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May 23, 2011

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*Even if you weren't accosted by someone on a city streetcorner holding a sign and thrusting a tract at you, it was hard to escape the headlines these last few days: "End of the World?"

And as you know - since you're still here reading the column, and we're still here writing it - Family Radio's predictions of global earthquakes and rapture failed to materialize on schedule Saturday evening at 6. (The closest we could come to any evidence of the predicted devastation was the utter meltdown of the Red Sox bullpen later that evening, but that's another story...)

It didn't take long at all for the conversations to get going all over the radio landscape: after staking so much, including millions of dollars in billboards and other publicity, on the "guaranteed" end of the world, what happens now to Family Radio and its extensive network of stations, including its most valuable property, NEW YORK-market WFME (94.7 Newark)?

Here's what we know so far: for all of the apocalyptic claims being made by Family Radio founder and leader Harold Camping on his nightly "Open Forum" show and on the Family Radio website (above right), the rest of the network's programming carried on Saturday over WFME and Family Radio's other stations in its usual phlegmatic fashion, with nary a mention of the 6 PM deadline as it drew near. And whatever Camping may have said about having no "plan B" (as he left his Oakland, California studio after his "farewell" show Thursday evening, he reportedly told colleagues he didn't expect to ever be back there again), someone kept the network's automation running, not only into Saturday evening but into Sunday as well.

It's the long term that may prove more interesting. Camping gave an interview to the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday in which he pronounced himself "flabbergasted" that his prediction didn't come true - but he says he'll be back at work today to figure out what to do next.

Camping is one of four voting members on Family Radio's board, and while the network appears to run largely debt-free, it's been very much the product of Camping's vision over the last half-century, and little is known about how it might function if he doesn't remain at the organization's helm. Then there's the question of license renewal: the eight-year radio renewal cycle begins next month for stations in the mid-Atlantic region, and it's likely that all the publicity over Camping's blown prediction will lead to some sort of challenge against the renewal of Family Radio's licenses there (including a high-power commercial FM license in Annapolis/Baltimore) and perhaps to others down the road.

A challenge to Family's license renewals would likely be a long shot, given the specificity of the FCC's anti-hoax rule, which asks whether a "hoax" broadcast caused public panic, which Camping's broadcasts mostly did not. But whatever happens in the short term, it's certain that there will now be more scrutiny of Family's operations and more broadcasters eyeing the possibility of acquiring some of the network's big signals.

In addition to WFME, which has been in Family's hands since 1965, broadcasting a big class B signal that blankets most of the New York market, Family also owns a Philadelphia-market class B commercial signal, WKDN (106.9 Camden), as well as full-power noncommercial FMs in the Johnstown, Erie, Bedford, State College, Buffalo, Rochester, Kingston and Long Island markets, an AM daytimer in Connecticut (WCTF 1170 Vernon) and a slew of translators. Family also owns WFME-DT, a noncommercial religious TV station licensed to West Milford, N.J. and serving the New York market (and Philadelphia, too, via a subchannel of WYBE-TV.)

A sale of WFME or WKDN would be a big deal indeed: in the boom years of the mid-1990s, WFME's license could probably have fetched several hundred million dollars, and even today, it's likely that the signal could be worth close to nine figures to any of several potential buyers. We'll be watching closely to see what happens as Family Radio deals with the fallout from the world's failure to end...

(One more quick note here: there's no connection at all between the Oakland-based Family Radio, legally Family Stations Inc., and the "Family Life Radio" network that extends across upstate New York and Pennsylvania.)

*Elsewhere in the region, it was indeed "the end of the world" for CONNECTICUT's "Coast 96.7" just after midnight on Thursday (May 19), as Cox shut down the Stamford transmitter site of WCTZ (96.7 Port Chester NY) in preparation for the sale of the license to EMF Broadcasting.

Typical of Cox Radio, in six years on the air, the AC station never stopped being "The New Coast," but in its last few months it had been running entirely on automation, serving little purpose other than to keep the license alive and some ad contracts fulfilled until the station can be transferred to EMF to become its new "K-Love" outlet for the New York market under the new calls WKLV-FM.

That could happen any day now, since the FCC has granted a license to cover for 96.7's new signal from the top of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle.

