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2014-02-13 09:34:26 PM

ChrisDe: Lee451:Conservative opinions are far more prevalent  louder than liberal ones

pointed and laughed at.
 
2014-02-13 09:40:20 PM
And none of you mention WLW, the Big One, AM 700 Cincinnati?  For shame.  My college roommate was a Reds fan, and I showed him how to use the AM in his car to listen to the Reds games.

These days AM is limited to 50 KW, but back in the 1930s WLW experimented with a 500 KW signal.  That's serious Radio Moscow or BBC or Voice of America shortwave power.
 
2014-02-13 09:52:58 PM

Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
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Come innnn.......... the creakiest four hundred foot door you've ever heard....

You probably know this but people have collected most of those shows and you can find mp3s of them. Used to listen on my clock radio when I was supposed to be sleeping on school-nights.

Also:

double-you ELL ESS
Ay Em AAAA TEEE NIINE

/still got my fantastic plastic card... somewhere....
 
2014-02-13 09:56:19 PM

BizarreMan: Lee451: B.B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers
Lonnie Mack and twangin' Eddy, here's my ring we're goin' steady
Take it easy, take me higher, liar liar, house on fire
Locomotion, Poco, Passion, Deeper Purple, Satisfaction
Baby baby gotta gotta gimme gimme gettin' hotter
Sammy's cookin', Lesley Gore and Ritchie Valens, end of story
Mahavishnu, fujiyama, kama-sutra, rama-lama
Richard Perry, Spector, Barry, Archies, Righteous, Nilsson, Harry
Shimmy shimmy ko-ko bop and Fats is back and Finger Poppin'


Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie

Awesome song, I've got it on my iPod.


NO. It's not. It's awful. Icky 70s schlock. And it's got horrible earworm powers that, after thirty-five years of dorman... YOU SON OF A BIATCH!
 
2014-02-13 09:58:19 PM

b0rscht: Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
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Come innnn.......... the creakiest four hundred foot door you've ever heard....

You probably know this but people have collected most of those shows and you can find mp3s of them. Used to listen on my clock radio when I was supposed to be sleeping on school-nights.

Also:

double-you ELL ESS
Ay Em AAAA TEEE NIINE

/still got my fantastic plastic card... somewhere....


Sad to see that Larry Lujack just died. Spent many a night listening to him. Superjock.
 
2014-02-13 10:01:56 PM

optikeye: I think it's in the best interested of the public. We have lots of older radios that only pick up AM. Tube style radios are immune to a EMP (Either from a Man Made or Natural). And to really put on your tin foil hat...Crystal Radios.
Don't even require a battery. And a six year old can build one.

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Also Digital Signals don't degrade gracefully...they are there are they're not so there's no "Buzzz...Crack" losing just a bit of info occasionally. If the Signal is week YOU GET NOTHING. (Wonka.jpg).


Not exactly "nothing". Have you heard D-Star (digital ham radio mode)? Weak signals "go R2D2". I did the computer side of a D-Star installation and had an ICOM rig to play with for a few months. Got bored with it fast. It's too bad they didn't squeeze more fidelity out of that mode - sounds like a bad cell phone even with a clean strong signal. Hopefully something better will come along.
 
2014-02-13 10:02:34 PM

ChrisDe: b0rscht: Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
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Come innnn.......... the creakiest four hundred foot door you've ever heard....

You probably know this but people have collected most of those shows and you can find mp3s of them. Used to listen on my clock radio when I was supposed to be sleeping on school-nights.

Also:

double-you ELL ESS
Ay Em AAAA TEEE NIINE

/still got my fantastic plastic card... somewhere....

Sad to see that Larry Lujack just died. Spent many a night listening to him. Superjock.


I did not know that until now. shiat.
 
2014-02-13 10:02:36 PM

nekom: I'm a hipster, I only listen to longwave.  And not the standard frequencies either, 209KHz out of Mongolia.  It's pretty obscure, you've probably never heard of it.


Xun Lai has some really interesting opinions on horse in cooking.  I never miss a show.
 
