Jefferson Kay Audition Tape and Promotional Flyer

Kevin Vahey
Sat Jun 28 15:17:48 EDT 2008

It wasn't unusual for a station with an inferior signal beating the
big boys in the COL. New York had WMCA, Chicago WCFL, Toronto CKFH and
of course Boston with WMEX and later WRKO.

In Buffalo WYSL at 1400 still was able to cover the city with 250
watts at night and KB simply wasn't as popular. Daytime my friends
would also tune in CHUM and CKLW.

BZ really lost it's way for almost a decade after WRKO came along
switching to MOR and WHDH countered by going to a soft Top 40 which
was a huge success.

Today WBZ is a preset with most listeners as they stand alone in
having an active newsroom and comprehensive traffic and weather. WRKO
simply abolished news to help pay for the Red Sox contract. WBUR is
now the only other option.

I wonder how the landscape will look 10 years from now.

On 6/27/08, SteveOrdinetz <> wrote:
> At 05:22 PM 6/27/2008, Kevin Vahey wrote:
>>Funny thing about KB in the 60's it never did well in the city itself
>>as WYSL at 1400 owned the Top 40 market and later WGR.
> I had always heard the same about WPTR in Albany.  Despite their
> strong (highly directional) signal that blasted into Vermont, N.H.
> and Maine I've heard that in the tri-cities themselves WTRY ate their
> lunch.  Of course 1540 puts no signal to the west...indeed they're
> long gone by the time you get to Amsterdam on the N.Y. Thruway.
> I'd guess that, like many AMs today their signal has deteriorated
> considerably.

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