WXKW Albany

Dave Doherty dave@skywaves.net
Thu Aug 13 18:27:26 EDT 2009

Hi Dan-

I heard some stories about WXKW when working with some of the old timers in 
Albany early in my career.

The broad picture I got was that it was basically doomed from the start 
because they could never make the pattern work, and the Thruway made them an 
offer they couldn't refuse for their property sometime around 1954.

One story I heard was that every hour they had to switch to 10W-ND for a few 
seconds to record the signal level in the direction of Boston at some remote 
logging site. That would have put them on 840 or 860, I guess, because they 
were somewhere in the 800's and they certainly could not have been 
co-channel to WHDH.

There was another WXKW in Albany later on - the 1600 in Mechanicville that 
now appears to be gone.

It's a pretty cool call sign, but very unlucky, it would seem...

-Dave Doherty
 Skywaves Consulting LLC
 PO Box 4
 Millbury, MA 01527
 202-370-6357 (DC) 

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