Tophour Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:28:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tophour Tophour 62926150 There are so many AMs in Denver Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:21:04 +0000 “How many are there?!?!”

A lot. I just uploaded IDs from 25 stations (26 if you include one in-market simulcast, 27 if you include one more out-of-market simulcast), comprising nearly the entire Denver AM dial, as recorded in August 2017. And there’s one more (KGNU 1390) that simulcasts an FM, so you’ll hear that ID when we continue our Denver uploads next week.

Want to see a few of the transmitter sites? We’ve got you covered over at Tower Site of the Week.


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That Part of Colorado That Looks Like Nebraska Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:18:27 +0000 So you’ve been driving all the way across the country, and after hours and hours and hours of Nebraska, you bear left on to I-76 and pass the “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” sign. Your long journey is over and you’ll be browsing the shelves at the Tattered Cover or taking in a Rockies game any minute now, right?

Um….no. First you have three more hours of what may as well be more of Nebraska, the endless plains of northeast Colorado that make up what we’re calling the Fort Morgan market, though the stations and towns really stretch for a hundred miles from Julesburg on the state line through Sterling to Brush and Fort Morgan – and you’re still an hour’s drive from the edge of Denver’s sprawl even then!

Be that as it may, we heard the IDs and recorded them for you. And while the holidays (and that dreaded “real life intervening”) got us off track from Site of the Week, you’ll see some of the towers this coming Friday.┬áTry to contain your excitement?

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Places You Don’t Want To Be In Late December Wed, 27 Dec 2017 23:30:57 +0000 It’s 15 degrees in North Platte, Nebraska as I write this, which makes the idea of a drive across the western end of I-80 sound rather less than appealing, doesn’t it?

Oh wait – it’s 16 degrees and SNOWING here in The One True Rochester. So who am I to complain?

Anyway… stay warm, or try to. Enjoy a nearly-complete batch of IDs from our much warmer summer trip through western Nebraska – and lots of interesting tower pics, here.

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The Middle of Nebraska… Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:13:03 +0000 …is probably not where you really want to be at the end of December. I-80 is a long, long, flat, flat road to begin with, even without freezing temperatures and blowing snow!

Which is why I went through there at the end of July, instead, collecting IDs from the big triangle loosely defined by Grand Island to the north, Hastings to the south and Kearney to the west, a market we didn’t have represented very well here on Toppy until now. We call it “Grand Island-Kearney” and it now has a full complement of IDs on the site, plus tower pics over at Site of the Week.

And we have some additions to the Lincoln and Omaha IDs we posted here earlier in the year, too. 2017 was a good Nebraska year for us! (There’s one more installment yet to come next week, too.)

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Long Island: The Rest of It Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:56:20 +0000 There’s a lot of Long Island, really – and we didn’t even do the last 20 miles or so out to the eastern eastern eastern end of Montauk when we were there in July. But we did get pretty much all of the island’s IDs, which are now all up on the site – and we had a great time hanging out at WLNG, which you can see at Tower Site of the Week this week.

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One Very Long Island Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:22:44 +0000 Consider: a half a century ago, there were barely a dozen radio stations serving the entire 100-mile length of Long Island. Now? We recorded more than 40 stations during our two-day visit in July, and that’s not even counting HD2s and translators! The first half of our visit is up now on Site of the Week, and you can hear IDs from the western half of the island now on Toppy, with the rest coming next week.

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