3 briefly aired sports programs, but has mostly been silent.
- Haven't got anything from 100.1 in a while, but they were previously simulcasting 99.3/100.3
- I can't speak for 101.1 because I don't live in their coverage area, and the WJML translator on said frequency.

Anyone else have anything to say on what's been going on?



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by organman95 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:05 pm

If this were the 1980s, I'd call it tropo events...



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by ftballfan » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:02 am

Where is 99.3 broadcasting from (I'm guessing somewhere in/near Traverse City)? I got a 99.3 playing Van Hagar's Right Now last night coming home from a basketball game. That song is not something WOWN in Shawano would play. How much are 99.3 and 100.3 delayed? I tried checking 100.3, but it was all Neenah-Menasha.



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by TVC_DX5678 » Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:10 am

ftballfan wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:02 am
Where is 99.3 broadcasting from (I'm guessing somewhere in/near Traverse City)? I got a 99.3 playing Van Hagar's Right Now last night coming home from a basketball game. That song is not something WOWN in Shawano would play. How much are 99.3 and 100.3 delayed? I tried checking 100.3, but it was all Neenah-Menasha.
AFAIK, they're broadcasting from their normal tower site. 99.3 comes in strong in TC, but I can't speak for anywhere else. I got both WQON and WNCY on 100.3 last night, both sounding pretty weak. It's strange, because WQON has always had a decent signal where I live.

As for the delay, I didn't really count the seconds, my guesstimate is probably about 20-30 seconds.



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by hunterw » Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:42 pm

Was driving back from ludington yesterday and saw a billboard for 101.9 wldr on US31 between ludington and Manistee. Still can’t get it in very well in northern mason county.



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by Nelson » Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:17 pm

I don't know what's going on with 100.3 but their signal has been up and down. They were unusually weak most of November. At one point last week, I tuned them in and found they were back up to full power. The last couple of days, though, they've been weak again.



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by WC8KCY » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:14 pm

hunterw wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:42 pm
Was driving back from ludington yesterday and saw a billboard for 101.9 wldr on US31 between ludington and Manistee. Still can’t get it in very well in northern mason county.
I saw the billboard too, facing northbound US-31 traffic a couple of miles south of the Manistee/Mason county line.

Just tried tuning 101.9 in on my home receiver. Dead air.


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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by ftballfan » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:38 pm

I was up in Kaleva yesterday afternoon and 92.3 WBNZ was broadcasting CBS Sports Radio // to 101.1 WGRY (which I was surprisingly able to get there considering WIXX and WJML's translator). 92.3 was about 5-10 seconds behind 101.1. 99.3 WQAN was // to 100.3 WQON (which was mixing with WNCY).

92.3 has to be running 50kW or close to it since it was strong in Kaleva, with 99.3 being noticeably weaker than 92.3. If I had to guess, 99.3 might be broadcasting with a few thousand watts from somewhere in or near Traverse City proper.



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by sfpcc » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:10 am

This might be an odd tangent but is Blarney Stone Broadcasting related to The Blarney Stone Group that owns several gas stations / convenience stores in The Northern Lower Peninsula and the U.P?



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by Milk » Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:52 am

sfpcc wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:10 am
This might be an odd tangent but is Blarney Stone Broadcasting related to The Blarney Stone Group that owns several gas stations / convenience stores in The Northern Lower Peninsula and the U.P?
You're thinking Blarney Castle.



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by ftballfan » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:20 pm

Milk wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:52 am
sfpcc wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:10 am
This might be an odd tangent but is Blarney Stone Broadcasting related to The Blarney Stone Group that owns several gas stations / convenience stores in The Northern Lower Peninsula and the U.P?
You're thinking Blarney Castle.
No relation between Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle (Blarney Castle has over 100 convenience stores/gas stations all over Michigan)



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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by SpartanAM » Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:11 pm

ftballfan wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:20 pm
Milk wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:52 am
sfpcc wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:10 am
This might be an odd tangent but is Blarney Stone Broadcasting related to The Blarney Stone Group that owns several gas stations / convenience stores in The Northern Lower Peninsula and the U.P?
You're thinking Blarney Castle.
No relation between Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle (Blarney Castle has over 100 convenience stores/gas stations all over Michigan)
Are they related to the Coyne Oil and Propane corporation? http://www.coyneoil.com/


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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by MWmetalhead » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:19 pm

101.9 WLDR seems to have taken on a decidedly softer & older sound in recent weeks. I am not suggesting recent & more upbeat titles have been eliminated, but they comprise a smaller percentage of the playlist than they once did.

The blend of music resembles 96.1 in Bay City.


Lori Bennett and Bob Walker have turned WLAV from an iconic classic rock station into a ratings boondoggle. Sad.

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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by TC Talks » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:03 pm

Those old Buick/Cadillac/Lincoln driving farts need something to listen to.

We are a retirement mecca with very little "Office" listenership.

Good move.


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Re: Blarney Stone Broadcasting and Roy Henderson

Post by MWmetalhead » Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:07 pm

A number of AC stations seem to be gravitating in that direction.

Reportedly, WLIT in Chicago is considering morphing into a Soft AC (much like the old Windy 100) once its Christmas Music marathon concludes.

New music pickings are slim at the moment - in terms of stuff that will have long-lasting adult female appeal - and I think folks are getting burnt out on Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, et al.

WLDR is beginning to sound like the Sunny 102 of old, and that's probably not a bad thing.


Lori Bennett and Bob Walker have turned WLAV from an iconic classic rock station into a ratings boondoggle. Sad.

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