In this week’s issue… RIP, Porky – New York’s new morning order – New simulcast in Maine – KYW makes its move – Ordway returns, online – Nuevo espanol en Reading
By SCOTT FYBUSH
*There are some things that are simply unique to western PENNSYLVANIA. If you’re from Pittsburgh and vicinity, you do and say and eat a lot of things that are completely foreign to everyone else: Iron City beer, sandwiches with built-in fries, Sheetz M-T-O, Terrible Towels, the linguistic curiosity that is “yinz guys”…and Porky Chedwick.
Even in a radio industry that was so intensely local for so long, there were few jocks anywhere who had the incredible local stardom Porky enjoyed for six decades in Pittsburgh, yet were so completely unknown outside of town. But at home, Porky was as big as they came – and so the news of his death Sunday morning, even at the ripe old age of 96, still came with quite an impact.
Craig Chedwick’s childhood nickname didn’t really fit him as he grew into a lanky young man, but “Porky” he remained through his twenties as he built a career as a PA announcer for local sporting events. When he was 30, in 1948, he applied for a job at the new radio station in Homestead, and when WHOD (860) came on the air that year, Chedwick was part of the schedule with a weekend sports commentary. That five-minute slot quickly expanded into a longer show in which Chedwick played songs from his own collection of R&B 78s – and that grew into a daily afternoon gig that rivaled much bigger competitors such as KDKA, even with just 250 watts and a sunset signoff.
Chedwick came by the music honestly; while many listeners who never saw a picture of him assumed Porky must have been black, especially after hearing his on-air rhymes that presaged latter-day rap, he was in fact a white DJ who came from a neighborhood that was integrated in its intense poverty. “I was mainly looking for the gospel sound and down-home rhythm and blues,” Chedwick told his friend and biographer Ed Weigle, “the songs which spoke of the problems of poor people. That was my music.” (Weigle’s tale of Porky’s life can be read at Barry Mishkind’s OldRadio.com, and it’s a must-read.)
Porky’s music was so popular that it survived WHOD’s transition to WAMO in the fifties, which turned the station into country and western except when Porky was on. Two years later, WAMO went all-R&B, with Porky in a place of honor among an otherwise all-black airstaff. He remained at WAMO for decades, even as the station changed around him. By the time he was finally cut loose in 1984, he’d been at 860 on the dial in Pittsburgh essentially nonstop for 36 years.
Away from the radio booth, Porky was an indefatigable promoter of “his music,” emceeing record hops well into his nineties. Pittsburgh loved him right back: the city hosted “Porkstock” oldies festivals for several years at Three Rivers Stadium, oldies guru T.J. Lubinsky featured Porky prominently in several of his specials, and as recently as a week ago Porky was on the stage for the final installment of the long-running “Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll” concert series.
He moved down to Florida a few years ago as his health began to ebb, but that didn’t last, and before long Chedwick and his wife, Jeanne, were back home in Pittsburgh for good. He remained at least an occasional voice on the radio, returning to WAMO for a time amidst stints at WEDO (810 McKeesport), WLSW (103.9 Scottdale) and WKFB (770 Jeannette), among others.
Now the “Platter-Pushing Papa” is a part of radio history – and in Pittsburgh, at least, he’ll be remembered for a long, long time.
Memorial services for Chedwick were still being planned at deadline time; we’ll keep you posted here and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as details are announced.
*A couple of big moves over the weekend in Philadelphia: on the studio side, CBS Radio’s KYW (1060 Philadelphia) is out of sight of Independence Mall for the first time in more than four decades. KYW moved from its Art Deco home at 1619 Walnut Street to the corner of Market Street and Independence Mall East (aka Fifth Street) in 1972. In 2007, CBS split its facilities, moving KYW-TV (Channel 3) and WPSG (Channel 57) westward and northward to the corner of Fifteenth and Spring Garden Streets and relocating KYW radio half a block eastward to the office building at 400 Market Street, overlooking its former home, which is now the site of a museum.
It turns out CBS had more space in that TV facility than it needed for the two TV stations, and so it decided to move the KYW radio newsroom once again. As of Sunday, “Newsradio 1060” now originates from newly-renovated space right next to the CBS3 newsroom at the Spring Garden facility (the street address is actually 1555 Hamilton Street); its former 400 Market Street space will now be rebuilt to house talker WPHT (1210) and classic hits WOGL (98.1), which will move into the city later this year from their current digs in suburban Bala Cynwyd. CBS Radio’s remaining Philadelphia stations, WIP-FM (94.1)/WIP (610), will stay put in their current studios one floor up at 400 Market Street.
