Monday, December 31, 2012

Market #1s - San Jose - KBAY

Formerly known as KFAT, "94.5 The Bay" KBAY is an Adult Contemporary station licensed to Gilroy, California.  They were the top-rated station in the San Jose market according to the latest Arbitrons.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

WSSA

WSSA (W South Side Atlanta) was a Country station licensed to Morrow, Georgia.  1570 AM is currently WIGO and plays Gospel music.
Bobby C. Hanson aka Ludlow Porch was a humorist and radio host for over 35 years as well as an author of multiple books.  Ludlow's entrance into radio came via a 1972 article in Sports Illustrated which profiled him as a master of trivia.  This led to an appearance on Atlanta's WSB which was heard by the management of WRNG radio who invited him to visit.  He ended up working there for 10 years.  At one point his show was simulcast on a few dozen stations across the south. Ludlow Porch was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2007 and passed away in 2011.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

WNRN

WNRN (W New Rock Now) is a non-commercial Modern Rock station broadcasting at 91.9 FM in Charlottesville, Virginia.  They are also heard on seven other frequencies in the north/central part of the state.  Specialty shows include Goth, Jam Bands, Bluegrass, Rap, Ska and Acoustic music in the morning.  WNRN went on the air in 1996.

Friday, December 28, 2012

WKRY

"Key 93" WKRY was an Easy Listening station in Key West, Florida from 1985 to 1999.  93.5 FM is currently an Oldies station with the call letters WKEY.  Fausto's Food Palace is a local grocery store which has operated in Key West since 1926.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Radio Sticker of the Day - Motion Radio

Yesterday I received a packet of stickers from Ricky in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Decals from Germany, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States were included as well as my first ever radio stickers from Indonesia.  Thanks Ricky!  Your decals are in the mail.

A stickshift knob sticker from "Motion 97.5", a Hot AC/Contemporary Hit station broadcasting in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta.  They play a 50/50 mix of Indonesian and foreign artists. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

KCCN AM




Honolulu's KCCN carried a Hawaiian music format from 1966 to 2003.  The giant, tiki-themed sticker at the top measures a whopping 15 inches long and probably dates to the mid-1970s.  "No-Ka-Oi" translates to "The Best."  1420 AM is currently KKEA, an ESPN radio affiliate, while the Hawaiian format lives on at KCCN-FM.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

KJQN went on the air in 1983 with a Modern Rock format licensed to Ogden, Utah.  At that time they were located at 95.5 FM and at least partially simulcast on KJQN 1490 AM.  In 1990 the station mascot became Bessie the Cow aka the "Milk Beast" (a little tough to see in the above sticker but she shows up better below.)  The station vehicle was a black and white painted moving truck which gave out tens of thousands of Cream o' Weber dairy products at live remotes.

KJQN eventually moved to 103.1 FM licensed to Coalville, Utah and simulcast on 105.1 and 100.7 FM.  In 2005 Bessie permanently went out to pasture when they flipped to Adult Hits as "Jack FM." This past June they switched again to "World Class Talk" KLO.

Monday, December 24, 2012

KTCR

97.1 KTCR operated on one of the oldest FM frequencies in Minneapolis, Minnesota which was established in 1947.  At one point they played Country music during the day and had a Talk format at night (which would help explain the provocative "Go To Bed With A Friend" slogan.)  What is it with Minnesota radio stations and their double entendres?!  Apparently on the weekends they also had a show called "Smut Talk" hosted by someone named Marv Gatch.  Some KTCR audio and photos can be found at this excellent Twin Cities Radio Airchecks site.
97.1 FM is currently "Cities 97" KTCZ, an early pioneer of the Adult Album Alternative format.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Radio Sticker of the Day Mailbag - KVDG

I opened my mailbox the other day to find a nice letter and some stickers from a reader of this blog in Odessa, Texas.  Thanks Jovan!  Some stickers for you are in the mail.

FM 90.9 KVDG (K Virgen De Guadalupe) is a Spanish-language Catholic station in Midland, Texas.  They are part of the non-profit Guadalupe Radio Network which consists of over a dozen stations in Texas, Alabama and Washington, DC.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

WEJE

WEJE "96.3 The Edge" was a Modern Rock station in Fort Wayne, Indiana and licensed to Churubusco, IN.  They existed from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s before switching to Country as WWWD.  96.3 FM is currently "Wild 96.3" WNHT with an Urban/Hip-Hop format.

Friday, December 21, 2012

WADY

"Lady 1320 AM" was a short-lived station licensed to Hollywood, Florida circa 1980.  These message board posts mention the station but I can't find any solid info as to what their format was.  Were they a Top-40 station?  A female-oriented Country station?  Who knows!?  If you do, feel free to leave a comment.
1320 AM currently carries a World Music format as WLQY.

