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Updated 4/18/18

As the translator turns.
If you think the Atlanta translator drama was over, WRONG! We now know who Immanuel Broadcasting Network's new tenet is for it's 92.3 W222AF translator, Media One Broadcasting (whoever they are.) They have launched a new Urban station called Power 92.3 Jamz feeding off of WSRV-HD3. Trust me you don't have to be a psychic to see what's coming next. C&D anyone? [Audio Sweep of the new power 92.3]aprox. size 1mb

Blog: The FM band’s translator problem.
The recent events regarding W255CJ (98.9) and their problem with WWGA (98.9) and even more so with W275DF (99.3) and their problem with WCON (99.3) has to make one wonder; what was the thinking at the FCC regarding these translator assignments?

Way back in 2009 to “revitalize” the HD Radio service the FCC paved the way for stations to utilize HD radio sub channels to feed the translators to launch even more brands on the FM band. Cumulus jumped on the bandwagon and first launched W250BC (97.9) fed by WWWQ-HD-2 (99.7) and brought back the 99x brand to FM.

Shortly thereafter the FCC decided to “revitalize” the AM band by allowing AM stations to attach FM translators to their stations so as to bring listeners back to AM (or something like that.) Let’s also not forget the LPFM push from 2014, so now we have one big conundrum, limited band space to place any more stations without getting mixed up in more interference issues with other stations in nearby cities.

Understand that the FCC did all of this not to truly “revitalize” the bands or digital services but to insure the cash flow into the FCC. As long as there are AM and FM and HD signals that’s money to the FCC (government’s) pockets.

Now I’m not saying that any of this is truly bad, for the consumer it means more programming choices for audio entertainment but it’s bad for business because it now leads to more cost for each station in terms of utilities (bigger power bills) and again money to the FCC to keep everything legal.

What’s truly sad is that not every AM station or HD sub channel will ever get a Translator there just isn’t enough room on the band for that to happen and some stations will be sold off to religious or foreign language operators just as the case with WDWD (590) WQXI (790), WTZA (1010) and now WCFO (1160) or just shut down all together as was the case with WTJH (1260) back in 2014.

99x' FM translator is forced off the air.
The FCC ordered W255CJ (98.9) off the air at the stroke of midnight 4/12 after a four year battle with Gradick Communications due to interference issues with WWGA 98.9fm in Carrolton. Cumulus posted this statement: “Pursuant to a decision by the FCC, 99x will cease transmission at 98.9 FM at midnight tonight. 99x will still be broadcast on 99.7 HD2, on the 99x app, Alexa and streaming at 99x.com.” No word yet as to Cumulus' next move for the signal, it originally broadcast at 99.1fm with 99watts of power but was constantly being overrun by sister station 99.1 WDEN out of Macon. [Audio of the sign off] aprox. size 1.3mb

One less beat in Atlanta.
Another FM translator is silent today (4/12) following the demise of W255CJ (98.9) and their battle with another station, this time I-Heart and Immanuel Broadcasting Network have parted ways, Immanuel owns translator W222AF (92.3) and up to today had been simulcasting Hip Hop station 'the beat" also heard on the Southside at 96.7.

I-Heart was leasing the station but that lease is now up and Immanuel has found a new operator, unknown at this time who the new operator is. W222AF first signed on in Atlanta back in the fall of 2011 first simulcasting WGST then all Comedy then Spanish and then Hip Hop.

Now that 92.3 is gone and with the limited signal that 96.7 has to cover Atlanta proper one has to wonder if the current Hip Hop format will stay It seems pretty unlikely, and chances are pretty high that 96.7 will flip back to a simulcast of 105.7.

The Ryan King retires?
This past weeks announcement came to a shock to many in the radio business however it shouldn't be.

Ryan Cameron's professional radio career began back in the early 90's at V-103 later moving to Maryland for a short stint before moving back to Atlanta to become host of the  less than year old station Hot 97.5 WHTA in 1996.

Doing morning's and a weekly youth talk show called Check Yourself that tackled topics from teen sexuality to teen suicide and school violence which aired Monday nights at 9pm from 1997 until 1999.

He was also the one responsible for Hot moving to the bigger signal in in the fall 2001 after doing a boycott by sitting out his show for a week before Radio One agreed to move the Hip Hop format to 107.9. In 2005 he left his 9 year stint with WHTA and returned to V103 first in afternoons then mornings for the past 6 years.

However CBS who owned WVEE decided to sell it's radio properties to Entercom last year and if history is a good indicator for things to come every time there is a merger chances are good there will be casualties and I believe Ryan was a casualty of the merger.

Ratings had not been as strong over the past few years compared to the other urban offerings in the market, also with the rehiring of Frank Ski that with the merger spelled the perfect storm for his being let go.

With all of that the rumor mill has been spinning as to the possible return of Frank Ski to mornings who was the  former morning host at V103 from 1998-2012.

Atlanta radio’s winners and losers 2017
The Big winner in 2017 is WSB-AM with the change of moving former 96 Rock regular guy Eric Von Haessler a libertarian to replace the replacement of Neal Boortz who retired in 2012 Herman Cain. Along with the first year of an extremely volatile political and social environment this has helped keep WSB-AM firmly at the top of the ratings books each month.

Some of the other winners this year were Christian AC “104.7 The Fish” Urban AC “Kiss 104.1 and Classic Rock Hits “97.1 The River” Side note on the river since moving former 99x midday-er Steve Craig to mornings and moving former 96 Rock and Z93 personally Kaedy Kiely back to afternoons and finally putting a live DJ in midday’s this has helped the river move into the top 5 this past year.

