Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dart on Map - WORC

The dart this time landed just west of North Woodstock, Connecticut. Oldies WORC (WORCester, MA) is licensed to nearby Webster, Massachusetts.

Reggae 97.3

Reggae 97.3 was one of only 5 radio stations on the British Virgin Islands. The website URL on the sticker no longer works and I believe they're now broadcasting under the name Z-Wave although it's unclear what the format is. Most likely the only sticker from a full-time reggae station in my collection.

UPDATE:
The founder of this station contacted me (see comments) and emailed a photo of a slightly different Reggae 97.3 sticker.  Thanks John!

Friday, February 27, 2009

KUPY

I pulled this sticker randomly from the collection and realized I have no information about it in my records. A quick Google search shows that it may be from Puyallup, Washington but I don't have time to confirm it yet.
UPDATE:  See comments.  Thanks Dan!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

WXCV


I read yesterday that some consumers were outraged--outraged!-- that Tropicana had changed the look on their packaging. The Pepsi-owned juice brand dropped the orange with a straw in it as their logo and OJ lovers apparently went nuts. I guess I'm not a person who cares about brand names too much (except that I only wear Levis due to deep-seated childhood Toughskin issues) but what kind of person takes the time to complain about something so meaningless as this? I have a favorite orange juice but I couldn't tell you the name of it. I just know it comes in a certain shaped bottle with a green cap (Simply Orange....I just checked the fridge.)

Citrus 95.3 WXCV is licensed to Homosassa Springs, Florida.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

HeartBeats

CIHR - Woodstock, Ontario.

KBTB - Seattle, Washington

KRVV - Bastrop, Louisiana

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

WECB

Freeform student radio from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. The station was built using Army surplus radio gear and went on the air in 1947. They were the first commercial college radio station in the country but are now a more traditional non-commercial outlet.

WNOE

WNOE (named after its original owner, former Louisiana governor James A Noe) was New Orlean's first Top 40 station, lasting from the 50s through the late 60s. For a few years they went MOR and Oldies but found success with "Real Rock" in 1973 while simulcasting with their sister station WNOE-FM. 1981 brought a Country format which remained until 1995 when they were sold, found Religion, and changed calls to WLNO.

Monday, February 23, 2009

XHEPR



99.1 The Bandit was a Classic Rock station serving El Paso, Texas and licensed to Presidio, Chihuahua Mexico. They changed their slogan to 99.1 The Eagle in 2006 but currently are Silent.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dart on Map - WXHC

Today's dart landed in the southernmost part of Skaneateles Lake, one of 7 (or 11 depending on how particular you want to get) bodies of water that make up New York's Finger Lakes Region.
WXHC is an Oldies station licensed to nearby Homer, New York.

KBRT


KBRT is a Christian Talk station in Los Angeles, California.  They operate only during daylight hours and sign off at sunset each day to comply with their Class D license. In May, 2007 contractors working on a KBRT antenna caused a 4,200 acre wildfire while cutting into steel cable with a gas-powered saw. "KBRITE" is licensed to Avalon, CA located on Santa Catalina Island about 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mystery sticker #5

If you know what station this sticker is from, don't keep it to yourself.

National Public Radio

National Public Radio was created in 1970 after Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. Their first broadcast was in April 1971, covering the Senate hearings on the Vietnam War. There were 90 public radio stations as charter members and currently there are 797 stations using their programming. Their funding is a mixture of private, government and philanthropic support.  NPR is based in Washington, DC.
This sticker was too large to scan so a laughably low-quality photo was used instead. From the dated look of the design I would guess this decal came out right around the time NPR was formed.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Places I've Lived #1 - Milton, Florida

My dad was a Navy pilot stationed in Pensacola although I think he may have already left the service by the time I was born in nearby Milton in 1970.  I have no memory of the place as we moved away when I was about a year old.



WXBM has been a Country music station since they went on the air in 1964. It is licensed to Milton, Florida.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

KLSX


CBS Radio has decided to blow up 97.1 FM Talk in favor of Top 40 "AMP Radio" starting tomorrow at 5 PM. I'll miss listening to the Adam Carolla Show podcast and hope he reappears at another station soon. Carolla had the unenviable task of taking over for Howard Stern in Los Angeles after he bolted for Sirius Satellite Radio. The above stickers are from when the station was using the "Free FM" branding. In 2007 the station added the dreadful Danny Bonaduce to the morning show which stunk it up for an entire year. In protest, Carolla was a no-show on his own program until Bonaduce was moved to another timeslot. KLSX (KLaSiX-in reference to an earlier Classic Rock format) is licensed to Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Voice of America

The Voice of America is the official broadcasting wing of the United States government. They are currently heard in 46 languages but this varies depending on government priorities and the world situation. VOA broadcasts by satellite TV, AM, FM and shortwave frequencies as well as voanews.com.
This sticker was too large to scan so I had to use a crappy photograph.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dart on Map - KFFM


I've decided to occasionally throw a dart at a map of North America and display the closest station that I have a sticker from. Three throws landed in the Pacific Ocean before one finally landed on the Saddle Mountains of south central Washington state.
KFFM is a CHR station licensed to Yakima, Washington.

