"Boston's Real Jazz" WZBR 1410 on air

A. Joseph Ross joe@attorneyross.com
Mon Dec 23 16:17:40 EST 2013

This is  very interesting.  Thanks.  I'm amazed that an AM station today 
could operate from a longwire antenna.

On 12/23/2013 1:06 PM, Rob Landry wrote:

> The "Real Jazz" format came about when WZBR was operating from its 
> temporary site in Brockton, which was in a residential neighborhood. 
> The landlord agreed to host a transmitter in his basement and a 
> longwire antenna across his back yard on condition tht the format be 
> in English with a clearly identifiable way to contact the station in 
> case any of his neighbors had RFI complaints.
> So, I was asked to come up with a solution. I had an old computer in 
> my closet loaded with Rivendell, so I dragged it out, copied about 
> 5,000 jazz cuts into it, and created "Real Jazz 1410" on a Sunday 
> afternoon. I then drove the computer down to the landlord's house in 
> Brockton and installed it next to the transmitter in his basement. 
> When the transmitter moved to Hyde Park in October, my computer moved 
> with it. It's now running in one of the former WKOX/WVBF studios in 
> Framingham. When WZBR's permanent format debuts, the computer will go 
> back in my closet.
> A real "Real Jazz" format would be done more elegantly, taking into 
> account that some styles of jazz are more popular than others, with 
> "hit" songs in tighter rotation, and incorporating news, weather 
> reports, and other features. The present format only crudely 
> distinguishes different styles, and plays everything in the library 
> more or less at random.
> There is, after all, only so much one can accomplish in one afternoon.
> Rob

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