(Want to see what KYW looked like at 400 Market Street? We featured it just a few months ago in a Tower Site of the Week Extra!)
On the transmitter side, crews were busy over the weekend putting up a new antenna for WXPN (88.5). The legendary AAA station from the University of Pennsylvania has been on the former WKBS (Channel 48) tower at the western end of the Roxborough tower farm since moving down the dial from 88.9 a quarter of a century ago. Its new four-bay ERI antenna is now in place over at the southeastern corner of the tower farm, mounted to the former WPSG (Channel 57) analog antenna atop the “Gross Tower” off Paoli Avenue. With 2650 watts/1198′ from the new site, WXPN’s contours will be nearly identical to its present 5 kW/919′ from the channel 48 tower, but that extra height should give it a better view into some areas where the present signal is now shadowed.
In Reading, Clear Channel has flipped WRAW (1340) from “Cool Oldies” to Spanish hits as “Rumba 1340.” The new format is mostly fed by Clear Channel’s Premiere Choice service, but there’s at least one local shift, hosted by Johnny V., a Reading native who does the mix shows on Clear Channel’s WUSL (Power 99) in Philadelphia.
*On TV, new KJWP (Channel 2) has made it to Comcast cable in the Philadelphia market, and with that debut comes the end of a brief simulcast of the MeTV retro network on both KJWP’s 2.1 main channel and on WFMZ’s 69.2 subchannel in Allentown. WFMZ’s MeTV service didn’t have full cable coverage of the sprawling Philadelphia market, and when the MeTV contract with WFMZ ran out at the end of February, it wasn’t renewed. For now, WFMZ is carrying AccuWeather on both 69.2 and 69.3 while it seeks new programming.
*Outside Scranton, religious WRGN (88.1 Sweet Valley) is changing hands. Gospel Media Institute Inc. has filed to donate the station and its six translators (extending from Bethlehem up to Clark’s Summit) to Dallas, PA-based Good News for Life, headed by Dennis and Lucille Madeira.
State College religious broadcaster WTLR (89.9) is now on the air in Altoona, where it’s been granted a license to cover for its new 10-watt translator, W230CC (93.9).
On the LPFM front, Adventist Community Broadcasting Corp. has been granted 98.9 in Williamsport. Montgomery County picks callsigns WEMA-LP for its new 105.7 in Marlborough and WRDY-LP for 105.7 in Plymouth.
And speaking of LPFM fronts, the FCC received amendments this week from two of the last Cesar Guel applications still standing in the region. Guel, if you haven’t been following closely, is the Texas broadcaster whose own Hispanic Christian Community Broadcasting has a big pile of LPTV licenses, mostly in the Southwest and reportedly mostly off the air as much as they’re on. And in last fall’s LPFM window, he “consulted” some 246 applicants all over the country, all with identically bland mission statements, all with nonprofit registrations in Texas just weeks before the filing deadline, all listing Guel as “agent.” Several prominent LPFM activists, most notably Maryland-based REC Networks, filed objections to Guel’s applications, and the FCC responded with an extremely pointed letter to Guel and his Virginia-based lawyer, Dan J. Alpert, seeking very detailed information to determine whether the applicants for 14 Guel LPFMs even really exist.
Guel’s applications for “North Pittsburgh Community Radio” on 102.1 and “Pittsburgh Community Radio” on 107.1 weren’t among those 14, but it appears that the amendments filed last week specify different “studio” addresses for both, perhaps to stave off questions about whether the original addresses even existed.
So far, the FCC has dismissed 73 Guel applications (including one in Providence, two in Philadelphia, one in Buffalo, two on Long Island and one in Boston) and has yet to grant any. About half of the Guel apps remain in “accepted for filing” status, including the Pittsburgh applications and two in New Jersey. You can see the whole list, via REC Networks, here.
*Is there anything more that we can add to the deluge of press coverage out of NEW YORK over Scott Shannon’s debut this morning on WCBS-FM (101.1)?
As we told you in a NERW Extra on Tuesday, today’s the day that the former WPLJ (95.5) morning man officially signs on at CBS-FM, though he showed up overnight a few days back to get a feel for the studio. Dan Taylor moves from mornings to middays, displacing Ron Parker from the lineup. (CBS Radio says it hopes to find a new spot for the versatile Parker somewhere in the cluster.)
