Thursday, September 30, 2021

Texas (and Oklahoma) Legends

"Legends 92.9" KSNZ is a Classic Country station licensed to Shamrock, Texas.  They are co-owned with other "Legends" stations in the Texas panhandle and Oklahoma.

K280EU - Amarillo, TX

K296EW - Pampa, TX

                                                                  K255DL - Elk City, OK


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

North American Pirate Relay Service

The North American Pirate Relay Service re-broadcast pirate radio stations using both single-sideband modulation and AM frequencies.  The front of this t-shirt shows the design of their QSL card while the back was a list of the many unlicensed pirates (mostly from Europe) that they relayed.  NAPRS was active between 1992 and 1996.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021


A mini-sticker from "Z104" WZEE in Madison, Wisconsin.  They've carried a Top-40 format since the mid-1970s.


810 AM WYRE has been on the air in Baltimore/Annapolis, Maryland since the mid-1960s. 

Sunday, September 26, 2021


107.9 FM WRRB was a Country station in Syracuse, New York from 1979 until 1988.

Saturday, September 25, 2021


"Hot 95" WOHT was a Top-40 station in Jackson, Mississippi from around 1989 until 1992.

Friday, September 24, 2021


97.7 FM WKAF was an Urban Adult Contemporary station in Boston, Massachusetts circa 2018.  They later transitioned into a Rhythmic Classic Hits outlet branded as "97.7 The Beat" before flipping to Spanish CHR in 2021.

Thursday, September 23, 2021


102.5 FM WGNN is a Religious station in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.  They are part of the Great News Radio network of 19 stations and translators covering most of the central part of the state.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021


100.1 FM KYKC plays Country music in Ada, Oklahoma.  They've been on the air since 1992 and are owned by the Chickasaw Nation.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021


"Z-98" KSEZ is an Active Rock station in Sioux City, Iowa.

Monday, September 20, 2021


1420 AM KJCK went on the air in (K) Junction City, Kansas in May 1949.  For many years they carried a Country format and would later flip to News/Talk.

Sister-station KJCK FM went on the air in 1965 as a simulcast to KJCK AM.  They currently carry a Top-40/CHR format.  A sticker from their days as "The Big Kat" can be seen here.  A decal that may or may not be from KJCK when they were at their original 94.5 FM dial position can be seen here.

Sunday, September 19, 2021


A vintage early-1970s(?) sticker from 580 AM KMJ in Fresno, California.  They have been on the air continuously since March 1922 which puts them on the cusp of a century of broadcasting.

Saturday, September 18, 2021


KCJZ "105.3 Bob FM" is a Variety Hits station in San Luis Obispo, California.

Friday, September 17, 2021


A 1987 sticker from "Mountain FM" in in Squamish, British Columbia.  The Hot Adult Contemporary station went on the air in 1982 and are heard on six rebroadcaster stations including 102.1 FM in Whistler.  The year this decal was printed CISQ made three frequency changes--from 104.9 to 98.3 to 104.7 FM.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Hawaii Vacation / KRTR

Our vacation this year was a two week trip to Hawaii--one week on The Big Island and one week on Maui.  The 50th state is just as beautiful as you've heard it is and this was probably our best trip yet. 

This banyan tree in Lahaina is the largest in the United States at over half an acre.  Amazingly, this is a single tree but banyan tree roots hang down from their branches to form new trunks and essentially becomes its own forest.
These sea turtles swam past us all morning long at Slaughterhouse Beach on Maui.

Our bodies were still on east coast time (a six hour difference) so it was no big deal to wake up super early and get to the beaches before most people.  This is Big Beach which is next to the mostly nude Little Beach.

A row of wind turbines.  I've always thought these windmills were beautiful in an art installation kind of way, but they're even more stunning against the blue sky and water on a ridge on west Maui.

Sunrise near the peak of Haleakala (elevation around 10,000 feet.)  It was cold at the top and we had to wake up in the middle of the night to get there on time but it was worth it.

Papakolea Beach is one of only four green sand beaches in the world.  It is surrounded by one of the most stunning views I've ever seen--this picture doesn't do it justice.  A massive wall of hardened lava, crystal blue water and green sand.  It was quite a hike to get there and a steep climb down to the beach but it's something I'll never forget.

I honestly don't remember where this was but I'm pretty sure I had just stuffed my face with two malasadas moments before.

A black sand beach at Wai'anapanapa State Park.

This is part of the Kilauea caldera which saw some major activity in 2018.  I don't know if a caldera is the same thing as a crater but these stickers seem appropriate nonetheless.

"Krater 96" KRTR is an Adult Contemporary station licensed to Kailua near Honolulu.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


"Mix 94.3" WFCB was a Hot Adult Contemporary station in Chillicothe, Ohio circa the late 1990s/early 2000s.  The video below is from when they were known as "B94.3" with a Lite Rock format.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021


1180 AM WGAB was a Talk station in Evansville, Indiana and licensed to Newburgh, IN.  They currently carry a Religious format branded as "Faith Music Radio."

Monday, September 13, 2021


A sticker and magnets from WERV licensed to Aurora, Illinois.  "95.9 The River" airs a rock-based Classic Hits format heard in many of the suburbs west of Chicago.

Sunday, September 12, 2021


107.3 FM KBFG is a volunteer-run, community station licensed to Seattle, Washington.  The 9-watt, low-power station went on the air in 2017.  Their call letters stand for (K) Ballard Fremont Greenwood--three neighborhoods that make up part of their listening area.

Saturday, September 11, 2021


104.3 FM WWOD played Oldies music from 2012 to 2017 and were licensed to Hartford, Vermont.  They then moved down the dial to 93.9 FM and flipped to an Adult Album Alternative format branded as "93.9 The River."  They are now licensed to Woodstock, VT.

Friday, September 10, 2021


1460 AM and 101.7 FM WRAD broadcast a News/Talk format in (W) RADford, Virginia.  Programming is also heard on a translator station at 103.5 FM.

Thursday, September 9, 2021


1280 AM WNAM airs a Soft Oldies/Adult Standards format in Appleton/Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  WNAM's call letters reflect their cities-of-license (W Neenah And Menasha.)  The 5,000-watt station went on the air in May 1947.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021


95.7 WHWL is a Religious station licensed to Marquette, Michigan.  They are part of the Gospel Opportunities Radio Network along with WEUL, WHWG and 10 translators.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021


WFAQ went on the air in Mukwonago, Wisconsin in 2007.  They originally broadcast at 92.9 FM but moved up the dial to 101.3 FM in 2015.  The 41-watt, low-power FM outlet has about a 10-mile broadcast range which makes their "The Nation's Music Source" slogan even more delightfully endearing.  Listening live while making this post I heard an interesting mix of alternative rock, classic rock, jazz, a French-language pop song and some spoken word from Henry Rollins