Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

More Rock 106s

CJRX - Lethbridge, Alberta



CKSE - Estevan, Saskatchewan


KAAZ - Spanish Fork/Salt Lake City, Utah





KEZE - Spokane, Washington



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Radio Hoogeveen

Radio Hoogeveen is a volunteer-run, local radio station in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

OK Radio

OK Radio went on the air in Hamburg, Germany in March, 1988.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Cuba / Habana Radio / Radio Rebelde

I recently came back from a fascinating trip to Cuba which was one of the stops on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

We hired a tour guide and driver who dropped us off somewhere in Old Havana where we walked the streets and learned about the history of the city of over 2 million people.  Our bilingual guide was very informative and unhesitatingly answered any questions we had over the 8 hour tour.  The first thing you notice are all the old 1950s-era cars that are somehow still running.  They're everywhere! 



This Plymouth was the second car we took on the tour (the first one broke down on our way to see Ernest Hemingway's home in San Francisco de Paula.)  At first it was weird being driven around in a car so old but you got used to it and after awhile barely noticed all the other vintage vehicles on the road.  There were also a lot of rarely-seen-in-America Peugeots, Renaults, Chinese-built JAC trucks and Russian Ladas.

Paseo del Prado is a beautiful, tree-lined promenade which divides Centro Habana and Old Habana.

Then we were driven to the weird, wonderful world of Fusterlandia.  The artist Jose Fuster moved to a neighborhood in northwest Havana over three decades ago and set about transforming his house and surrounding areas into his personal dreamscape.  Virtually every surface is covered in broken tile to form murals and collages.  The bizarre, dual-gender sculpture pictured above is on the roof of Fuster's house.  Google "Fusterlandia" to see more crazy pictures and learn about this unique artist.


Plaza de la Revolucion is large, paved lot where many political rallies have taken place as well as Masses by two different popes.  The square is surrounded by government buildings including the National Library, Communist Party headquarters and Ministry of Communications.  The giant face of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara looks down on the plaza.

Behind us is a statue of Jose Marti, Cuba's national hero and acclaimed journalist and poet.

The bar at Hotel Nacional de Cuba.  The hotel and casino were opened in 1930 and operated by American managers.  After the revolution in 1959, the hotel became neglected due to a lack of tourism and was mainly used to accommodate visiting diplomats and foreign government officials.  The collapse of the Soviet Union forced the Cubans to reopen the hotel to tourists.

That night we went to the Tropicana for a two hour show of crazy costumes, balancing acts, opera and lots of singing, dancing and Cuban music.  It was so great!  The whole place seemed to be frozen in time from 60 years ago.  They give you a bottle of rum, some Coke to mix it with and a cigar and it all takes place outdoors under the stars.

Since virtually everything in Cuba is owned and run by the government, there is very little advertising to be seen anywhere.  One exception was this sign for Habana Radio which I saw just after exiting the port building where the cruise ship was docked.  Habana Radio went on the air in January, 1999 and broadcasts programming dedicated to showcasing Cuban culture and heritage.



This sticker is the only one in my collection from Cuba. 
Radio Rebelde ("Radio Rebel") was founded by Che Guevara in 1958 to broadcast the aims of the revolutionary organization known as the 26th of July Movement.  This party was led by Fidel Castro and overthrew the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in 1959.  Early broadcasts included combat reports, statements by rebel leaders and messages to the general population.  Today Radio Rebelde is heard 24 hours a day on four FM frequencies which covers 98% of the country.  They are also heard on shortwave on the 60-meter band.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

WTSR





91.3 WTSR (W Trenton State Radio) broadcasts from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College.)  The 1500-watt, student-run station airs Indie and Alternative music as well as specialty shows, news and sports.  WTSR went on the air in 1966.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Air 1 Radio

The Air 1 Radio Network consists of over 220 stations and translators in 43 states.  They began in the mid-1990s on two stations in California's San Bernardino County.  In 1999 Air 1 joined with EMF Broadcasting (owners of the K-LOVE network of Christian radio stations) and later moved its headquarters to Rocklin, California.  Air 1 began as a Christian Rock outlet before evolving to a broad Contemporary Christian Music format.  Beginning on January 1, 2019 they re-launched with
Contemporary Worship Music.

WOAR - South Vienna, Ohio

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

WKVT




92.7 WKVT went on the air in 1980 in Brattleboro, Vermont.  They currently air a Variety Hits format known as "Bratt FM".

Monday, January 7, 2019

WGLF




Tallahassee's "Gulf 104" WGLF is the longest running FM Rock station in the state of Florida.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

WBZ






Boston, Massachusetts' AM 1030 WBZ is the oldest broadcasting station in New England.  They went on the air in September, 1921 in Springfield, MA and moved to Boston in 1931.  WBZ carries an all-News format during the day and Talk at night.  Their 50,000 watt, clear channel signal covers most of the eastern United States after daylight hours.



Saturday, January 5, 2019

KXXY


KXXY plays Country music in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

More Fans

 WCNN - North Atlanta, Georgia

 WFNZ/WBCN - Charlotte, North Carolina

 KRLD - Dallas, Texas

KREB - Huntsville/Rogers, Arkansas