Apologies to our condiment-making friends from Pittsburgh…but it’s true: we’re almost caught up here on Toppy to where we are on Tower Site of the Week. To go along with our recent Site of the Week installment, here’s a big pile of Raleigh-Durham IDs from 2015 and 2016, plus some IDs from nearby Roanoke Rapids NC. Enjoy!
I’ve been doing some fairly intense traveling, mostly to the 845, the 201, the 212 and the 718, with 717, 301 and 202 on this upcoming week’s agenda. But I finally found a few minutes to catch up with the Florida trip segments that have been appearing on Tower Site of the Week (here and here), so feast your ears on a whole smorgasbord of sounds from the Fort Myers-Naples market (that would be “239”) and a swath of very rural south central Florida I’m calling the Lake Okeechobee area (the “863”). Enjoy!
It’s not only the largest city in America, by land area (thanks to annexations galore) – Jacksonville, Florida probably comes somewhere close to the crown for largest number of AM stations licensed right to the city itself, per capita. In this week’s update, we hear most of them, and every station you hear today you can see in this week’s Tower Site of the Week, save for the one you can see this month in the Tower Site Calendar. Check it out!
We kick off 2013 here on Toppy with some IDs that I was hoping to refresh in the final days of 2012. Had the weather (and a huge breaking local news story, and spousal health which made me found out about Vision20 online) not intervened, Blaine and I would have been somewhere around Lafayette, Indiana in late December. But we weren’t, and so instead this is a good excuse to bring you a bunch of IDs rather quickly recorded during an unexpected stop in Lafayette earlier in 2012.
But wait, there’s more! We also bring you the very first new IDs of 2013 – the sounds of Boston‘s WTKK 96.9 with its first ID after the end of its long talk format, as it headed into what may or may not be a stunt with urban as “Power 96.9” earlier this morning. And up the dial, there are new calls at 101.7 – say goodbye to the short-lived WHBA and welcome WEDX, for “Evolution 101.7.” (Hey Jeff – did you record any “Evolution” under the WHBA calls these last few weeks?)
Starting next week, it’ll be all sunshine and palm trees here for a while, as I start to get serious about digging out “Scott’s Big Trip ’11,” which was all Florida, all the time. Stay tuned!
My contribution for a short title is “BWI” for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the airport that serves Baltimore, MD, the market we are continuing to update this week.
In addition to several refreshes, we are featuring a vintage station WLPL-FM 92.3 from 1971, a new local ID from WKHS 90.5, Worton, and WD2XAB 93.5, Catonsville. The last one was an experimental station licensed to iBiquity, the owner and developer of IBOC, HD Radio. (In the article about WD2XAB, the so-called ham radio operator in Elkridge is me, and I don’t have a ham license.)
We will finish with Baltimore next time
Till then, happy listening,
We’re back! It’s been a somewhat longer-than-planned New Year’s break, in part because one of our editors is recovering from a serious hard-drive crash (best of luck, Bill!) – and because I was traveling just before New Year’s.
Tonight’s update takes us up and down the highway between Rochester and Fort Wayne, with new sounds from Erie PA (Family Life’s WCGM 102.7 and Dan Geary’s new oldies format at WWOW 1360), Columbus OH (Catholic radio on WVSG 820 and oldies on WODC 93.3), Indianapolis (“My 107.9” WNTR) and Fort Wayne itself (“ClickHop Radio” on WHPP 106.3 and religion on WFCV-FM 100.1). We’d have had another new 100.1 ID, too, but newly-flipped FM talker WMAN-FM in Mansfield, Ohio didn’t have the legal ID machine working right on New Year’s Eve day as we drove through.
And there’s a bonus cut: our first ID of 2012, a New Hampshire Public Radio eight-station ID from last night’s primary coverage.