Hey, Harry, we're talking about you.

Dan Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Fri Feb 2 12:14:05 EST 2007

Never is a very long time! As we've learned from WCRB, so is 99 years.

Dan Strassberg, dan.strassberg@att.net
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ric Werme" <ewerme@comcast.net>
To: <boston-radio-interest@rolinin.bostonradio.org>
Cc: <harry@wcnh.org>
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2007 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: Hey, Harry, we're talking about you.

> I noted earlier:
> > Reception here in Penacook is pretty good today, any idea why?  It
> > may be that WHOM is only coming in good instead of great, of course.
> It's sagged to typical at-home too noisy to listen quality.  Ah well.
> I'm not a dx'er.  I don't have equipment to be a dx'er, I don't have time
> to be a dx'er. I don't want to be a dx'er!  No!  Temptation go away!
> More to the point, attached is a response from Harry.  There's a lot
> to be said for going to the horse's mouth.  I don't know if Harry likes
> horses, but I'm sure he'd less like a reference to the other end.
>     -Ric Werme
> Hello,
> I thought my ears were ringing...or was that my modem beeping?   Thanks
> for discussing our little station.  Let me clarify a few points that
> were brought up.  Our tower is about a quarter-mile east of the 89.1 and
> 102.3 towers, on a 100-foot stick down the hill.  We signed on Feb 29
> 2004, so officially we haven't had our first birthday yet!  Originally
> we broadcast ripped CD music from the NHPR library, but gave up on that
> pretty quick when we joined BSN from WFMT.
> We get our programming from Chicago via our own "content depot" we
> created.   Each file is transferred by an automatic FTP to our Concord
> transmitter site, where it becomes part of a Winamp playlist that also
> contains local underwriting messages.  Yes, WCNH gets just about all of
> it's programming from WFMT, although we also carry the Met Opera, and
> have gone out and recorded some local concerts to air.  It runs
> automated, and it's basically a one-man operation (me.)  Simon Gellar is
> our patron saint!  (Imagine what he could have done with today's
> technology.)  The important thing is we achieve our mission: quality
> classical music programming 24/7 with minimal intrusion.  And by the
> way, no one has ever wondered why Peter Van de Graaf is on 24 hours a day!
> And we do it on an annual budget of about $30K.  Member contributions
> and underwriters cover the bill.  We'd have a pretty decent signal if it
> weren't for WHOM.  We might as well be on 105.3 or 102.1 for as loud as
> 94.9 comes into Concord.  Unfortunately 94.7 is the only channel that
> meets LPFM separation requirements.
> So it's you guys maxing out our audio streams!  We currently have 10
> 64kb streams.  We may have to bump it up to 20.  As far as the effect of
> WCRB, there has been none yet.  WCRB has done no real promotion in the
> Concord area, so few folks even know they are there.  Those that do have
> a pretty low opinion of what they are playing.  My feeling, and this is
> just my opinion, is that Nassau will grow tired of classical, especially
> if revenue goals aren't met, and will eventually bag the format.  It
> would not shock me to read about the new "Rhumba 99.5" in one of Scott's
> future columns.  The charter of Highland Community Broadcasting prevents
> us from playing anything but classical music, so we can never change.
> Harry Kozlowski

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