Monday, January 26, 2015

AM station going away

Stratford, Ontario: 1240KHz:

CJCS moving to FM.

Station has applied for 107.1 FM, which will almost certainly be granted.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Recent call changes

The following stations have recently changed callsigns:

Hahira, Georgia         810 WZYN from WTHV
Las Cruces, New Mexico  570 KWML from KGRT
Philadelphia, Penna.    610 WTEL from WIP
Columbia, S. Carolina   560 WVOC from WXBT
San Antonio, Texas     1350 KXTN from KCOR
Victoria, Texas        1410 KITE from KNAL

I don't normally report TV call changes here, but channel 8 in Grand Junction, Colorado has changed three times in recent months... from KJCT to KGBY, then back to KJCT, and now back to KGBY again...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

AM technical changes granted (Canada)

Mississauga, Ontario: 1320KHz:
Oakville, Ontario: 1250KHz:

CJMR & CJYE granted technical changes.

Both stations will switch from DA-2 (different directional patterns day & night) to DA-1. (same pattern day & night). CJMR will also reduce daytime power from 20,000 watts to 10,000. The changes will simplify antenna switching, at some expense in daytime coverage.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New AM station granted (Canada)

Toronto, Ontario: 1280KHz:
New station CJRU granted.

99 watts day & night, non-directional. 43-38-31N/79-20-25W, sharing CHHA-1610s antenna. Radio Ryerson, replacing deleted CKLN-FM 88.1.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AM call changes

The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:

Petaluma, California 1490 KZNB from KTOB
Wichita, Kansas  1070 KFTI from KLIO
Morganfield, Kentucky   1550 WUCO from WMSK
Havre de Grace, Md.     1330 WHGM from WJSS
Boston, Massachusetts   1510 WMEX from WUFC
Helena, Montana          950 KCAP from KMTX
Red Springs, N.C.       1160 WYDU from WTEL
Olympia, Washington     1240 KBUP from KGY

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AM stations gone

The following AM stations have had their license cancelled. Most failed to respond to letters from the FCC asking whether the stations were in fact operating.

Location FrequencyCallsign
Vail, Colorado 610 KVLE
Tallulah, Louisiana 1360 KBYO
Willow Springs, Missouri1330 KUKU
Woodville, Texas 1490 KWUD
Appomattox, Virginia 1280 WOWZ*
Tappahannock, Virginia 1000 WRAR
* WOWZ voluntarily surrendered its license for cancellation.

1933 Nashville radio listings

"Broadcast News", Nashville, 4 March 1933.

Here's a link to a weekly "TV Guide" for radio, in Nashville, in 1933. (courtesy of David Eduardo's "American Radio History" site)

A few things I found interesting, besides the old ads:

  • Daily program listings for two stations: WSM-650, NBC and WLAC-1470, CBS. WSIX-1210, Springfield wasn't listed. WSM & WLAC were the only stations in Nashville at the time.
  • Prime-time program listings for the week for two additional stations: KDKA-980, Pittsburgh and KMOX, St. Louis. (KMOX's frequency wasn't given, but it was 1090 at the time)
  • There was a photo of the stars of a program airing over the "NBC-WJZ network". This network had no affiliate in Nashville. Nashville listeners would hear this program over KDKA.
  • A "Listeners' Guide" highlights some of the better programs airing during this week. Most air on WSM or WLAC. One airs on *both* stations. (one airs on both stations *at the same time*!)

    However, programs are also listed as airing on eight out-of-town stations including:
  • WJZ, New York
  • WBAL, Baltimore
  • WHAM, Rochester, NY
  • WMAQ, Chicago
  • WREN, Lawrence, Kansas
  • WLW, Cincinnati
  • KSD, St. Louis
  • WFLA, Clearwater, Florida
  • (I'm surprised the latter station was considered usable in Nashville. It's the first station to use a directional antenna, and it was to protect WTMJ, Milwaukee on the same frequency. So I would expect WFLA to have little or no signal in Nashville -- and to suffer interference from WTMJ.)

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    AM stations deleted

    Dora, Alabama: 1010KHz;
    Summerville, Georgia: 950KHz

    WCOC & WGTA licenses cancelled at request of licensees.