Beep at top of the hour on WBZ disappeared

A Joseph Ross
Wed Sep 26 22:56:24 EDT 2018

I remember hearing delays in the days before digital systems.  Back in 
the days when I used to listen to the BBC World Service on shortwave, I 
sometimes tuned from one BBC frequency to another and found a delay from 
one to the other.  I assumed that it had something to do with some 
signals coming directly from the vicinity of London and some came from 
relays at some other location, maybe Sackville, NB or some British-ruled 
island in the Caribbean.

On 9/26/2018 1:08 AM, Garrett Wollman wrote:
> <<On Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:38:38 -0400, A Joseph Ross <> said:
>> I think this may have been the last station to have that beep on the
>> hour.
> It's difficult to do with all of the digital delays in broadcasting
> systems these days, particularly when you consider how many listeners
> are coming in via streaming or HD simulcasts.  Even 15 years ago,
> actually getting these time signals into the air chain on the dot was
> a huge hassle to the stations that still used them, for little
> discernable benefit.
> If you're a young person and you even have a watch, it's probably an
> Apple Watch or a Fitbit and gets its time automatically from your
> phone.  Most young people I know don't wear watches.  Your phone gets
> its time from the cellular network and should keep better time than
> any watch.
> -GAWollman

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