Thursday, January 31, 2019

WLAB



"Star 88.3" WLAB is a Contemporary Christian station in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

XEQK

1350 AM XEQK broadcasts a Tropical music in Mexico City, Mexico.  They are owned by the Instituto Mexicano de la Radio which was established in 1983 and operates 17 terrestrial radio stations throughout the country.
XEQK signed on the air in 1938 and soon began broadcasting the time every minute on the minute interspersed with commercial announcements.  Somehow, this format became a success and the station became known as "La estacion de la hora exacta," (The exact time station.)  The exact time came from the National Astronomical Observatory which at that time was located in Tacubaya near Mexico City.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

93 FM

93 FM is (was?) a Classic Hits station in New Zealand.  If anyone knows what city they broadcast from or what the call sign was, send me an email at radiodecals@gmail.com

UPDATE:  A reader in Sweden sent along this information.  Thanks Börje!

In the 2007 edition of 'World Radio TV Handbook' there is around 30 'Classic Hits' stations listed on FM in New Zealand.
Just one of them on 93 Mhz; 'Classic Hits, West Coast' on 93.1 MHz.
I also found five (5) 'Classic Hits' on AM medium wave.
Mail for these station should go to 'The Radio Network' in Auckland.
No 'Classic Hits' stations listed in the 2013 edition of 'WRTH'



Monday, January 28, 2019

Radio Chiemgau


Radio Chiemgau was a private, local radio station based in Traunstein in southeastern Germany.  In 2009 Radio Chiemgau became Bayernwelle SüdOst.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

WWJ


One of the oldest radio stations in the United States, 950 AM WWJ carries a News/Sports format in Detroit, Michigan.  The 50,000-watt station debuted as the "Detroit News Radiophone" on August 20, 1920.



Saturday, January 26, 2019

Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting



IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) External Service is the official international broadcasting network of Iran.  Radio-wise, IRIB World Service began in 1956 and currently airs programming in 32 languages.

Friday, January 25, 2019

WPEO

AM 1020 WPEO is a daytime-only Religious Talk station in (W) PEOria, Illinois.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

WLVY

A 1995 sticker from WLVY in Elmira, New York.  Despite their "94 Rock" branding, WLVY is actually a Hot Adult Contemporary station.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

WHPK

Student radio at the University of Chicago began in 1945 with AM carrier current station WUCB.  WHPK (Woodlawn Hyde Park Kenwood--three South Side areas of Chicago) was established in 1968, first at 88.3 FM and later at 88.5 FM where they've been since 1985.  The 100-watt, block-programmed station is run by student volunteers and community members.  WHPK played a pioneering role in the Chicago rap scene and was the first station in the city to play hip-hop back in 1984.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

WDIA


AM 1070 WDIA went on the air in Memphis, Tennessee in October 1947.  The call letters reflect the first name of the daughter of one of the original owners (W DIAne).  They started out playing Country & Western songs mixed with light pop and classical music but were unsuccessful with that programming.  In an effort to avoid bancruptcy, WDIA began playing Blues records and featured the first radio show in the United States to appeal to black listeners.  They soon switched to all-black programming including shows by future musical legends BB King and Bobby "Blue" Bland.  After a power increase to 50,000 watts, WDIA's signal could reach 10% of the African-American population at the time--an area stretching from southeast Missouri to the Gulf Coast.  Today, WDIA carries an Urban Oldies/Classic Soul format and is owned by iHeart Media.


WALR

1340 AM WALR was a Talk station in Atlanta, Georgia.

Monday, January 21, 2019

KSCB

1270 AM KSCB (K Seward County Broadcasting) went on the air on July 25, 1948 and currently has a News/Talk format.

KSCB FM began broadcasting in July 1978 and carries a Hot AC format known as "B107.5"

KOZI


KOZI AM & FM broadcast a News/Talk and Adult Contemporary format respectively.  They are both licensed to Chelan, Washington.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

KGMO AM & FM

1550 AM KGMO broadcast to Cape Girardeau, Missouri from 1951 until 1986.  Conservative talk show host and Cape native Rush Limbaugh got his start at this station in 1967 while he was still in high school (his father was co-owner of the station.)  His on-air name was "Rusty Sharpe."

KGMO FM went on the air in 1980 and currently carries a Classic Rock format.

