Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WQMR

101.1 FM WQMR was a Talk station licensed to Snow Hill, Maryland.  The frequency is currently home to Adult Hits "Jack FM" WIJK.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

WHLB

The 1980 Broadcasting Yearbook lists WHLB (W Head of the Lakes Broadcasting) as having a Middle-of-the-Road format...and at least a little polka too.  It was licensed to Virginia, Minnesota in the northeastern part of the state known as the Iron Range because of its vast deposits of iron ore.  No stations are currently licensed to Virginia, MN and it's unclear what became of the signals at 107.1 FM and 1400 AM.

Monday, January 28, 2013

KOOK

KOOK is licensed to Junction, Texas and used to play Oldies but now sports a Classic Country/Outlaw Country/Rockabilly/Hillbilly format known as "The Real Deal."

Sunday, January 27, 2013

CFXX

Somebody wrote "CKFX" on the back of this sticker but I think the actual call letters were CFXX licensed to Windsor, Ontario.  "The Fox" was a Top-40 station circa 1984 that only broadcast for two hours in morning drive and from 5-7 PM on weekday evenings.  I'm not sure what was played the remaining 20 hours of the day.  The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) would not approve more than four hours a day of Top-40 music and the format died before it was fully implemented.  This Billboard magazine article says that the "CRTC's rigid guidelines, including the banning of top-40 on FM" led to the selling of the station.
93.9 FM is currently Adult Album Alternative CIDR "The River."

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Radio Forth

 97.3 Forth One is a Contemporary Hit station based in Edinburgh, Scotland. 



Sister station Forth 2 plays a mix of music from the 1960s and 70s.

Forth Radio first went on the air in January, 1975 and originally simulcast on AM and FM frequencies.  In 1990 they split into two distinct stations Forth FM and Max AM.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Bruxelles Capitale

Bruxelles Capitale was a radio station broadcasting at 99.3 FM in Brussels, Belgium.  In 2004 they merged with the regional network Fréquence Wallonie to form VivaCité which plays Adult Contemporary music along with Sports programming.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

WBEN & The Whammy

This past Christmas my brother gave me a really cool book which details the history of my favorite football team from its inception up to their 50th anniversary in 2009.  It's called the Buffalo Bills Football Vault and is filled with great photos along with reproductions of various Bills-related memorabilia including ticket stubs, bumper stickers, schedules, team newsletters, trading cards, posters and much more.


The one item that brought back the most memories was a hex-wielding "Whammy" which was a "two sided, hand-held buffalo symbol possessing supernatural powers, used to cheer on the home team with one side and doom the opposition to defeat with the other side."  They were available only at Bells grocery stores and had the station logo from WBEN radio who were apparently sponsors of the promotion.  "Newsradio 930" WBEN is a News/Talk station in Buffalo, NY.

Anyone who lived in western New York in the early 1980s remembers the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce's "Talking Proud" campaign whose song will be forever burned in my brain.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WGRQ




WGRQ is a Classic Hits station licensed to Fairview Beach, Virginia.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WVUA

The (W) Voice of the University of Alabama, student-run WVUA broadcasts from Tuscaloosa with 220 watts of power.

Monday, January 21, 2013

WORX

96.7 WORX is a Hot Adult Contemporary station licensed to Madison, Indiana.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

WLNH


WLNH is a Hot Adult Contemporary station licensed to (W) Laconia, New Hampshire.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Radio Sticker of the Day Mailbag - WFLB

Yesterday's mailbox contained a package of radio promotional stuff courtesy of Luke in Amarillo, Texas.  Stickers, pens, magnets, koozies, notepads, lip balm and even a pair of sunglasses were all included in the giant envelope.  Thanks Luke!!

I've received some unique radio stuff over the years; frisbees, whoopie cushions, condoms, even a bar of soap, but this is the first kazoo.

96.5 "Bob FM" WFLB is a Variety Hits station licensed to Laurinburg, North Carolina.  They flipped to this format in 2011 after a run at Classic Hits as 96.5 "The Drive."

Friday, January 18, 2013

WFXJ

"107.5 The Fox" WFXJ is a Classic Rock station licensed to North Kingsville in extreme northeast Ohio.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

KSGM

A felt pennant from 980 AM KSGM licensed to Chester, Illinois.  They first hit the air in 1947 from across the Mississippi River in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri.  KSGM plays Country music and covers sporting events from a variety of local high schools.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WBOB

AM 600 WBOB is a News/Talk station in Jacksonville, Florida.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

KSUD

KSUD was a Contemporary Christian station licensed to West Memphis, Arkansas circa 1992.  730 AM is currently "Yahoo Sports" KQPN.

