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October 29, 2007

"Power" Off in Hartford


*The urban radio war in CONNECTICUT's biggest market is over, and CBS Radio's WZMX (93.7 Hartford) is the survivor. Thursday morning at 10, Clear Channel pulled the plug on the "Power 104" hip-hop format at WPHH (104.1 Waterbury), a little more than four years after it went up against "Hot 93.7."

While WZMX had an all-local lineup, WPHH used syndicated talent in morning and afternoon drive (Steve Harvey and Wendy Williams, respectively), and its ratings never quite measured up to its CBS competitor, even before the eventual arrival of the Portable People Meter in the market, with all the ratings headaches it's brought to urban formats in the markets where it's already launched.

So just as it did in Philadelphia, where Clear Channel killed off Spanish tropical "Rumba 104.5" in favor of modern rock "Radio 104" at WRFF (104.5), Clear Channel went to a modern rock format on the newly-renamed "FM 104one" in Hartford. And therein lies an irony: the "Radio 104" image that landed in Philly came right out of the old WMRQ in Hartford - an image valuable enough, apparently, that Clear Channel was keeping the old Radio 104 website alive in Hartford years after the format change to "Power," complete with an automated webstream. (That site quietly went away after the "FM 104one" launch last week, replaced by a page that forwards to the new WPHH site.)

Right now, there's no airstaff for the new FM 104one, and Clear Channel has yet to even name a PD. Clear Channel says the station will remain jock-free for a while, with minimal commercial load and a strong emphasis on the web content at its new site.

*In other Nutmeg State news, Antonio Gois' Gois Communications is paying $2.65 million to buy Spanish tropical WLAT (910 New Britain) and Spanish news-talk WNEZ (1230 Manchester) from the bankrupt Freedom Communications. Gois is no stranger to the Connecticut River valley; he sold WSPR and WACM in Springfield to Davidson a couple of years ago, and he still owns WORC (1310) over in Worcester. He'll take over the Hartford-market stations via an LMA November 1.


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*Crossing the border to NEW YORK, our week's news begins with a new morning show at WWRL (1600 New York), which axed its Armstrong Williams/Sam Greenfield morning entry on Thursday, replacing them with former WABC/WWOR host Richard Bey and erstwhile Air America talker Mark Riley. (WWRL is an Air America affiliate for most of the day, but it does its own thing in morning drive.)

Over at ESPN Radio's WEPN (1050 New York), another ESPN network shift is now being covered up locally, as Gordon Damer takes the 2-6 AM weeknight slot. (Which means, oddly, that there's now live, local talk all night on New York's two sports stations, while its mainstream talkers are both running nationally-syndicated fare, even if the Joey Reynolds show at least originates at WOR.)

The big ownership shuffle that clears Clear Channel out of the Utica/Rome market closed Thursday, and the new owners wasted no time rearranging much of that area's radio dial. Here's how it's all playing out so far:

Galaxy Communications bought the Clear Channel stations, and the big prize that it's keeping is classic rocker WOUR (96.9 Utica), which moved from Clear Channel's downtown Utica studios on Genesee Street to Galaxy's New Hartford studios. For the moment, we're hearing that the syndicated Bob & Tom show remains in morning drive, with Galaxy talent from Syracuse voicetracking the rest of the day.

Galaxy also gets hot AC WUMX (102.5 Rome), which is running automated outside of its syndicated drivetime shows, as well as sports talkers WRNY (1350 Rome) and WIXT (1230 Little Falls), which will end up as a sports simulcast with Galaxy's WTLB (1310 Utica), flipping from standards.

Galaxy immediately spun several other Clear Channel signals to Ken Roser, who's made no changes yet to top 40 "Kiss" WSKS (97.9 Whitesboro)/WSKU (105.5 Little Falls). Roser also gets the other two signals that had been part of the "Sports Stars" simulcast, and we're told WUTQ (1550 Utica) and WADR (1480 Remsen) will end up simulcasting Roser's "Bug Country" WBGK (99.7 Newport Village), at least for the moment. (Will Roser end up with Clear Channel's Mayro Building studios, or will Kiss and the AM signals move up Genesee Street to the Bug studios? We don't yet know.)

