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Re: FW: Oops 7/4...and WRKO!

At 02:05 PM 7/12/97 +0000, you wrote:
>In a message dated 97-07-12 09:14:09 EDT, you write:
><< Also, I believe it was 1936 when WQXR signed on as W2XR (in the
> expanded-band of its day--one of the three "experimental" high-fidelity
> channels--1530, 1550, and 1570). W2XR might have become WQXR in 1939 >>
>Yes, Elliott M. Sanger's book, "Rebel in Radio" chronicles W2XR's sign on in
>1935 with 250 watts at 1550 (although most radio dials only went up to 1500)
>as a non commercial laboratory radio station, up to the early 1970's.  The
>book states they got a commercial license as WQXR in late 1936.  A great
Is Sanger's book his autobiography? If not, who was the rebel he wrote
about? If the book is an autobiography, is Sanger still living? If not, when
did he die?

I wonder if Sanger was the person who was responsible for WQEW's TX site
being located in Queens, rather than in the NJ Meadowlands. Not moving the
TX to the Meadowlands in the late 50s or early 60s, when (then) WQXR
increased its power to 50 kW and went directional, was a _huge_ mistake. It
might have been Sanger's mistake. With its relatively loose patterns and 50
kW full-time signal, WQEW could have quite respectable coverage of metro New
York if its TX were located in an area of good soil conductivity, which that
North Jersey area most definitely is and Queens most definitely is not.

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