Sunday, July 31, 2016

WNYZ

A 1985 sticker from Utica, New York's "Z98.7" WNYZ.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

WRCK

WRCK was a Classic Rock station in Utica, New York.

Friday, July 29, 2016

WJRE

WJRE was licensed to Kewanee, Illinois from 1974 until 2003, originally at 92.1 FM and later at 93.9 FM.  They currently carry a Country format at 102.5 FM known as "Hog Country" and licensed to Galva, IL.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

South Carolina Educational Radio Network

The South Carolina Educational Radio Network was an eight station network covering most of the state along with parts of Georgia and North Carolina.  It aired a mix of Classical music and NPR news and talk.  In 2003, SCERN renamed itself ETV Radio and then in 2015 rebranded again as South Carolina Public Radio.  Don't go to the current scern.org site unless you like Scorching Erotic Novels.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WAJJ

89.3 WAJJ is a Religious broadcaster licensed to McKenzie, Tennessee.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WFLY


Albany, New York's WFLY (W Frank Loyd York--the station's founder) has carried a Top-40 format since 1979.  They first went on the air in 1948, initially to transmit facsimile copies of Frank York's Troy Times Record newspaper during overnight hours.

Monday, July 25, 2016

KTDY



99.9 KTDY is an Adult Contemporary station in Lafayette, Louisiana.  "Poly Po Ho" refers to the Polyester Power Hour, a 20+ year tradition of playing retro 70s and 80s requests on Friday mornings.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

KORV

KORV "93.5 The Goose" plays country music in Lakeview, Oregon.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

KGGK

A 1999 sticker from "Kool 98" KGGK, an Oldies station licensed to Wessington Springs, South Dakota. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

KARS

860 AM KARS went on the air in October, 1961 in Belen, New Mexico near Albuquerque.  Formats over the years included Classic Country, Adult Standards, all-News and traditional Spanish Ranchera.  KARS moved from 860 to 840 AM in 2013 and currently carries an Active Rock format branded as "Area 102.9" which is re-broadcast on translator K275AO at 102.9 FM.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One On One Sports / Sporting News Radio

According to Wikipedia, "One on One Sports was founded in 1991 and delivered closed-circuit broadcasts to spectators attending sporting events such as golf tournaments and auto races, utilizing custom radio receivers. They audio coupled play-by-play commentary with special programming for the listeners at the event. One on One Sports had sports updates every 20 minutes, that it called "One on One Sports Flash."
One on One eventually acquired several owned and operated radio stations including WJWR in New York City, WIDB in Chicago, KCTD in Los Angeles and WNRB in Boston.

The Sporting News magazine bought OoOS in 2000 and renamed it Sporting News Radio in 2001.  They later became Yahoo! Sports Radio and will be re-branded once again as SB Nation Radio on August 1st of this year.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WEEM

91.7 FM WEEM is a 1200-watt CHR station operated from Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana.  They went on the air in the early 1970s With the Efforts of Ernest Miller who was the school's principal at the time.  WEEM seems to have survived shutdown threats due to budget cuts as well as hostile takeover attempts by other radio groups wanting to share time on the frequency.  The student-run outlet won Best High School station honors at this year's Intercollegiate Broadcasting System conference in New York City.

Monday, July 18, 2016

KMEO

96.9 FM KMEO was an Adult Contemporary station in Phoenix, Arizona circa the early 1990s.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

WQQB

"Q96" WQQB is a Top-40 station licensed to Rantoul, Illinois.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

KRBE













Houston, Texas' 104.1 KRBE signed on the air as a Classical station in November, 1959.  By the late 1960s they had flipped to Top-40, a format that would continue, in one style or another, up to the present day.  There is some contention about what the call letters originally stood for.  Some say it refers to the original owner and his wife (K) Roland Baker Edith while others, including one of Mr. Baker's sons, says it stood for Key to Radio Broadcasting Excellence.

At one point (in the mid-1980s?) sister station KRBE 1070 AM carried a Classic Rock format and at other times simulcast KRBE FM.

Friday, July 15, 2016

CKIT

A 1994 sticker from CHR "Hot 105" CKIT in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

KOTO

KOTO is a non-commercial, community radio station in Telluride, Colorado.  Their existence is supported solely by listeners--one of only a handful of stations in the country that are commercial-free and does not accept underwriting.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder: Fan of KOTO (or at least their sticker.  Watch what it means to him below.)


