Saturday, April 25, 2015

WOWI

102.9 FM WOWI (originally pronounced on-air as "Wow-Wee") began in Norfolk, Virginia in 1970 with a Progressive/Freeform blend of rock, country, blues and jazz.  This "Hot 103" sticker probably dates to around the mid-1980s when WOWI had switched to an Urban Contemorary format.  The station still carries this same format but is now branded as "103 Jamz".

Friday, April 24, 2015

WLSB

WLSB was a Country/Bluegrass station licensed to Copperhill, Tennessee near Chattanooga.  In 2011, Wolf Creek Broadcasting donated the silent station to a religious organization.  1400 AM now has the call letters WLYY and carries a Classic Gospel format.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHLN


1410 AM WHLN went on the air in (W) HarLaN, Kentucky on May 28, 1941.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kicks

As I've pointed out before, every station known as "Kicks" seems to have a Country format.

WDBY "Kicks 105.5" is licensed to Patterson, New York with their main listening area being (W)DanBurY, Connecticut.

KYKS "Kicks 105" is licensed to Lufkin, Texas.







WKHX "Kicks 101.5" is licensed to Marietta, Georgia and is part of the Atlanta radio market.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

KCWN

Licensed to New Sharon, Iowa, Contemporary Christian station KCWN signed on the air in October, 1995.  A sticker from when they were branded as "The Bridge" can be seen here.


Monday, April 20, 2015

KXPT




Las Vegas, Nevada's KXPT started out as an Adult Album Alternative station when they went on the air in 1993.  A shift to Classic Hits occurred around 1997 and an official flip to Classic Rock took place in 2005.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

KRYS




"K99" has been a Country music station in Corpus Christi, Texas for over 30 years.  From 1981 until 1984, 99.1 FM had the call letters KBCB.


Once upon a time the KRYS call letters existed on both AM and FM simultaneously.  1360 AM is now News/Talk KKTX.  A KRYS AM sticker can be seen here.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

KKXX






KKXX has carried some version of the Top-40 format in Bakersfield, California since 1977 when they began broadcasting at 107.9 FM.  A late 1980s frequency shift and the addition of more Dance/R&B music resulted in "Power 105.3", one of the first Rhythmic CHR stations in the country.  Another dial position change around 1998 turned KKXX into "X96.5" (and later "Kiss 96.5").
KKXX currently lives at 93.1 FM and is licensed to Shafter, CA.

Friday, April 17, 2015

WPEN

WPEN was on the air in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1929 until 2012.  Their 83 years of broadcasting took place over three frequencies and covered a variety of formats including MOR, Adult Standards, Oldies and Sports.  Their early years featured many hours of programming in foreign languages.  They also pioneered the late night live audience talk show and were one of the first stations to use a live seven-second delay tape system.  From 1939 until 1944 WPEN was owned by watchmaker Arde Bulova.
950 AM is now WKDN, a Religious outlet part of the Family Radio network of stations.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

KRTY



95.3 KRTY plays Country music in San Jose, California.  They have carried this format since the early 1990s.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

KDZR

KDZR was an affiliate of the Z Rock radio network of heavy metal/hard rock stations.  They existed from 1992 until 1995 and were licensed to Denton, Texas.  99.1 FM is now KDXX and carries a Spanish Adult Contemporary format.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

CIBO

CIBO is a community radio station licensed to Senneterre, Quebec.  They've been on the air since 1979.

Monday, April 13, 2015

CJGY


96.3 FM CJGY launched on December 3, 2007 with a Contemporary Christian format in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  In 2013 they rebranded from "Shine FM" to "Reach FM".

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hospital Radio

Although hospital radio exists almost exclusively in the United Kingdom, the first known hospital station was set up at Washington, DC's Walter Reed Medical Center in 1919.

(courtesy of Shorpy)

In the 1980s there were over 350 hospital radio stations operating in the UK.  Budget cuts, lack of space and other entertainment options such as laptops, iPods and portable DVD players dropped that number to about 200 today.  Hospital broadcasting has been a training ground for many presenters and DJs including Chris Moyles formerly of BBC Radio 1 and Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2.
The only hospital radio station I could find in the United States was Radio Lollipop, a British-based charitable organization that has outlets at children's hospitals in Miami, Houston and Orange, California.



Takin' Over the Asylum is a six-part television drama about a hospital radio station.  The 1994 series was produced by BBC Scotland and takes place at a fictional Glasgow psychiatric hospital called St. Jude's Asylum.  The entire thing can be seen on YouTube.  Episode One, Part One is below.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Radio 3

Radio 3 was the Classical music channel of the public service broadcaster BRTN (Belgische Radio- en Televisieomroep Nederlandstalige Uitzendingen) based in Brussels, Belgium.  The station was renamed Klara in 2000 while BRTN became VRT (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie) in 1998.

Friday, April 10, 2015

WVVV

105.9 WVVV started broadcasting in 1964 from Blacksburg, Virginia.  About 20 years ago they must have carried a Rock format as I found them on a 1992 list of affiliate stations for the syndicated show Rockline which appeared on an email list for fans of the band Rush. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

WNTB / WUDE

93.7 WNTB and 106.3 WUDE "The Dude" are simulcast Country stations in Wilmington, North Carolina.  They have carried this branding since flipping from News/Talk in December, 2013.  WNTB is licensed to Topsail Beach, NC while WUDE is licensed to Bolivia, NC.

This sticker resembles North Carolina's current license plate which, as a self-respecting resident of Dayton, Ohio, kind of annoys me.  Let me explain...
The NC plate prominently shows the Wright Brothers airplane and boldly proclaims to be "First in Flight."  And yes, Wilbur & Orville Wright did in fact make their famous first flight on the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


But Ohioans believe that Kitty Hawk merely provided a site with favorable flight conditions, i.e., the necessary winds and some soft sand to land on.   All the research and development, aeronautics testing and brainstorming was done about 15 minutes away from I'm typing this now.  North Carolina's dumb luck at having a breezy beach has allowed them to trumpet their "First in Flight" boast for years.
In 2003 The House of Representatives voted 378-3 for a resolution naming Dayton, Ohio as the place where aviation was born.  The three lawmakers voting against it were from North Carolina, natch.


Then again, maybe both sides are wrong...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WKSL

Raleigh, North Carolina CHR station "93.9 Kiss FM" WKSL was on the air from 2007 until 2013.  The frequency is now home to Country-formatted "B93.9" WNCB.  WKSL was licensed to Cary, NC.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WRQX





WRQX started out as an Album Oriented Rock station in Washington, DC circa the late 1970s.  A switch to Top-40 as "Q107" took place in 1979.  WRQX is now a Hot AC station branded as "DC's 107.3"

Monday, April 6, 2015

WKST


A double-sided keychain from WKST AM/FM in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  92.1 FM, licensed to Ellwood City, PA, existed as WKST from 1988 to 2000 and is now an Oldies outlet "The Pickle" WKPLWKST AM, licensed to New Castle, PA and now broadcasting at 1200 AM, carries a News/Talk format.