May 30, 2011
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TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE: The long wait for New York's new "K-Love"
signal finally ended on Monday, when WKLV-FM (96.7 Port Chester)
signed on with the California-based noncommercial network's contemporary
Christian format. WKLV-FM is the relocated WCTZ, formerly part
of Cox Radio's Stamford, Connecticut cluster.
And a sad story from western Massachusetts:
WFCR-FM (88.5) newsman and "Morning Edition" host Bob
Paquette died suddenly over the Memorial Day weekend. Paquette
had been with WFCR since 1991. He was just 55.
Much more on both stories in the next
*The transfer of one of western PENNSYLVANIA's
most prominent public radio stations is imminent. Essential Public
Media says it will take over WDUQ (90.5 Pittsburgh) on or about
July 1, installing new calls on the station as it separates from
longtime owner Duquesne University.
The new incarnation
of 90.5 will lose most of the jazz programming that's long been
a staple of WDUQ, relegating jazz to just six hours a week on
the station's analog/HD-1 service, though its "JazzWorks"
programming will run 24/7 on HD-2. Replacing the jazz will be
more news and talk, including two new shows: a daily hour called
"Essential Pittsburgh" and a weekly "audio collage"
show called "Sounds of the City." Essential says it
will also beef up the station's news staff.
*Down the road in Latrobe, PBRTV.com reports WQTW (1570) lost
its tower in a windstorm a few weeks back. The station expects
to be back on the air by the end of June.
In Erie, Natalie Massing is leaving WRKT (100.9 North East),
where she's been part of the morning team since 1990. She's leaving
the Erie area after her last show June 17 and moving to Texas.
*At the other end of the Keystone state, Spanish-language
WHOL (1600 Allentown)/WEST (1400 Easton) has added an FM translator,
the first in the region for a Hispanic broadcaster. The new FM
signal on 99.5 in Easton (W258BM) is being acquired from Beacon
Broadcasting, which was using it to relay WJCS (89.3 Allentown).
Another Lehigh Valley broadcaster could be for sale. Lehigh
Carbon Community College has begun appraising WXLV (90.3 Schnecksville)
to determine whether a sale of the station could help close the
school's budget gap. Students and alumni are already fighting
back against the possible sale; they staged a rally on Wednesday
and are trying to persuade the college that it would lose a valuable
resource if it sells the signal.
*Two obituaries close out our Pennsylvania report: Charles
Fricker, known on air as "Chuck Williams" when he did
traffic for KYW (1060 Philadelphia) and jocked for WMGM (103.7
Atlantic City NJ), was stabbed to death last Saturday (May 21)
while working in his day job as an insurance salesman. Police
say a man on a bike rode up to Fricker and murdered him in what
appeared to be a random attack. Police shot and killed the man
after catching him a short time later. Fricker was 52.
former Erie DJ Chris Tarbell died Friday in Virginia. Tarbell
went straight from high school to WCCK ("K104") in
1988 and later worked for WJET and its sister stations. He was
also the creator of the Erie Radio Tribute Site. In recent years,
he'd been working for the Lynchburg Police Department. Tarbell
suffered a heart attack a week ago and never recovered. He was
*Greater Media has sold one of its NEW
JERSEY stations, and for a surprisingly high price. WWTR
(1170 Bridgewater) has been leased to Indian broadcaster EBC
Radio since 2005, and now EBC Music, Inc. is buying the station
for $2,750,000, which has to be a recent record for a 600-watt
Radio People on the Move: Steve Ardolina takes over programming
duties for all five of Millennium Radio's Monmouth/Ocean stations,
overseeing WJLK, WOBM AM-FM, WADB and WCHR.
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*A long-silent AM station in New York's HUDSON
VALLEY could soon be returning to the air under the management
of one of New England broadcasting's more colorful characters.
Daily Mail of Catskill reports that WCKL (560 Catskill)
will be back on the air June 15 after many years during which
it's appeared for just a few days each summer to keep its license
alive. The station's now in the hands of the Black United Fund
of New York, which acquired the license from Clear Channel and
has never operated it as a full-time station. The Daily Mail
says WCKL won't be operated by the Black United Fund when
it returns, either; instead, it will be run under an LMA by "Harvest
Broadcasting Services of Worthington, Mass." until it can
be sold to "Family Broadcasting & Media, LLC."