*After almost twenty years at Long Island's WALK-FM (97.5 Patchogue), K.T. Mills is out of afternoon drive - and out of her weekend shift at Clear Channel sister station WLTW (106.7) in New York. Nick Parker, who also works for Clear Channel's WHTZ (Z100) in New York, replaces Mills at WALK-FM.

*Up north, there's a new public radio signal on the air in Canton, but it's not just another relay of the fast-growing North Country Public Radio network, already heard in town on WSLU (89.5).

North Country does own the new WREM (88.7), which made its debut last Monday (May 16) - but the new signal is carrying something called "Public Radio Remix," which is basically a nonstop automated sequence of features from Public Radio Exchange (PRX), the program service that connects independent program producers to public radio stations around the country. WREM is the second station to carry "Remix," after KPBZ (90.3 Spokane).

*Joe Wershba never worked in local radio in New York, but he was a vital part of the city's broadcast news community for many decades, starting in 1944 when he joined CBS News as a writer. Within a few years, he'd moved over to the fledgling CBS-TV news operation, where he was one of the producers and reporters working on "See It Now" with Ed Murrow.

At "See It Now," Wershba did much of the work behind the seminal 1954 takedown of Senator Joseph McCarthy (earning him a portrayal by Robert Downey, Jr. in the dramatization of the story a half-century later, "Good Night, and Good Luck"), and he went on to become one of the original producers of "60 Minutes" when it debuted in 1968.

Wershba retired from CBS in 1988, and he died last Saturday (May 14) at 90, survived by his wife and CBS colleague, Shirley Wershba.

*Radio People on the Move in NEW JERSEY: Scott Taylor has exited as station manager at contemporary Christian "Star 99.1" (WAWZ-FM Zarephath). No replacement has been named yet.

And there's a new signal on the air in Monmouth County: Domestic Church Media signed on WFJS (89.3 Freehold) on Tuesday (May 17), filling the frequency vacated by the now-defunct WDDM (89.3 Hazlet), which was an unprotected class D signal.

WDDM's "Dhoom FM" Hindi-language programming has been replaced on translator W264BT (100.7 Edison) by "Hum Desi Radio," originating on the HD2 signal of New York's WRKS (98.7).


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*There's once again an urban radio station in western PENNSYLVANIA. We've been telling you about Tim Martz's acquisition of WPYT (660 Wilkinsburg) and his plans to use translator W261AX (100.1 Pittsburgh) to augment the AM daytimer's signal, and it all came together over the weekend.

WPYT went silent late last week, but it returned to the air on Friday playing hip-hop and rhythmic top-40 as "The New WAMO 100, Pittsburgh's Home for Hip-Hop and R&B" - and on Saturday, the translator (which had been testing from KDKA-TV's North Hills tower with a relay of public radio WDUQ) lit up with the urban programming as well.

The "WAMO" identity (which doesn't yet extend to the actual call letters) comes, of course, from Pittsburgh's longtime urban outlet, which was sold off a couple of years ago to become Catholic WAOB AM/FM. The WAMO calls are parked, for now, on a noncommercial CP in northeastern Pennsylvania, but it seems likely that they'll migrate back to the 'Burgh to appear on 660 at some point.

And in good Martz fashion, the new "WAMO" launches with a full-frontal attack on Clear Channel's top-40 WKST-FM (96.1), which is clearly in Martz's sights as he seeks a segment of the Pittsburgh audience that's been unserved for a few years now.

*There's some sad news from Pittsburgh as well: John Cigna, veteran morning man on KDKA (1020) through the eighties and nineties, died Friday (May 20) after a battle with emphysema and a stroke.

Cigna came from Fort Wayne's WOWO (1190) to Pittsburgh in 1969 to work at WJAS (1320), but four years later he was back with Westinghouse as the evening talk host on KDKA - and in 1983, he succeeded Jack Bogut in KDKA's morning slot, a position he held until his retirement in 2001.

"John Cigna and the K-Team" became a Steel City morning staple, complete with Cigna's trademark spaghetti breakfasts for listeners and a series of comedic TV commercials for the show.

