looking at lastest 12 + ratings

Dan Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Fri Dec 16 14:14:38 EST 2005

CFGO, The Team 1200 in Ottawa, Fox Sports, has been having problems with its
antenna system since early October. The result is a huge increase in
interference to WKOX--at night and maybe also during critical hours. A
component failed (vacuum capacitor--I don't know whether it's in the night
phasor or in an ATU) and must be specially manufactured. It is unclear when
or whether the replacement will be available. I have corresponded with (and
receoved replies from) two folks in Engineering at CCU. They are NOT
disposed at this time to go after CHUM Group, which owns CFGO. First of all,
they are convinced that CFGO is legitimately trying to solve the problem.
Second, going after Canadian stations that operate outside of their licensed
parameters is a tremendously time-cosuming and usually unproductive effort.
I may be a pessimist, but I don't think conditions will improve until WKOX
gets its new 50-kW signal on the air from Newton. My personal forecast for
that event (and I could be wrong) is fall 2007.

Dan Strassberg, dan.strassberg@att.net
eFax 707-215-6367

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Nelson" <raccoonradio@gmail.com>
To: "SteveOrdinetz" <hykker@grolen.com>; <dan.strassberg@att.net>;
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005 12:57 PM
Subject: Re: looking at lastest 12 + ratings

> Yes, looks like ratings don't matter to Salem and WTTT and the format
> is there, as Dan
> says, for ideological reasons and they can bill to a niche audience.
> >>WKOXKS's current nighttime signal problems
> are worse than WTTT's
> Yes, some folks on their messageboard are wondering why they seem to be
> Fox Sports and some hockey. Looks like the sports talkers in Ottawa (1200)
> Binghamton (1430) are to blame...I don't regularly tune in to them at
> night so I don't
> know for sure, but is the cold/winter weather a factor in having these
> other stations
> obliterate their feeble night signals (as opposed to other times of
> the year)? I drive to work in late afternoon and sometimes scan the
> dial--and now that the darkness comes so early, I notice how much
> stronger the
> _other_ stations I mentioned come in comp. to the WKOX and WXKS signals.
> cold weather the factor? Thanks
> On 12/16/05, SteveOrdinetz <hykker@grolen.com> wrote:
> >   Dan Strassberg wrote:
> > >One gets the impression that the person or persons responsible for
> > >local sales at WXKS had decided days before s/he/they picked up the
phone to
> > >make his/her/their first sales call that the idea that the format could
> > >sold in this market was hopeless.
> >
> >
> > I wonder if WXKS even has a separate sales staff.  If you were a sales
> > where would you concentrate your efforts...Kiss 108 where the rates are
> > hundreds of dollars a minute or the AMs where they might be $25?
> >
> >

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