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.