For CBS, this is actually a rare example of fixing something that’s not broken. Shannon’s ratings on WPLJ lagged Taylor’s on WCBS-FM, and Parker reportedly had the number-one show in his midday slot. Will Shannon’s name recognition bring some of his former WPLJ audience over to WCBS-FM without losing fans of Taylor’s less personality-heavy approach? The real test, of course, will be not in the ratings books but in the billing numbers, and we won’t know how those look quite as quickly as the PPM ratings arrive.
*The clear loser in the Shannon sweepstakes, of course, is Clear Channel’s WOR (710). All those confident assertions that WOR’s abrupt dismissal of the Washington-based “Elliot in the Morning” show were part of a clever plan to clear the decks for Scott Shannon…well, those were wrong, weren’t they? (And, indeed, at least one prominent message-board pundit admitted as much, after the fact.)
Trouble is, if WOR didn’t have a cunning plan in the works when it sent Elliot Segal back to DC, we’re left to conclude that what we’re looking at is a $30 million radio station with no plan B and in fact no real game plan for mornings at all. The versatile Hilarie Barsky has been filling in for now, but that’s purely an interim move, and the clock is ticking: WOR’s new Mets broadcasts began this past week with Spring Training action from Florida, and Clear Channel’s new partners in Flushing would presumably like a high-profile name in morning drive talking about the previous night’s Mets action once the season starts in just a few weeks. Who might that be? In a cost-cutting world where everything’s syndicated outside of morning drive, there’s no local bench for WOR to turn to, and not many compelling personalities to be imported from other Clear Channel talkers elsewhere, either.
While WOR searches for a morning host who can mix current affairs and a hefty dose of sports, it’s also still looking to fill an even more pressing opening: there’s still no Mets pre- and post-game host in place, and that’s going to be a very important role very soon, especially because that host will also be doing local evening sports talk on nights when the Mets are off.
*While WOR struggles, Salem’s WNYM (970 Hackensack NJ) has made its interim morning lineup official: filling the void left behind by Curtis Sliwa’s abrupt departure for WABC in January, comedian Joe Piscopo now has the wakeup slot on “970 the Answer” for good, alongside producer/co-host Frank Morano and newsman Al Gatullo. Piscopo’s new radio career happened almost by accident – he offered his services to PD Phil Boyce after Sliwa left, and a guest stint turned into a full-time show, complete with a hookup so Piscopo can broadcast live from his New Jersey home instead of WNYM’s lower Manhattan studios.
*There was a time when Kingston-licensed WRNN-TV was a major source of news in the underserved Hudson Valley. Back in its days as analog channel 62, “RNN” produced several hours a night of local news for the area from its studios on Broadway in Kingston and served as a launching pad for plenty of TV news careers in the region. In recent years, of course, WRNN (now on digital channel 48) has become largely a source of infomercials, but a vestige of its old Kingston focus continued for the last two years in the form of “Kingston Now.” That weekly show, produced in the former WRNN studios (now the Seve21 Media Center) and hosted by WDST (100.1 Woodstock)’s Jimmy Buff, has been cancelled. Producer Jeremy Ellenbogen tells the Kingston Daily Freeman the TV station didn’t say why the show is being cancelled. The only remaining vestige of WRNN’s old “Regional News Network” presence on the broadcast airwaves is its one nightly talk show, “Richard French Live,” hosted by the station’s owner; behind the scenes, though, RNN has become a content producer for cable and satellite, producing the 24-hour “FiOS 1” channels for Verizon’s systems on Long Island and in New Jersey, among other projects.
Bud Williamson’s Digital Radio Broadcasting wants to change frequency on a Port Jervis translator, shifting W255CM (98.9 Port Jervis) down the dial to 88.1. The move would allow the translator to become a relay of noncommercial WNYX (88.1 Montgomery), which a Williamson-affiliated nonprofit is now running with an 80s-pop format.
In Utica, the FCC has granted Galaxy’s application to downgrade WTLB (1310) from a four-tower class B directional to a non-directional class D signal. When three of WTLB’s four towers come down, the sports station will go from 5000 watts day/500 watts night to 2600 watts day and just 38 watts at night. Since “ESPN Radio Utica-Rome” is now heard in Utica on powerful translator W256AJ (99.1), Galaxy is betting the power drop won’t cost it many real-world listeners. (And it’s probably right.)
