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Updated 2/16/19

The drama continues for another translator
This sounds like a script for a bad reality show but the on going drama just won't stop like reality TV. The 92.3 W222AF translator owned by Immanuel Broadcast Network has taken the translator off the air again due to non payment of its LMA or "lease" from "Media One Broadcasting".

"M.O.B." has had a history of not paying for their lease in the past. The AJC reported on Thursday that a Cumulus executive told them that "M.O.B." stiffed them for over $20,000 for leasing WKHX-HD-2 for their "Jamz" station as well as damage to their equipment. (Read More) from AJC.com

Cox Media also pull programming from its HD-3 channel that was feeding the 92.3 translator also due to non payment earlier this year. The channel is currently not activated the HD-1-2- and 4 still are. HD 2 is running its own Alternative format programmed by Steve Craig  called "The Other Side of the River" and HD-4 is feeding a translator for Davis' La Mega 96.5 translator,

"MOB" was airing a Hip Hop format on 92.3 called "Power 92.3 Jamz" the first part of their name had already been used on I-Heart's 96.1 WWPW "Power 96.1" Chances are pretty good that "Media One Broadcasting" won't be on the air anytime soon due to their past shenanigans.

No word yet on who will lease the 92.3 translator but there are several possible clients including but not limited to Davis who could return its Jazz format on that signal, or possibly an AM operator like Salem who could put WGKA or WDWD on FM to help boost revenue with its impending competition from EMF.

106.7 WYAY sold to EMF (K-Love/Air1)
Cumulus has chosen to unload some of their low performing stations including WPLJ New York among others as well as Atlanta's WYAY-FM 106.7.

'Talk 106.7' anchored with a mix of local and national talk has been ranked 20th+ in almost every ratings book since the launch as 'All News' back in 2012.

Shortly after Kim "The Kimmer" Peterson was added, and the station slowly started to move away from news and tweak to an all talk format with a brand change from 'All News' to 'Talk' with no needle movement in ratings.

No word yet where the FM home of the Atlanta Braves will be, doubtful they would be ok with just a 200 watt translator. Or if any of the local talkers Shannon, Kimmer, Mike, Shelly will be relocated to another station but expect 106.7 to pick up either the K-Love or Air1 satellite feed soon.

Blog: Star 94 at 30!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of Atlanta’s Star 94 on November 15th, 1989. It was a bold move for the iconic station formerly known as “94Q” WQXI-FM. However the change was necessary due to the economic downturn at that time. Younger skewing stations suffered as businesses where apprehensible about putting money into those stations at that time alas the format changes that were taking place then.

In January of 1989 longstanding CHR “Z93” dumped its Top 40 playlist think ‘Michael Jackson, LeVert, George Michael, and Berlin’ for a more advertiser and baby boomer friendly 60s/70s Classic Rock Hits format ‘think Doobie Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Beatles, David Bowie, and ZZ Top etc’. Power 99 dropped its CHR format for the Gen X friendly Modern Rock/Alternative format ‘out went Timmy T. and MC Hammer in came Nirvana and The Sex Pistols. Also fresh move in was 97.1 WFOX dropping its current hits sound for 50s/60s fare like Herman’s Hermits and Elvis. Due to the bad economy the format what was hot at that time was baby boomer favorite; Adult Contemporary or Lite Rock.

1989 saw another move in this time it was 104.7 FM, after the official move in was delayed due to the first tower collapsing “Music Radio 104.7 WALR” signed on thus setting in motion the events at WQXI-FM. During its last few years “94Q” was trying to find its niche in the already crowded CHR market in Atlanta with 3 other stations all vying for the Hit Radio listener, It left WQXI with some hard choices to make skew the station older to grab the boomer share, add Jazz at night to grab the modern chic hipsters, drop its long time morning host Gary McKee, skew the station younger once again etc. After all else failed and with the perfect economic storm the switch was thrown just two weeks from Thanksgiving.

Early on Star took the AC approach pinning itself against WSB-FM “B98.5FM” and WALR “Music Radio 104.7” the latter would give up soon after and flip to variations of urban first as Jazz/UAC “Love 104.7” then “Kiss 104.7” a brand that had been on 104.1 WEKS in Midwest Georgia. Star would continue to have a personality crisis until Power would flip to “X” leaving Star 94 as the only current pop hits station in Atlanta. With the addition of Steve McCoy and Vikki Locke anchoring mornings it soon found its sweet spot straddling the line between CHR and Hot AC. Playing tons of 80s power rock ballads, 90s pop and light rhythmic (rap edited out) songs.

Unfortunately the honeymoon would only last for about 6 years before Cox Media would launch WBTS “95.5 The Beat” another move in from north east Georgia. Soon after Star saw another blow when Susquehanna owner of “99x” would move in another signal from Alabama and launch WWWQ “Q100.5” leaving 94.1 to once again find its true reason for being. After trying to skew the station younger by dumping Steve and Vikki for a very messy morning show it would try to appease the older crowd by skewing the station older again (sound familiar). One thing for sure even with all the battle scars, Star 94 has beaten all the odds with management and ownership changes it has lasted for 30 years.

More translator drama!
While the dust seems to have settled for now over the Gradick / Cumulus drama over W255CJ / WWGA (98.9) and their interference issues then comes another one. This time its Davis' W266BW (101.1) translator and its supposed interference with Tri-State Comm.'s WLJA (101.1) in Gilmer County about 80 miles north of Atlanta.

After some back and forth; the FCC deemed that Davis did not do enough to fix any issues of interference with WLJA so it was ordered off the air. WLJA airs a local mix of Gospel and Country oldies music while W266BW / WJZA-AM aired a locally originated version of the syndicated Smooth Jazz/AC format owned and produced by Alan Kepler.

