Subject: Voice-over Flubs

Doug Drown
Wed Feb 27 08:17:36 EST 2008

I remember back in the '60s when WMEX was running at 5 kw, and had a 
terrific signal not only on the North Shore but well up into south coastal 
Maine.  I agree: after everything was changed over, it wasn't (isn't) as 
good as it was originally.  -Doug

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dan.Strassberg" <>
To: "Boston Radio Interest" <>
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: Subject: Voice-over Flubs

> Absolutely not! A night power increase for 1510 required a move to a
> more northerly location because of CJRS in Sherbrooke--the station
> that, as you put it, taught Woo-Woo to speak French. Sherbrooke is
> essentially due north of Boston and it had to be protected. As you
> know, the French you heard in Quebec on 1510 was NOT WMEX; it was
> CJRS. And yes, the Red Sox did indeed leave 850 for 1510 at some
> point. The move to the much weaker signal (around 1976) was bad enough
> but the timing was even worse because it coincided with the
> construction of the State St South office complex just west of the old
> 1510 transmitter in N Quincy. The new steel-frame buildings decimated
> 1510's already-execrable 5-kW night signal, making the station
> completely unlistenable even in close-in western parts of the
> market--including most of Newton, Waltham, Lexington, Arlington,
> Belmont and other places. You didn't have to go to MetroWest to be out
> of range and out of luck. WMEX (or maybe it was WITS by then)
> installed a new ground system to no avail. They next applied to
> slightly relax the pattern of their daytime 50 kW during noncritical
> hours. Not much of a relaxation was possible because of WNLC. Various
> temporary stopgaps were tried, such as simulcasts of Red Sox night
> games on 107.9 and 1330. Finally, there was the problem-plagued move
> to Waltham and 50 kW-U. The move cost millions and the big increase in
> night power coupled with the tall towers helped a lot in Newton,
> Waltham, Lexington, Arlington, and Belmont but was no help at all in
> Westwood. In addition, the day signal along the coast--on the North
> Shore, for example--suffered greatly. The old 50 kW day signal from
> Quincy reached coastal areas over a clear salt-water path; the new
> signal from Waltham had to travel over at least 15 miles of rocky,
> low-conductivity New England soil.
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <>
> To: "Eli Polonsky" <>
> Cc: "Kevin Vahey" <>; "Dan.Strassberg"
> <>; "Donna Halper" <>; "Todd
> Glickman" <>;
> <>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 7:23 AM
> Subject: Re: Subject: Voice-over Flubs
>> Did 1510 ever get 50K at night from Quincy?
>> I suspect they must have because I can't fathom the Red Sox leaving
>> HDH for a 5 KW signal. I don't understand why they left WHDH to
>> begin
>> with. The change happened after the 75 regular season with the
>> playoffs on 1510. Was it simply money? Yawkey will still alive so I
>> doubt that was a factor. Something else must have happened to anger
>> the team.

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