2014-02-13 10:15:39 PM

Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
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I always enjoyed listening to that and chuckling to hear the name "Himan Brown".
static4.wikia.nocookie.net


All 1,399 episodes are available here:
https://archive.org/details/cbs_radio_mystery_theater
 
2014-02-13 10:26:05 PM

AgentKGB: Representative of the unwashed masses: Branch Floridian: It still puts a smile on my face when I can pick up my hometown radio station (KMOX 1120 in St. Louis) in my car from over a thousand miles away.  Only at night or early morning, but still I think it is pretty cool.

I once was able to listen to a Los Angeles Dodgers game on an LA station one night when I was helping out on my uncles farm in Saskatchewan.  I thought that was pretty damn cool

This. I grew up in Saskatchewan and some nights you could go through the AM dial and get LA, Phoenix, etc.


I used to regularly listen to WOWO (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) and WLS (Chicago) at the oceanfront at Virginia Beach, VA

/and the rock and roll or WRNO on the shortwave band
 
2014-02-13 10:42:02 PM
I've always loved AM radio. Ever since I was a kid growing up listening to AM 1000 in Chicago, Johnny B, Kevin Matthews, Steve and Garry.  I remember listening to the Blackhawks and the Cubs with my dad and grandpa and staying up late to hear the sex advice show late at night with my aunt.  AM radio is just so nostalgic and comforting to me.  Like others have said, I love tuning in stations from far away, or when I'm driving late at night, finding some weird talk show to keep me company.

When I was smaller, we had to drive back and forth from Chicago to Rochester, NY about three times a year and I remember being snuggled under blankets in the backseat of the station wagon, everyone asleep, my dad tuning in the static filled WGN to catch the scores and highlights.  It helped put me to sleep.  I still listen to talk radio whenever I can, but I think the hay day of great AM radio is well past.
 
2014-02-13 11:31:27 PM
We used to have a "Progressive" AM station in PDX but now it's a sports station, so other than the occasional curiosity of seeing what wacko they have on Coast to Coast, AM is basically worthless around here.
 
2014-02-13 11:58:38 PM

Dogpants: I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark.  One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.  Crackpot preachers until midnight, then country music for the truckers overnight.  We'd get requests from all over the country.


That sounds like WLAC out of Nashville.  I first discovered WLAC in the early '90s when they had the crazy preachers.  One was Roosevelt Franklin and he sold what I remember them calling a 'trouble doll.'  The announcer would say that Mr. Smith's gout healed itself after he bought a trouble doll and stuff like that.  The best was that a lady's son got out of jail after she bought a trouble doll.

I've loved AM radio ever since then.  At night in my car I can get a million stations and there's always something that's entertaining.
 
2014-02-14 12:01:25 AM

AmbassadorBooze: Without AM radio, how would I listen to Art Bell and Coast to Coast late at night?  Phil Hendrie is also on my AM stations.  Neither seems to be right wing wacko.

If you don't know Phil Hendrie or Art Bell, you don't know true artistic ventures.


I was a Hendrie fan up until his retirement in 2006.  What little I've heard in the last couple of years wasn't very good.
 
2014-02-14 12:15:11 AM
Any of you geezers ever pick up KOMA out of Oklahoma City?  I worked overnights on their sister FM station (KRXO) and used to do character voices on the mighty 1520AM...they had a map in the studio with pins from all the different places they received phone calls from in the middle of the night (a clear channel station as mentioned above).  They used to get letters from DXers in Norway, Russia, etc. requesting bumper stickers, and they would write out word-for-word what the jock was saying at the time they picked up the signal or tell you what song was on.  It was quite cool.
 
2014-02-14 12:19:44 AM

Lance Russell's Nose: Dogpants: I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark.  One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.  Crackpot preachers until midnight, then country music for the truckers overnight.  We'd get requests from all over the country.

That sounds like WLAC out of Nashville.  I first discovered WLAC in the early '90s when they had the crazy preachers.  One was Roosevelt Franklin and he sold what I remember them calling a 'trouble doll.'  The announcer would say that Mr. Smith's gout healed itself after he bought a trouble doll and stuff like that.  The best was that a lady's son got out of jail after she bought a trouble doll.

I've loved AM radio ever since then.  At night in my car I can get a million stations and there's always something that's entertaining.