And who are "Harvest" and "Family"? None
other than Brian Dodge, whose adventures with the FCC and with
his fellow New England broadcasters were a frequent topic during
this column's early years. (Here,
for instance, is the text of a detailed complaint filed against
Dodge and his "Harvest Broadcasting Association" in
June 1997, accusing Dodge of moving several translators in Massachusetts
and New Hampshire without authorization.)
Other issues with Dodge over the years have included the 1995
construction and brief operation of WRUT (107.5 West Rutland)
after the station's construction permit had expired. That station
was eventually deleted by the FCC, as was an unbuilt AM CP in
southwestern New Hampshire. In recent years, we'd heard less
about Dodge, who was making his base of operations at WWNH (1340
Madbury NH) near the seacoast. WWNH received a construction permit
back in 1988 and applied for a license to cover in 1989, but
never received a license and is still on the FCC's records as
a construction permit, though it's apparently been silent for
nearly a year now.
As best we can tell, the FCC never did take much action on
any of the complaints against Dodge, though several of the translators
cited in the 1997 complaint were subsequently deleted.
The Daily Mail says Dodge is now living in Ghent, N.Y.,
and in contrast to his previous operations, all of which have
been religious stations (often operating as "LOVE Radio"),
Dodge tells the paper he's planning a full-service operation
"Were going local, live, 24 hours a day,
June 15, Dodge told the Daily Mail, promising an
ambitious schedule. Our proposed programming will be family-oriented
everything from music to talk shows, and well bring
back some of the old things that WCKL used to do like
the Swap Shop, and the Talk of the Town, with people invited
So is this a new Brian Dodge? We're always willing to give
a broadcaster another chance, and if Dodge can pull off what
he's planning (including a studio relocation to Greene County
from his initial location in leased space at WCKL's transmitter
site in Greenport, still owned by Clear Channel and home to the
studios of WCTW, WHUC and WZCR), the new "Family 560"
would be a valuable new addition to the radio dial in the upper
But can it really work in 2011 as a standalone AM signal in
a market that's been massively overbuilt by new FMs in recent
years? With 1000 watts by day, WCKL does a decent job of covering
Greene and Columbia counties and puts a tolerable fringe signal
into Albany. But with just 43 watts at night, WCKL barely even
makes it up the road into Hudson, the largest community in the
We'll be watching closely to see if Dodge can live up to his
promises this time, including "four to eight" new jobs
at the station. Stay tuned...
*In New York City, former WXRK (92.3 Now FM) jock TicTak (aka
Mark Allan) has found a new job, all the way across the country
in Portland, Oregon. He'll headed to KUPL (98.7) out there, where
he'll be playing country music in afternoon drive.
Down the dial at WABC (770), Chuck Armstrong has been promoted
from "team leader of digital operations" to assistant
PD/web PD. Armstrong replacs Laura Smith, who's still with WABC
hosting the "Living Better" show. (And if you're looking
for "WABC Rewound," it's gone from the airwaves, but
the Memorial Day tradition lives on at Allan Sniffen's RewoundRadio.com,
where previous "Rewound" installments and additional
content are playing through the end of the day today.)
Fordham University's WFUV (90.7) is expanding the reach of
its "Alternate Side" alternative rock programming.
In addition to its spot on one of WFUV's HD subchannels and from
10-midnight on WFUV's main channel, the format will be heard
starting Wednesday from 6 AM until noon on weekdays on city-owned
WNYE (91.5). It will replace programming in that slot that had
been coming to WNYE from another innovative noncommercial alternative
outlet, Seattle's KEXP (90.3).
the state, another ambitious local AM operation just lost its
midday talker. Bill O'Loughlin told his Facebook followers this
week that he "resigned on Tuesday from the Bill O'Loughlin
Show on WECK which the station owner and staff did not expect."
O'Loughlin had been doing the 9-noon shift on the Buffalo-market
station (licensed to nearby Cheektowaga on 1230) for the past
two years, and he's now headed to TV, where he just started a
Sunday-night talk show following the 11 PM news on WGRZ (Channel
2). No replacement has been named at WECK, which has been running
syndicated shows in the timeslot.
