Subject: Voice-over Flubs

Jim Hall
Wed Feb 27 08:38:18 EST 2008

I'm not sure about CJRS, but wasn't the *reason* WNLC was allowed to move
from 1490 to 1510 because WMEX delayed repeatedly, with construction permits
expiring more than once, installing 50 k in Quincy? I think CJRS must also
have upgraded similarly because of WMEX *not* upgrading during this time
too. I doubt WMEX would have come in so clearly in Montreal if it had been
protecting at that time a station in Sherbrooke (barely 70 miles east of

If CJRS and WNLC had not been upgraded, then WMEX would really only have had
to protect WLAC and KGA. I vaguely remember someone on WMEX calling their
counterpart at WLAC on the air discussing their respective signals. I
believe WLAC used to hear from WMEX listeners at night wondering where WMEX
was. I think it might have been Larry Glick calling WLAC...I think it was
early in the morning our time, when Glick was still on and the morning man
at WLAC was just starting.

>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.
> -----
> Dan Strassberg (
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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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