We have two new Tampa area AM station IDs on the site. One is 1590 WRXB, which has the city of license of St. Pete Beach. No, that’s not me being lazy in abbreviating the name; it really is St. Pete Beach, not St. Petersburg Beach (the actual town name is St. Pete Beach). The second is the simulcast of 1500 WPSO/1520 WXYB. All I can say for that one is this: at least the station(s) tried to legal ID. You’ll hear what I mean when you give that file a listen.
It’s not nearly the massive update that Brian provided the other day, but here’s a little mid-week addition for you to enjoy.
The first is one that classic radio fans should appreciate: 1000 WCFL, “The Voice of Labor” in Chicago, from June 1972.
The second is nothing that historic: it’s the updated ID of 106.7 The Fan in Nashville from June 2005, reflecting the station call letter change from WNPL to WNFN. The call letter switch there was *way* overdue; not only did the calls reflect a format from several incarnations before (the short-lived “Planet 106.7” Modern AC station), but it was confusing because for years Nashville’s public radio has been (and still is) WPLN (or now technically WPLN-FM, since it added an AM station to the mix in 2002).
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Allentown, Altoona, Birmingham, Boston (where Paul Revere put his horse in high gear), Cape Cod, Chicago, Cleveland, Ft. Wayne (Tophour is not responsible for any physical harm done to FCC officials), a desperately complete collection for one station in Greensboro, lovely Hawaii — specifically Kauai and Maui, Manchester, New Bedford, an historic (and either depressing or fun, depending on your viewpoint) ID from New York, Northwest New Jersey, Omaha, Poughkeepsie, Sioux City and Traverse City. (There’s also a couple markets that will show up as new and really aren’t, but that’s because we’ve moved a few things around to better reflect reality.)
Thanks! Yeah, you know who you are…but in case the rest of us don’t, big ups to Rich Bulger, Chris Cervantez, Chris Cuomo, Rikki Eaton, Jeff Lehmann, Jason McKillican, Michael Singh, Matt Sittel, Blaine Thompson and John Yanagi.
…I’d think this update was born under a full moon on Friday the 13th or something. There’s some weirdness here, but a lot of new stuff.
We have our first entry from Baton Rouge…kinda. It’s a stretch, really: KKAY is actually from White Castle, LA, but Radio-Locator’s pattern maps say they make it into Baton Rouge during the day, and we’re a generous people around here, so…
When Peter Vieth sent in his ID for WRXT and its’ six simulcast stations in Roanoke-Lynchburg, he wondered if that was some sort of record. In an Alanis Morissette-like turn of events, Paul Walker sent in the one ID I knew for sure could top it: the 12 station Radio Cristiana network ID originating at KUBR in McAllen-Brownsville.
Rikki Eaton sent in some new Michigan IDs from Ludington, Traverse City and Muskegon. When you hit the WMRR ID in the Muskegon section, listen closely for the word “Heights” to make it legal…there’s a pretty impressive attempt to try and hide it going on there.
Alanis strikes again: in the week of the big WCBS-FM/JACK FM protest rally in New York, it would stand to reason that not only would we get our first JACK ID from NYC, but it’d also take a veiled shot at the old format to boot.
I suppose it’s also strange that on the day of a major explosion in St. Louis, Rick Schwarz would happen to be rolling tape on KMOX for us (the explosion was the story on KMOX going into the ID and the lead on the national CBS News update out of the ID).
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Sounds like the elements of a good book, but they’re just a few of the real-life elements in the discovery of FM radio. The 75th anniversary of Col. Armstrong firing up the first experimental FM station from the famous Alpine tower in New Jersey was last Saturday. The tower, which still stands today (and was pressed into emergency service in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks), once again lit up Armstrong’s original band with a commemorative broadcast at 42.8 FM, with a simulcast on Fairleigh-Dickinson University’s more traditional 89.1 WFDU. Scott Fybush was at Alpine for the broadcast, and has sent along an ID from the show — perhaps the coolest ID we’ve ever had here.
June 11, 2005: 42.8 WA2XMN/Alpine, NJ (and 89.1 WFDU/Teaneck, NJ)
Scott has also written a nice review of the day’s events, and we thank him for sharing!