Monday, April 09, 2012
On the morning of April 5 I was just about in the middle of my daily commute when I switched the car radio over to FM 90.7, expecting to hear WGXC. Instead, I was treated to music booming up all the way from NYC's WFUV! Now that's a powerful signal! Unfortunately, WGXC normally covers WFUV (WGXC had technical difficulties that morning and was periodically off the air).
And really unfortunate for me, I can listen to WGXC all the way up the thruway from about Kingston right to the toll booths that lead to 9W Albany. There's one of those awful networked Christian radio stations on 90.7 which wipes out WGXC. So I'm looking into a directional FM antenna for my home to see if I can pull in theWGXC signal.
Now I have nothing against Christian radio, but I abhor that god-awful "network" approach! I once managed a local Christian station. I approached it like I would any other format: I made it LOCAL and engaged LOCAL listeners. And it was fun. And it WORKED! (The station was sold to another broadcaster who turned it into easy listening and then milked it for every penny before dumping it off. But that's another story for another day!)
95.5 is another interesting frequency. When I go down to Canal Street (NYC) I take the Taconic. There's one point around Pleasantville where Albany station WYJB instantly gets replaced by WPLJ from NYC. It's so quick you'd miss it easily if a commercial was playing...
There used to be an FM on 105.5 that did the same thing as you drove from Albany to Utica...
Over on the AM dial there's an area when you're coming up from Sullivan County where there is NOTHING on AM at all except for a Canadian station 900. It's eerie - there once was a time when the AM dial was chock full o' stations!
And now that I have a BlackBerry, I downlaoded the app for NYC 710 WOR, so I can listen to Michael Savage on nights when WGY airs the Syracuse games. It's an interesting listen if you compare the two stations while Savage is on. Do it sometime and you'll see what I mean, especially those of you living in the area where the two stations' coverage overlap.