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WVPO

840 AM WVPO has operated in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania since 1948 as the (W) Voice of the POconos.  They currently carry a Sports format as part of the ESPN Radio Network.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

WZNY

A sticker circa 2000 from "Y105" WZNY, a CHR outlet licensed to Augusta, Georgia. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

WHMS



WHMS is an Adult Contemporary station in Champaign, Illinois.  The call letters stand for (W) Helen M. Stevick, longtime publisher of The News Gazette which is owned by the same company along with two other radio stations.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

m2o


m2o is a radio network based in Rome, Italy airing Dance/Club music.  The station's name comes from "two parts music and one part oxygen" while the tagline on these decals tranlates to "music in its purest form."  m2o went on the air in 2002.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

WALH

My wife and I usually go to two or three county fairs every summer. Today it was a toss up between the Madison County Fair in London, Ohio or the Clinton County Fair in Wilmington. They're both about an hour away and we'd never been to either one (although aren't they all the same really--rides, animals, 4-H exhibits, more animals, maybe a demolition derby.) Off to Wilmington we went....

Just as we were getting ready to leave to go back home, I said to my wife that it was a bummer there were no radio stations at the fair.  She gave me that, "I still can't believe your stupid radio sticker collecting hobby" look and then literally five seconds later I came upon a booth for 106.7 WALH.  I grabbed three stickers and felt that the night was now complete.  We listened to the station on our way to find a restaurant and heard a mix of Classic Rock, Pop and Oldies along with some great sounding professional jingles.  WALH is a 100-watt, low-power FM station licensed to Wilmington, OH.  They went on the air in June, 2015.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Radio X3M

Radio X3M is a Swedish-language, youth-oriented channel featuring music, news, popular culture and current events.  The station is operated by YLE (The Finnish Broadcasting Company) with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

WXYT

WXYT "97.1 The Ticket" has been a Sports station in Detroit, Michigan since 2007.  They are the flagship station for Detroit Red Wings hockey and Detroit Tigers baseball games.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WOXY

WOXY "La Mega 97.7" is a Spanish Variety station licensed to Mason, Ohio near Cincinnati.  The "OX" in their call letters refers to the station's former city-of-license Oxford, OH. 
From 1983 to 2004, the frequency was home to "97X", one of the first Modern Rock stations in the country and one of my favorite stations of all time.  Stickers from WOXY's Alternative Rock past can be seen here.  And here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

KHMX


"Mix 96.5" is a Hot Adult Contemporary station in Houston, TX.   KHMX was one of the first Hot AC stations in the country having debuted the format in 1990.

Monday, July 4, 2016

WLTK

103.3 WLTK was a Contemporary Christian station licensed to New Market, Virginia.  WLTK now broadcasts at 102.9 FM and is part of the K-LOVE radio network.

UPDATE:  See comments.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

WMMX--Summerfest 18

My wife and I went to the Fraze Pavilion last night to see Summerfest 18 which was sponsored by WMMX.  They were handing out stickers and rubber bracelets so I grabbed a few (along with a vinyl banner that was taped to a walkway handrail and somehow magically ended up in my possession.  Shhhh don't tell anyone...)  Other "Mix 107.7" stickers can be seen here.

This year's concert began with a set by Detroit's garage poppers The Romantics.  Lead singer Wally Palmer still plays a mean harmonica and the crowd got on their feet for "Talking in your Sleep" and especially "What I Like About You" which is pretty much a perfect power pop anthem.  I was kinda disappointed they didn't play "One in a Million" which hit the Top-40 but almost never gets played on the radio these days.  In fact, the last time I heard it was on a Saturday morning WMMX rerun of American Top 40 from 1984 when the song reached #37.

Up next was Night Ranger who played a non-stop string of sing-along anthems including "Sing Me Away", "When You Close Your Eyes", "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", the Damn Yankees' "High Enough", "You Can Still Rock in America" and, of course, "Sister Christian".  You can tell these guys have been doing this for a long time, just great sounding, tight rock and roll.

Then Rick Springfield walked out on stage alone with an acoustic guitar.  I figured he started all of his concerts this way but he explained that some members of his band had just landed at the airport and wouldn't be there for about 30 minutes.  Rick's flight was delayed as well and apparently he didn't make it in time to do a soundcheck.  His clothes didn't arrive with him either so he had to wear one of his own concert t-shirts.  After a five song acoustic set, Jack Blades from Night Ranger came back out to play bass joined by Rick's guitarist and drummer and we were treated to an impromptu set of covers done totally on the fly--"Crossroads", "Gloria", "You Really Got Me", "Fire" and "Wild Thing".  Right about the time they ran out of songs they could all play together (Blades didn't know any Springfield tunes) the remaining members of Rick's band showed up and they ripped through a quick Springfield's greatest hits set culminating in, you guessed it, "Jessie's Girl".  The Fraze Pavilion has an 11:00 curfew because the outdoor venue is situated right in the middle of a neighborhood in Kettering, a suburb of Dayton.  It's hard to say what songs we didn't get to hear because of the situation although some we got to hear twice, both acoustic and electric.  "I've Done Everything For You" is great either way.  It was a really fantastic show and a lot more spontaneous than anyone could have expected.  I joked that I was probably the only guy who dragged his wife to this concert instead of the other way around.  (Rick Springfield's rabid female fan base is legendary.)