Tue Sep 13 00:35:56 EDT 2011
>Dan Strassberg wrote:>WRKO has a better signal than WEEI almost everywhere and is local in
>areas like southern NH and nearly all of Cape Cod that WEEI can only
>wish to cover. The only exception is in MetroWest at night, where the
>advantage goes to WEEI, but by less than a huge amount. Absolutely. I was surprised to see Scott's original comment. WRKO has the best
Boston AM signal over much of the Cape, day and night. But, then again, I was never all that impressed with the signal improvement over most of the Arbitron region when they moved sports from 590 to 850 -- especially with Montreal on 850 back then. The main difference is that 590 is a total loss in Metro West day and night. From decades of driving back and forth on the Mass Pike, IMO, neither WRKO nor WEEI has a usable signal by a couple hours after sunset much west of the eastbund rest area in Natick. Debating which station has a better signal in Metro West at night is sort of like asking someone to choose that bucket over there containing one quart of warm spit or that other bucket containing one-quarter of a gallon of warm spit. Or . . . try the third bucket, containing 32 ounces of warm spit -- and it's available 24/7.
:)) Meanwhile, this history major wonders how the heck WEZE / 590 and WTAG, both on-air around the mid-20's, ended up on first-adjacent channels, anyhow. That's always seemed ridiculous to me. Back when frequency assignments were getting sorted out, IIRC, there were no nearby stations on 550, 560 (Philadelphia was closest) or 620, and 600 was in Bridgeport.
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