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RE: Dual Frequency Day & Night
For years, there was the famous and unique setup of WFAA
Dallas and WBAP Fort Worth, both of which shared time on
820 and 570. I chronicled this bizarre arrangment and
how it came to exist in a long post here over a year
ago. Someone sufficiently interested might be able to
find the post in the Archives.
The frequency changes were unrelated to sunrise or
sunset. When WFAA signed off on 820, it signed on on 570
and WBAP did the opposite. The time-share arrangement
was contrived in hell. Each station was on each
frequency exactly half of the time, but if you name a
day of the week and a time; it would be two weeks before
either station would be on the air again on the same
frequency on that day of the week at that time.
Needless to say, the only way to make sense of it all
was to program each _frequency_ as if it was a station.
At one point, I think 820 was country and 570 was easy
listening. There was little mention of call letters
except at the handoffs. What was mentioned were the
frequencies, as in Country 820 and Easy 570.
I think, but I'm not sure, that the arrangement forced
the two stations to downplay air personalities because I
think (though I'm not sure) that each station had its
own air staff. I wonder whether there was some similarly
creative way of dividing the responsibilities of the
Ultimately, the FCC broke up the arrangement. WBAP
landed on 820 full-time and WFAA (now KLIF) landed on
570. Presumably the then owners of WBAP paid a goodly
sum to the owners of WFAA because the 820 IA clear
channel facility was more valuable than the 570 Class
III facility, notwithstanding that 570 was the best
Class III facility in the market.
> I imagine
> it does complicate matters for the listening audience.
> 73, de Hakim (N1ZFF)