The third piece of the spinoff involves EMF Broadcasting, which is picking up one of Clear Channel's stations, classic hits WOKR (93.5 Remsen), and one station that had been in Galaxy's hands, big-signal classic rocker WRCK (107.3 Utica). We'd thought EMF would put its flagship "K-Love" contemporary Christian format on the 107.3 signal, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Instead, 107.3 flipped to EMF's Christian rock "Air 1," leaving K-Love on EMF's existing WKVU (100.7 Utica) and now on WOKR as well. (An EMF press release talked about closing a signal gap between EMF's existing signals in Syracuse and Albany, but the addition of WOKR to the K-Love network doesn't add much to WKVU's current reach in that department, whereas WRCK would fill a big gap between Syracuse rimshotter WSCP-FM and the Utica area.)

In Albany, we know more about the impending sale of Regent's WTMM (1300 Rensselaer) to a group headed by former WROW (590 Albany) morning host Paul Vandenburgh. The group is doing business as "Capital Broadcasting, Inc.," and until it closes on its $850,000 purchase of the AM signal, it plans to launch its talk format under an LMA with Regent from Regent's Schenectady studios. Other principals in Capital, which plans to rebrand the station as WCBI (did anyone tell Channel 4 in Columbus, Mississippi, which has been WCBI-TV for years?) include Robert McCormick, the CEO of Trustco Bank, as well as several local attorneys and stockbrokers who hosted weekend shows on WROW.

One more Albany note: Phil Hendrie's new syndicated show has found a home at the same station that carried his old Premiere show. Hendrie will be heard on WGY (810 Schenectady) from 10 PM-1 AM weeknights, displacing Rollye James from that slot.

The Binghamton Broadcasters' Reunion October 20 was a huge success by every standard, including the special guest appearance by Chubby Checker, who was in town for a performance that weekend. Shown above at left are this year's award winners: Gino Riccardelli, veteran local broadcast engineer ("Living Legend Award"); Candace Chapman of WBNG-TV ("Special Achievement Award"); Rita French of WENE ("Special Person Award"); and Roger Neel of WNBF ("Broadcaster of the Year").

Organizer Ray Ross reports that about 175 people turned out - and that there are still some T-shirts and CDs available for those who missed the event. (There's much more at

In Syracuse, the International League Syracuse Chiefs will change radio flagships next season, moving from Citadel's WNSS (1260) to Clear Channel's WHEN (620), while in the Elmira market, home games for the new minor-league basketball team, the Corning Bulldogs, will be heard on Route 81's WENY (1230 Elmira)/WENI (1450 Corning).

In western New York, Holy Family Communications is in a building mode: the Catholic broadcaster just won a construction permit for a new 430-watt FM signal in the Buffalo suburb of Lancaster, beating out a challenge from the Mary V. Harris Foundation for the 90.7 frequency, which Harris would have put in Williamsville.

In Rochester, Holy Family's WHIC (1460) will hold a ceremony Tuesday morning to dedicate its new three-tower transmitter site in Henrietta; even though the site's not yet ready for directional use with 5000 watts at night, it'll be ready to sign on with 3700 watts non-directional by day and a few hundred watts non-directional at night, moving the station off the diplex at the WROC (950) site that it's been using since September 2006.

Down the road at WYSL (1040 Avon), owner Bob Savage is taking his fight against nighttime HD Radio interference to the next level: he's just filed a formal complaint against CBS Radio's WBZ (1030 Boston) over the interference that he says is destroying his signal within what's supposed to be his nighttime interference-free contour after dark. We'll have full details on the complaint in next week's issue. (Bob's also got a new morning show: he's just picked up the "Quinn and Rose" show from Pittsburgh. There's a connection there - Bob hired Jim Quinn back at the 'Burgh's 13Q way back when...)

Now that Michael Doyle's been promoted from Rochester market manager to a regional vice president at Entercom, sales manager Susan Munn is moving up to take Doyle's old job in the Rochester cluster. (Doyle will continue to be based here as well.)

And an obituary just in to us here at NERW: we're very sorry to report the passing on Sunday of Craig Kingcaid, the veteran Rochester engineer who spent many years at WEZO/WNYR, and later as chief engineer at Clear Channel's local cluster.