In the LPFM arena, Grand Street Community Arts gets a grant for 107.1 in Albany. On the callsign front, Angelica Community Radio’s new 92.7 in the Southern Tier will be WRAQ-LP, while Birds of a Feather’s new Woodstock 104.1 will be WIOF-LP when it signs on. (And yes, that’s the same call, which sort of stands for “104,” that spent years on what’s now WMRQ on 104.1 in the Hartford, Connecticut market.)
*Big news on the NEW JERSEY shore: Marty Martinez is retiring after 37 years on the air, the last 13 as morning man on active rock WRAT (95.9 Point Pleasant). Martinez did his last “Carl and Marty in the Morning Show” on Friday, handing the solo reins to PD Carl Craft for now. Before joining the Greater Media station on the shore in 2001, Martinez spent 22 years at WNEW-FM (102.7) in New York, including the morning show from 1980 until 1999; he also spent two years as PD of the eYada.com online talk experiment. “After 37 years of rocking the airwaves, I believe it’s time to enjoy what life has to offer next,” Martinez said in the announcement of his retirement.
Down the shore, “Joe and Scott” (Ciappana and Friedman, respectively) are about to be out of a job in the Atlantic City market. After five years at WZXL (100.7), they’ll be replaced next Monday by another pair of hosts with the same names. “JoJo and Scotty” are Joseph Borsello and Scotty Reilly, and they’re departing Longport Media’s WMGM (103.7) to move over to Equity Communications and WZXL starting March 10. No replacement has been named yet over at WMGM, though of course the other “Joe and Scott” are now available…
*One of the best-known sports radio voices in MASSACHUSETTS is going online. Glenn Ordway was one of the stars at Entercom’s WEEI for more than a quarter of a century before being cut loose a year ago. Now he’s taking his “Big Show” to a new streaming service he’s starting, SportsTalkBoston.com. Ordway will do the “Big Show Unfiltered” live on weekdays from 3-6 PM beginning March 17. “I look forward to presenting an alternative in the market that will feature the best of the past with some new, innovative elements and voices,” Ordway said in announcing the new stream. “And there is no reason to hold anything back anymore. It’s all unfiltered.”
Back at Entercom, some comings and goings: after more than 18 years with WRKO (680) and WEEI, Pete Gustin departed on Friday, taking his production and voiceover skills to a collection of clients he’ll now serve personally. Down the hall at WAAF (107.3)/WKAF (97.7), there’s a replacement for former Hill-Man Morning Show producer Anthony Parziale. Three months after “Spaz” left WAAF to start his own company, Rob Stevens is inbound from San Diego, where he’d been part of the crew on the morning show at that city’s active rocker, Clear Channel’s KIOZ (105.3).
One more Entercom Boston note: WRKO’s talk format is now being heard on the HD2 of WEEI-FM (93.7 Lawrence), where it replaces the “Funkytown” rhythmic format that was the last surviving gasp of the old “Star” format from 93.7’s days as WQSX. The 93.7 signal, which favors the North Shore and downtown, largely overlaps WRKO’s AM coverage; will Entercom eventually add WRKO on an HD subchannel of WAAF, which would fill in WRKO’s significant nighttime signal gap to the west?
*A correction from last week: WFRQ (93.5 Frank FM) is a Codcomm station, not a Cape Cod Broadcasting station – but there’s news this week from Bev Tilden and her crew over at Cape Cod Broadcasting. WQCB (99.9), WKPE (103.9), WOCN (104.7) and WFCC (107.5) have added a news director position, and its first occupant is Laura Reckford. She comes to the Cape Cod stations from many years in the print/online arena, where she edited the Barnstable Enterprise and has been running the CapeCodWave.com website. At CCB, she’ll helm one of the more robust news operations at a smaller-market music-oriented cluster anywhere.
Speaking of Cape Cod Broadcasting, the job its new PD Jerry McKenna left behind in Worcester has been filled. Until December of last year, McKenna had been operations manager at Cumulus’ Worcester stations, WXLO (104.5 Fitchburg) and WORC-FM (98.9 Webster) and PD of WXLO, and now that job has a well-known name to fill McKenna’s shoes. Lance Ballance’s resume includes some time at AC giant KBIG (104.3) in Los Angeles, followed by a decade down south at stations in Memphis, Birmingham and most recently in Fort Myers, Florida. He’s getting a head start on the Red Sox’s northward pilgrimage; Ballance is already on the job in downtown Worcester.
