"Boston's Real Jazz" WZBR 1410 on air
A. Joseph Ross
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.
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