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Updated 12/06/18

Blog: Atlanta stations no one knows about.
When you ask the people around Atlanta, hey have you listen to “the surge”, “the classic sound of star”, “the lake” “the breeze”, “99x”, “Atlanta’s soft favorites” or “the other side of the river” chances are they will have no idea what you are talking about.

It’s because HD radio after being available for over thirteen years it’s as if they don’t exists. With very little promotion outside the few spots from the HD Radio Alliance from a few years ago it seems like an afterthought.

Even tuning in to some of those stations I’ve listed some have been playing a very short and blown out playlist, voiceovers that are as old as the HD medium itself and often times dead air for hours, days and even weeks on end.

The only HD channels any company cares about are the ones “feeding” the FM translators and let's not even get into the horrible sound these stations have with it's extremely narrow bandwidth that makes Ham Radio sound like a HQ .flac file.

Moreover some of the channels I’ve listen to seem to be self-advertising “hey we’re a new station playing bla, bla, and its free, no commercials, no annoying DJ’s, no fun whatsoever, so listen” to the people already tuned in.

The spirit of Yogi Berra is alive and well with some of these program directors who put this stuff together some even voice these channels themselves. It’s like the old adage If Dane Cook is in a forest all by himself telling jokes is he still unfunny?

Atlanta radio late fall update highlights
-WYZE-AM (1480) signs off the air after 80+ years in service citing signal problems making it Atlanta's 3 AM signal to fall silent after WTJH (1260, replaced by WMDG) and WMLB (1690).

-WBZY-FM (105.3) tweaks format to a younger skewing Spanish language format (see previous comments below about similar tweaks and simulcasts).

-WSTR-HD-2 (94.1 HD-2) becomes Atlanta's only fulltime 'non-religious' Christmas music station again for the third year in a row.

-94.9 HD-2 which had been silent is airing a locally programmed Adult Hits format with no ID's at this time. (update: 94.9 is now branded as "the lake" with a "we play everything" tag.
[Click Here for audio of TOH] aprox size 300kb

-94.9 HD-3 has dropped its simulcast of WGST and is now airing an Adult Contemporary format branded as "the breeze" to brand-block any other station (like those owned by Entercom) use of the name in Atlanta.) WGST is not currently airing on any HD channel at this time. [Click Here for audio of a sweep] aprox size 300kb ---

--- (note: curious as to why they decided not to brand-block the "Peach" name, seems if anyone wished to launch an AC/Soft station in Atlanta that catered to an older demo that would be the perfect brand name to use.)

SiMan leaves U-One
SiMan has announced during the GRHOF dinner this past weekend that he was leaving Urban-One. SiMan was with Majic from the start in 2009 and its predecessor Urban AC/Talk “Grown Folks Radio 102.5” as evening host. He moved to “Grown Folks Radio” after a stint at cross-town then Urban Oldies station Kiss 104.1.

As reported last week Ryan Cameron is to make his radio return to Majic in afternoons beginning the first of November while SiMan and Chubb Rock would return to nights but those plans have changed.

No word yet what SiMan’s next move might be, he perhaps may return to Kiss 104.1 or even Mix 87.7, However Cox Media has been on a personnel purge in recent months after the news of them getting out of the media business altogether.

A new AM signal replaces an old Joy
After the FCC in 2010 deleted WTJH "We're the Joy House" an Urban Gospel station at 1260 AM, a new station has filled it's dial position as WMDG moves in from Cartersville in Bartow County to the north of Atlanta.

Formerly 'News Talk 1270' is now AM 1260 currently airing a Contemporary Religious format with no other identification except the TOH which simply says "WMDG East Point." [Audio of TOH] aprox size 400kb

Ryan Cameron returns to 97.5 and U-One
After sitting out his non-compete with CBS/Entercom, Ryan has returned to his old stomping grounds at Urban-One. Ryan joins Majic 107.5/97.5 for afternoons the current show hosted by SiMan & Chubb Rock will return to nights.

