Wednesday, September 30, 2015

R.I.P. KPRI

San Diego's 106.5 KPRI was a legendary Rock station in San Diego, California.  They began a full-time Progressive Rock format starting in 1968 and, in 1973, became the first station to describe themselves as an "Album Oriented Rock" station.  KPRI lasted until early 1984 when they succumbed to the ratings success of rival KGB-FM.


The KPRI call letters returned to San Diego in 2002 at 102.1 FM and continued the Adult Album Alternative format they had under previous calls KXST.  The independently owned station was sold  to Religious broadcaster Educational Media Foundation and flipped to yet another Contemporary Christian K-LOVE affiliate.  KPRI was licensed to Encinitas, California.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

KXRB

1000 AM KXRB plays Classic Country music in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Monday, September 28, 2015

KRZA

88.7 KRZA went on the air in October, 1985.  The community radio station airs a mix of English and Spanish programming along with shows from NPR and Pacifica Radio.  KRZA is licensed to Alamosa, Colorado.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

KKYX

Classic Country KKYX broadcasts in the San Antonio, Texas radio market.  They have carried a Country format ever since switching from Easy Listening in 1972.  KKYX claims to reach 100 counties with their 50,000 watt daytime and 10,000 watt nighttime signal.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

KEAR

From 1978 until 2005, KEAR served as the flagship station to the Oakland, California-based Family Radio network.  106.9 FM is currently KFRC-FM simulcasting the all-News programming of KCBS 740 AM.
KEAR was licensed to San Francisco, CA.

Friday, September 25, 2015

CIBW

CIBW is a Country station licensed to Drayton Valley, Alberta.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

WWWM


A sticker and magnet from Hot Adult Contemporary WWWM licensed to Sylvania, Ohio near Toledo.  They've been branded "Star 105" since 1998.

UPDATE:  WWWM later renamed itself "Channel 105.5" and then in the summer of 2016 switched again to "Q105.5".  The reason for their re-branding sounds like something that was written by the satirical news organization The Onion.  Here's a quote from Cumulus Media's Toledo market manager:  "Our market research showed that people really like the letters of the alphabet. More specifically, they love the letter 'Q.' It is simply a matter of giving listeners what they want with this new brand."
Are you kidding me!?  That's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard in my life (and yet, still, possibly completely true.)  I'm just trying to picture some unpaid intern doing "market research" to determine how people feel about the alphabet.  "The alphabet? I LOVE it!  Especially the letter Q!"  Ridiculous....





KMIS

KMIS 1050 AM is licensed to the city of Portageville in southeastern Missouri.  They flipped from Country to News/Talk some time in the late 1990s and now carries a Sports format.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CICX

CICX (known on-air as "Kicks 106") plays Country music for central Ontario and is licensed to Orillia, ON.

Radio Delta

Radio Delta was (is?) a Dutch pirate station based in eastern Netherlands.

Finland's Kiss FM


Kiss FM was a network of more than a dozen Contemporary Hit Radio stations across Finland.  They were on the air from 1995 until 2005 and could be heard in all of the country's major regions including every city with a population over 40,000.  Kiss FM caused a ruckus in 2000 when their morning show broadcast a live, in-studio ménage à trois.  This didn't sit well with the government's broadcasting authority, even in famously liberal Finland.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WVWI

AM 1000 WVWI is a News/Talk/Sports station licensed to Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands.

Monday, September 21, 2015

WNTI

91.9 FM WNTI is a non-commercial, Adult Album Alternative station owned by Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey.  The call letters stand for (W) Nosce Te Ipsum (Latin for "Know Thyself").  WNTI went on the air in December, 1957.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

WKSS



"Kiss 95.7" has been a Top-40 station in central Connecticut since switching from Beautiful Music in 1984.  WKSS possesses a rare dual city-of-license of Hartford-Meriden, CT.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

WGCF


89.3 FM WGCF is a Religious station licensed to Paducah, Kentucky.  They are now part of the American Family Radio network of stations.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

WBTG

WBTG 106.3 FM airs Southern Gospel music while sister station AM 1290 plays Adult Standards.  Both are licensed to Sheffield, Alabama.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

KUNI


90.9 KUNI is a public radio station operated by the (K) University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

KQXY

"Q94" KQXY plays Top-40 music in Beaumont, Texas.