Cigna had been in declining health in recent months, especially since the death of his wife in January. He was 75.

*Even with our passion for tall towers and antennas, it's sometimes hard to keep up with the exact configuration of FM stations on the many sticks of the Roxborough tower farm in Philadelphia. The latest move involves public station WXPN (88.5): it's staying on the same tower (next to WPVI-TV 6) where it's been located ever since it moved to 88.5 more than two decades ago, but now that WGTW (Channel 48) has vacated its old analog antenna at the top of the tower, WXPN has been granted a construction permit to move up to the former WGTW space, going from 5 kW/919' to 3.2 kW/1102' as it trades a bit of power for a considerable increase in antenna height.

*There's no shortage of pirate operators in eastern MASSACHUSETTS, but the FCC is at least trying to crack down on some of the more blatant unlicensed broadcasters. "Datz Hitz 99.7" in Mattapan has been a longstanding thorn in the side of first-adjacent WCRB (99.5 Lowell), and on May 13 FCC agents raided the station, taking it off the air, at least for now. And then on Tuesday, the FCC issued forfeiture orders against Lloyd Morris and Robert Brown, who were accused back in October of operating the 99.7 pirate. Morris and Brown failed to respond to the FCC's initial Notices of Apparent Liability for $15,000 each.

Where Are They Now?: Former WBZ-TV (Channel 4) chief meteorologist Ken Barlow has landed a new job back home in Minnesota, where he'd been based at KARE-TV (Channel 11) before his move to Boston. This time, Barlow will be at ABC affiliate KSTP-TV (Channel 5), where he starts work in June.

CBS Radio is shuffling its weekend lineup in Boston: starting June 10, Joe Cortese's "Back to the 80s Friday Night" will move from hot AC WBMX (Mix 104.1) to classic hits WODS (103.3), which continues its steady move away from 60s music and into the 1980s.

*Dick Smith was a big name in Worcester radio in the 1950s and 1960s. After starting his career in Springfield at WHYN and then in Portland, Maine at WMTW, Smith came to WORC (1310 Worcester) in 1952, becoming a longtime fixture at the station as afternoon host, morning man, music director, program director and even, later on, as general manager for a few years in the 1980s. Smith had also worked in Boston at WCOP and at Worcester competitor WTAG in between his stints at WCOP. Smith died Wednesday (May 18) at Worcester's UMass/Memorial Hospital; he was 84.

*More Radio People on the Move around New England: in MAINE, Jake Navarro moves north from WGGY (Froggy 101) in Scranton to become the new morning co-host at WPOR-FM (101.9 Portland), filling the vacancy (alongside Jon Shannon and Alisha Bolin) left behind by Joe Lerman.

In Rutland, VERMONT, Kwame Dankwa ("KD") moves up from interim PD to fulltime PD at WZRT (97.1), replacing Brooke Meris, who's now in Houston at KILT-FM.

In RHODE ISLAND, Citadel's "Hot 106" (WWKX 106.3 Woonsocket) has named its new airstaff: afternoon jock Deanna Cruz moves to mornings to join Vezzy Parmesan (formerly with CBS Radio's WZMX in Hartford) for the "Rise & Grind Morning Show," which replaces the syndicated Big Boy's Neighborhood. Inbound from Boise's KWYD is Dee Garcia, who'll replace Cruz in afternoon drive.

And in CONNECTICUT, the syndicated Tom Kent show is now filling the evening hours (from 7-midnight) on WDRC-FM (102.9 Hartford). Production director Rob Ray (brother of Buckley Broadcasting engineering guru Tom Ray) had been voicetracking that shift on the Big D.


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*Two of CANADA's biggest AM signals could soon be returning from the dead, if the CRTC signs off on a proposal from Cogeco and Quebec's provincial transport ministry (MTQ) to launch a pair of all-traffic stations in Montreal.

The back story here: when Corus abruptly pulled the plug on CINF (690) and CINW (940) in January 2010, it appeared that the 50,000-watt signals were gone for good, deleted from the CRTC's records and closing out an era of Montreal radio history that stretched back to 1919 for the station that eventually became CINW.