Here in the Rochester area, veteran newsman Mark Giardina
has left the airwaves, at least for now. The former anchor/reporter
at WNYR/WEZO and WXXI had been doing weekend work at Bob Savage's
WYSL (1040 Avon) while working during the week for a local town
government, but he's stepped down from the weekend job to spend
more time with his family. We'll miss him - but we suspect he's
not gone from the air here forever.
In Utica, Johnny Lew has departed the night slot at "Kiss
FM" (WSKS/WSKU) after two years; he's focusing on his mobile
DJ business, reports CNYRadio.com, and the station is looking
for a replacement.
*Two Empire State obituaries this week, starting on the East
End of Long Island, where WLNG (92.1 Sag Harbor) is mourning
station president Ann Buckhout. The 32-year station veteran moved
up from secretary-treasurer of Main Street Broadcasting to president
after the death of Paul Sidney in 2009. Buckhout died last Saturday
(May 21) of cancer, at age 66.
And in western New York, Ken Dodd is being remembered for
many things, including his stint as town supervisor in Oakfield,
Genesee County and his service as a Methodist pastor. But before
all that, Dodd was in broadcasting, working as general manager
of WGVA (1240 Geneva) and later WBUF (92.9 Buffalo). Dodd died
on Friday, at age 70.
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*In eastern MASSACHUSETTS, there's
a new executive at the helm of WGBH-FM (89.7 Boston), but he's
a familiar name in Boston radio. Phil Redo is the former market
manager for Greater Media's Boston stations, and he worked with
WGBH on its acquisition of WCRB (99.5 Lowell) from Nassau last
year. Now he's becoming WGBH's "managing director of news
and culture," with programming responsibilities for 89.7,
beginning June 13.
Over at Clear Channel, Mary Menna has been promoted from sales
director to market manager for the company's Boston and Providence
stations, succeeding Tom McConnell in that role now that McConnell
has become a senior VP.
taken eight years, but Entercom's WAAF (107.3 Westborough) is
finally licensed at its new transmitter site on the WUNI (Channel
27) tower atop Stiles Hill in Boylston. The new site is closer
to Boston than WAAF's original home on Mount Asnebumskit in Paxton,
but the Stiles Hill site was widely criticized as delivering
an inferior signal when WAAF switched it on back in 2005. Ever
since then, WAAF has remained licensed at Asnebumskit, occasionally
using that site while operating mainly from Stiles under program
test authority. On Thursday, the FCC finally granted WAAF's license
to cover its operation at the Boylston site. (The FCC's CDBS
records now show WAAF with its old city of license of Worcester;
that appears to be a relic of the original CP's having been granted
when WAAF was still licensed there, and will likely be corrected
Speaking of Worcester, Peter Blute has departed WCRN (830)
after five years of morning drive there. Blute's co-host and
producer, Hank Stolz, takes over the renamed "WCRN Morning
News with Hank Stolz," and there's speculation that Blute,
a former Republican congressman, is looking to return to public
office. (Announcing his departure, Blute said simply that he
wanted "to try new things.")
In the Berkshires, Talking Information Center, Inc. (TIC)
is transferring WRRS-LP (104.3 Pittsfield) to the Berkshire Benevolent
Association for the Blind; TIC holds the construction permit
for WRRS (88.5 Middleborough Center) at the other end of the
state, and a licensee can't own both a full-power signal and
a low-power FM.
*A call change in NEW HAMPSHIRE: Unbuilt
WSFO (90.7 Barrington) becomes WCTM, taking a callsign last seen
on the last beautiful-music AM signal in Eaton, Ohio a few years
back. In the Granite State, the calls now stand for "Consecrated
To Mary," and yes, it's a Catholic station.
*Mark Haines is being remembered for the
more than two decades he spent as a CNBC anchor, but before he
went national with the business channel in 1989, Haines was a
big name in RHODE ISLAND TV and radio, working at WPRO
(630) and WPRI (Channel 12) in the seventies. Haines also worked
at KYW-TV in Philadelphia and WABC-TV in New York before joining
CNBC. He died suddenly on Tuesday (May 24) at age 65.
