Wednesday, November 30, 2016

KIQQ

KIQQ in Los Angeles, California existed from 1972 until the late 1980s.  "100.3 K-LITE" was the last iteration of the station which lasted about three years before they flipped to "Pirate Radio" KQLZ in 1989.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

KASC


KASC "Blaze Radio" is an unlicensed, student-run station at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.  They went on the air in 1982 at 1260 AM and currently broadcast at 1330 AM.

Monday, November 28, 2016

CFGQ

CFGQ "Q107" plays Classic Rock in Calgary, Alberta.  The station's branding was deliberately taken from Toronto's heritage Rock station "Q107" CILQ which is also owned by Corus Entertainment. Stickers from previous formats at 107.3 FM can be seen here.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

KHYT




"K-HIT 107.5" KHYT is a Classic Hits station in Tucson, Arizona.

For a time in the 1970s and 80s, the KHYT call letters existed in Tucson on the AM dial with Top-40 "13 K-HIT".

Saturday, November 26, 2016

WESM



91.3 WESM is owned and operated by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD.  The 45,000-watt, public radio station airs a mix of Jazz, Blues, Folk and Gospel as well as News and Information programming.  WESM went on the air in March, 1987.

Friday, November 25, 2016

WGHC

WGHC was on the air in Clayton, Georgia from 1961 until 2014.  For many years they broadcast at 1570 AM but moved to 1400 AM in the late 1980s.  At the time their license was canceled by the FCC, they were airing a combination News/Talk and Adult Standards format.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Radio Lora

102.2 Radio Lora broadcast(s) from Diekirch, Luxembourg.  No website seems to exist so it's unclear whether or not they are still around.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Radio Brocken


Radio Brocken is a private radio station headquartered in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.  Their 60,000-watt signal is transmitted from atop The Brocken, part of the Harz Mountains, and the highest peak in northern Germany (as well as a playground for devils and witches).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

WTPA

WTPA has been a Rock station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for over 30 years.  WTPA was originally located at 104.1 FM but moved to 93.5 FM in the mid-1980s.  Another move to their current location of 92.1 FM took place around 2012 and they are now licensed to the nifty little town of Palmyra.

Monday, November 21, 2016

KLOL




101.1 KLOL was a Rock station in Houston, Texas from 1970 until 2004.  The last song broadcast by the legendary station was also the first it ever played: The Who's "I'm Free".  Like many early rock stations, KLOL began as a free form/progressive outlet then morphed over the years to AOR and then Classic Rock.  The spirit of KLOL lives on at its listener-supported internet home which started in 2012.  Classic station imaging and recorded sweepers from former air personalities bring back the feel of what was once one of the top rated AOR stations in the country.
KLOL now airs a Spanish Pop format as "Mega 101 FM".





Sunday, November 20, 2016

WMUC


WMUC is a student-run, free form radio station at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.  Sports is a major part of WMUC's schedule with full or partial seasons of 10 different Terrapin teams broadcast throughout fall, winter and spring.  The 10-watt station officially went on the air in October, 1948 though radio on campus dates back more than 80 years with the University Radio League and the National Committee on Education by Radio.  WMUC's website has an excellent and detailed history of the station as well as accounts on the station's preservation and recent funding crisis.

WJRX

"RX107" WJRX was a Contemporary Christian station in Chattanooga, Tennessee circa the early 1990s. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

WERA

96.7 WERA is a low-power FM station in Arlington, Virginia.  The 21-watt station is staffed by volunteer DJs and went on the air in December, 2015.

Friday, November 18, 2016

WAJS

91.7 WAJS is a Religious station in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

KCR




KCR broadcasts from the campus of San Diego State University in San Diego, California.  They've been on the air continually since 1969, currently over the internet and digital cable channels as well as 1610 AM.  At other points in time they could be heard on campus at 550 AM and 1620 AM as well as in the city at 98.9 and 96.5 FM via cable TV systems.  Music, news and sports shows are hosted by SDSU students as well as alumni.



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

KTEC

89.5 KTEC is a student-run station broadcasting from The Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, OR.  They went on the air on December 19th, 1950 making them the oldest active free form station in the western United States.

Monday, November 14, 2016

KOSO


"B93.1" was a Hot Adult Contemporary station in Modesto, California.  At one time, their transmitter was located atop Mt. Oso, hence the KOSO call letters.  Hot AC abruptly gave way to Country music as "The Big Dog" went on the air in July, 2016.  Somewhere along the way they also changed frequencies from 93.1 FM to 92.9 FM.  KOSO is licensed to Patterson, CA.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

KGGV

KGGV "95.1 The Bridge" is a commercial-free, community-interactive, low-power FM station operated by Guerneville Community Church in Guerneville, California.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

KARZ


KARZ existed in Phoenix, Arizona from 1979 until 1983, first as an MOR outlet and later with a Country format known as "K-960".

Public Radio Mississippi

Public Radio Mississippi was an eight station network based at 91.3 FM WMPN in Jackson, MS.  I can only assume that the stations carried Classical music on the network given the drawing of Ludwig Van Beethoven.  In 2005, PRM was re-named Mississippi Public Broadcasting combining the radio operations with Mississippi Educational Television.

Friday, November 11, 2016

WRFR


WRFR-LP is a commercial-free, volunteer-run station in Rockland, Maine.  They went on the air in 2002 with 100 watts of power and can also be heard on 99.3 FM licensed to Camden, ME.  WRFR is owned by The Old School, an "experimental free and open university".


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Toronto By Bicycle - CFMJ / CILQ

Recently, my wife and I spent a few days in Ontario and decided to take a bicycle tour of Toronto.  It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon when we met the other people in our group along with our guide Genny.  The Heart of Downtown tour took us to many different neighborhoods and landmarks in the city including Chinatown, Kensington Market, Union Station, "MINT Corner", St. Lawrence Market and the Hockey Hall of Fame.  I was a bit worried about riding through the 4th largest city in North America on a rented bike, but our guide was great at navigating away from vehicles when possible (even stopping traffic for us at intersections) and mixing it up with heavy traffic rarely happened.  Toronto even has some dedicated bicycle lanes with their own traffic signals.

Sugar Beach - an urban beach park located across from a sugar refinery on the Eastern Bayfront.

Eaton Centre shopping mall.

Down the street from the Royal York Hotel, the residence of choice for Queen Elizabeth II when she visits Toronto.

Distillery District

The tour ended at Roundhouse Park near the base of Toronto's famous CN Tower.  When the concrete tower was completed in 1976 it was the tallest free-standing structure in the world.  Nine radio stations and seven television stations transmit their signal from the 335 foot antenna.  From the railroad-themed park I could also see the headquarters of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with its distinctive logo.


Somewhere along the way, we rode past the headquarters of Corus Entertainment which operates 39 radio stations across Canada.  I made our bike tour stop so my wife could take a quick picture in front of their gleaming office building.


Corus runs three radio stations in Toronto--the legendary Modern Rock outlet "102.1 The Edge CFNY, (sticker here), Talk-formatted AM 640 CFMJ and Classic Rock "Q107" CILQ.

AM 640 went on the air with the CFMJ call letters in 2002.  At one time, they were the flagship station of the Toronto Maple Leafs.








"Q107" signed on as an Album Rock station in May, 1977.



Donald Trump won the presidential election last night in a contest that very few people predicted correctly.  Every election season some folks claim that they are going to move to Canada if their chosen candidate doesn't win.  I'm not saying I want to move to Toronto because Trump is a horrific human being (he is), but I wouldn't mind living in this gem of a city because of its magnificence.  I've fallen in love with "Hogtown" and can't wait to go back.