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I’m very sad to hear that Barry has passed away. He was a real mentor to me, and a true friend. I just heard his voice on a promo while listening to KKNX yesterday. He was one of radio’s finest!
When did KBOO’s new 104.3 translator begin broadcasting? Is the old 100.7 translator still on the air?
I have more on the story of Bob’s pirate station. Bob was a close friend of mine, and I’m the person who helped him get on the air with a transmitter and music library. Bob had a real passion for radio, and I wanted him to succeed. He hosted the night shift at one the most popular stations in our market. Bob’s PD, Jerry wanted to put a female on the night shift, and moved Bob to weekends only. Bob was upset with Jerry for taking him off the shift he loved. Bob told listeners who called the request line during his weekend shift, to listen to him on his pirate station. I warned Bob that he would lose his job, if his PD heard about this. As I predicted, Bob lost his job. Bob’s pirate station was reported to the FCC, and they came and shut down his station. A co-worker of mine had heard Bob’s pirate station, and told the chief engineer of the company I worked for. This engineer was the person who called the FCC, and I informed Bob of this. I suggested to Bob that he turn off his transmitter before the FCC came, but he continued to broadcast. Bob was very upset with Jerry for firing him, but he knew that Jerry wasn’t the person who contacted the FCC. Bob had a temper, but he would never kill anyone. He told me about the rumors about him being spotted near the station with a gun. Bob didn’t even own a gun. Bob was very depressed after losing his job, but he was never hospitalized in a mental ward. Bob went on to host the night shift on another station in our market, and later moved to a large market where he worked weekend shifts. He eventually left the radio business behind, to work in security and safety management. He died at the age of 28, due to a health issue that was misdiagnosed. He had called me a few days before his death, and seemed to be in good spirits. I can still hear Bob’s booming voice in my mind, as he rests in peace. As for Jerry, I never met him, but I know he’s a very skilled radio programmer, and a good man. He continues his quality work at a heritage radio station in a market I know quite well. I currently program two heritage radio stations in Oregon, and I enjoy this business as much as ever.
The only reason that HD Radio signals exist in some small markets, is to “feed” an FM translator, adding a station/format to a cluster’s portfolio.
Sure, us radio geeks enjoy HD Radio, but the average listener simply doesn’t care.
I don’t see much of a future for HD Radio. If KRVM could afford to buy an FM translator, and simulcast their HD2 programming, they could sell underwriting there, and make some money. Without a translator, HD2 channels don’t exist for 99.9% of the population.
Speaking of Southern Oregon, we’ve brought Hot AC back to the market on KLDR. 🙂
Bend’s “Lite 95.1” (KLTW) will become “Lite 95.7” tomorrow, broadcasting from Awbrey Butte. This will create a mess in the Crater Lake area, where KLTW will clash with Medford’s 95.7 KBOY. KLTW will also mix with Walla Walla’s “Cities 95.7” KKSR in North Central Oregon.
I was in Roseburg last weekend, and the former K-Light translators were rebroadcasting KWAX.
Grants Pass is certainly a growing market, with a new FM at 99.3, and a new AM coming to 830. 🙂
I’m picking up 103.7 KXPC in Grants Pass, with the same signal strengh as 97.9 KNRQ. Did 103.7 move to Blanton Heights already? 🙂
The coverage area is small due to the terrain. 99.3 KCMD barely reaches Rogue River, about 10 miles down the road.
I highly suspect that Cumulus has been working with EMF to acquire 103.7, due to the fact that KXPC has a CP for the KNRQ/KEHK tower on Blanton Heights. 103.7 will have a signal identical to the current 97.9 KNRQ.
99.3 KCMD began testing their signal yesterday, broadcasting for about an hour with “hissy” and “tinny” audio. They returned to the air today, sounding slightly better. The 250 watt class A only covers about a 10 to 15 mile radius.
When 97.9 moves to Portland, KNRQ will most likely move to 103.7, as EMF and Cumulus are already swapping signals in Nashville and Mobile. EMF could end up with 95.3 in Eugene, while “The Score” moves to 98.5 and 96.1 HD2.
I now work for a station that plays the National Anthem every morning, and they don’t make any money off of it.