Ryan Joined then Radio-One back in January of 1996 to host mornings at newly launched "Hot 97.5" WHTA replacing Art Terrell who was the stations first morning host. Ryan quickly gained traction at the station to become one of the most popular morning shows in Atlanta in the late 90's.

He also hosted a teen youth talk show that aired Monday nights called Check Yourself dealing with social issues concerning teens and young adults. This will be the second time that Ryan's voice will be heard on the 97.5 frequency.

Just to note in 1997 while Ryan was at Hot 97.5 Radio-One was in the process of launching a new signal that was to become the northern simulcast of Hot 97.5, banners and tee-shirts had been printed in anticipation of the new simulcast.

However it would end up becoming the first incarnation of Majic at 107.5 with an Urban Oldies format before becoming Atlanta's Smooth Jazz station after the format was killed off from Cox Media's Jazz Flavors 104.1 WJZF in the year 2000.

Majic would return as an Urban AC format in 2009 after absorbing sister station Urban AC/Talk "Grown Folks Radio 102.5."

La Raza in Country out at 107.1.
The simulcast of Cox Media's 106.1 WNGC "Your Georgia Country" as ended on Women's World Broadcasting's 107.1 WTSH and in now simulcasting Davis Broadcasting's La Raza 102.3/100.1 on an LMA.

The move expands the Regional Mexican programming to the west of Atlanta from Cobb County to just over the Alabama Line just east of Fort Payne AL.  This move coincides with earlier reports of Cox Media exiting out of Radio and TV in the near future.

Note: This move puzzles me as I have stated earlier this year with the biggest loser in Atlanta Radio, I-Heart's 105.3 barely breaking into the 1 shares over the past 10 years as the Hispanic population continues to integrate itself into American culture and language.

One wonders who will be listening to this station, who are they catering to especially in the most heavily Spanish speaking populated city of Rome Georgia?!?!? /sarcasm/

It wasn’t just over 5 years ago that so-called media critics and bloggers preached about ALL radio BRANDS must be on SOCIAL MEDIA or ELSE! The problem with how these people view social media as a must is quite disturbing. The true statement should be that; no Radio and TV doesn’t need social media to stay solvent, never needed to.

Social media sites to me are like a loaf of bread (Forrest Gump moment), they can be useful for awhile but after some time they become stale and moldy and serve no purpose at all. The biggest problem that I see is the over reliance of social media in almost every on-air break for one reason or another always has to have some mention of a post on a social site.

Radio should and always be the creator of content not the reciprocator of it. Social media isn’t a bad thing when used in conjunction with any field but understand that you have no control over what is posted and what you post.

You DON’T own the page you have set up for your brand; you have no rights on those platforms to post what you want, when you want and how much you want. As we’ve seen over the past few months with all the government hearings over content on those platforms and the subsequent bans we need to end our (heavy) reliance of that which we have no governance over.

Okay yeah this blog headline is a bit clickbaity but it’s proving more of my points.

WIGO-AM 1570 has returned on the air
WIGO AM 1570 the urban variety station has returned to the air at reduced power as they work to repair their tower which collapsed back in the spring.

Cumulus really, really wants back on the air.
The Cumulus/Gradick drama seems to be never ending after getting no headway with the FCC trying to return the W255CJ (98.9) translator back on the air in it's current form.

Cumulus has submitted an application to reduce the power of the translator to 180watts from it's current 250w, along with a major null to the west as to prevent any interference with Gradick's WWGA (98.9) signal.

The new signal would still cover in entire inside I-285 perimeter as well as trample over (albeit slightly less) three LPFM signals including WGRU-LP 99.1 in Riverdale, Ga preventing any of those signals from being audible in more populated areas. Stay tuned!