Monday, January 14, 2013

KMJK

"Majik 107" KMJK was an Adult R&B station licensed to Buckeye, Arizona near Phoenix.  They were on the air from 1991 until 2000.  106.9 FM is currently "José FM," a Spanish version of the Jack FM format.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

KFXM


590 AM KFXM was a Top-40 station in San Bernardino, California from the 1950s until the mid-1980s.  Lots of surveys, photos and other KFXM (and KMEN) memorabilia can be found at this blog96.7 KFXM, a low-power FM Oldies station licensed to Lancaster, CA is a tribute to the original "Tiger Radio."  At least one 590 AM DJ is on the air there and the station uses original KFXM jingles among the 35,000 song playlist.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

CHYM

CHYM was an Adult Contemporary station licensed to Kitchener, Ontario.  In 1992, the station moved to 96.7 FM while 570 AM became the new home of CKGL which had a Country format (and is currently News/Talk.)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Marxist Mystery Sticker

The homemade feel of this decal leads me to believe this could be from a pirate station but we'll probably never know.  If you know where this guitar and sickle sticker is from please leave a comment.  помогите мне!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Radio Sticker of the Day Mailbag - CIHI

A package a stickers from Dan in British Columbia appeared in my mailbox yesterday.  It arrived in the familiar, repurposed manilla CKNW envelope of which this is apparently the last one.  So sad.  I hope that all future mailings will have a hand-drawn "NW 98" logo crossed out in the upper left hand corner because I don't handle change very well.  Thanks Dan!!

For many years I assumed that this tiny Radio Sweden sticker was the smallest in my collection. That was until Dan included this even tinier decal (about three-quarters of an inch across) helpfully enclosed in its own glassine envelope to avoid loss or accidentally throwing it away.  I wonder what promotional use a sticker this small was good for?
CIHI was an Adult Contemporary station in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  They started broadcasting on August 19, 1977.  1260 AM is currently a Country station CKHJ.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Puerto Rico, Day 7 - WNIK

Our last day was spent relaxing and eating lunch with my grandfather-in-law (and his dog) in Arecibo.



Near his home is La Poza del Obispo (Bishop's Pool) named after a bishop who was rescued there in the 1700s. The main part of the pool seemed to stay perfectly calm while the limestone outcroppings caused some massive, crashing waves.

1230 AM WNIK is a News/Talk station licensed to Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Puerto Rico, Day 6 - KYTE

While walking from our hotel in Old San Juan to Morro Castle, we came upon Parque de las Palomas, a small park filled with hundreds of pigeons.

Seeing a bunch of dirty, overfed birds is probably nothing new to some city dwellers, but for me it was a unique experience.  We bought a bag of crushed corn and watched them go crazy every time we threw out a handful.  After I got back home I Googled diseases that can be transmitted by birds.  I haven't died yet from histoplasmosis or candidiasis but maybe I just got lucky.


Next we toured Castillo San Felipe del Morro.


The massive, open grounds leading up the 16th century citadel were an excellent place to fly a kite.



AM 970 in Portland, Oregon carried the call letters KYTE from 1977 to 1990.  During that time they were a Top-40 station then Country then Adult Standards.  The frequency is currently a conservative Talk station "Freedom 970" KUFO.

Monday, January 7, 2013

BCS National Championship - Notre Dame vs Alabama

Tonight's college football title game pits #1 Notre Dame against #2 Alabama.  The Crimson Tide won it all last year and is looking to win their third in the past four years.  The Fightin' Irish have won 11 National Championships but none since 1988.

 AM 690 WJOX is a Sports station in Birmingham, Alabama.  They are an affiliate of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide Sports Network.  On New Year's Day 2012, WJOX rebranded as "690 The Fan."

WSBT (W South Bend Tribune) is a News/Talk station licensed to South Bend, Indiana.  They are the flagship station for Notre Dame football games.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Puerto Rico, Day 5 - WZNT

This day was spent hiking in the El Yunque National Forest.  We hiked it last year too, but never made it to the top before running out of daylight.  Last year's hike was also dry unlike this time when it rained non-stop.  I had never experienced rain so hard and so unrelenting.  The drops hurt when they hit your face and our little ponchos eventually became useless as every square inch of our bodies were soaked clear through.  I guess it's to be expected in a tropical rainforest.


Near the top is a small structure where we ate lunch and "dried off."  We took a paved service road back down which was much shorter than the trail up but not nearly as scenic.

"Zeta 93" WZNT is a Spanish Tropical station in San Juan, Puerto Rico.