Sox network still way late with legal ID break

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Thu Oct 9 20:47:42 EDT 2008

That stuff sounds so trypical of small town radio... and Im sure Matt can
tell us even more stories.. I know I've heard tons of him over the years!


On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 7:04 PM, Mark Watson <> wrote:

> Matt Stevens wrote:
>   Then there's the story of how at another Merrimack valley >station the
>> owner refused to pay for the phone line from >WPLM and they would pick the
>> games up on a FM boom >box perched on top of an equipment rack. The signal
>> would >fade during hot summer nights when tropo interference >would clobber
>> the 99.1 signal.  Mark..chime in here and tell >us more stories...LOL.
>  As requested, I will chime in. Yes it's true, WHAV in Haverhill would use
> a boom box perched atop the equipment rack just outside the studio tuned to
> 99.1 to pick up Red Sox & Bruins games. The radio stayed on 24/7, and was
> always patched in to the board so one could listen to WPLM in cue. IIRC
> weeknights around 6:30 back in that time, right before the Sox pre-game,
> WPLM would air a nightly poetry reading by Ken Coleman. I also listened in
> cue one early morning while wrapping up an overnight shift (5:30ish) and
> heard the reciting of the Daily Rosary. Yes it is also true that the signal
> would drift and flutter when a plane would fly over the building and on one
> warm Summer night during my watch the sounds of Ken Coleman were overtaken
> by the sounds of rock from co-channel  WPLR New Haven. I called WPLM to get
> the game feed via the phone at that point.
>  And I can also confirm that WPLM didn't follow the log sent to the
> affiliates. They would play local spots or promos in slots the log indicated
> would be a network spot. Can't recall how many times I had to quickly pot
> down the feed so WHAV listeners wouldn't hear a promo for "Dixieland In The
> Morning" or a WPLM jingle.
> Mark Watson

Paul B. Walker, Jr.

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