Monday, July 21, 2014

WACR

A vintage shirt from WACR (W Allentown College Radio) in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  WACR apparently still broadcasts (a student handbook from 2013-2014  lists them in the campus directory) but there doesn't seem to be any online presence for the station.  Allentown College changed names in 2001 to DeSales University which also has an internet-only station WDSR.  The WDSR Facebook page says that WACR began broadcasting in 1975.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

KMPS




Seattle, Washington's KMPS plays Kountry Music for Puget Sound.  They've carried the same format since 1978.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

KARM

KARM began broadcasting in 1938 at 1310 AM in Fresno, California.  This oversized, mid-1970s(?) "Sam Schwan for President" sticker dates to when the Broadcasting Yearbook says they carried a News format.  1430 AM is currently an Oldies outlet KYNO.

Friday, July 18, 2014

WLRS



WLRS signed on the air in 1964, originally as a training ground for students at the (W) Louisville Radio School in Louisville, Kentucky.  The station was at its peak in the 1970s as an Album Oriented Rock station and topped the city's Arbitron ratings in 1978.  In 1991 they flipped to Adult Contemporary as "Mix 102" and about six years later switched to Alternative Rock.  WLRS later moved up the dial to 105.1 FM, while 102.3 became WULV with a Soft AC format.  102.3 FM is currently Hot AC "The Max" WXMA.  Airchecks, photos and other memorabilia from the glory days of "The Walrus" can be found here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WGAR


WGAR has been a Country station in Cleveland, Ohio since 1984.  The call letters stand for (W) George A Richards, a man of questionable ethics who owned KMPC in Los Angeles and WJR in Detroit as well as the Detroit Lions football team. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WBRM

1250 AM WBRM plays Country music and is licensed to Marion, North Carolina, at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WPTS

92.1 WPTS is a 17-watt, student-run station at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The transmitter is located on top of the Cathedral of Learning, the tallest educational building in the western hemisphere and centerpiece of the university's campus.
Radio at Pitt began in the late 1950s when a group of students formed the Student Broadcasting Association with the intent of getting a station on the air.  Led by Adrian Cronauer (whose wartime experiences became the basis for the 1987 movie Good Morning Vietnam) they finally succeeded in 1961 broadcasting at 820 AM with call letters WPGH.  The struggle to find room on the FM dial ended in 1984 when the FCC granted them the last ever 10-watt Class D license to a station on the commercial band.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Radio Mare

Radio Mare ("Radio Sea") broadcast in La Spezia, Italy from 1988 until 1998.  About seven years later Radio Mare returned as an online station.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

KCLB

Yesterday I posted a bunch of stickers from KRXQ "93 Rock" in Sacramento, California.  The above decal was filed in with them but it's pretty clear that this sticker isn't from KRXQ.  It's probably from 93.7 KCLB which was known as "The Rock" from 1991 until 2005.  KCLB is licensed to Coachella, CA...nowhere near Sacramento.



Saturday, July 12, 2014

KRXQ












KRXQ is a Rock station in Sacramento, California.  At some point in the late 1990s, KRXQ went from broadcasting as "93 Rock" at 93.7 FM (licensed to Roseville, CA) to 98.5 FM as "98 Rock."

Friday, July 11, 2014

CFCP




CFCP broadcast at 1440 AM from 1959 until 1999 before switching to the FM band as Adult Contemporary "Magic 98.9."  In 2005 they became "98.9 The Jet" with an Active Rock format.  They recently rebranded to "98.9 The Goat."  CFCP is licensed to Courtenay, British Columbia.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Radio Viborg

Denmark's Radio Viborg was established in 1984 as "a modern all-round local" radio station.  The Danish permitted advertising in local radio beginning in 1988 after which Radio Viborg went professional and commercial, becoming a "full service" music and news outlet. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

KKVV

1060 AM KKVV is a Religious station in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

KDWN


AM 720 KDWN is a News/Talk station in Las Vegas, Nevada.  They went on the air in 1975 with an Adult Contemporary format but slowly transitioned to Talk before taking on the format full time in 1980.  KDWN was the original home of Art Bell's highly successful Coast to Coast AM program about UFOs, conspiracy theories and paranormal events.

Monday, July 7, 2014

WTKL

A 1998 sticker from "Kool 95.7" WTKL, an Oldies outlet from New Orleans, Louisiana.  In 2005, the frequency became Classic Rock WKBU "Bayou 95.7"

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Arbitron Diary - WYSO

About 6 months ago I received a letter from Arbitron (now owned by Nielsen Media Research) saying that I'd been randomly chosen to take part in a survey of my radio listening habits.  A while later my box of diaries and instructions on how to fill them out arrived along with a few dollars as incentive to follow through on mailing them back.

Even though I run this daily radio-related blog, the sad fact is that I don't listen to all that much radio anymore.  I'm burned out on most gold-based music stations and current pop just sounds like crap.  I guess this means I'm officially old.  When I do listen, it's almost always in the car and it's usually an NPR station or sports talk radio. 
Arbitron specifically asks that "you do not discuss your role in Arbitron research with people outside of your household, including people on social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter."  But, since my participation was almost half a year ago, I figure they won't have a problem with my blogging about it now.


The time-spent-listening winner in my diary was probably WYSO, a public radio station in (W) Yellow Springs, Ohio.  WYSO went on the air in 1958 and are owned by Antioch College.  They are the main NPR station for Dayton and the Miami Valley.  Rev. Cool has been DJing a unique mix of punk, reggae, roots and world music on his Around the Fringe show for over 30 years.
It's my understanding that non-commercial stations are counted in--but don't actually appear in-- Arbitron's ratings.  Something called the Radio Research Consortium provides ratings for non-commercial stations through a contract with Arbitron.  RRC's Winter 2014 AQH Share percentage for WYSO was 4.2 which would put them around 6th place if non-coms were included.  Or not...I don't know how this stuff works.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

WMPX / WMRX

1490 AM WMPX and 97.7 FM WMRX are simulcast stations broadcasting in central Michigan.  WMPX is licensed to Midland, MI and WMRX to Beaverton, MI.  Their website shows that they carry an Adult Standards format but Wikipedia claims they have a Soft Adult Contemporary format known as "Sunny 97.7"  A quick live listen had them playing an American Top-40 countdown from 1973, something that an Adult Standards station probably wouldn't broadcast.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WLQT

A magnet from WLQT in Dayton, Ohio.  "Lite 99.9" broadcast an Adult Contemporary format from 1993 until 2013.  In 2011, WLQT moved to 94.5 FM while 99.9 FM became Top-40 "Channel 99.9" WCHD.  WLQT was licensed to Kettering, OH.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

WNSC

88.9 FM WNSC is 97,900-watt outlet in the South Carolina Educational Radio Network of Classical and News stations.  From 2001 to 2008 they broke away from SCERN's typical programming and carried a Jazz format.  They've since gone back to syndicated NPR programs and BBC World Service for the bulk of their on-air schedule.  WNSC is licensed to Rock Hill, South Carolina with studios located at York Technical College.