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Updated 6/11/18

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]

Cumulus/Gradick, $7,500 bribe and the Gun!
The Drama between Atlanta based Cumulus Media and west Georgia based Gradick Communications seems to be hitting a boiling point and the complaints reads like an old Sopranos script.

Cumulus is now asking the FCC to reverse its April 11th decision to cease operations of its translator for 99x due to the fact that one of the complainants sold their house in December of 2017.

Cumulus also charges that one of the complainants intimidated their representatives with a visible gun in the front seat of his pickup truck.

 "[complainant] chose to remain in his truck with the engine running, put on his sunglasses and pull his sun visor down, and make it as difficult as he could for Cumulus’ representatives to communicate with him regarding his alleged interference problems.

At the same time, unbeknownst to [Cumulus representatives], [complainant] had his gun on the front seat next to him in his truck in case the discussion with the Cumulus representatives did not go to his liking"

Moreover Gradick charged Cumulus with bribing one of its complainants with whopping $7,500 to drop their complaint, $2,500 to drop the complaint and $5,000 when the translator resumed broadcasting.

Both companies are accusing each other of unfairly soliciting listeners to reach out to the FCC to add to their case Gradick added screen shots of the 99x website telling listeners to email the FCC and their support staff as a way to intimidate the FCC board.

Click Here to read all of the complaints via FCC.
 

The arts to lose it's voice on 1690AM.
The eclectic variety station known as "the voice of the arts" is shutting down after 21 years on the air.

Millionaire Joe Webber who owns the station along with the now sold 1160 WCFO cited lack of energy to keep working after the recent passing of his wife as well as being unable to get the financial support to keep his weird station on the air.

Webber started "the voice of the airs" back in 1997 when he purchased AM 1190 to launch his strange format. It would later move to 1690 in 2006 after buying that signal which had been Atlanta's Progressive talker airing programming from the now defunct Air America network.

For those not familiar with the station the music selections where pretty much all over the place one minute you would hear an R.E.M. tune into Ella Fitzgerald song then chirping birds accompanied with a legal ID at the top of each hour before dipping into the CBS Radio Network News feed.

It's truly amazing how this station stayed on the air for over two decades, it goes to show if you have the money and a strange personality anything is possible. Although the station never made headway into the ratings the station did have a small but loyal fan base of listeners.

Mr. Webber moved to California shortly after his wife died and all but checked out from the Atlanta scene and the radio stations he owned.

No word yet as to who will buy the station and what format will be placed on it, one thing's for sure that is some prime radio real estate there with a city grade signal day and night, anyone with the money to buy it certainly can turn a nice profit if programmed right.

Update: 5-17 WMLB is now silent pending sale.

AM 1570 WIGO tower collapse.
The Urban variety station AM 1570 WIGO "Atlanta's incredible radio" has suffered a tower collapse knocking the stations AM carrier off the air for the time being.

The WIGO tower located behind the station studios on Old Rex Morrow Rd. collapsed back on Thursday April 26th, 2018 unknown at the time of STA filling why the tower collapsed.

The station has filled with the FCC to remain silent as required until repairs can be made to the tower to get WIGO-AM back on the air.


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Another translator program origin change.
Next on the list of changes for Atlanta's translators is Steve Hegwood's Streetz 94.5 and their new program of origin change.

The W233BF translator has been feeding off of WSTR-HD-3 since the re-launch of Streetz but that looks to be changing soon as 'Streetz' is now airing on AM 1420 WWSZ (formerly brokered WATB-AM 'rainbow radio' in Decatur.)

This move makes sense as Entercom who owns WSTR also now owns WVEE from the CBS Radio merge from late last year the move will end the conflict of interest of both stations. [Audio of new TOH]

Update: 5-4-18 The WSTR-HD-3 feed of Streetz is now gone for good as the translator is now being fed exclusively by WWSZ-AM (1420).

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.

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Check out the "Free Audio Page" chalk full of free audio, Scoped Airchecks, Legal ID's, Jingles, Stunts etc. Click Here to view the page


Trading Status: Limited Trading Limited trades will now be accepted.

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.

I am also showcasing current AM music radio stations as well. Click Here


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Deadbeat's List:

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

 

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

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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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 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

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 Religious

1190 WAFS Business Talk

*1290 WCHK English News/Talk & Spanish programming

*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 (currently off the air due to tower collapse)

*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)

94.1 No longer has a HD-3 channel

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

94.9 WUBL-HD3 (WGST) (Talk)

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 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 (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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