One of New England’s longer-running syndicated offerings has picked up a prominent new clearance: Craig Bailey’s “Floydian Slip” originates in Vermont, and as of this past weekend the all-Pink Floyd show is being heard on WAQY (102.1) in Springfield, along with some 50 other stations around the country and around the world.
In the LPFM arena, the town of Acton has been granted a CP for a new signal on 94.9. On the North Shore, the Lynn schools’ new 96.5 takes calls, WVUL-LP. The new cable access-operated LPFMs in central Massachusetts will be WFPR-LP (102.9 Franklin) and WVAO-LP (105.9 Athol), and Worcester’s new religious 106.1 will be WSRG-LP.
We don’t usually devote much space in this column to our colleagues on the record industry side of the business, but the death of Jerry Brenner can’t go without notice here. Brenner was a 1958 Revere High graduate, and after a stint in the Army he went into the record business in New England, working for several promoters (including Music City Music) before becoming one of the region’s best-known “indies” (independent record promoters) in the 1970s. Brenner’s partner was Carl Strube, who’s now one of the partners in Port Broadcasting (WNBP in Newburyport and WWSF in Sanford, Maine.) Brenner remained an active and well-loved part of the industry until becoming sick these last few years; he lost his fight with cancer last Monday, at age 73.
*In MAINE, Blueberry Broadcasting is trying hard to blur the boundaries between the Augusta/Waterville market and the Bangor market to the east. Last week, Blueberry killed off the “Midcoast 102.5” AC format on WQSS (102.5 Camden), replacing it with a simulcast of the “Kiss” AC format that’s already running down the coast on WKSQ (94.5 Ellsworth) and that’s been simulcast since last fall on WQSK (97.5 Madison, formerly all-sports WIGY). Neither 97.5 nor 102.5 covers the entire Augusta/Waterville market, but together the simulcast covers most of central Maine, while 94.5 reaches greater Bangor.
The “Kiss” trimulcast completes the set of Augusta-Waterville/mid-coast/Bangor simulcasts in the Blueberry family: “Bear” country on WBFB (97.1 Bangor), WBFE (99.1 Bar Harbor, which changed calls from WLKE last September) and WMCM (103.3 Rockland); “Big” classic hits on WABK (104.3 Gardiner), WBAK (104.7 Belfast) and WBKA (107.7 Bar Harbor); rock WTOS (105.1 Skowhegan), WTUX (101.1 Gouldsboro) and WTQX (96.7 Boothbay Harbor); and news-talk WVOM-FM (103.9 Howland), WVOM (1450 Rockland) and WVQM (101.3 Augusta).
*A cluster without central Maine simulcasts, Stephen King’s Zone Company, is adding a translator in Bangor. Zone will pay David Stout $80,000 for the construction permit translator W252CT (98.3). The CP, granted last November, already calls for Zone’s WZON (620 Bangor) to be the parent station, and with 250 watts from 328 feet up on WZON’s main tower on Broadway, the 98.3 signal will provide potent coverage of Bangor. (WZON’s “Pulse” progressive talk format had been simulcast on FM in the past on what’s now WZLO 103.1 Dover-Foxcroft; that station split off at the start of 2013 to go AAA, and WZON has been AM-only since then.)
*In the LPFM arena in NEW HAMPSHIRE, Living Word Ministries of Charlestown has been granted a CP for 105.7 in Charlestown. There are new calls for 99.9 in Bethlehem, WZNC-LP.
Meanwhile in translator-land, it appears Cumulus and Townsquare didn’t quite have all their t’s crossed when they did their big station swap last fall. When Townsquare took over a big batch of Cumulus markets (giving Cumulus the cash it needed to buy out Dial Global), someone forgot to include the licenses for three FM translators and a satellite earth station as part of the FCC paperwork. As a result, Townsquare got WOKQ (97.5 Dover) and WPKQ (103.7 North Conway), but Cumulus held on to the license for WOKQ’s Manchester translator, W250AB (97.9). Cumulus filed quickly to add W250AB to the transaction, but the FCC moved slowly on the paperwork, and so it wasn’t until just this past week that W250AB, along with two translators in Rochester, Minnesota and that earth station in Michigan officially changed hands to Townsquare for the sum of $10. Until then, there was actually an LMA of sorts in place (for an additional sum of $10!), and it’s a very good bet that the legal fees to clean up the mess far exceeded the “cash value” of that odd transaction.
