W1XAL shortwave station in Boston

Doug Drown revdoug1@verizon.net
Sun Jul 9 14:47:48 EDT 2006

Thanks.  That's a remarkable story.  I wasn't aware of all the "ins and
outs," nor of how the FCC comes into the picture in such circumstances.

By the way, what were the years of operation of Westinghouse's WBOS?  Did it
substantially duplicate WBZ-WBZA's programming, or was it an entirely
separate operation?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Fybush" <scott@fybush.com>
To: "Doug Drown" <revdoug1@verizon.net>
Cc: "Howard Glazer" <hmglaz@worldnet.att.net>;
Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2006 2:25 PM
Subject: Re: W1XAL shortwave station in Boston

> > Just curious, after having read that the station migrated from
> > Massachusetts
> > to New York to Florida --- what are the FCC's rules regarding change in
> > city
> > of license in regard to shortwave stations?  Speaking of being "fuzzy on
> > the
> > details," it seems to me that it's a stretch to trace much of a
> > between a station in Florida and an antecedent station in Boston that
> > existed years ago.  (I don't mean to sound snarky; it's just a layman's
> > observation.) - Doug
> I would disagree, strongly. The continuity was in fact very direct - WYFR
> never went off the air during the transition from Scituate to Florida,
> since it moved only one transmitter at a time. If I read the articles
> correctly, there was a period of about two years when the station was
> operating partially from Scituate and partially from Okeechobee. Even some
> of the poles that supported the wire antennas were moved from
> Massachusetts to Florida. And there's a very direct line from WYFR at
> Scituate all the way back to W1XAL.
> The FCC has no "city of license" rules for SW stations - as international
> broadcasters, they're not supposed to be broadcasting to a domestic
> audience, anyway. There have been other examples of SW stations moving
> transmitters in more recent years, with the FCC's blessing.
> s

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