Animal nicknames for radio stations

Thu Aug 19 06:57:52 EDT 2004

<<<> And..let's not forget WALE 990AM in Providence (Greenville, RI)>>>

An interesting, historical sidenote as you all probably already know:  990AM
was once the WBZ frequency (WEEI was as well, as stations changed dial
positons in the early years of radio).

"In 1928, listeners heard an exclusive broadcast of a reception for the
legendary woman aviator Amelia Earhart. In 1929, WBZ listeners heard a
broadcast that was received in Antarctica by Commander Byrd; messages and
tributes were read to him and several distinguished speakers discussed the
importance of Byrd's expedition. WBZ could be found at 990 kHz (303 m).

At the start of the decade, WBZ's Boston studio was still called WBZA.
However, in early March of 1931, that changed.  In early March of 1931, WBZ
exchanged call letters with WBZA---the Boston station became WBZ, while the
Springfield station became WBZA (in The Hotel Kimball).   WBZ/WBZA still
could be found at 990 kc on your dial, operating in synchronism.   But by
the late summer of 1931, the Boston studios were moved to the Hotel
Bradford; the transmitter was now in Millis. (It first operated at 15,000
Watts, then later in 1931 this was raised to 25,000; in 1933, it was
increased to 50 kW.)"

In 1941, WBZ moved to 1030AM for NARBA on March 29.   WBZA in Springfield
shuts down on July 17, 1962

(Thanks to Donna Halper for her WBZ history research contribution to the
Boston Radio Archives at )

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