I've picked up WLAC as far north as WI and as far west as NM
 
2014-02-14 12:24:03 AM
No more AM radio progrums? Couldn't help thinking of:

www.hrwiki.org

Hey... who put a bengal tiger in the kaiser's latrine??
 
2014-02-14 12:46:25 AM

Nick Nostril: Back in the day before Rush and his tribe took over, I liked AM. Local talk was pretty decent.

As mentioned, it's now only right wing echo chamber and sports talk. Yawn.

Now I only use my car "stereo" to listen to MP3's, usually eAudiobooks. That and NPR.


You didn't need to add "and NPR". It's obvious.  Tell me, how do you ever find the time to write in your journal?
 
2014-02-14 12:49:19 AM

optikeye: We had a cabin on a river...where the only free signal you could get was AM radio. AM can go lots of miles and doesn't require any special subscriptions.
That the most compelling argument is asking "Why" sell it off?  AM transmission are free to anyone with a coil of wire and couple of crystals. Why should that be stopped?

Who profits from selling off that bandwidth? Moving to a subscription only services for radio is simply putting a vital emergency commutation ability into the hands of corporations that would require selling not only subscriptions but also specialized receivers with built in digital rights management built in.


Odd that all this stuff is being sold off and I've never received a check. Coal, lumber, oil, roads. About everything we had you can imagine.

I remember my crystal radio. Also back then they played some reruns of the old mysteries and scary shows where they made all the sounds in the studio. Clip clop clip clop. I'd listen in bed in the dark.
 
2014-02-14 12:53:33 AM
Back in the 30's my dad and uncle used to listen to the big bands out of Chicago on dads home made Crystal Radio he made out of an oatmeal cylinder. They would each share an ear phone. We lived in Rochester at the time, I got the radio bug from him.
 
2014-02-14 01:05:56 AM
If you're listening to Mongolia, you are listening to shortwave.

Not necessarily.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_H0cmRibrg

LW stations carry around the world on long winter nights.  I have logged dozens of European and African stations from Toronto.  Mongolia would be harder but it is possible.
 
2014-02-14 01:32:02 AM

Otto's_Jacket: Any of you geezers ever pick up KOMA out of Oklahoma City?  I worked overnights on their sister FM station (KRXO) and used to do character voices on the mighty 1520AM...they had a map in the studio with pins from all the different places they received phone calls from in the middle of the night (a clear channel station as mentioned above).  They used to get letters from DXers in Norway, Russia, etc. requesting bumper stickers, and they would write out word-for-word what the jock was saying at the time they picked up the signal or tell you what song was on.  It was quite cool.


Listened to it as a kid in the late 80's Nebraska.  Was quite bummed when they moved the music to FM and went all religious.
 
2014-02-14 01:52:23 AM
We were 5000w at 540khz in Louisiana. Easy 200 mile coverage in any direction. Left at daytime power by accident once and I heard it in Wyoming. We recieved many letter from Norway and Sweden. Also the New Zealand and Australia area. FM can never match the distance of AM radio. AM has a long life ahead with HD digital broadcast. FM quality over AM distance. In the event of a major national disaster it is invaluable. I could cobble together a AM station with a transmitter and 400 feet of wire and a small honda generator and cover a multistate area. But keep thinking the internet and cell phones will save you. My sprint service doest work if I get 5 miles from a major interstate. Look up WLW for the nations station 500kw station. That thing covered North and South America and was ofter heard in Europe.
 
2014-02-14 01:57:09 AM

Fursecution: Otto's_Jacket: Any of you geezers ever pick up KOMA out of Oklahoma City?  I worked overnights on their sister FM station (KRXO) and used to do character voices on the mighty 1520AM...they had a map in the studio with pins from all the different places they received phone calls from in the middle of the night (a clear channel station as mentioned above).  They used to get letters from DXers in Norway, Russia, etc. requesting bumper stickers, and they would write out word-for-word what the jock was saying at the time they picked up the signal or tell you what song was on.  It was quite cool.

Listened to it as a kid in the late 80's Nebraska.  Was quite bummed when they moved the music to FM and went all religious.