UPDATE:  See comment.  Thanks Dan!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

KRWG

90.7 FM KRWG is a public radio station from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.  The call letters are named after (K) Ralph Willis Goddard, a founder of the engineering school at NMSU and a pioneering broadcaster in New Mexico.  He was electrocuted to death in 1929 while making adjustments in the transmitter generating room of radio station KOB, the first radio station in the state.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

KKUL

"Kool 105.3" KKUL was an Oldies station in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1996 to 2005.  The frequency is now home to KLNC "Wow FM" broadcasting a Classic Hits format.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

KDJW

1360 AM KDJW was a Classic Country station in Amarillo, Texas.  They were sold in 2005 and now broadcasts a Catholic religious format.

Monday, December 17, 2012

CFBU

CFBU is a 250-watt, student-run station from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Antena 1 & Antena 3

Broadcasting throughout Portugal and based is Lisbon, Antena 1 is a mix of News, Sports and Music.

Antena 3 plays Alternative music, much of it by Portuguese bands.  Both stations are state-owned and operated by RTP (Radio and Television of Portugal.)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

5CC & 5CCC


Sister stations 765 AM 5CC and "Magic 89.9" 5CCC broadcast from Port Lincoln, South Australia.

Friday, December 14, 2012

WVJZ

"105 Jamz" WVJZ plays Reggae and Mainstream Urban music in Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

WRLD

"Boomer 95.3" WRLD is an Oldies station licensed to Valley, Alabama and broadcasting throughout the Columbus, Georgia area.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

WMMS




WMMS has been a Rock station in Cleveland, Ohio since 1968.  The top sticker is very similar to another one that I posted in 2009 but there are some very slight "angrier" differences.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

WJEF

"Jeff 92" is a 250-watt Oldies station broadcasting from Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana.  WJEF went on the air as WJJE in February, 1972 with a Middle-of-the-Road format. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

2DAY

By now you've probably heard about the Australian DJ prank gone wrong.  2DAY FM DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig posed as Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth and managed to get through the receptionist at a London hospital who put them through to the nurse caring for Kate Middleton's severe morning sickness.  The nurse gave an update of Kate's condition.  The receptionist nurse who took the call killed herself last Friday causing the hammer to come down on the jocks.  Lawyers and media critics are now discussing the ethics of prank phone calls while the duo have been suspended and could well be fired. 






2DAY FM is a Top-40 station in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

KIOZ

While Christmas shopping yesterday I spotted a guy in a blue and white t-shirt that said "WEST COAST ROCK RADIO 92.8 FM SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA."  I think it was an example of what I call "fake nostalgia" clothing that you find at stores like Old Navy who specialize in t-shirts with vintage graphics from rock bands, biker bars, colleges, campgrounds, automotive supplies, audio equipment and a zillion other things.  Sometimes these shirts feature actual name brands but just as often they're retro-looking fakes.  I don't know why these fake ones have always bothered me but none so much as that radio shirt from yesterday.
The 92.8 frequency is not used in San Diego or North America for that matter, where all stations end in 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 0.9 MHZ.




Four stickers from KIOZ, an actual Rock station in San Diego, California.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

WCSH

AM 970 in Portland, Maine used the call letters WCSH (W Congress Square Hotel) from 1925 to 1981.  For at least some of those years they carried a Top-40 format as evidenced by this music survey from 1963.  970 AM is currently a Talk station WZAN.

Friday, December 7, 2012

K-LOVE

Based near Sacramento, California, the massive K-LOVE empire is a network of Contemporary Christian stations heard on hundreds of stations and translators across the country.

WKLN - Wilmington, Ohio

KXLV - Amarillo, Texas

KEKL - Mesquite, Nevada

Thursday, December 6, 2012

KQDQ

In the early 1980s KQDQ was a Music-of-Your-Life Adult Standards affiliate in Eugene, Oregon.  Wikipedia says 1320 AM is now "Inforadio" KSCR, a Business News station but it's hard to know from their currently information-less website.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

KILM


KILM "La Mejor" was a Tejano station licensed to Raymondville, Texas.  102.1 FM still carries the same format but now with the call letters KBUC.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

KBUR

1490 AM KBUR is a News/Talk station licensed to (K) BURlington, Iowa.  The sticker depicts the Great River Bridge which crosses the Mississippi River and connects Burlington to Gulf Port, Illinois. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mystery Sticker - K104.7


"K104.7" is possibly from WSPK in Poughkeepsie, New York but I really have no idea.  Do you?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Radio Plus




Radio Plus is a network of Soft Adult Contemporary stations throughout Poland.