Saturday, January 30, 2010

Major Canadian stations off the air

50,000-watt stations CINF-690 and CINW-940 Montreal both left the air Friday night. The shutdowns are permanent. CINF had been a French-language all-news outlet; CINW had the same format in English, though they'd flipped to oldies a few months ago.

This is the second time these two frequencies have gone silent. They were originally launched by the CBC, as their stations for English-language Radio 1 (940) and French-language Radio-Canada. (690) Both CBC stations moved to FM.

The 690 facility has the best coverage of any Montreal station - you might expect one of the smaller AM facilities to express interest in taking it over.

But both frequencies are currently silent and will likely remain so for months. When the CBC abandoned the frequencies for their Montreal stations, their 690 station in Vancouver was heard over a fair part of the continent. There is also a French-language station on 690 in Saskatchewan.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Remember this post?

"Anonymous" posted this comment.

Looks like (s)he knew what they were writing about... as the KBUG license has also now been canceled... Reason is pretty much the same.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Temporary domestic-band broadcasts in Haiti

The Milcom Monitoring Post is reporting the Pennsylvania National Guard's Commando Solo airborne broadcast station has been dispatched to Haiti.

See also this page at the Department of Defense.

Shortwave Central reports the frequencies in use are 1030 AM and 92.4 and 104.1 FM. Obviously, one would expect programming to be in Creole.

AM callsign changes

Lithonia, Ga. 1360 WHRH (new station)
Savannah, Ga. 1520 WSHX (new station)
Pleasantville, N.J. 1490 WBSS from WTAA
Concord, N.C. 1410 WTIX from WEGO
Cramerton, N.C. 730 WZGV from WOHS
Winston-Salem, N.C. 980 WEGO from WTIX