The big loser as I see it is El Patron 105.3 Atlanta’s only FM Spanish music station. The ratings have fallen into the 0.x ranges over the past year. As one poster pointed out on the radio message boards, 105.3 is only being kept around because it has all of the Hispanic buys in the market.

If that’s true then those advertisers are having their ads heard only by a handful of people and can’t be sustained in the long run, as most of the Hispanic population has blended in with the Urban and Pop crowd leading to the question who is 105.3 trying to cater to?

Just as reference the first format on 105.3 were all 1980’s oldies as "the max" and that station pulled in better numbers than the current one way back in 2002-2004, as did Viva, and the Buzz.

Some of the other losers continue to be News Radio 106.7, Alt 105.7, 92.3/96.7 The Beat and Star 94, all have not seen big gains or have continued to fall as is the case with Alt 105.7 after dropping the 96.7 simulcast and Star 94. B98.5 has also never quite recovered after the firing of Melissa Carter and continuing to not go all Christmas during the season.

Sources: Nielsen Audio Ratings 12-26-17

99x and the 1.2 share! Blog.
The current ratings just released on Tuesday shows a very telling story. This rating period covered the last week of October and the early part of November that just happened to be the  when 99x was celebrating its launch 25 years ago in October, 1992.

As part of its celebration they brought back the original morning show with Steve Barnes, Leslie Fram, and Jimmy Baron for a one day broadcast that lasted for over 6 hours.

This is extremely telling because even a small translator having personally based programming yields you a really good return on investment both in ratings and most importantly revenue.

The stations overall numbers have been dismal hitting only a 0.2-0.6 share as a jukebox station over the past two years since its return in its current form. In order for AM/FM radio to succeed in the long term, investment in personally should be at the top of the list.

Plug and play automated cyber-jocked stations won’t help you compete in the fast growing world of internet entertainment; same also goes for linear TV.

Sources: Nielsen Audio Ratings 12-26-17

Old School Classix are back!
Urban One has flipped HD fed translator 102.9 to urban oldies, the move takes place just after Steve Hegwood's 87.7 WTBS-LPTV re-branded and Cox Media's Kiss 104.1 WALR dropping Tom Joyner and with both stations skewing it's music mix much younger.

The all new Classix 102.9 will play urban oldies from the 70's and 80's with syndicated shows filling in the day parts with Joyner back in mornings and D. L. Hughley afternoons, as well has using Mitch Faulkner as stations voice who also left Kiss 104 during 'Atlanta radio's elder purge' two weeks ago.

With the change now leaves Cumulus with the Hip Hop Oldies audience all to themselves with OG 97.9 whose ratings have outperformed it's two other competitors Boom and Old School 99.3 both of which are now gone for good.

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Note about longer airchecks.
In the past few years I have been recording longer airchecks some as long as 5 to 16 hours. These files are much to large for me to upload with the not so great internet I have.

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.


I have tons a free audio, scoped airchecks and bits and pieces of radio station audio that just wasn't long enough to put into my main collection so I have uploaded it all to a separate page called Free Audio.

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

Some Special Wants:

Florida:

WKRO 93.1 The Kro 1995-2000 (When it was Rock)

WSHE She 100.3 (From 1996-1999)

WMXQ Mix 103 Jacksonville

Georgia:

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

WAMJ 107.5 Magic 107.5 R&B Atlanta, Georgia The Original one from 1998-2001

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.

 


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At one time I had a list of deadbeats who never followed through with their end of the trade, luckily only a handful have I ever needed to out-right ban. Below is the current list of deadbeats who after several follow ups still refused to send me my request:

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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.

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I do believe in due process if they make it right and follow through with their commitment I will remove their names from this list.

~Jason

 

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Aircheck Tapeables Atlanta-Macon-Columbus 

FM RADIO

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

*89.7 WMUM Public Radio

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/Black Gospel 

*92.1 WBTR Country 

*92.3 W222AF N/A (CURRENTLY OFF THE AIR)

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

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 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

101.5 WKHX Country

102.1 WGAF Urban Gospel

 102.5 WPZE Black 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 News/Talk

*107.1 W296BB Country

*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 

890 WJTP Ethnic Asian 

920 WGKA News/Talk

970 WNIV Christian Talk

1010 WTZA Spanish

*1040 WPBS Ethnic

1080 WFTD Asian

1100 WWWE Ethnic/Brokered

1160 WCFO Talk

1190 WAFS Business Talk

*1290 WCHK News Talk

*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 Classic Hits/Town

*1520 WDCY Religious

*1550 WAZX Spanish Religious

1570 WIGO Urban Variety

*1600 WAOS Spanish 

*1670 WPLA Sports

*1690 WMLB Variety

 

HD RADIO

88.5 WRAS-HD2 Collage

88.5 WRAS-HD3 Stunt/Oldies

90.1 WABE-HD2 Classical

90.1 WABE-HD3 NPR News

94.1 WSTR-HD2 (941-HD2) (Classic Hits)

94.1 WSTR-HD3 (Streetz 94.5) Hip Hop

94.9 WUBL-HD2 (100.9) (Religious Translator Feed)

94.9 WUBL-HD3 (WGST) (Talk)

96.1 WWPW-HD2 (Wild)  Rhythmic CHR

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

97.1 WSRV-HD2 (Kiss 104.1 93.5 translator feed)  Urban AC

97.1 WSRV-HD3 (The Other Side of The River)  Alternative Rock

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 WALR-HD2 (The Surge) EDM (Dance)

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 (Boom 102.9) (Urban Oldies) See 102.9 W275BK

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

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