But it turns out the stations weren't quite as dead as they appeared. We now know that Corus' sale of its Quebec radio properties to Cogeco included, among other assets, the former CINF/CINW transmitter site along highway 138 in Kahnawake, south of Montreal - and that the 690/940 transmitting equipment has remained in place at that site, awaiting new use.

That use will come in the form of all-traffic formats similar to Corus' CHMJ (730) in Vancouver, which has found a small but apparently profitable niche doing "All Traffic, All The Time." In Montreal, MTQ would provide $9 million over three years to fund the operations of 690 in French and 940 in English, operating with live announcers from 4:30 AM until 1 AM on weekdays and 6 AM-1 AM on weekends, cranking out the same 50,000-watt directional signals that CINF and CINW used until they were shut down.

If their return is approved, it will be the second time these frequencies have been resurrected in Montreal: they'd been home to the flagship Radio-Canada/CBC stations, CBF and CBM, until those stations moved to FM in 1999, leaving 690 and 940 available several years later as upgrade opportunities for two weaker-signalled stations, CKVL (850) and CIQC (600).

The CRTC will consider the Cogeco/MTQ application at a hearing in Gatineau, Quebec on July 18.

*In Toronto, Spanish-language community station CHHA (1610) is applying to modify its signal to better serve the city's Hispanic communities northwest of downtown. CHHA originally operated from a tower behind the San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre, which owns the station, but problems with neighborhood RF interference forced it to move to a new site in Toronto Harbour, where it's been running 10,000 watts by day and 1,000 watts by night. The station says that signal doesn't reach its target audience very well, especially after dark - so it's applying to go directional, running 6,250 watts day and night with a null toward Montreal's co-channel CJWI.

Ontario's Haliburton Broadcasting Group just keeps on growing: its latest application requests a new signal in Prescott, west of Ottawa. The hot AC (presumably "Moose FM") station would run 1 kW (4.2 kW max DA)/120m on 107.9, and the CRTC will review the application at its July hearing.

The July hearing will also include an application from Small Town Radio for a new community station in Port Hope, near Cobourg on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Small Town's station would run 700 watts/9m on 89.7.

In Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Jean-Noël Allain is applying for a new community station on 100.7, running 10.4 kW (50 kW max DA)/107.7m at 100.7 on the dial. In keeping with New Brunswick's bilingual status, the new station would program approximately two-thirds of its day in French and one-third in English.

And in Windsor, Ontario, the CBC's CBE (1550) is getting at least a temporary reprieve. The CBC tells the CRTC that it's having trouble with CBE's replacement signal, CBEW (97.5), due to adjacent-channel HD Radio interference from the nearby Detroit signals on 97.1 (WXYT-FM) and 97.9 (WJLB), and so it's keeping the AM on the air until at least September 30 while it tries to find a way to minimize the interference and provide a clean FM signal to the entire CBE listening area.

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, ten and - where available - fifteen years ago this week, or thereabouts.

Note that 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.