Herman Cain retires from WSB Radio
The 2013 replacement of Neal Boortz; Herman Cain is leaving WSB Radio on Friday (8/3) the 72 year old has seen his show cut back from three hours down to just one after Cox Media decided to give former Regular Guy Eric Von Haessler as weekday show.

Eric will now expand into a full three hour show starting next week. Eric who's political leanings are better matching of Neal's Libertarianism than Cain's Conservative one.

Ratings for WSB AM/FM have greatly improved since moving Eric to mid mornings first doing a one hour show at 11am as a lead into Rush Limbaugh to swapping with Herman back in the beginning of the year from 9-11am.

Herman started doing a local weekend show on WGKA 920 AM less than 10 years ago before moving to WSB as a weeknight host. Herman left radio to pursue a run for the white house before returning to WSB Radio at the end of 2012.

Like Boortz Herman will offer daily commentary for WSB AM/FM as well as doing a daily podcast.

Cox Media Group to sell all TV properties.
In a press release sent out today (7/24) Cox Media is planning to spin off all of it's TV properties while retaining it's radio and newspapers for now.

In what some are wrongfully calling a stunning announcement It's one that has been a long time coming. As TV audiences continue to decrease with streaming services taking more of the market share.

Local over the air (OTA) stations have been struggling to keep and retain their audiences for quite sometime. This has also created the perfect storm for conglomerates to take in most if not all of the properties to at least make them profitable as a whole.

Companies like Gray Communications and Sinclair Broadcast Group are most likely to benefit from the smaller companies like Cox Media, Raycom and Tribune selling off their properties.

Its ironic that it was exactly 20 years ago this year that radio was in the middle of dealing with the same fate as Clear Channel was on a buying spree for all small radio companies those who no longer exists like AM/FM, Paxon, Chancellor, Jacor among others.

Rumor also has it that Cox plans to spin off all of its remaining radio and newspapers in the coming years with some of its properties interconnected like WSB-AM/TV in Atlanta and WDBO-FM/ WFTV-TV Orlando/Daytona Beach.

It seems likely that it will happen sooner rather than later. Look for a ton of layoffs to take place both high profile and behind the scenes. This is just the tip of the iceberg look for more of these announcements in the near future. [Read More]

Jamie Dupree returns to the radio, kind of.
For those who have not followed this story it's one of horror for any one of us who works in radio. Our voices are our money maker and when someone loses theirs it's as devastating as it could ever get.

That's just what happened to Cox Media's Jamie Dupree, Washington reporter for WSB-AM Atlanta as well as WOKV Jacksonville, WDBO Orlando and others. Jamie through some freak unknown situation lost his voice one day back in 2016.

Since then he has just been recording audio from various congressmen and writing blogs for Cox' various news radio sites. After hospital hopping to no avail all was pretty much lost when it came to his voice.

However a company overseas that makes text to speech programs was able to use the years of audio Jamie had recorded to create a 'brand new voice' for him.

He calls it 'Jamie 2.0' think NOAA Weather radio but instead of a generic Imperfect Paul voice it's Jamie's. He admits it's not perfect shall we say Imperfect Jamie? However it gets him back on the radio once again. [Read More]


Trading Status: Limited Trading
Rules for traders:

1) I accept airchecks in various forms; cassettes, VHS, CD/DVD (Audio/Data) and MP3 (encoded at the highest bitrate possible. (192k and higher)

Make sure if you are using a computer to encode airchecks that there are no other programs running in the background such as OS updates or anti-virus apps or anything that uses a lot of RAM, as this will lead to dropped bytes making the audio stutter or parts of the audio missing.

Make sure you silence your os' error sounds and if you can while encoding your airchecks just leave your computer alone until it's done this will ensure a clean rip of your recordings.

Also please don't add your own custom jingles to the airchecks as they are annoying and will always get removed or do too much to manipulate the airchecks unless it's to correct the speed or EQ.