There won't be a trial for former WWLI (105.1 Providence)
jock Tanya Cruise. Cruise, whose real name is Lori Sergiacomi,
pleaded guilty to insurance mail fraud and conspiracy in connection
with an incident last year in which she damaged her swimming
pool in order to try to collect on flood insurance for her house.
Prosecutors have agreed to ask for a sentence on the low end
of the scale; Sergiacomi could have faced up to 25 years in prison
for the crimes.
*ESPN Radio has new digs in Bristol, CONNECTICUT.
The network will open its new "Audio Avenue" studios
on Wednesday with live broadcasts from its stations in New York
(WEPN 1050), Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles and several other
affiliates. (And it doesn't seem like that long ago that your
editor was in Bristol, writing up ESPN Radio's previous new digs
for Radio World...)
Down the road in Hartford, WMRQ (104.1 Waterbury) has shuffled
its jock lineup, moving Kaiser from mornings to nights, shifting
newly-named assistant PD Fisch from afternoons to mornings and
hiring former WKCI morning man Michael Maze for afternoons.
*One of CANADA's longest-running
large-market DJs signed off this week. Aaron Rand did his last
show on CFQR (92.5 Montreal) on Thursday, closing out 26 years
at the station. His former co-hosts Tasso and Suzanne were back
on the air to say goodbye, appearing during a week of special
shows that included archival audio and lots of VIP call-ins.
Cat Spencer moves over from CJFM (Virgin Radio 95.9) to replace
Rand on "the Q."
In Tillsonburg, Ontario, Bill Adams has left his morning anchor
chair at CKOT-FM (Easy 101.3)/CJDL (Country 107.3), reports Milkman
And we remember the former co-host of the "Pete and Geets"
morning show, a longtime staple of CHUM-FM (104.5) and CFNY (102.1)
in Toronto. Pete Griffin was part of the CHUM-FM airstaff even
before the station's 1968 flip to rock, but it was after the
flip that he was paired with David Haydu (aka "Geets Romo")
to create the morning pairing that lasted until 1987. Griffin
later worked at CFGM (640) before moving to eastern Ontario.
He died Monday (May 23) in Smiths Falls, at age 81.
the NERW Archives
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 31, 2010 -
- On a slow holiday week in the U.S., we start this week's
abbreviated edition of NERW north of the border, where CANADA's
capital city has a new radio station. Astral Media's CJOT (99.7
Ottawa) began testing a few weeks back, and last Thursday (May
27) it launched officially as the latest outlet of Astral's "EZ
Rock" brand. The station's airstaff includes the "EZ
Breakfast Show" with Neil Hedley (late of New England radio,
including stops at Connecticut's WWYZ and WRKI and Metro Networks
in Hartford), Stephanie "Viv" Vivier (most recently
at CIQM in London) and Steve Kennedy; they're followed by Renee
Madden in middays and Sarah Kay and Jeff Kelly in afternoons.
- In Quebec City, the CRTC rejected three proposals for new
FM stations: on 105.7, Michel Cloutier proposed a French-language
jazz/blues station, while Evanov Communications proposed a French-language
contemporary easy listening station. Evanov also proposed a new
English-language station on 105.3. The CRTC agreed with Quebec
City's existing broadcasters that the market lacked the economic
vitality to support a new competitor - and in particular that
the Anglophone community in Quebec City was too small to support
Evanov's proposed English-language signal, which would therefore
have to draw an audience from the Francophone community to survive.
- Just like the Memorial Day weekend fun, the news this week
from NEW JERSEY is all at the shore. In Barnegat, north of Atlantic
City, WBNJ (91.9) makes its official debut tomorrow, programming
a mix of standards and oldies.
- Down the shore in Cape May, Allied Communications Network
Two has been granted a construction permit for a new signal on
91.5. The new 1 kW/63' station promises a bilingual station serving
the area's Latino community.
- It's not just New York City that gets to relive vintage radio
memories on Memorial Day. Western PENNSYLVANIA gets to join in
on the fun, too, thanks to "Radio 9" host/producer
Jay Thurber and Carnegie Mellon's WRCT (88.3 Pittsburgh). WRCT's
Monday lineup includes a three-hour special, "Chuck Brinkman
Remembers 1964," produced by Thurber and "Alfred E.
