Technical History of WHAV online at Radio Mag

Tim Coco
Mon Aug 23 11:21:31 EDT 2010

In 1948, it was 20,000 watts "effective radiated power," but apparently fed
with a Western Electric 10K transmitter. In 1959, it was again licensed for
20K, but I don't know what transmitter type was used. Yes, Silver Hill, of

I've since written another article about the reasons for the collapse of
WHAV-FM in the 1950s. WHAV-FM did run separate programming to feed Transit
Radio's "music as you ride" network of commuter bus receivers. See The
network was challenged by bus riders who complained of being a captive
audience. Unbelievably, the case went all of the way to the Supreme Court
and the network won, but it was too late.

Tim Coco
President & General Manager

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 My recollection is that when WHAV-FM returned to the air after its hiatus,
it ran TWENTY thousand watts non-directional, at 350 feet HAAT.  It was
later  that the station boosted its ERP to FIFTY thousand watts with a
directional  antenna on Silver HILL, not Silver HALL of course.  It was an
obvious  directional antenna because every bay looked like a home rooftop TV
antenna  with two horizontal-only elements and two vertical-only elements.
It appears  that the requirement of directionality was to protect WPRO-FM
92.3 in Providence,  and a relatively new 92.5 in Waterbury, CT (maybe
WATR-FM?). Then, just like  that, WHAV-FM just replaced those directional
bays and went NDA 50 K at 350'.

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