One Year Ago: May 24, 2010 -

  • Local noncommercial radio in NEW YORK's Hamptons region is about to take a big step forward. Hamptons Community Radio, which holds an as-yet-unbuilt construction permit for a new part-time signal in Montauk, WEER (90.7), isn't waiting to get that signal on the air - instead, it announced last week that it will begin leasing WPKM (88.7 Montauk) with plans to acquire that signal from its parent station, WPKN (89.5 Bridgeport).
  • Since it debuted five years ago this month, WPKM has been programmed from across Long Island Sound in Connecticut, and that's exactly the reason HCR was formed: in addition to the WPKN/WPKM relay, the noncommercial dial on Long Island's East End is dominated by Nutmeg State rebroadcasters (WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio on WRLI 91.3, WSHU on WSUF 89.9 and several high-power translators, WMNR on several other translators). Only WLIU (88.3), which is in the midst of a somewhat challenging transition to its new Peconic Public Broadcasting management, has had a local staff and focus.
  • At the other end of the state, Buffalo-market WNGS-TV is back on the air for the first time since the shutdown of its channel 67 analog signal last June. The station had all but defined "troubled" in its last few years on the air, passing from founders Bill Smith and Caroline Powley to Equity Media Holdings, which ran it as an affiliate of the Retro TV and ThisTV networks before succumbing to bankruptcy. After going dark, the license was sold to the Texas-based Daystar Television Network, and we'd thought that when WNGS finally activated its digital signal (the lone VHF digital in the market, on RF channel 7), it would be as the second religious TV station in Buffalo.
  • But while WNGS is currently on the air with Daystar's programming, that's only a very temporary measure: last week, Daystar announced that it's selling the station, for $2.75 million, to a new company headed by two Buffalo TV veterans. Philip Arno was part of the team that launched WUTV (Channel 29) in 1970 and also worked at WKBW radio/TV and WIVB (Channel 4); Don Angelo was part of the launch team at WNYB-TV (Channel 49, now WNYO-TV) in the late eighties and has most recently been working in sales at WGRZ-TV (Channel 2). If we're reading the FCC filings correctly, Arno and Angelo have formed two companies to run WNGS: ITV of Buffalo will hold the station license while Code 3 Broadcasting will hold the station's non-license assets. And in keeping with some of the deals Daystar has done in other markets, it will retain the rights (for 10 years after the sale closes) to broadcast its own religious programming over one of WNGS' digital subchannels.
  • Former Corning/Elmira radio owner Bob Eolin has died. Under the name "The Radio Works," Eolin bought Corning's WCBA (1350) and WCBA-FM (98.7) in 1990, then went on to add WGMM (97.7 Big Flats), WCLI (1450 Corning) and WENY (1230)/WENY-FM (92.7) in Elmira to his cluster before selling the stations in 2003. Eolin hosted the WCBA morning show, first as "Breakfast with Jack and Bob" with business partner Jack Shane until Shane's death in 2002, then as "Dee and Bob" with his wife, Dee, until Route 81 Radio bought the cluster. (Ironically, it was just a couple of weeks ago that Route 81's successor, WS2K Radio, announced a sale of the stations.) Eolin had started his own production company after selling the radio stations. He died last Monday (May 17) of brain cancer, at age 67.

Five Years Ago: May 22, 2006 -

  • It's been an interesting week for WBAB (102.3) in Babylon, NEW YORK. First there was the flap over a morning-show comedy bit that we reported in our last issue, and now the station's engineers are chasing a technically-adept prankster who interrupted the station's "Roger and JP" morning show last Wednesday by overriding the station's studio-to-transmitter link. For about 90 seconds, the pirate operator broadcast a rap song filled with racial slurs - and because the station's transmitter control was also handled over the STL link, engineers weren't immediately able to turn off the transmitter and silence the unauthorized broadcast. (Initial reports said the interrupting signal was also heard over simulcast WHFM 95.3 on Long Island's east end, but we haven't been able to confirm that.) "Clearly, someone has a bone to pick with WBAB, and understands the broadcast business well enough, to know how to hack into our signal, and has access to this equipment and obviously was able to gain access to our broadcast," said a statement from the station, which offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of the pirate.
  • Clear Channel is adding to its holdings in western MASSACHUSETTS, acquiring WRNX (100.9 Amherst) from Pamal in a trade for several yet-to-be-named stations elsewhere in New England. Pamal was left as a single-station operator in the Springfield market after its deal to buy WBEC-FM (105.5) from Vox fell through last year. The spinoff of adult alternative WRNX will give Clear Channel a fifth station in the market, adding to its existing cluster of news-talk WHYN (560 Springfield), sports WNNZ (640 Westfield), hot AC WHYN-FM (93.1 Springfield) and country WPKX (97.9 Enfield CT). What will Pamal end up with in exchange? It's widely believed that the other end of the deal will be up in VERMONT, where Clear Channel's small holdings in the Rutland-Randolph area are in competition with Pamal's WJEN/WJJR.
  • Meanwhile at the other end of the Bay State, Steve Silberberg's WXRV (92.5 Haverhill) got the FCC go-ahead late last week to change its city of license to Andover. As a grandfathered allotment dating back to before the current FM spacing rules were adopted in 1964, WXRV has no spacing restrictions against second-adjacent WBOS (92.9 Brookline) - but any moves it makes cannot increase its current interference to fellow grandfathered stations WPRO-FM (92.3 Providence) or WWYZ (92.5 Waterbury CT), so its ability to move closer to Boston is still somewhat restricted. Stay tuned; we'll be keeping an eye on this one.
  • Several new stations are primed to take air in eastern CANADA. In Halifax, tests are now underway at Evanov's new CKHZ (Z103.5), which will have a rhythmic top 40 format when it signs on officially next month, and we're hearing tests are underway also at the new CHNS-FM (89.9), which will replace CHNS (960) later this year. And CFCY (630 Charlottetown PEI) says it will complete its move to FM, at 95.1, by July.

