At least in my travels, there are only two states that have regions widely and popularly referred to as “upstate.”
One, of course, is my native New York, where “upstate” can mean anything from “north of the northern tip of Manhattan,” if you live in the city, to “somewhere west of Utica,” if you live in, say, Buffalo. (From here in Rochester, I tend to fix the line somewhat south of Albany, though I’m well aware that plenty of people in the Hudson Valley firmly believe they live “upstate.”)
Remarkably, until today, this market (#59 to the Arbitron folks) was the last of the top 100 Arbitron markets completely unrepresented here on Toppy. This handful of IDs, collected from a motel room 80 miles away in Charlotte in the fall of 2007, just scratches the surface, and at some point we’ll have to dig out the much more comprehensive set of IDs from our one and only trip into “the Upstate” itself back in 2003.
(The next largest market still unrepresented on Toppy, in case you’re curious, is #101 – Visalia/Hanford, CA, though a few stations licensed to those cities do show up here in the nearby, and much larger, Fresno market.)
One extra stocking-stuffer before we call it quits for 2008 and take our site-wide (right, Brian?) holiday hiatus until the first week of January: another ID from that same batch, this one (WMIT 106.9 Black Mountain, one of the biggest FM signals in the East) falling just over the state line into the Asheville NC market, which has a tremendous amount of overlap (including a shared TV market) with upstate South Carolina.
See you next year!