Monday, February 16, 2009

KFRX


KFRX is a long-time CHR station from Lincoln, Nebraska. Around 2006 they moved up the dial to 106.3 where they currently reside.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Sticker - KEFX


KEFX is the flagship station of the Effect Radio Network which plays Modern Christian Rock. Their programming is relayed by 53 broadcast translators mostly in the Pacific Northwest and California but also down into Texas and Oklahoma. KEFX is licensed to Twin Falls, Idaho.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pitchers and Catchers Report

Another season of futility begins for my Baltimore Orioles. It's tough when you're in the same division as the Yankees and Red Sox and you haven't made the post-season since 1997. Eleven consecutive losing seasons doesn't make you optimistic but maybe we'll be the Rays of last season....yeah right.

WTOP (the TOP of the AM dial) was a News station licensed to Washington, DC. The WTOP calls still exist in DC at 103.5 FM while 1500 AM is now WFED.

Happy Corporate, Love-Themed, Merchandising Day

WWNH is a Contemporary Christian/Religious Teaching station licensed to Madbury, New Hampshire. Oh, and as so often happens, the operator is a convicted felon who occasionally ran the station while unlicensed.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Radio Melodie

Radio Melodie is a pop music station located in Sarreguemines, France. They broadcast in French and German as they're located on the border of both countries. Sarreguemines was transferred to Germany after the Franco-Prussian War but returned to France after World War I.
I listened to their variety of lightweight Euro-pop online until they played "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang. It's nice to know that this horrible, overplayed song knows no borders.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

States on Stickers

KOUL is a 100,000 watt Country music station licensed to Refugio, Texas.

WOMR (W OuterMost Radio) is a public, community-based station licensed to Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Attack of the Killer B94s

College radio from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

WBZZ - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This sticker is from when they were a CHR station before flipping to "K-Rock" and adding Howard Stern. They then switched briefly to Talk as WTZN "The Zone" before coming full circle as B94 again although now with WBZW as their calls.

KBZT - San Diego, California. This is from their short-lived "All 80s" format circa 2001.

Classic Hits from CHBW - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

KHMO


KHMO is a News/Talk station licensed to Hannibal, Missouri. They began broadcasting in 1941.

Monday, February 9, 2009

KAMA

KAMA is a Regional Mexican station licensed to El Paso, Texas.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Mystery Sticker #4 SOLVED!

This looks to be from the mid-80s because of the obvious Eddie Van Halen-ish guitar and the Walkman headphones. No coupons or advertising on the back. Any idea where this goofy sticker is from?

UPDATE: This sticker is from WFYV (now known as "Rock 104.5") in Jacksonville, Florida and licensed to Atlantic Beach, FL. Thanks for the info Kevin!

WFSO


WFSO (W Five Seven O) started up in 1966 as an MOR station before giving way to Rock by the 1970s. In 1978 the station was sold and switched to Talk as WPLP. WFSO was licensed to Pinellas Park, Florida.

Sunday Sticker - WFSH

WFSH transmits from the tallest radio tower in Georgia. This allows them to better reach Atlanta from it's city of license in Athens which is about 60 miles away.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Swiss Radio International

SRI is the international arm of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. They started broadcasting via shortwave in 1935 but stopped in 2004 to focus exclusively on their multimedia platform at swissinfo.org, which is available in 9 languages.
Did you know that Switzerland didn't join the United Nations until 2002?!

Friday, February 6, 2009

CFNR

CFNR (Canada's First Nations Radio) is a Classic Rock station from Terrace, British Columbia. The CFNR Network distributes their programming in central and northern BC by way of more than 50 repeater stations. The sticker design reflects the highly stylized art form indigenous to that area of North America...or something.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

WGBM

WGBM was a Classic Country station in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After the station was sold in 2000, the new owners did something that never, ever always happens and switched formats. Catalog album sales by classic country artists such as Ferlin Husky, Marty Robbins and Conway Twitty dropped precipitously in the immediate Green Bay area and nobody with a tattered cowboy hat toured there anymore. A guy from Oconto Falls called to complain but couldn't be heard over the din of Godsmack, Korn and System of a Down that was majestically blasting from the studios of "Razor 94.7" WZOR. WGBM was licensed to Mishicot, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Market #1s - Atlanta - WVEE


WVEE has been an Urban Contemporary station in Atlanta since 1976 (including a Disco format at the end of the 70s.) In 2000, V-103 added rap music full time to their playlist in order to compete with younger skewing competitors WHTA and WALR. They've consistently been first or second in the overall ratings for years, often swapping back and forth with News/Talker WSB.