Monday, February 28, 2011

National Tooth Fairy Day

Every February 28th is supposedly National Tooth Fairy Day.

The Secret Adventures of the Tooth Fairy was a two-minute comedic radio serial created by Dick Orkin in the early 1970s. 325 episodes were produced and eventually ran on over 2,500 radio stations worldwide.

This set of Tooth Fairy stickers was put out by 890 AM WLS (World's Largest Store-from when the station was owned by Sears) in Chicago, Illinois. Unfortunately, half of the stickers are missing but you can see the complete sheet here.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

WEEZ

WEEZ was a Gospel station licensed to Laurel, Mississippi. 99.3 is currently the Classic Country station WHER.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Places I've Lived #6 - Dayton, Ohio

The final stop in the semi-regular Places I've Lived series finds me living in Dayton, Ohio. I moved here from Celina to attend Wright State University as a Geography major. After a couple of years figuring out that learning remote sensing and spatial analysis were going to be beyond my mental capabilities, I switched majors to Communications and started volunteering at the campus radio station. In 1993 my girlfriend at the time saw an ad in the paper looking for air talent at a new local radio station. I mailed in an audition tape, got an interview and somehow managed to land the night jock position at Dayton's first Alternative station "94-5 X-Rock" WZJX.

What had I gotten myself into?! I had no business working with actual radio professionals when my entire résumé consisted of doing a 3 hour weekly show on a 10-watt college station for a couple years. Oh well, too late to turn back now. I successfully faked my way through the nightly 7 pm-1 am time slot and did some minor production and promotions work all while going to school full time. Being the early '90s, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots were on heavy rotation as well as a little Aerosmith and Queen at the start to lure in listeners from the more mainstream WTUE.
After awhile word got out that the station was being sold. Already?! We had only been on the air a few months and barely had our first ratings book come out (which we did quite well in if I remember correctly.) They flipped to Oldies and predictably fired the staff. I spent one of my last shifts spinning about 40 different versions of "Louie Louie" which was their idea of a clever stunt to introduce "Dayton's Oldies" WDOL (W-Dull?)

My old business card. I took my middle name and added an S because my actual last name doesn't sound too good when said out loud. In fact it's often mistaken for someone coughing.

94.5 has since been gobbled up by Clear Channel Communications and is now CHR "Channel 94-5" WDKF. WZJX was licensed to Englewood, Ohio.

Friday, February 25, 2011

KXKT

"Kat 103.7" KXKT is a Country station serving Omaha, Nebraska and licensed to Glenwood, Iowa.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

KPWR



"Power 106 FM" KPWR is a Hip Hop/Urban Contemporary station from Los Angeles, California.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

KIJV

The 1980 Broadcasting Yearbook lists Huron, South Dakota's KIJV-AM as being an MOR station while the FM was Top-40. KIJV-AM is now an Oldies station but there no longer appears to be anything at 92.1 FM in the entire state.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

KAAR

KAAR is a Country station from Butte, Montana.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Capital Milano

Not much info about this station other than it's from Milan, Italy. This site may or may not be its current incarnation.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Radio Aalto

Radio Aalto is a Lite Rock station broadcasting on about a dozen frequencies throughout Finland. The sticker translates to "Radio Wave - Soft Favorites." Apparently someone in their listening audience wishes they'd stop playing so much Norah Jones and Phil Collins and start spinning something a little....heavier.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

WILM

A miniature WeatherLine sticker from News/Talk 1450 WILM in WILMington, Delaware.

Friday, February 18, 2011

WVOJ

WVOJ was a Country station from Jacksonville, Florida. 1320 AM now carries a Christian format as "Pure Radio" WJNJ. The WVOJ call letters stayed in the area as a Regional Mexican station at 1520 AM licensed to Fernandina Beach, FL.
The National Civic League gives out All America City Awards to ten communities a year. Jacksonville won the award in 1968.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

WONE






97.5 WONE is a Rock station from Akron, Ohio.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Orange Juice

KOGT broadcasts a Country music format from OranGe, Texas.

"The Juice" WJCE was an Urban Adult Contemporary station from Memphis, Tennessee. 680 AM is now the ESPN Radio outlet WMFS.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

WJBY

WJBY was a Top-40 station in Gadsden, Alabama from 1959 until 1985. They then switched to News/Talk and later became a satellite-fed Oldies station. The WJBY calls now live at 1350 AM as a Sports station known as "The Winner." AM 930 WJBY was licensed to Rainbow City, AL.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

WLOV was an Urban Contemporary station licensed to South Pittsburg, Tennessee near Chattanooga. 97.3 and 99.3 FM is now Classic Country WUUQ.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Dart on Map - KAXE

Today's random dart landed in northern Minnesota between the towns of Swan River and Floodwood near US Route 2.

The closest radio sticker that I have is from 91.7 KAXE licensed to nearby Grand Rapids, MN.


KAXE (a nod to the areas logging tradition?) is a community-based station that first went on the air in 1976. While they are a member of National Public Radio, much of their programming comes from volunteers. They have two translators--89.5 K210DR in Brainerd and 105.3 K287AD in Bemidji.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

WCQR


WCQR is a Contemporary Christian station licensed to Kingsport, Tennessee. They serve the Tri-Cities area of Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City, TN.

Friday, February 11, 2011

KUCI

KUCI has been broadcasting from the University of California-Irvine for over 40 years. They began as a pirate radio station in 1968 before going legit a year later and are run by a mixture of students and community members.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

KOMC

KOMC is an Adult Standards/Nostalgia station licensed to Kimberling City, Missouri.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

KFTE

"Planet Radio 96.5" KFTE was a Modern Rock station licensed to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. In 2010 they swapped frequencies with News/Talk sister station KPEL and are now "Planet 105.1" licensed to Abbeville, LA. You can listen to the switchover at formatchange.com

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CKDA

CKDA began broadcasting at 1340 AM from Victoria, British Columbia in 1950. Over the years they moved to 1280, 1220 and 1200 AM before signing off the air in 1995.

Monday, February 7, 2011

BBC Radio Scotland


BBC Radio Scotland broadcasts News, Music, Drama, Comedy and Sports Talk programming from Glasgow, Scotland

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl XLV

I hate the Steelers. I hate Ben Rape-lisberger. Go Packers!

Erie, Pennsylvania's WJET was a Top-40 station throughout most of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. They now carry a News/Talk format and are one of about 50 stations in the Pittsburgh Steelers Radio Network.

WSAU is a New/Talk station from WauSAU, Wisconsin and a member of the Green Bay Packers Radio Network.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

2-Ten FM

2-Ten FM began in Berkshire, England in 1976 as Radio 210 ("two-one-oh") at 210 meters mediumwave (1431 AM) and 97.0 FM. They started broadcasting at 102.9 FM in 1987. In 1993 Radio 210 became known as 2-Ten FM and in 2009 was rebranded as Heart Radio. Here's an over-the-top clip from a sticker campaign which would inspire almost anyone to slap one on their vehicle.

Friday, February 4, 2011

WKCI




"KC101.3" has been a Top-40 station in New Haven, Connecticut since 1979. WKCI is licensed to Hamden, CT.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

WSOC

WSOC (We Serve Our Community) has been a Country music station in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1971.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WMNN

WMNN (W Minnesota News Network) was a News station from Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1330 AM currently carries a Catholic religious format as "Relevant Radio" WLOL.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

WHIF

WHIF (Where Hope Is Found) is a Contemporary Christian station licensed to Palatka, Florida.