The best way to encode your airchecks to MP3 without a computer is to use a digital recorder, I use the CC-Witness and Tascam DR-05 both are relatively cheap but work wonders just be careful to keep good audio levels.

Pro-tip when using the CC-Witness to record AM Radio use a passive AM loop antenna like the one I have they mostly run under $30. Just rest the CC inside the loop use the tuning knob on the antenna to get the signal as clean as you can.

Also try to stay away from anything electrical and for best pick up if you can record outside away from buildings and electrical wiring in the back yard.

2) If you request first you send your stuff out first. I have been burned to many times,  If you want to know my record please don't be afraid to ask the people on the Radio-insight Aircheck's web board.

3) All airchecks I request should be unscoped.

4) 3 aircheck maximum will be allotted, unless specified.

Note about longer airchecks.
Some airchecks are as long as 5 to 16 hours. These files are much to large for me to upload.

So if you request those I will have to snail mail them to you on a mp3 data disk. However I can chop them down to a smaller size so I can upload them if you wish.

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1) Alex Clarke (2018)
Note: Had never traded with him before but gave him a chance in good faith I sent his request to him but he never sent me mine, after several follow ups and after he continuously spammed my inbox with more request I had to block him.


Any south radio station from Top 40, Hip hop, AC, Hot AC, But will take those formats from other areas.

Some Special Wants:

WKRO 93.1 The Kro 1995-2000 (When it was Rock)
WSHE She 100.3 (From 1996-1999)
WMXQ Mix 103 Jacksonville

WCNN News 68 WCNN from 1981-1986 (When it was all news)
WCNN News Radio 680 WCNN-AM from 1997-2000 (when it was talk)
WHTA Hot 97.5 Fayetteville, Georgia From 1995-1998
WMKJ Magic 96.7 Peachtree City, Georgia
WGST-AM/FM The Kimmer Shows or anything else from WGST Atlanta from 1993-2000
WJZF Jazz Flavors 104.1 Atlanta, Georgia
WRXZ 106.1 "Hot 106" Albany, Georgia
WQPW 95.7 or WWRQ Rock 108 Valdosta, Georgia (1997-1999)

























































































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Tapeables: Atlanta, Macon, Columbus


87.7 WTBS-LP Urban AC

88.1 WJSP Public Radio 

88.5 WRAS Public Radio/College

88.9 WKEU Classic Hits

89.3 WRFG Urban/Variety

90.1 WABE Public Radio

90.7 WMVV Religious 

91.1 WREK College

91.7 WMVW Religious (see 90.7 WMVV)

*91.9 WCLK Jazz

*92.1 WJGA AC/Urban Gospel 

*92.1 WBTR Country 

*92.3 W222AF Hip Hop (see 97.1 WSRV-HD3)

92.5 WEKS Country

92.9 WZGC Sports

93.3 WFVJ Christian Contemporary

*93.7 W229AG Sports (see 680 The Fan)

*93.7 WPEZ Soft Rock

94.1 WSTR Hot AC

*94.5 WFDR Hip Hop (See W233BF)

*94.5 W233BF Hip Hop (See WWSZ-AM 1420)

94.9 WUBL Country

95.5 WSBB News/Talk (See 750 WSB)

*95.3 WRLD Country Oldies

96.1 WWPW Top 40

96.7 WRDG Hip Hop

97.1 WSRV Classic Rock Hits

97.5 WUMJ Urban AC (See 107.5 WAMJ)

*97.9 W250BC Hip Hop Oldies (OG 97.9) (See 99.7 WWWQ HD-3)

98.1 WMGP Classic Hits

98.5 WSB-FM Bright AC

*98.9 W255CJ Alternative (See 99.7 WWWQ HD-2) (currently off the air due to FCC order)