I worked at the station while I was in college (from 1989-1991) and would jump on KOMA almost every weekend overnight while I was playing long songs on the FM side...that oldies format was a hell of a lot of fun with one liner jokes in between each 2:00 song, all night long.  The weekend overnight AM jock who would let me on the air with him would drink an entire 6-pack of Jolt cola during his shift so he could maintain the "do-wop" style jock energy he felt he needed.  Good times, good times...


/my lawn, fertilize or step off
 
2014-02-14 02:24:30 AM

merrillvillain: WGN 720 is the only station I listen to. It is not political and I get to hear Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano. Gary Meyer at 3 pm is also worth listening to especially when Tom Skilling stops by.


I pick up WGN on a regular basis over the air in Texas after dark. The signal gets boosted around the tail end of Garry's show. Sometimes I get a little bleedover from some (presumably) Mexican station playing mariachi music, but when they say 38 states, that isn't marketing-department bullshiat.
 
2014-02-14 08:14:33 AM
Came for Everclear, leaving happy
 
2014-02-14 09:10:51 AM

rick42: Dogpants: I once worked at a clear channel AM station that reached 38 states and 4 provinces of Canada after dark.  One time I got a postcard from a guy that was picking us up loud and clear in Iceland.  Crackpot preachers until midnight, then country music for the truckers overnight.  We'd get requests from all over the country.

Sounds like WWVA in Wheeling. I picked that up once as a kid and they were running announcements telling coal miners which shifts would be working at certain mines--and so, by extension, how well some of them would be eating in the coming days. They don't teach you stuff like that in school.


The station I worked at was KXEL in Waterloo, Iowa, 50kw at night at 1540 khz.  I remember as a kid (late '60s--get off my lawn) learning about hippie music on KAAY in Little Rock--"Beeker Street", (which we called "Reefer Street") late at night.  Sounded unlike anything I'd ever heard in Iowa!  Later would listen to WBAP in Fort Worth in the early morning while driving to work to sign on another station in Northeast Iowa, KNEI in Waukon.  Loved doing radio, although the most I ever made was $17,900 a year as a news director in a top 100 market.
 
2014-02-14 09:30:44 AM

uber humper: AmbassadorBooze: Without AM radio, how would I listen to Art Bell and Coast to Coast late at night?  Phil Hendrie is also on my AM stations.  Neither seems to be right wing wacko.

If you don't know Phil Hendrie or Art Bell, you don't know true artistic ventures.

Phil Hendrie is still on? You just made my day! He left his radio show and tried a TV project a few years ago, I never knew he went back to radio.


His new show, to put it mildly, sucks.

/aged 'gloid
 
2014-02-14 09:40:01 AM

Lord Farkwad: Get off my lawn.
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You, sir, are welcome on my lawn anytime.

/loved that show
 
2014-02-14 12:17:19 PM
I don't know why it hasn't been mentioned yet, but one of the coolest things that can be done with AM is park a bit transmitter in Seoul and broadcast the real world to a bunch of people who are starving for information in "Best Korea"

I am not sure if they are doing this, but there is a REAL use for AM that can really change the world.  I assume that they are.
 
2014-02-14 05:15:35 PM
It's not going anywhere. Have a ton of am stations here, quite a few still are music stations, playing oldies, older oldies, adult contemporary, top 40, nostalgia (1920-30's), childrens, classic rock, gospel, hip hop, and variety. Along with a much broader range of news, sports, and talk shows than most much bigger cities can claim. And liberals on talk, too.

The hip hop station WAMO sadly changed from soul, rnb less than 10yrs ago. along with the fm stations playing current rock at the time it was my main station growing up. Motown ftw.

Yinz might have more am stations and formats than you think. Try radio-locator.com. select your city ; there are filtering options at the bottom of the page.

/Pgh
//has first commercial radio station KDKA Nov.2 1920
///KDKA tv (started as WDTV) began in 1949, the first local station to create a network; had 13 stations spanning Boston to St.Louis
 
2014-02-15 01:22:46 AM
The AM spectrum looks like this:

Jesus-Sports-Conservatives-Sports-Conservatives-Jesus-Jesus-Sports-Co n servatives-Mariachi

I should give a shiat...why?
 
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