Newman" of the old WBZZ/B94 and hosted by Brinkman, the
longtime KQV/WTAE host who's now in Texas. The Brinkman special
airs Monday from noon-3 PM on WRCT and online at wrct.org.
Five Years Ago: May 29, 2006 -
- CBS Radio's desire to sell some of its stations in smaller
and slower-growing markets was one of the worst-kept secrets
in the broadcasting world. Now it's official, and to nobody's
surprise, the company's upstate NEW YORK holdings are among the
ten markets on the list. In Buffalo, the CBS Radio cluster of
four FMs and one AM includes two of the Queen City's most listened-to
stations, country WYRK (106.5) and urban WBLK (93.7 Depew), along
with AC WJYE (96.1), adult hits "Jack FM" WBUF (92.9)
and classic country WECK (1230 Cheektowaga). In Rochester, CBS
has four FMs: AC "Warm" WRMM (101.3), classic rock
WCMF (96.5), top 40 "98PXY" WPXY (97.9) and modern
rock "Zone" WZNE (94.1 Brighton).
- Both clusters came intact to the CBS Radio family in 1998,
part of a $2.6 billion CBS purchase of American Radio Systems
that also included stations in Boston (WBMX, with the rest of
the ARS cluster eventually being spun off to Entercom) and Hartford
(WTIC, WTIC-FM, WRCH and WZMX). Now CBS is ready to part with
the Buffalo and Rochester stations - along with clusters in Columbus,
Cincinnati, Greensboro, Kansas City, Memphis, Austin, San Antonio
and Fresno - as it focuses its energies on major markets and
a handful of medium markets where it holds a dominant market
- Another station swap is underway in upstate New York as well,
this one in the Hudson Valley south of Albany. We told you last
week that Pamal is trading its WRNX (100.9 Amherst MA) to Clear
Channel, and now we know what Pamal gets in return - five stations,
including WBPM (92.9 Saugerties) and WGHQ (920 Kingston) in the
Hudson Valley, WZRT (97.1) and WSYB (1380) in Rutland, VERMONT
and one AM in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Clear Channel acquired
WGHQ as part of its 2000 purchase of Roberts Radio, and added
92.9 (then WRKW) about the same time when it picked up the Straus
stations in the Hudson Valley. WZRT and WSYB came into the fold
later that year, as part of the $5.5 million purchase of Excalibur.
- For Pamal, the station swap gets it out of a tough competitive
situation in Springfield, where WRNX competed as a single station
against several larger rivals. In Rutland, Pamal will now dominate
the market, adding top 40 "Kiss" WZRT and news-talk
WSYB to its existing package of country WJEN (94.5), AC WJJR
(98.1) and AAA WEBK (105.3 Killington). (It's not clear what
becomes of WWWT 1320 in nearby Randolph, which has been simulcasting
WSYB for the last few years.)
- In the Hudson Valley, oldies "Cool 92.9" WBPM and
news-talk WGHQ join AC WHUD (100.7 Peekskill), top 40 WSPK (104.7
Poughkeepsie), standards WBNR (1260 Beacon)/WHUD (1420 Peekskill)
and AAA WXPK (107.1 Briarcliff Manor) as the northern links in
a Pamal cluster that now stretches south from Poughkeepsie into
New York City's northern suburbs. (They also link up nicely with
Pamal's stations in its home base of Albany.)
- In MAINE, they're mourning one of the state's radio news
legends. Dick Johnson began his career at WLOB in Portland in
1959, then moved to WPOR before joining WGAN (560), where he
remained for an amazing 40-year run in the newsroom, where he
covered pretty much every important event in Maine until he was
sidelined in January by a heart attack. Johnson never fully recovered,
and he died May 24 at the age of 69. Johnson had been inducted
into the Maine Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
He's survived by three sons and several grandchildren.
- Will Alex Langer beat the FCC deadline to get WFYL (1530
McConnellsburg) moved into the Philadelphia market? While the
original construction permit to make the move expired in 2004,
it was "tolled" for judicial review, buying Langer
more time to find a site where he can erect a Valcom antenna
to get the station on the air as a daytimer on 1180 licensed
to King of Prussia. Langer's latest application, filed last week,
proposes 420 watts from a Valcom fiberglass whip antenna that
would be located in the rough "between Fairways #5, #8 and
#9" of the Jeffersonville Golf Course off Route 363 in East
Norriton. It's a far cry from the 3 kW directional signal WFYL
originally planned, but if it can get at least get on the air
at its new frequency and location, power increases can take place
later on. (2011 update: WFYL beat the
deadline, and you can see the result at Tower Site of the Week.)
