Sat Jan 9 10:30:26 EST 2010
WJIB and WJTO's format is just the refreshing thing that Maine needs.
The state has an aging population of its own, plus it has a large
summer population of retirees "from away". The nostalgia format would
serve the state well. WJTO also has excellent newscasts, which is more
than can be said for ninety-five percent of Maine radio stations.
That having been said, however, I agree with Mark ---a 50 kw signal in
Maine would have to be placed on the coast. WBZ's transmitter
location in Hull is what (largely) sets its killer signal apart from
the rest of its Boston counterparts. 'BZ can be heard during the day
all the way from southern New Brunswick to Sherbrooke to Port Jervis,
N.Y., and I don't know how far down the coast. Any station that were
to obtain the 750 kHz permit would be crazy not to be build the
transmitting facility near the ocean.
I remember the old WHEB very well, and while I knew it had to protect
WSB at night, I sometimes wondered why Knight never upped its daytime
power output --- or, for that matter, why it closed the station down.
> WHEB-750 Portsmouth would have been a "killer" for coverage not only of
> the southern ME, NH, and MA seacoast down to and including Cape Ann but
> it also had a spectacularly loud signal on the South Shore and Cape
> Cod. Signal strength measurements that I took from West Yarmouth in
> the '70s put its 1 kW ahead of 850's 50 kW and nearly in the same
> league as 680 and 1030.
> But a 50 kW in Bangor ? I'm not sure that the expense would be
> justified for the amount of people served who couldn't get WJTO-730 as
> well. If it was Bar Harbor instead of more inland Bangor, they'd have
> a monster signal along the entire New England coast as well as parts of
> Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and all the way south to Montauk Point,
> Long Island. When St. John, New Brunswick (CHSJ) was on 700, they
> could be heard all day as far south as Chincoteague, VA !
> But Bangor isn't Bar Harbor (or St. John) in terms of sea gain boost.
> What could be a bit cheaper for Bob would be to scoop up West
> Yarmouth's 1240 and/or Plymouth's 1390 to provide the Cape Cod area
> with programming well-matched to its sizeable senior population (who
> used to have nostalgia music on FM but lost that).
> Mark Connelly - Billerica, MA
> Betcha Hecht & Alonso will happily consider offers for their 750 CP in
> Hampden, outside of Bangor (50 kW-D/10 kW-N DA-N four towers).
> Although the grant date was 1/18/2005, meaning that it should have
> expired two years ago, the CP has apparently been tolled, because my
> source carries a notation that it won't expire until 2029!
> Dan Strassberg (email@example.com)
> eFax 1-707-215-6367
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>;
> Sent: Saturday, January 09, 2010 2:54 AM
> Subject: Re: I guess holiday music works
> > In a message dated 1/8/2010 10:38:32 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> > firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> > I am thinking that if Bob Bitner had been able to buy WHEB, he would
> > have
> > blanketed the coastline on 730, 740, and 750.
> > -----------------------
> > Had I been awake and aware of 750's ownership's thoughts at the
> > time, I
> > definitely would have. Absolutely!
> > ---BB
More information about the Boston-Radio-Interest