WEEI-FM 93.7

Dan.Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Mon Sep 12 11:35:17 EDT 2011

Scott, you seem to be forgetting that, at night, Framingham and Natick 
are smack in the middle of WEEI's null. I don't know the NIF values 
for either WEEI of WRKO, but I suspect that WEEI's is higher than 
WRKO's. I would be surprised if any of Natick were inside of WEEI's 
NIF contour. WEEI suffers from bad phasing along that path as well, 
making listening unpleasant. Also, WEEI has never been aggressive 
about getting WYLF to operate according to the terms of its license. 
I'm assuming that WYLF continues to operate illegally, despite at 
least one warning (and maybe a fine) from the FCC. If WYLF running at 
its full daytime power is factored in, I'm just about positive that 
WEEI's real NIF is higher than WRKO's.

BTW, although neither WEEI nor WRKO puts an interference-free 
nighttime signal into Marlborough, FWIW, WRKO delivers the stronger 
nighttime signal there. That is because WRKO directs a slightly 
stronger inverse-distance field toward Marlborough than WEEI does and 
the attenuation vs distance is less at 680 than it is at 850. Between 
Needham and the east side of Marlborough, however, WEEI's nighttime 
signal is indeed stronger than WRKO's.

Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
eFax 1-707-215-6367

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Fybush" <scott@fybush.com>
To: <boston-radio-interest@lists.BostonRadio.org>
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 10:28 AM
Subject: Re: WEEI-FM 93.7

> On 9/12/2011 9:56 AM, Dan.Strassberg wrote:
>> The brokered Portuguese programming could continue during daylight
>> hours when WRKO doesn't need any help in MetroWest. The 650 night
>> signal would more than equal the 850 nighttime signal in a 
>> significant
>> part of MetroWest.
> I don't think "THE Talk Station, AM 680...except at night in 
> Framingham and parts of Natick, where you might be able to hear us 
> on 650 if the Opry music out of Nashville's not too loud" 
> accomplishes much of anything toward retaining the image of WRKO as 
> a major full-market player. (And can you imagine Howie making fun of 
> it on the air?)
> I stand by my assessment of the competitive virtues of 850 vs. 680 
> for full-market coverage. I don't disagree with Dan and Bob that 680 
> is stronger than 850 to the north and south - but that's a 
> difference of degree; both 850 and 680 are at least usable to the 
> edges of the Boston Arbitron market in those directions. But to the 
> west, it's not just a difference of degree, it's a question of 
> whether the signal exists at all.
> There's a LOT of MetroWest out there, and right now it disappears 
> completely from WRKO's potential audience at 4:30 or so in the 
> afternoon come December. A 60-watt 650 night signal, if one were to 
> be built, might fill a small piece of that hole in Framingham or 
> Natick, but wouldn't do enough to be useful anywhere else in 
> MetroWest, even if you could overcome the logistical issues of 
> getting listeners to set buttons for both 650 and 680 and to know to 
> switch them at the right time (but no earlier, lest they be blasted 
> with Portuguese-language religion!)
> s 

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