Kingcaid had been battling cancer for several months, we're told. (That's Craig in happier days, posing next to the then-brand-new Harris 3DX50 Destiny transmitter at WHAM...)

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*In western PENNSYLVANIA, the simulcast of WBXQ (94.3 Patton) and WBRX (94.7 Cresson) has come to an end after 16 years. While 94.3 keeps its classiic rock format and longtime "Q94" identity, 94.7 has flipped to AC as "Mix 94.7," using a Jones satellite service for now.

In Altoona, WTAJ (Channel 10) is losing the state's first female TV sports director. Kellie Goodman has been with the CBS affiliate since 1993, and has been its sports director since 1998. She'll leave at the end of the year to take a new job with the Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau.

And with all the rumors swirling, it was no surprise when CBS indeed pulled Opie & Anthony off the morning shift at WYSP (94.1 Philadelphia) last week after the duo openly criticized the station's current management, calling it "a complete disaster" - but it was a bit of a surprise that afternoon jock Kidd Chris didn't immediately fill the morning slot. In fact, he was off the air completely late last week, as the local papers reported his agent to be in contract talks with CBS over a big pay hike to take over the morning hole there. Meanwhile, Opie & Anthony were milking the situation for publicity, offering their show "for free" to any other Philadelphia station that wanted to air it. (There were no takers.)

*A central MASSACHUSETTS AM station is hoping the FCC will let it add a low-power FM simulcast. Barry Armstrong's Money Matters Radio applied last month for special temporary authority (STA) to add a 19-watt FM translator at 106.1 on the tower of WESO (970 Southbridge), allowing the station to continue to serve most of its daytime coverage area after it drops to 22 watts at sunset.

The FCC has approved AM-on-FM translators under STA grants in several southern communities in recent months, but those were all existing translators that were simply changing their primary stations. Will the Commission open the floodgates by allowing an AM station to put a brand-new FM facility on the air? We'll be watching this one closely. (And we thank Mike over at for catching this amidst the FCC minutiae...)

In Taunton, WPEP (1570) is officially history, as the station's license was returned to the FCC and its callsign cancelled last week, opening up the frequency to allow Keating Willcox's WNSH (1570 Beverly) to complete its daytime power increase to 30 kW.

If Richie Balsbaugh and Ed McMann were hoping their latest venture would be as successful as their long run with "Kiss 108" (WXKS-FM 107.9 Medford), they're not having much luck with that. Amidst a sea of complaints from MBTA riders, the T pulled the plug last week on Pyramid Radio's "T Radio," which was being heard on a test basis on platforms at South Station, North Station and Logan Airport. It's not dead for good; the T is studying ways to bring it back that might be less intrusive to riders and less disruptive to the street musicians who protested vocally against the new service.

And they're celebrating at Entercom, we're sure - after making a very expensive gamble on a long-term contract to keep the Red Sox radio rights in-house, WRKO (680) and WEEI (850) are ending the season with a World Series win. Will the confusing "Sox on WRKO, except on Wednesdays, when they're on WEEI, and except on the rest of the WEEI network, which always has the Sox, which are also on WCRN in Worcester" arrangement continue next spring? Did the Sox actually bring any attention to WRKO's talk lineup - and given what a disaster that lineup has been, would it have mattered? We'll know more, presumably, by the time Manny and Big Papi and Paps and Ellsbury (and, we sincerely hope, Mike Lowell!) are getting their rings and their championship banner next April...

MONDAY UPDATE: Entercom's capitalizing on the championship in another way, too - its "Mike FM" (WMKK 93.7) will spend all day Tuesday as "Mike Lowell FM." (And here we thought the 93.7 signal was licensed to Lawrence...)

*RHODE ISLAND's irrepressible Buddy Cianci has a new broadcast outlet: in addition to his talk show on Citadel's WPRO (630), he's been named as political editor by the new owners at WLNE (Channel 6), where he'll appear as a commentator on the ABC affiliate's newscasts.

*Radio People on the Move in NEW HAMPSHIRE and MAINE: Jeff Pierce moves down I-95 from Clear Channel's Bangor cluster to sister station WERZ (107.1 Exeter) on the New Hampshire seacoast, taking the PD chair formerly held by Mike O'Donnell, who's now programming Entercom's WKRZ in Wilkes-Barre.

