Sometimes a cheap shot is just a cheap shot, so we’ll refrain from trying to say something funny about the name of that small city in the hills of western Steuben County, New York, 50 miles or so south of The One True Rochester.
Instead, we’ll note that the hills south of Hornell make for a very nifty DX spot, and that we took a few minutes to grab some radio IDs while we were up there sniffing around the VHF TV dial just a week ago.
We’ll note that this area doesn’t divide up neatly into reasonable Toppy markets – so we’ve followed Arbitron’s lead and kept the Hornell-licensed stations with the rest of Steuben County, in the Elmira market, even though the aforementioned hills create quite a divide between the Elmira-Corning stations and the signals of Hornell and Bath. (That makes for some goofy ratings swings, as diaries move back and forth from western to eastern Steuben County, and it reminds us we should put some actual Elmira-Corning IDs up here eventually!)
And we’ll note that the Wellsville stations we taped on this mini-DXpedition (including nearly brand-new WQRW 93.5) fit even less neatly into any given market. We’ll lump them with the rest of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties under Olean, closing the gap on I-86 between our Jamestown market and the Elmira market – and we’re reminded that we should dig out some of our IDs from Olean proper, one of these days.