10 Years Ago: May 21, 2001 -

  • The end came quietly for the English-language standards format on Long Island's WLIM (1580) Friday night. The station signed off at 10 PM after an hour-long farewell show to mark the transfer of ownership from Jack Ellsworth to Polnet. (The folks at the Long Island Radio History page have a nice batch of pictures from the final night, should you be curious.) Polnet's ethnic programming is expected to debut later this week on 1580, which is dark for the moment.
  • Back home in Western New York, we're saddened to report the death of a 62-year veteran of the Buffalo and Rochester airwaves. Ed Little's resume included stints at WKBW, WBBF and WBEN; he retired last year from WBEN on the same day the station left its longtime Elmwood Avenue studios (his was the last voice heard from the old location). Little had been hospitalized since suffering kidney failure in February; he was 78 when he died last Wednesday (May 16). Two days later came word of another death: veteran WOKR (Channel 13) Rochester anchor Dick Burt succumbed to a heart attack while on vacation on Cape Cod. Burt began at WOKR when the station signed on in 1962, and for many years was paired with Don Alhart as one of the Flower City's best-known anchor teams. Burt retired from WOKR in 1987. He was 75.
  • Finally this week, best wishes to Glen Jones of WFMU (91.1 East Orange), who'll spend next weekend trying to break the 73 hour, 33 minute record for longest DJ shift ever. Jones will begin broadcasting on WFMU at 9:00 Friday morning (May 25), and he'll stay awake and on the air at least until 10:33 AM the following Monday, including his usual Sunday noon-3 shift.

15 Years Ago: New England Radio Watch, May 21, 1996

  • Radio Equity Partners, parent company of WHYN AM-FM Springfield MA and WWBB-FM Providence RI/WWRX-FM Westerly-Providence, has been sold to Clear Channel Broadcasting for $235 million. Both are new markets for Clear Channel, whose only other New England operation is WELI(AM)/WKCI-FM/WAVZ(AM) in the New Haven market. NERW wonders how this will affect Clear Channel's planned purchase of WPRI-TV Providence from CBS...
  • A few formats get cleared up: Our spies in northern New England tell me WVFM 105.7 Campton NH is on the air, simulcasting oldies WLKZ 104.9 down in Wolfeboro for now. And WRDX (ex-WRGW) 98.7 Somersworth NH, on the seacoast, is again running AC, after a brief stint as standards "Radio Deluxe." Meantime in Rhode Island, the smooth jazz is dead on WOTB 100.3 Middletown-Newport. New owner Philip Urso is now using the station to simulcast his modern-rock WDGE 99.7 Wakefield-Peace Dale, "the Edge." There's a lot of overlap between those two signals in southern Rhode Island. The only remaining smooth-jazz outlet in the area now is WPLM-FM 99.1 Plymouth MA, which mostly runs SW Smooth FM, as does WKCD 107.7 Pawcatuck CT, which gets into some of the more remote parts of the former WOTB listening area on the seacoast.
  • WAMC swallows another one: The ever-growing WAMC Northeast Public Radio Network, based in Albany NY, has acquired another outlet which can be heard in New England. Control of WCFE-FM 91.9 Plattsburgh NY, which also serves the Burlington VT area, is being transferred from the Mountain Lakes Public Telecommunications Council (licensee of WCFE-TV 57 in Plattsburgh) to WAMC, and 91.9 will presumably become part of the WAMC network, allowing travelers to hear WAMC from the Canadian border pretty much all the way down to the northern New York City suburbs. Thanks to the main WAMC 90.3 transmitter on Mount Greylock in Adams MA, the station can already be heard from central Massachusetts most of the way to Utica NY.

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