Subject: Voice-over Flubs

Sat Feb 23 14:36:53 EST 2008

The French on 1510 was CJRS Sherbrooke QC about 200 miles due north of
Boston. Given that, in those days, WMEX's calculated NIF was quite low
(WLAC, though a station of a higher class, nevertheless had to protect
WMEX, which was older) because, in that era, NIFs did not recognize
the effects of big first-adjacent skywave signals (which Boston gets
in spades from 1500 and 1520), CJRS probably never operated within the
terms of its license at any time during its life. Although it was
directional to protect both Nashville and Boston, CJRS delivered a
very strong nighttime signal around here. Many listeners may not have
realized it because WWKB and WTOP did so much damage to WMEX.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna Halper" <>
To: <>; "Dan.Strassberg" <>
Cc: "Eli Polonsky" <>; "Todd Glickman"
<>; <>
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: Subject: Voice-over Flubs

At 12:06 PM 2/23/2008, wrote:

>Back around 1969 a friend of mine lived in the transmitter shack of
>WROL 950 in Saugus. It may have still been WRYT then. For about 2
>months he ran a music-talk show from Midnight to 5 AM that attracted
>quite the following.

When I was a kid, I used to love to do dx'ing and
Sunday nights were the best time to do it because
so many stations signed off for transmitter
maintenance.  I heard stations from as far away
as the Dutch Antilles, Iowa, Florida... for a kid
from Dorchester whose folks never travelled, this
was like a mini-vacation for me.  I think today's
kids have no idea how exciting it was to pull in
distant stations.  I remember the WMEX sign-off
("I'll See You in My Dreams" was the song, if I
recall correctly) and then other stations would
start faintly being heard... I vaguely recall
something in French from Québec, and I think I
heard Nashville TN once... it was pretty amazing!

I also recall hearing some overnight hosts late
at night when doing an all-night show still
wasn't that common.  Do any of you recall when it
became widely accepted to do an overnight
show?  A lot of stations did still sign off at
midnight or 1 AM when I was growing up -- WBZ
didn't start doing all night programming till
1952, which I was waaaay too young to realize,
but when I was a little older, I still recall
stations signing off at midnight or 1 AM even during the week.

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