Monday, September 14, 2015

KIOC

"K106" KIOC was a Top-40 station licensed to Orange, Texas from 1978 until about 1993.  At that time they moved toward a Rock format and then Alternative before CHR again as "Hot 106".  They flipped to Rock as "Big Dog 106" in 1997.  You can see another KIOC sticker here.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

KCBI


90.9 KCBI (K Criswell Bible Institute) is a Religious station in Dallas, Texas.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

CFEQ



CFEQ began in 1999 as a low-power Christian station broadcasting in Winnipeg, Manitoba at 98.5 FM.  A short time later they moved to 107.1 FM and became "Freq 107".  CFEQ eventually dropped the religious music in favor of secular Alternative Rock.  Interestingly, their Wikipedia page says that the station "maintained that it fulfilled its conditions of license for religious music by finding spiritual meaning in each mainstream song that it played."  A name change to "Ignite 107" and a return to Christian Rock took place around 2008. 
107.1 FM is currently CKCL and airs a Classical music format.



Friday, September 11, 2015

CINU

CINU "Hope 106.3 FM is a Religious station licensed to Truro, Nova Scotia.  They originally went on the air in September, 2003 at 98.5 FM and moved to 106.3 FM six years later.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Achterhoek FM





Achterhoek FM is a local radio station broadcasting from the Achterhoek ("rear corner") region in the eastern part of the Netherlands.  They went on the air in 1992.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

BBC Radio Gloucestershire


BBC Radio Gloucestershire serves the county of Gloucestershire in southwestern England.  They broadcast on three FM frequencies as well as 1413 AM and has been on the air since October, 1988.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

WRRM

"Warm 98" WRRM plays Adult Contemporary music in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Monday, September 7, 2015

WDPT

Today we spent part of the Labor Day holiday on a 20 mile bike ride from Troy, Ohio to the town of Piqua.  We had a nice lunch at a local bar before getting back on the bike trail for the return ride.

On the way back I noticed this sign along the bike path which I thought was funny.  "Visitors Welcome"?!  At a waste water treatment plant?  Has anyone ever actually visited this place to see what happens to their sewage sludge?  Book your trip today!

It was super hot this afternoon (about 90 degrees and humid) so when I saw this fountain in front of the Hobart Institute I decided to hop off my bike and jump in.  No arrest was made.

WDPT "95.7 The Point" was a Classic Hits station licensed to Piqua, Ohio in the early 2000s.  95.7 FM now carries the WHIO-FM call letters and simulcasts the News/Talk programming of WHIO 1290 AM.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

WTMJ

AM 620 WTMJ (W The Milwaukee Journal) is a News/Talk station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  They also carry Milwaukee Brewers baseball, Milwaukee Bucks basketball and have broadcast Green Bay Packer games since 1929--the longest relationship between a radio station and NFL team.

Jonathan Green worked as an announcer at WTMJ continuously (almost) from 1969 until 2010.

WTMJ has carried Brewers games for all but two seasons since the team moved to Milwaukee in 1970.  George Bamberger became the manager of the team in 1978 and led them to a 26-game turnaround from the previous season. The Brewers became "Bambi's Bombers" when the team slammed 173 home runs, 48 more than in 1977.


Another Brewers-themed WTMJ sticker can be seen here.  A WTMJ Packers magnet is over here.



Saturday, September 5, 2015

WMSD

90.9 FM WMSD (We Magnify Sound Doctrine) is a Religious station licensed to Rose Township, Michigan.  No drums!

Friday, September 4, 2015

WJOY



AM 1230 WJOY airs an Adult Standards/MOR format in Burlington, Vermont.  The station went on the air on September 14th, 1946.  A nice history of WJOY can be found on their website.