WXKW Albany

Matthew Osborne mattosborne1976@yahoo.com
Thu Aug 13 19:28:31 EDT 2009

Actually, I believe they were indeed on AM 850 - co-channel to WHDH, and only 40 kc above WGY.  The story I heard was that the moment they first went on the air WGY immediately filed lawsuits and FCC complaints that they were interfering with them, which prevented them from ever getting beyond the Special Temporary Authority phase of licensing.  That is what doomed them...

That's a neat story about recording the signal level toward Boston - I had never heard it before, but it makes perfect sense given the frequency used.

                                         Matt Osborne
                                         Rotterdam, NY

--- On Thu, 8/13/09, Dave Doherty <dave@skywaves.net> wrote:

> 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.


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