Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Radio Garden / KSID

I first heard about Radio Garden late last year from a column written by radio observer Sean Ross.  The website allows you to navigate the earth which is quickly covered with "sprouting" green dots representing radio stations.  Click on a dot and you're instantly listening to that station's live stream.  On my first try, Radio Garden must have known my location as it settled on a station in Sidney, Ohio about 40 minutes from where I live.  The problem being that 98.7 FM KSID is from Sidney, Nebraska about 1000 miles away from Sidney, Ohio.  Oh well....that glitch aside, when something comes along that combines two of my favorite things--radio and geography--I can't complain too much.  While typing this post I heard Lil Wayne & Wiz Khalifa on Top FM in the Azores, NEIKED on Sweden's Sveriges Radio P4 and Michael Bolton, who still gets airplay on Ceria FM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  I took a quick listen to KSID FM again tonight as well and heard the end of a boys high school basketball game (Leyton vs Sedgwick County--Go Warriors!)

1340 KSID plays Country music as "The Fort" while the other half, "Sky FM," seems to play a mix of Classic Hits/Classic Rock and Top-40.  Both are licensed to Sidney, Nebraska (nowhere near Sidney, Ohio.)

Monday, January 30, 2017


"98.1 The Bull" is one of four Country music stations currently broadcasting in Lexington, Kentucky.

Sunday, January 29, 2017


KUPH "96.9 The Fox" is a 50,000-watt Top-40 station licensed to Mountain Home, Missouri.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Three Hots and a KOT

"Hot 99.9" WHXT was a short-lived CHR station licensed to Easton, Pennsylvania from 1989 to 1991.

 "Hot 100" KRBV was a Rhythmic-leaning Top-40 station in Dallas, Texas from 1998 to 2001.

 "Hot 103" CHTT played Top-40 music in Victoria, British Columbia from 2000 to 2004.

102.1 WKOT is a low power FM, community station licensed to Wimauma, Florida.  They went on the air in 2014 with a Religious format.

Friday, January 27, 2017


KIQX plays a mix of music from the 60s to today along with 13 daily local newscasts.  They are licensed to the city of Durango in southwestern Colorado.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


"Kool 101.9" was an Oldies station licensed to Shingle Springs, California.  KCCL now broadcasts at 101.5 FM and has evolved into a Classic Hits station branded as "K-Hits".  They are now licensed to the Sacramento suburb of Woodland, CA.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


"Plan├Ęte 104.5" is an Adult Contemporary station licensed to Alma, Quebec.  CFGT went on the air in 1953 at 1270 AM and converted to FM in 2010.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mystery Magnet - Y95

Anybody know where this "Y95" magnet is from?  Years ago I asked about this logo on a radio message board.  One guess was KHYI in Dallas, Texas which is a Country station and used to be branded as "Y95" but I can't confirm it (at least not with a Google image search.)  Another person thought it might be KCXY in Arkansas but I can't find a logo match there either.

Monday, January 23, 2017


KTIS AM/FM are Religious stations in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  900 AM went on the air in 1949 and broadcasts a Christian Talk and Teaching format branded as "Faith Radio."  98.5 FM plays Contemporary Christian music with 100,000-watts of power.  Both are operated by the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, a private, evangelical college located in Roseville, MN.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


AVRO (Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep) or in English: "General Association of Radio Broadcasting" was a Dutch public broadcasting association based in Hilversum, Netherlands.  Their first transmission took place in July, 1923 under a different name and became AVRO in 1927.  A merger with another Dutch broadcaster in 2014 resulted in the formation of AVROTROS.  The slogan on the above decal translates to "In full swing."

The back of this postcard sticker offered a free chess set for new members.  AVRO sponsored a chess tournament in November, 1938 which brought together the current world champion as well as every major challenger at the time.  The matches started in Amsterdam with each successive round played in a different Dutch city.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio is made up of three radio stations operated by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor:
91.7 FM WUOM (W University Of Michigan)
91.1 FM WFUM (W Flint University of Michigan)
104.1 FM WVGR (W Vogt Grand Rapids)

Flagship station WUOM went on the air in 1948 and was an original member of National Public Radio when that network began in 1970.

Friday, January 20, 2017


4CBL (4 Community Broadcasting Logan) is based in Logan City, Queensland, Australia.  The 4,000-watt station went on the air in November, 1988.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


A sticker and magnet from Hot Adult Contemporary station WTPN "98.9 The Point" in Brunswick, Maine. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


WMUK is owned and operated by Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.  They went on the air in 1951 at 91.1 FM with call letters WMCR.  In 1955, they moved to their current dial position and in 1961 switched calls to WMUK.  The 50,000-watt station became a charter member of National Public Radio when the network went on the air in 1970.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


WJSA is a Religious station licensed to Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.  They went on the air in 1984 at 93.5 FM and moved to 96.3 FM thirteen years later.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Cincinnati, Ohio's 103.5 WGRR (W Great Rock & Roll) went on the air in 1990 with a traditional Oldies format.  Over the years they have dropped all songs from the 1950s and most from the 60s to concentrate on Classic Hits of the 70s and 80s.  WGRR is licensed to Hamilton, OH.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


A late-1990s decal from News/Talk station WERI licensed to Westerly, Rhode Island.  They went on the air in 1949 and carried the WERI calls until 1999 when they were bought by Boston University and became WXNI.  1230 AM is currently WBLQ, a full-service, locally-focused News/Talk station.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

(another) WUMD

While looking for a sticker for yesterday's post, I realized that there is another college radio station known as WUMD.  This WUMD is a cable FM and internet radio station from the (W) University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Friday, January 13, 2017


89.3 FM WUMD broadcasts with 9,600 watts from the (W) University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  The station went on the air on this day in 1972 with a 10 watt signal emanating from a cafeteria closet.  At the time, they were located at  91.1 FM and carried the call letters WUSM.  For a really crappy 45th birthday present, UMass Dartmouth announced last week that they would be selling the station to Rhode Island Public Radio for $1.5 million dollars.  A "Save WUMD" Facebook page has been set up with information on how to contact the FCC and officially oppose the sale of the station.  

Thursday, January 12, 2017


"Joy 102.7" WAJY was an Adult Standards station in Augusta, Georgia.  They were licensed to New Ellenton, South Carolina and on the air from 1990 until 2004.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


KTEG "107.9 (K) The EdGe" was an Alternative Rock station in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1994 until 2000.

KTEG then moved to 104.7 FM and started adding heavier rock bands like Pantera and Metallica to their playlist.  In 2007, the frequency dance continued as they moved to 104.1 FM and are now licensed to Santa Fe, NM.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


KOSP was an Oldies station licensed to Ozark, Missouri. 

Monday, January 9, 2017


This KGIL sticker probably dates to the mid-1980s when that year's Broadcasting Yearbook says 1260 AM carried an MOR format while "K94.3" was Adult Contemporary.  These 1984 jingles for the combo's FM half had the station "Rockin' Easy in the Valley".  Anybody know what the "K-Gillionaire" contest was all about?  KGIL AM & FM were licensed to San Fernando, California near Los Angeles.

KGIL was branded as "Retro 1260" from 2009 to 2011 and played a mix of Oldies and Adult Standards.

Sunday, January 8, 2017


KASE 101 is a 100,000-watt station in Austin, Texas.  They've carried a Country music format since 1981.