Nassau has chosen the Concord and Lakes Region outlets for its new joint venture with Entercom to carry WEEI's sports programming across more of New England: come January, WWHK (102.3 Concord) and WWHQ (101.5 Meredith) will drop their current "Hawk" classic rock formats to become WEEI network outlets, while WLKZ (104.9 Wolfeboro) and WNNH (99.1 Henniker) will go from oldies to classic rock as "Frank FM" signals. Pat Kelly will host the morning show on the new "Frank" stations, replacing Warren Bailey, and Sarah Sullivan will be PD. The new WEEI outlets won't carry Red Sox games, at least initially, but we'd expect that to change as the team's current contracts (on WEMJ in the Lakes Region and WTPL in Concord) come up for renewal.

One more Maine note: WCYI (93.9 Lewiston), still for sale by the Citadel-spinoff Last Bastion Station Trust, has dropped its simulcast of WCLZ (98.9 Brunswick), as that station heads for Saga ownership. WCYI's now running an automated all-blues format while Last Bastion seeks a buyer. And the "Greetings from Area Code 207" local-music show that was heard on WCLZ under Citadel ownership is staying with the company; it's moved to WBLM (102.9 Portland).

*A CONNECTICUT correction: former WSTC/WNLK news anchor Lisa Lacerra isn't "out of work" after the cutbacks at Cox Radio; she's working at Fox News Radio and doing some fill-in at WICC/WEBE in Bridgeport. Her former co-anchor Paul Pacelli left the stations of his own accord and is also with WEBE/WICC now. Tom Michaels is still being heard on WSTC/WNLK doing traffic from Metro Networks. And one more name to add to the cutback list at Cox: production director Bob Marrone lost his job at the Cox cluster in Norwalk last month.

*In CANADA, we offer congratulations to Wayne Herrett's Seaside Broadcasting, which has won CRTC permission to increase the power at CFEP (Seaside 94.7) in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia from its current 50 watts to 1.4 kW. Herrett's been dreaming for a long time of having a full-signaled station, and this is definitely a case of one of the "good guys" winning.

In Toronto, Rogers has found a new home for CITY-TV (Channel 57) and its OMNI stations (CFMT/CJMT). They'll move to the "Olympic Torch Building" at 35 Dundas Street East, ending City's run on Queen Street West (where the "ChumCity Building" will continue to house MuchMusic and other cable channels that are now in CTV's hands) and moving the OMNI channels from their longtime home on Lake Shore Boulevard.

Up in northern Ontario, Radio-Canada has been granted a 765-watt relay transmitter on 102.3 in Marathon to rebroadcast CBON (98.1 Sudbury) - but back down in Meaford, near Owen Sound, Burlingham Communications' application for a relay transmitter for CIWV (94.7 Hamilton) has been denied, on the grounds that the signal would offer no local content for the area, 175 kilometers from Hamilton.

From the NERW Archives

(Yup, we've been doing this a long time now, and so we're digging back into the vaults for a look at what NERW was covering one, five and ten years ago this week, or thereabouts - the column appeared on an erratic schedule in its earliest years as "New England Radio Watch," and didn't go to a regular weekly schedule until 1997. Thanks to for the idea - and thanks to you, our readers, for the support that's made all these years of NERW possible!)

