WAAF Worcest..errr... Westborough!

Tom Giarrosso tommyg62@comcast.net
Thu Nov 20 09:38:01 EST 2003

Real Rock stations... have to love it.

WERZ always had spotty coverage in the southern part of the state. Funny - I
just joined this list because WHEB - I was driving in Methuen, MA and
getting a signal overlap from WKKB when listening to 100.3. I guess WKKB
might be riding their power a bit high from 4200 watts, if I heard them that
clearly inside WHEB's protected signal area. Then again, perhaps they just
want to break into WBCN's signal with their Howard Stern Morning show. I bet
they aren't too pleased about the power tweaking either.

Then again, looking at their web site, I see they're now just lifting WHEB's
format, promotions - even the thanksgiving can drive - and it must have been
recently by the looks of the site. I'm happy they've taken an interest in
helping the community. I just wish they'd put their own stamp on things,
instead of raiding a station so close to their market.

Funny aside - In the 80's I was an overnight jock at WHEB, wrote the morning
show - and coordinated with the writer for WERZ's morning show - for a week,
we tried to do the same jokes at the exact same time on the air to see if
anyone noticed. Nothing. Eventually, The guy from WERZ came over to work
with me at WHEB, and we'd supply comedy to the syndication group WERZ had as
part of the Katz group - and had the bits embargoed from their airplay. Man,
that pissed off the station manager to no end!

Tom Giarrosso
Methuen MA

-----Original Message-----
From: Roy Lawrence [mailto:lawrencemedia@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 12:30 AM
To: Nostaticatall
Cc: Boston-Radio-Interest@bostonradio.org
Subject: Re: WAAF Worcest..errr... Westborough!

That's interesting since A *very* real rock station
WHEB was pulling a 12+ in the ratings back then,
actually beating WOKQ. Listeners had a choice of WCYY
94.3 (Biddeford/Portland) or WBCN 104.1 (Boston) if
they wanted a choice. Both signals made it into the
market (pardon your user name) ... no static at all.
Even better with the former Media One FM cable

An indirect point to add, WHEB actually serves the
Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester area ... unlike WAAF,
which *thinks* they are a Boston radio station. When
did you see WAAF do a food drive in November filling a
53' tractor trailor in ***Worcester*** oh ... I mean

Roy Lawrence
San Francisco, CA

A former WHEB alum.

--- Nostaticatall <nostaticatall@comcast.net> wrote:
> If you want to get technical, they popped up in at
> least eight books.
>  WAAF regularly shows in the New London CT book.
> The station appears in
> the  Portsmouth books every now and then, despite
> WERZ being on 107.1.
>  Most of those WAAF listeners up there were in the
> southwestern part of
> the market, where WERZ's signal is weakest.
> When I was working at WERZ several years back, their
> sister station WSRI
> (96.7/Rochester) was flipping format to oldies (now
> WQSO.)  During the
> stunting that preceded the flip, ARS (who owned the
> stations at the
> time) decided to simulcast WAAF on 96.7, since WAAF
> was also an ARS
> property back then.  The phones at BOTH stations lit
> up, and listeners
> were loving the fact that they could "hear AAF
> clearly" and had a "real
> rock station" to listen to instead of WHEB.  I'm
> sure they were quite
> disappointed when the hard rock was replaced by the
> Beatles and Motown....
> Mike Thomas
> Paul Anderson wrote:
> > And how sad that WAAF, a station that once
> alternately took pride in,
> > and made fun of, Worcester, now ignores their
> audience outside of
> > Boston.  At one time, they showed up in six books,
> didn't they?
> > Worcester, Boston, Providence, Hartford,
> Springfield,...

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