WXKW Albany

Dan.Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Fri Aug 14 07:06:40 EDT 2009

No, as I explained in another post, it actually makes no sense at all.
At least since NARBA, 3/31/1941, there have been no prohibited
overlaps of AM signals 40-kHz apart. That's why KOA had to be

Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Matthew Osborne" <mattosborne1976@yahoo.com>
To: "Dave Doherty" <dave@skywaves.net>
Cc: <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2009 7:28 PM
Subject: Re: WXKW Albany

> 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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