October 30, 2006 -

  • Even as Clear Channel was making national headlines over the possibility that it might go private, the company quietly went through a "restructuring" on Friday that leaves several veteran employees in western NEW YORK out of work. While the in-house memo that went out Friday afternoon said "these individuals have not been fired," we're not sure how else to describe the status of the five Clear Channel Radio employees in Rochester who are collecting severance pay and unemployment checks this week. Craig Kingcaid was the cluster's chief engineer; Susan Ashline had been reporting for WHAM (1180) for several years; Rob Jason had joined the WHAM news staff just last year after leaving the executive producer's slot at WROC-TV (Channel 8); Mike DiGiorgio was Bob Lonsberry's producer for his midday talk show; and Jonathan Wallace was in the promotions department. (Another veteran of the cluster, Dan Guilfoyle, left the sales department recently in what was apparently an unrelated move; we're also hearing that some of the remaining staffers may have some of their titles shuffled.)
  • The memo says the "restructured" employees will be encouraged to apply for jobs elsewhere in the company, including (we'd presume) the "many new positions (that) are being created during this restructure in an effort to continue to super-serve our advertising and listening community." It goes on to say "the positions being created will focus on our online products and will also include an expansion of our sales force."
  • Longtime New York program director John Mainelli is returning to the PD chair, this time at CBS Radio's "Free FM" WFNY-FM (92.3). Mainelli, whose resume includes stops at WABC and WOR, was most recently the radio reporter for the New York Post - even while continuing to do consulting for talk radio around the country.
  • In Westchester County, Bill O'Shaughnessy is bringing a venerable callsign back to the airwaves. On Wednesday (Nov. 1), he'll flip WRTN (93.5 New Rochelle) to WVIP-FM, paying tribute to the late Martin Stone's WVIP in Mount Kisco, an erstwhile sister station to O'Shaughnessy's WVOX (1460). The WVIP calls are still in use on 1310 in Mount Kisco, though that station's now merely a simulcast of Spanish religious WWRV (1330 New York); the former WVIP-FM on 106.3 in Mount Kisco is now WFAF.
  • In western MASSACHUSETTS, they've been wondering for a while about the status of WVEI-FM (105.5 Easthampton), the Springfield move-in that will become the newest relay of Boston's all-sports WEEI whenever it finally gets on the air from Mount Tom. Now there's a date - WEEI has been promoting October 26 as sign-on day for 105.5.
  • Western MASSACHUSETTS' new sports station signed on right on schedule Thursday afternoon at 2, as Entercom put WVEI-FM (105.5 Easthampton) on the air from Mount Tom. Before the station's simulcast of WEEI (850 Boston) kicked in, it stunted for a few hours with readings from Dr. Seuss books, paying tribute to the author's hometown, Springfield. WVEI-FM will take the Red Sox broadcast rights from Springfield's WHYN (560) and Northampton's WHMP (1400) next season; the Sox will apparently continue on WHMP simulcast WHMQ (1240 Greenfield).

October 28, 2002 -

  • It's been ten months since Christian contemporary station WWJS (90.1) in Watertown, NEW YORK went silent, the victim of a nasty spat between owner Charles Savidge and his father-in-law, Rev. Robert Bryant, who owns the Liberty Christian Center that was the station's home. And with the FCC's strict rule about deleting stations that remain dark for a full 12 months, the deadline was fast approaching for something to happen with this frequency up there. And while it looked a little iffy (and sparked a new battle between Savidge and Bryant), WWJS made it back to the airwaves last Wednesday (Oct. 23), according to NERW North Country bureau chief Michael Roach. Actually, WWJS would have been back a few days earlier -- but, Roach reports, Bryant hired workers to go to the WWJS transmitter site east of town on Champion Hill (also home to WWNY-TV and WTOJ 103.1) to remove, yes, the transmitter!
  • But the mess has caught the attention of Watertown's other broadcasters, and in stepped David Mance, owner of WTOJ (as well as WBDI/WBDR, WATN and WOTT), who's letting Savidge use one of his auxiliary transmitters for the moment. Expect another round (or three or six) of lawsuits, including one in which Bryant is apparently claiming that he owns the WWJS call letters! (NERW notes: there's no trademark on "WWJS," and nobody actually owns call letters, according to established case law.)
  • Elsewhere in the Empire State, Sunrise Broadcasting has moved another step forward in its attempt to get something back on the air at 1200 kHz in the Hudson Valley. You may recall that Sunrise's WGNY in Newburgh occupied that channel under special temporary authority for most of the 90s, in an attempt to win a permanent upgrade from its longtime spot at 1220 on the dial. But the upgrade of New York's WLIB on 1190 doomed a fulltime 1200 signal in Newburgh, and WGNY had to slide back to 1220 a few years back. But Sunrise didn't give up, and now its application for a new station on 1200 in Kingston, some 40 miles north of Newburgh, has been accepted for filing at the FCC. The new 1200 would run 2000 watts day from two towers and 400 watts night from five towers, which would require a rebuild of the existing WGHQ (920) site off Route 9W just south of Kingston.
  • Mega Communications has sold its lone central MASSACHUSETTS property: WARE (1250 Ware) goes to Marshall Sanft's "Siccess Signal Broadcasting" (hey, it's radio, spelling doesn't matter!) for a reported $250,000. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Sanft used to own WESO (970) in nearby Southbridge; his father owned WOKW (1410 Brockton, now WMSX) in days gone by.
  • And on the TV side, WWLP-DT (Channel 11) in Springfield took air this week, running 1.95 kW from the WWLP-TV (Channel 22) tower high atop Provin Mountain.