10 Years Ago: May 28, 2001 -
- The radio dial keeps spinning out on eastern Long Island
as AAA Entertainment finishes reworking its four-FM group way
out there. Here's how things are shaking out on the East End:
Last week, the soft AC sounds of "Z-lite" WBAZ moved
from Southold-licensed 101.7 to Bridgehampton-licensed WBSQ,
which had been doing a slightly more active blend of satellite-fed
AC. The new calls WCSO (remember those from Portland, Maine a
decade ago?) landed on 102.5, but that appears to be temporary.
When the dust settles, WBAZ will be the call on 102.5 - but don't
mark WCSO down on 101.7, either. Late last week, that frequency
began simulcasting local CHR outlet WBEA (104.7 Montauk), and
sure enough, "Beach Radio" will make 101.7 its new
home to better serve the more populated parts of the island that
can't hear the 104.7 signal from the farthest eastern tip of
the South Fork and to reduce competition with AAA's WKCD (107.7
Pawcatuck CT) across Long Island Sound.
- So what lands on 104.7 at the end of all the shuffling? Adult
standards, along with the WCSO calls (though the call swap hasn't
been made official yet). So that means it'll be WBEA on 101.7,
WBAZ on 102.5, WCSO on 104.7 and unchanged AAA-formatted WEHM
(96.7 East Hampton) moving into renovated quarters on North Sea
Road in Southampton later this summer. (Right now, WEHM and WBEA
are in downtown East Hampton, while WBAZ and the former WBSQ
are up on the North Fork in Southold.) And of course all four
stations will still struggle to amass the East End listenership
of the area's single oldest station, the legendary WLNG (92.1
Sag Harbor), where Paul Sidney and the gang continue to pump
out a wildly diverse mix of music, jingles, ship's bells and
local news and information.
- Elsewhere in NEW YORK this week, Utica listeners are also
doing some dial-twisting, at least if they're fans of Britney
and the Backstreet Boys. Clear Channel confirmed all those rumors
this week when it announced it will relocate the "Kiss"
format and jocks from WSKS (102.5 Rome) to the former "Wow
FM" simulcast of WOWB (105.5 Little Falls) and WOWZ (97.9
Whitesboro). What goes in next on 102.5? The rumor mill is churning
out suggestions of country, 80s, AC and the Clear Channel "Mix"
format; expect to know later this week or early next what the
actual choice will be.
- Over in Jersey City, WFMU (91.1 East Orange) DJ Glen Jones
sailed past the world record for longest on-air shift ever on
Monday morning. The record, held by a British jock, was 73 hours,
33 minutes; Jones finally signed off on Tuesday just a few seconds
after passing the 100 hour mark.
15 Years Ago: New England Radio Watch, May 28, 1996
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- (written by Garrett Wollman for the honeymooning Scott Fybush)
- Long-running construction permit WAEF, 96.5 in Bedford, N.H.,
is now on the air testing. The program seems to be an endless
loop of 20 minutes of classical music and 40 minutes of silence,
with no announcements or other identification. The station is
directional to protect WSRI in Rochester, N.H., and WTIC-FM,
but the signal is otherwise quite good for a class-A drop-in,
reaching all the way to Boston's Route 128 beltway (about ten
miles out of town). I had initially speculated that New Hampshire
Public Radio might attempt to purchase this CP to jump-start
their efforts at forming a second, all-classical network, but
an official there states that they are not involved with WAEF.
- 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
- WBFL in Bellows Falls, Vermont, has been sold. The station
previously was part of a two-and-a-half-station adult-alternative
network broadcasting from WUVR (now WNBX) in Lebanon, N.H. as
``The River''. WBFL and its Keene translator W288AM were observed
Monday rebroadcasting a scratchy over-the-air pickup of White
River Junction's WKXE ``Lite 95.3''. I did not have a chance
to hear WNBX to see if the AAA format survives on that station.
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