"Boston's Real Jazz" WZBR 1410 on air

Paul B. Walker, Jr. walkerbroadcasting@gmail.com
Mon Dec 23 17:20:05 EST 2013

Im not amazed, it happens more often then you think/realize. It's not
common place, but it does happen.. especially on an emergency/temporary


On Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM, A. Joseph Ross <joe@attorneyross.com>wrote:

> 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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