October 30, 1997-

  • It's an early Halloween for pirate broadcasters in New England, and they're not getting any treats from the FCC. On Tuesday afternoon, FCC agents visited Radio Free Allston (106.1) at its studios in an Allston art gallery, as well as Worcester pirate WDOA (89.3), ordering the stations off the air and threatening fines and jail time if broadcasts continued. RFA founder Steven Provizer was manning the board at the station when the agents arrived. He says they photographed RFA's equipment and transmitter readings but did not confiscate anything, and he's promising a renewed fight in court to make RFA legitimate. Provizer says the FCC told him it had received complaints from a licensed broadcaster (he says it's WROR (105.7) that made the complaint). Other area pirates aren't waiting for the FCC to come trick-or-treating; they've voluntarily suspended operations while waiting for things to quiet down. The web page for Rebel Music Radio in Boston (105.3) displays only color bars and the words "Sorry it had to happen...we're off the air." Also off the air is Radio Free Chelmsford, 88.3, according to its web site.
  • The battle between the pirates and the FCC is far from over; Provizer is already getting assistance from the ACLU in his case and he's promising to see things all the way through in court. We'll keep you posted...
  • In other news from MASSACHUSETTS this week: Keating Willcox's Willow Farm Broadcasting has closed on its purchase of WPEP (1570 Taunton); staying at the station are George and Donna Colajezzi and their local morning show. A follow-up to last week's mention of the sale of WBET (1460) and WCAV (97.7) in Brockton: new owner KJI Broadcasting has the same ownership as Pittsfield's WBEC (1420/105.5) out in the Berkshires.
  • One of CONNECTICUT's largest broadcast groups is for sale. At a staff meeting Tuesday morning, Capstar employees were told the company's Fairfield radio group is on the block. Capstar's Connecticut properties include news-talk trimulcast WSTC (1400 Stamford)/WNLK (1350 Norwalk)/WINE (940 Brookfield), oldies WKHL (96.7 Stamford), classic rock WEFX (95.9 Norwalk), and rocker WRKI (95.1 Brookfield). Rumor has Clear Channel eyeing the stations to add to its own 2AM-1FM group in nearby New Haven.
  • In NEW HAMPSHIRE, the simulcast between WJYY (105.5 Concord) and WNHQ (92.1 Peterborough) started last Friday, more than a week ahead of schedule. Up in Manchester, WKBR (1250) has flipped back to the One-on-One Sports format, supposedly for good this time. WKBR was apparently having trouble getting a clear satellite signal from One-on-One; they've built a new dish to fix that problem.
  • Could little WGOT (Channel 60) in Merrimack become Boston's latest network O&O? WGOT owner Lowell Paxson is talking about using his own group of UHF stations to create a seventh network. Labelling WGOT as the "Boston" affiliate would be a bit of a stretch; while the station has cable carriage through the northern half of the market and a translator (W54CN) in Needham, its over-the-air signal is weak to nonexistent in Boston proper. Paxson also controls WHRC (Channel 46) in Norwell, Mass. through an LMA; it too might become part of the network. Elsewhere in the region, Paxson stations include WTWS (Channel 26) New London CT, WPXN-TV (Channel 31) New York, WHAI-TV (Channel 43) Bridgeport, and the not-yet-built WAQF (Channel 51) Batavia-Buffalo. Also making network noises is Barry Diller's Silver King group, which includes WHSH (Channel 66) Marlborough-Boston, WHSE (Channel 68) Newark-New York, and WHSI (Channel 67) Smithtown, L.I. With Diller's acquisition of the USA network this week, there's growing speculation that he'll use the Silver King stations as the core of a new broadcast network (in addition to his CityVision local programming plans).

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