*It’s a big move up in market size for a VERMONT jock, as Kimmie Caruba trades the snows of Burlington for the sun (or, at the moment, the pounding rains) of Phoenix, Arizona. Caruba’s moving from middays on WXXX (95.5 South Burlington) to nights at KMLE (107.9 Chandler), CBS Radio’s country station in the Phoenix market. She’ll start out there in two weeks; no replacement has been named yet at Triple-X.
*In RHODE ISLAND, EMF Broadcasting’s “K-Love” network has a stronger signal over Warwick: it’s completed the upgrade of translator W284BA (104.7), a relay of WTKL (91.1 North Dartmouth MA), from 38 to 99 watts. The translator remains at its existing site off Pontiac Avenue near the I-95/Route 37 interchange.
There’s a new weekend lineup in place at Rhode Island Public Radio, where programmers have added eight new shows to the mix. The new lineup (available in full here) includes newcomers such as “PRX Remix,” “Bullseye,” “Ask Me Another,” and one of our favorites, “Dinner Party Download,” as well as some more-established fare (“Radiolab,” “TED Radio Hour”) that hadn’t yet found a home on RIPR.
We’re still a little early for “Baseball on the Radio” – but there’s a bit of minor-league news from the Pawtucket Red Sox, where Josh Maurer is joining the broadcast booth this season. There’s been a lot of turnover there in recent years. Bob Socci was the most recent play-by-play man on WHJJ (920) and the PawSox network, but he departed after just a few months to replace Gil Santos in the Patriots’ radio booth. Maurer comes to the PawSox from UMass Amherst, where he’s spent six years calling football and basketball. He has baseball experience, too, with the Class A Charleston River Dogs down in the Carolina League.
*A new LPFM callsign in CONNECTICUT: 102.5 in Manchester will be WYPH-LP.
*In eastern CANADA, Rogers was busy with a format change in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On Friday morning at 8, CKLT (92.9) ditched the “Lite 92.9” AC format it’s had since 2009 and its shift from the AM dial (it’s the former CFDR 780); in its place is one of the few new “Jack” adult hits outlet to debut in recent memory. The new Halifax Jack has a new morning show: Griff Henderson and Caroline Parker, who’ve been off the air since competitor CKUL (96.5) flipped to AAA last summer.
Meanwhile in Ontario, Corus has been busy rebranding several of its stations. CKWS (104.3 Kingston) dropped its “Greatest Hits” format on Monday, flipping to AC as simply “Hits 104.3.” A day later, CKDK (103.9 Woodstock) in the London market dropped its “More” hot AC format, flipping to country as “Country 104” and giving some competition to Bell’s longstanding country signal in town, CJBX (BX93). And there may be more Corus flips to come: RadioInsight reports there’s a domain registration for “Hits 101.9,” apparently for a forthcoming flip at CJSS in Cornwall.
There’s a rebranding up in Cottage Country, too: Vista has turned “New 105.5 FM, Muskoka’s Lite Favourites” (CFBK Huntsville) into “Moose 105.5,” matching the branding on the other stations it acquired from Haliburton in 2012. CFBK had been “Moose” once before, from Haliburton’s 2008 acquisition until 2010.
In Montreal, Wayne Bews is switching teams: after a long run as GM at Bell’s CKGM (690, and 990 before that), Bews moved last fall to the TV side of the Bell world, doing sales for CFCF (Channel 12) after the Bell/Astral merger eliminated his old job. Now Bews is returning to a GM’s chair, over at Cogeco’s CKBE (92.5 the Beat). Bews will also serve as general sales manager at the Beat, where he fills the void left by Mark Dickie, who’s now running Corus’ Ottawa and Cornwall stations.
*And speaking of voids, there’s a very big one now along the Trans-Canada Highway near the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border. Radio Canada International silenced its shortwave transmitters at Sackville, New Brunswick back in October 2012. (We profiled the site in Tower Site of the Week right around the time it went off the air.)
RCI tried hard to find a buyer for the huge site, which has a history dating back to World War II, but to no avail. Now demolition has begun on the big tower arrays out in the Tantramar Marsh, with a goal of returning the site to the pristine condition in which the CBC found it when construction began in the 1940s.
It’s a sad end to a site that was once Canada’s voice to the world beyond, and we’re sorry to see it go.
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