750 CP's

Doug Drown revdoug1@myfairpoint.net
Wed Jun 3 11:29:17 EDT 2009

>>Portsmouth had a great signal on 750 (WHEB) days with 1 kW and couldn't 
>>support that in the long run as FM took over.

The old WHEB --- New Hampshire's second-oldest radio station --- was a 1-kw 
daytimer that I could pick up easily from my home near Fitchburg when I was 
a kid.  It could be heard well up into Maine, too.  It was an NBC affiliate 
with a standards/pop music format.  It finally wound up simulcasting its 
alt-rock FM counterpart.  Knight Quality switched it off in the mid-'70s and 
tore down the towers, which were a local landmark.  I've often wondered why 
they didn't just sell it.  As you say, it had a great signal.   -Doug

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <markwa1ion@aol.com>
To: <dan.strassberg@att.net>; <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 9:54 AM
Subject: Re: 750 CP's

> True re WVNE though the necessary co-channel null at Atlanta (from a 
> transmitter site NW of Boston) would also have to be made broad enough to 
> point at metro-Worcester.  Still WVNE's listenership area may be 
> considered to extend east of the Route 495 / MassPike junction so the 750 
> idea is likely a no-go.
> Of course WVNE itself may wish to go to 750 to enable night operation that 
> would put a reasonable signal over metro-Worcester possibly east as far as 
> Framingham-Natick-Milford.
> Bob Bittner e-mailed and said that he wants to keep WJIB-740 on air so I 
> guess that would preclude any metro-Boston, metro-Worcester, or southern 
> NH speculation re 750 or 720.
> And I doubt that there's that much money to be made on an AM operation 
> north of Manchester, NH or Portland, ME.  If anything, it would be an 
> upgrade to an established station rather than a completely new entity.
> Portsmouth had a great signal on 750 (WHEB) days with 1 kW and couldn't 
> support that in the long run as FM took over.
> Mark
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dan.Strassberg <dan.strassberg@att.net>
> To: boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org; markwa1ion@aol.com
> Sent: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 9:26 am
> Subject: Re: 750 CP's
> You forgot, and in my previous reply, I also forgot WVNE. That would have 
> to be purchased and taken dark. And since WVNE is the only broadcast 
> service licensed to Leicester, deleting that signal would be difficult t
> o pull off--especially with the FCC under control of the Democrats, who 
> have already expressed a dim view of moving signals out of less populous 
> area to provide additional services to densely populated areas that are 
> already adequately served. Perhaps that concern could be mitigated by 
> minority ownership of a 750 licensed to a community in greater Boston, but 
> even if a suitable site could be found (good luck!), you could expect the 
> wrangling to continue for decades. Bob Vinikoor invested a decade trying 
> to build a 50 kW (daytime) 720 signal in the upper Connecticut Valley of 
> NH and VT, and you can see what that got him--only huge legal bills and a 
> Pyrrhic victory in the NH Supreme Court.
> ----- 
> Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net) eFax 1-707-215-6367
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <markwa1ion@aol.com> To: 
> <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org> Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 
> 8:41 AM Subject: 750 CP's
>> Couldn't a 750 (or 720) station in Boston be a more profitable venture 
>> than one in Bangor ? Existing WJIB-740 would be bought out and taken dark 
>> and the 750 signal might be operable out of the WRKO Burlington (or WWDJ 
>> Lexington ?) site with existing or added towers. Pattern would beam all 
>> to the southeast at the city. Not sure if 680 and 750 are too close in 
>> frequency to diplex; 680 and 720
> likely are.

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