*99.1 WDEN Country

*99.1 WGRU-LP Urban Gospel

99.7 WWWQ Top 40

100.5 WNNX Classic Rock

101.1 W266BW Smooth Jazz (See 1310 WJZA)

101.1 WTGA Classic Hits (See 105.9 WFAL)

101.5 WKHX Country

102.1 WGAF Urban Gospel

 102.5 WPZE Urban Gospel

*102.9 W275BK R&B Oldies

*102.9 WVRK AOR

103.3 WVEE Urban

104.1 WALR Urban AC

104.7 WFSH Christian Contemporary

105.3 WBZY Regional Mexican

105.7 WRDA Alternative

*105.9 WFAL (Classic Hits) See 101.1 WTGA

106.7 WYAY Talk

*107.1 WTSH Regional Mexican

*107.3 WCGQ Top 40

107.5 WAMJ Urban AC

107.9 WHTA Hip Hop

AM Radio

590 WDWD Christian Talk

*620 WTRP Oldies/Standards

640 WGST Talk

680 WCNN Sports/Talk

720 WVCC Talk

750 WSB News/Talk

790 WQXI Ethnic Asian

860 WAEC Religious/Brokered 

890 WJTP Ethnic Asian 

920 WGKA News/Talk

970 WNIV Christian Talk

1010 WTZA Christian Spanish

*1040 WPBS Ethnic

1080 WFTD Asian

1100 WWWE Ethnic/Brokered

1160 WCFO Religious

1190 WAFS Business Talk

*1260 WMDG Religious/Stunt?

*1290 WCHK Spanish

*1300 WNEA Religious

*1310 WJZA Smooth Jazz (See 101.1 W266BW)

1320 WHIE Country/Town

*1340 WIFN Sports

1380 WAOK Black/Talk

*1400 WCOH Sports

1430 WGFS Caribbean

*1450 WKEU Oldies/Town

1480 WYZE (currently off the air pending sale)

*1520 WDCY Religious

*1550 WAZX Spanish Religious

1570 WIGO Urban Variety (currently on the air at reduced power)

*1600 WAOS Spanish 

*1670 WPLA Sports

*1690 WMLB (currently off the air pending sale)



88.5 WRAS-HD2 College

88.5 WRAS-HD3 Stunt/Oldies

90.1 WABE-HD2 Classical

90.1 WABE-HD3 NPR News

94.1 WSTR-HD2 (Classic sound of Star) (70-90's Oldies)

94.9 WUBL-HD2 (The Lake) (Adult Hits)

94.9 WUBL-HD3 (The Breeze) (AC)

96.1 WWPW-HD2   Religious

96.7 WWLG-HD2 (Pride Radio) (Gay Friendly Music) 

97.1 WSRV-HD2 (The other side of the river)  Alternative Rock

97.1 WSRV-HD3 (Power 92.3 Jamz) Hip Hop

97.1 WSRV-HD4 (la Mega?) Spanish

98.5 WSB-HD2 (Soft Standards)

98.5 WSB-HD3 (Country translator feed) see 107.1 WTSH

99.7 WWWQ-HD2 (99x) Alternative

99.7 WWWQ-HD3 (OG 97.9) Hip Hop Oldies

101.5 WKHX-HD2 (Jamz 101.5) (Hip Hop)

103.3 WVEE-HD2 (Urban AC)

103.3 WVEE-HD3 (1380 WAOK) (Urban News/Talk)

104.1 no longer has any HD sub channels.

104.7 WFSH-HD2 (Faith Talk 970/1400) (Religious Talk)

104.7 WFSH-HD3 (Biz 1190) (Business Talk)

105.3 WBZY-HD2 (Hispanic)

*105.7 WRDA-HD2 (Pride Radio) (Gay Friendly Radio)

*107.5 WWMJ-HD2 (Classix 102.9) (Urban Oldies) See 102.9 W275BK

107.9 WHTA-HD2 (Classix 102.9) (Urban Oldies) See 102.9 W275BK

(*) Ask if able to Pick Up First may Be a little Faint 



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