Some highlights: the short-lived KBTB in San Francisco, which during the summer of 2004 performed surprisingly well with a hip-hop format on a rimshot signal (it was sold and is now a dance station again)… The WBZZ (Tampa area) March 2005 file is the legal ID open from the Howard Stern show (the laughter at the beginning comes from All Comedy Radio, which airs right before Stern); the station has some of the best imaging of any AM station I’ve heard in awhile… Check out KSJO on its last day as a rock station, and in its new format as a Spanish outlet later that day.
As I was updating the site this weekend, I was pretty impressed by the list of markets that we have going on the site. I also became interested in which markets aren’t represented. I was blown away by how long the list is. This list includes only the Arbitron rated markets that are not as yet represented (although to be fair, there are some that are in the hopper and just not posted yet). It’s a pretty staggering list…check it out:
More ID newness: Allentown, New York and Scranton-Wilkes Barre. The New York stuff is interesting because there’s a lot of the IDs culled from the long stunting period between the death of FM Talk 102.7 WNEW and 102.7 Blink. The first ever legal ID as Blink is also included.
Brian bleats: I always thought Blink was a pretty good concept that could have worked if the bugs had been worked out before a highly visible, incredibly expensive launch. In fact, I am quite a fan of the Blink name, although it’s now the radio equivalent of “Edsel.” In listening to the airchecks of the station, it also sounded almost like a very female targeted version of the Jack format. (Jill?) Maybe Blink was ahead of its’ time?
First, the good news: big update today, thanks to Lance from radio-info.com. Dig in to new ID goodness from Albuquerque, Binghamton, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Fredericksburg, Greensboro, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Portland (OR), Richmond, San Diego, Syracuse and Tucson. (And there’s more where that came from…stay tuned!)
Now, the bad news: the word is offical — the old hard drive of Toppy is officially fried, and all the data is gone. I offer apologies to people whose IDs were lost in the crash and implore you to resend (if you haven’t already). Lou and I are keeping meticulous backups (lesson learned, to be sure) and are working to keep the e-mail box as clean as possible.
Also, please read this before recording your IDs. Hard to believe as it may seem, we do really try to keep to the standards of the site and will turn away contributed items if it doesn’t match those standards. We don’t want to have any bad feelings, so please make sure you’re aware of what we’re looking for before you start. Thanks so much.