Oldies 102s

 KCEZ - Los Molinos/Chico, California

 WQFE - Brownsburg/Indianapolis, Indiana

WXLY - North Charleston, South Carolina

Saturday, January 19, 2019

CFLO

104.7 CFLO is a French-language station licensed to Mont-Laurier, Quebec.  They went on the air as an AM station in 1963 with call letters CKML.  Their current calls came about in 1988 and the move to FM happened in 1995.

Friday, January 18, 2019

WDRM



102.1 WDRM plays Country music in Huntsville/Decatur, Alabama.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

WKOE


 106.3 WKOE started playing Country music in the mid 1990s in Ocean City, New Jersey.


By 1999, WKOE had become "106.3 The Shore" with a Modern Adult Contemporary format.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

KMCX

A shirt from "Hot Country 106.5 FM" KMCX licensed to Ogallala, Nebraska.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

WYBC


A sticker and magnet from Urban Adult Contemporary station WYBC (W Yale Broadcasting Company) in New Haven, Connecticut.

Monday, January 14, 2019

More Rock 106s

CJRX - Lethbridge, Alberta



CKSE - Estevan, Saskatchewan


KAAZ - Spanish Fork/Salt Lake City, Utah





KEZE - Spokane, Washington



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Radio Hoogeveen

Radio Hoogeveen is a volunteer-run, local radio station in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

OK Radio

OK Radio went on the air in Hamburg, Germany in March, 1988.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Cuba / Habana Radio / Radio Rebelde

I recently came back from a fascinating trip to Cuba which was one of the stops on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

We hired a tour guide and driver who dropped us off somewhere in Old Havana where we walked the streets and learned about the history of the city of over 2 million people.  Our bilingual guide was very informative and unhesitatingly answered any questions we had over the 8 hour tour.  The first thing you notice are all the old 1950s-era cars that are somehow still running.  They're everywhere! 



This Plymouth was the second car we took on the tour (the first one broke down on our way to see Ernest Hemingway's home in San Francisco de Paula.)  At first it was weird being driven around in a car so old but you got used to it and after awhile barely noticed all the other vintage vehicles on the road.  There were also a lot of rarely-seen-in-America Peugeots, Renaults, Chinese-built JAC trucks and Russian Ladas.

Paseo del Prado is a beautiful, tree-lined promenade which divides Centro Habana and Old Habana.

Then we were driven to the weird, wonderful world of Fusterlandia.  The artist Jose Fuster moved to a neighborhood in northwest Havana over three decades ago and set about transforming his house and surrounding areas into his personal dreamscape.  Virtually every surface is covered in broken tile to form murals and collages.  The bizarre, dual-gender sculpture pictured above is on the roof of Fuster's house.  Google "Fusterlandia" to see more crazy pictures and learn about this unique artist.


Plaza de la Revolucion is large, paved lot where many political rallies have taken place as well as Masses by two different popes.  The square is surrounded by government buildings including the National Library, Communist Party headquarters and Ministry of Communications.  The giant face of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara looks down on the plaza.

Behind us is a statue of Jose Marti, Cuba's national hero and acclaimed journalist and poet.

The bar at Hotel Nacional de Cuba.  The hotel and casino were opened in 1930 and operated by American managers.  After the revolution in 1959, the hotel became neglected due to a lack of tourism and was mainly used to accommodate visiting diplomats and foreign government officials.  The collapse of the Soviet Union forced the Cubans to reopen the hotel to tourists.

That night we went to the Tropicana for a two hour show of crazy costumes, balancing acts, opera and lots of singing, dancing and Cuban music.  It was so great!  The whole place seemed to be frozen in time from 60 years ago.  They give you a bottle of rum, some Coke to mix it with and a cigar and it all takes place outdoors under the stars.

Since virtually everything in Cuba is owned and run by the government, there is very little advertising to be seen anywhere.  One exception was this sign for Habana Radio which I saw just after exiting the port building where the cruise ship was docked.  Habana Radio went on the air in January 1999 and broadcasts programming dedicated to showcasing Cuban culture and heritage.



The above sticker is the only one in my collection from Cuba.
Radio Rebelde ("Radio Rebel") was founded by Che Guevara in 1958 to broadcast the aims of the revolutionary organization known as the 26th of July Movement.  This party was led by Fidel Castro and overthrew the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in 1959.  Early broadcasts included combat reports, statements by rebel leaders and messages to the general population.  Today Radio Rebelde is heard 24 hours a day on four FM frequencies which covers 98% of the country.  They are also heard on shortwave on the 60-meter band.