The station signed off Saturday 2/2/19 just after 4pm along with its primary AM signal 1310 WJZA-AM) Both stations are currently dark as they look for options on dealing with the FCC's decision.

The count is now 5 Atlanta FM translators that has dealt with interference issues with nearby stations the list to date:

-94.5 W233BF "Streetz" / 94.5 WFDR (2013) Resolution: Station modified signal and bought WFDR.

-99.3 W275DF "Old School"  / 99.3 WCON (2015) Resolution: Station went off the air permanently format moved to 87.7.

-93.3 W290AS "1160 WCFO"  / 93.3 WVFJ (2016) Resolution: Station went off the air permanently.

-98.9 W255CJ "99x" / 98.9 WWGA (2018)Resolution: Station modified signal awaiting further action if any from Gradick.

-101.1 W266BW "Smooth Jazz WJZA"  / 101.1 WLJA (2019) Currently off the air pending resolution.

Blog: Urban AC’s modernizing problem!
A few weeks ago I had an interesting conversation with a fellow program director friend who runs a middle market Urban Contemporary station and the topic came up of today’s R&B stations. More specifically its lack of modernizing, some of the long standing Urban AC’s out there like KRNB Dallas or Kiss 104.1 here in Atlanta seems to be stuck in sort of a generational limbo.

Kiss did make a minor tweak to its play list by removing all of the 1970s oldies however the 80s, 90s and 00s stuff they still play makes Kiss 104 sound like a Urban version of a Soft AC station like their sister station in Tampa “The Dove”. The softest place on your dial isn’t Smooth Jazz 101.1 WJZA its Kiss 104.1. In my view Urban AC stations today should sound a lot like the Hip Hop stations did 20-30 years ago.

Even today’s pop-rock AC stations like B-98.5 sound almost exactly like Hot AC stations did back in the 90s. Listen to an aircheck of Mix 105.1 WOMX in Orlando or Star 94 Atlanta from 25 years ago and compare it to B98.5 or KOST in LA. It should also be pointed out that the lack of mixing on these stations is quite sad, on almost every holiday Kiss 104.1 will do 10 minute intervals of mixing an hour for a few hours and that’s it. While the Hip Hop stations are cranking out the mixes morning, noon and night and sometimes several days straight.

Today’s Urban AC listener was yesterdays Hip Hop radio fan who grew up on the likes of 2pac, Ghetto Mafia, Outkast, Notorious B.I.G., Kilo Ali, The D.O.C., MC Lyte etc. Just like the Urban AC listener of the 90s grew up on the likes of Barry White, Curtis Mayfield, The Isley Brothers, The Three Degrees, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye among others have all been packed up nicely in the annals of history where they belong to be remember fondly and enjoyed sparingly.

Urban AC stations should spend more time focusing on mixology on the weekends and less time airing talk shows that are full of rodomontade that spar political and social divides that’s what talk and community radio is for, WRFG, WAOK, WYAY and WSB fill those voids nicely.

Old School/Mix is gone
Steve Hegwood has had bad luck with his other Atlanta radio property. The station originally started out on AM 1010 WGUN replacing its Progressive Talk/Urban Gospel programming and launched under an LMA "Old School 1010" on January 31, 2013 after stunting for a day with a simulcast of "Streetz 94.5".

In the fall of 2014 they added an FM translator for the station and moved into the Hip Hop Oldies Frey to compete with two other stations in that format Cumulus', OG 97.9 and Radio One's, Boom 102.9. However that would be short-lived while dealing with interference complaints with WCON-FM also at 99.3 in Cornelia, Ga.

The brand and original format of 70's, 80s urban oldies would once again return to FM in 2016 on 87.7 a analog low powered TV station on Channel 6 who's audio carrier can be heard on 87.75 FM.

On December 3rd, 2017 Old School 87.7 would re-launch as Mix 87.7 with an Urban AC format to skew the demo younger however it couldn't shake off its older sound and thus Steve Hegwood would give up on the station all together leaving him with "Streetz" as his only Atlanta radio property.

87.7 has returned to its former Spanish language format it was airing before the LMA for "Old School/Mix".

Thrift Shop Finds
Airchecks can be found almost everywhere even at your local Thrift shop or Goodwill. Some might think this is the unlikeliest place to find radio audio but the opposite is becoming more true I have even found some local TV newscast on VHS at yard sales in years past.

This find was a pleasant surprise for me, the quality isn't the best and the person who was recording this was obviously more into the music rather than what was being said by the DJ hence the abrupt cut after the DJ starts talking but a good bit was left intact and is continuous.

This sounds to be recorded in January of 1994 the beginning of 99x' second year of the stations existence it features a un-named morning show not the morning x, that show wouldn't start till much later. Sean Demery held mornings until Barnes and Jimmy would join Leslie, and Sean would move to afternoons. Click Here (aprox size 2mb)  for the audio of this Thrift Shop find.  

 

Trading Status: Trading Break
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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I have tons of 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, also showcasing current AM music radio stations. Click Here


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Deadbeat's List:

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.

~Jason

Wants:
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 (1997-1999)


 

 

 

 

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Tapeables: Atlanta, Macon, Columbus

FM RADIO

87.7 WTBS-LP Regional Mexican

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 (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 (See WWSZ-AM 1420)

94.9 WUBL Country

*95.3 WRLD Country Oldies

95.5 WSBB News/Talk (See 750 WSB)

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)

*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) (currently off the air due to FCC order)

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) (currently off the air due to the FM translator being off the air due to FCC order)

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)

 

HD RADIO

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 WRDG-HD2 (Pride Radio) (Gay Friendly Music)

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

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

103.3 WVEE-HD2 (Urban AC)

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

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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