Fwd: Re: WJIB at 101.3

Sean Smyth ssmyth@alumni.psu.edu
Wed Aug 16 20:18:38 EDT 2017

WMRC's translator has a good reach. I caught it in Stoughton back in the

I'm in Quincy. Last I checked, I heard Big City on 101.3. I'll check again.

A couple other translator/pirate observations:

-- 106.1 has been kind of unlistenable here. I'm always getting hash from

-- I heard something weird on 87.7 a few days back. They were running an ad
for Auto Zone -- yes, I've heard national spots on there, and I am guessing
there's no way corporate is advertising on a pirate. Anyway, this spot
ended by referencing however many Auto Zones there are ... in metro
Detroit. So many questions to ask.

On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 1:39 AM A Joseph Ross <joe@attorneyross.com> wrote:

> I listened to the WJIB translator while driving to my office yesterday
> and today (Tuesday) to see how it would come in.  Monday, I had a lot of
> interference with a competing signal around my home in Washington
> Square, Brookline and going up Beacon Street to about Cleveland Circle.
> After Cleveland Circle, going out Beacon Street to Newton, the
> translator signal was pretty clean, with only a few cut-outs until I got
> to Newton Centre and turned onto Centre Street.  In the parking lot of
> my building on Centre Street, WJIB had a lot of competition from some
> other station.  From the sound of it, I suspected that the station
> interfering in Newton was not the same one that was interfering in
> Brookline.
> Tuesday, the translator signal was mostly clean in Brookline, to the
> extent that I think whatever station was competing with it was off the
> air.  In Newton Centre, I began to hear another station.  At one point,
> it cut in with just an announcer saying "101.3" before WJIB came back.
> By the time I got into the parking lot, I had heard enough of the
> competing signal to think it was not a pirate but a professional
> station.  I even heard part of an ad for a business in Milford.  When I
> parked the car, the other station was coming in loud and clear, so I
> stayed and listened for a little bit, and they IDed as WMRC, Milford.
> A quick look at Wikipedia shows that WMRC is at 1490, with a translator
> that they just put on the air last December.  They're calling the
> station "MyFM 101.3" and playing adult contemporary music.  They seem to
> have a lot of local commercials from in and around Milford.  Not a
> pirate, and they must have quite a signal to be able to reach Newton
> Centre.  Before WJIB's translator came on, they must have been easy to
> pick up in Newton, at least on a car radio.
> I still think that whatever I heard interfering in Brookline was a
> different station.  Stay tuned.
> On 8/9/2017 6:50 AM, Rob Landry wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tue, 8 Aug 2017, A Joseph Ross wrote:
> >
> >> Looks like even Newton is on the boundary between local and distant.
> >
> >> Now that my office is in Newton Centre, I'll have to try and listen from
> >> there. Unfortunately, the pirate seems to make the FM translator hard
> >> to listen to in most of the translator's local coverage area.
> >
> > Newton Centre is on the border of what we used to call "intermod
> > alley", the area around the towers near Route 128 where receiver
> > overloading from the nearby transmitters interferes with reception of
> > more distant signals. I've noticed an increase in interference to
> > WHRB's signal on my car radio due to something new going on the air in
> > the area; I've not ye had the time to figure out what it may be. But
> > it wouldn't suprise me at all if receiver overloading is an issue with
> > receiving WJIB's translator in Newton Centre.
> >
> >
> > Rob
> >
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