Thanks to everyone who’s re-sent in IDs that were lost in the hard drive crash. It’s probably not a great sign that I haven’t heard anything from the drive recovery people yet, but we maintain hope.
Jeff Lehmann had sent a ton of stuff from Boston that got lost in the crash and was kind enough to re-send it. Dig on the audio from the home of the World Champion Red Sox (yeah, that one was for Fybush).
From the FCC’s Daily Digest:
LEIGHTON ENTERPRISES, INC., LICENSE OF STATION KBOT(FM), PELICAN RAPIDS, MN. Notified Leighton Enterprises, Inc. of its Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $5,000 for broadcasting station identification announcements that did not contain the required call sign followed by the station’s community of license.
Action by: Chief, Investigations and Hearings Division, Enforcement Bureau.
Yep, they got clipped five bills for not legal ID-ing.
Not ID-ing. For 20 of 24 hours a day. For almost three months.
Huntington, WV has joined the list of markets here on tophour. The newest legal ID comes from Glen Brannon, who I know through the outstanding West Virginia Radio/TV Message Board. The ID is of the old WAMX, from when it was on the 93.7 frequency licensed to Ashland, KY.
In an interesting sidebar, after having been abandoned in 1988, the WAMX call letters were resurrected in the Huntington market in January 1997 (this time on the 106.3 frequency). It was a savvy way to connect a brand new rock station with legacy call letters and an existing history in the market.
After much deliberation about the future of Tophour last fall, including the twice discarded decision to shut ‘er down, I came up with a five point plan to make sure that Toppy would continue to follow the path that it should:
1. Find someone to help out.
Done. Lou has stepped in and kicked ass.
2. Redesign the thing to be easier to run.
Done. Christina stepped in and kicked design ass.
3. Make all files conform to standards.
Done. Doing so kicked my ass.
4. Continue pimping for audio contributions and post within 72 hours.
Working on it, which leads to our problematic friend…
5. Tophour finally has a dedicated PC in the office, now remove self from couch and post all the stuff people have sent.
- Our couch is so uncomfortable that it hasn’t been sat on by anybody in literally months, and…
- The dedicated PC is my wife’s old Pentium II which has no CD burner. Therefore, until the one I’ve bought gets installed, there’s no backing up the e-mailed contributions to the site. No big deal, unless…
The hard drive crashed and took all the IDs that people have e-mailed with it.
The drive’s with a geek now trying to rescue all the data, but it’s not looking good (you should have heard all the scraping).
I hate to ask, but if you’ve sent me anything that hasn’t appeared on the site yet, can you go through your Sent Mail folder and re-send? Please send to this address:
In fact, if you’ve sent something that’s appeared since the relaunch (that’s you, Steve, Frank, Scott, Aaron and Bob) please resend that stuff too.
We’re moving to the GMail setup because with the gi-normous storage capacity, all the files can sit on the server indefinitely in case of an accident like, say, this one.
Beat me up all you like in “Comments.”
In November 2003, I joined fellow geeks Scott Fybush, Blaine Thompson, Mike Ward and Garrett Wollman on a tour of some of Chicago’s great studio and transmitter sites. Unfortunately, I hadn’t owned my digital camera very long and most of the resulting pictures didn’t turn out, including, much to my dismay, all of the shots from the WGN transmitter site. Here are the pictures that did turn out.