After taking a year off in 2007, I made the trip back out to the Dayton, OH Hamvention back in May. Along with the great time at the Hamvention comes a good amount of legal IDs recorded along the way, as well as there in the Dayton, OH area. I'll start off this year's collection with the IDs from the eastern half of the trip, some recorded on the way out, and some on the way back. Enjoy the new IDs from Atlantic City, Bridgeport-Stamford-Danbury, Harrisburg-Lancaster-York, Monmouth-Ocean, New Haven, New London, New York, Philadelphia, Poughkeepsie, Trenton, and Wilmington.
Archive for December, 2008
It's long been my position that, with the United States being the most transient country in memory, if you choose to live in a frigid climate (say, Green Bay or The One True Rochester), you've chosen to give up your right to whine about the cold/snow/sleet/death wind.
I'm not changing my mind on that, but I am doing my part to Think Warm by featuring a grab bag of IDs from Texas, including new Toppy markets Bryan-College Station, Texarkana and Victoria, as well as new goodies from Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco.
As always, thanks to Friends o' Toppy Justin Truehitt and Chris Rollins...and come back next week for Texas, Part Deux: A Heapin' Helpin' o' Houston.
At least in my travels, there are only two states that have regions widely and popularly referred to as "upstate."
One, of course, is my native New York, where "upstate" can mean anything from "north of the northern tip of Manhattan," if you live in the city, to "somewhere west of Utica," if you live in, say, Buffalo. (From here in Rochester, I tend to fix the line somewhat south of Albany, though I'm well aware that plenty of people in the Hudson Valley firmly believe they live "upstate.")
Remarkably, until today, this market (#59 to the Arbitron folks) was the last of the top 100 Arbitron markets completely unrepresented here on Toppy. This handful of IDs, collected from a motel room 80 miles away in Charlotte in the fall of 2007, just scratches the surface, and at some point we'll have to dig out the much more comprehensive set of IDs from our one and only trip into "the Upstate" itself back in 2003.
(The next largest market still unrepresented on Toppy, in case you're curious, is #101 - Visalia/Hanford, CA, though a few stations licensed to those cities do show up here in the nearby, and much larger, Fresno market.)
One extra stocking-stuffer before we call it quits for 2008 and take our site-wide (right, Brian?) holiday hiatus until the first week of January: another ID from that same batch, this one (WMIT 106.9 Black Mountain, one of the biggest FM signals in the East) falling just over the state line into the Asheville NC market, which has a tremendous amount of overlap (including a shared TV market) with upstate South Carolina.
See you next year!
Here we are into the winter weather season here in New England, even though it isn't quite winter on the calendar yet. Last week, parts of central New England were hit hard by one of the worst ice storms I can remember. Fortunately the ice didn't take down any stations' towers that I know of, but it did knock power out to quite a few. Several stations, including WTAG in Worcester kept running on generator power for several days, providing outstanding coverage. I was busy myself keeping some paging transmitters running on generator power. This weekend, it's snow, and a lot of it. Here on the South Shore, I'm looking out the window at around a foot of snow, and there's more on the way.
Once again this week, there's new material from Boston. I'm continuing to clean up my folder of new IDs from the past couple years, but today, I'll also give you some more IDs from a lot further back than that. Also, enjoy some more classic IDs from New Bedford, Providence, Portland, Salisbury-Ocean City, and Tampa that I've acquired in airchecks over the years.
...or at least in my tape deck!
This week, we wrap up our Charlotte, North Carolina market update from last September, which leaves us just a few more IDs from that trip to share with you - so join us next week, holiday or not, for some Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville and Atlanta IDs before we return to the frigid Northeast.
Oh, and speaking of the frigid Northeast, how about some warm birthday wishes for birthday boy (and frequent Toppy contributor/Big Trip co-conspirator) Garrett Wollman?
This week's update is similar to last week's, as I'll once again start it off with some more from the never ending Boston collection. Next it's back up to Maine with some Augusta this week, with most being recorded from here in Southeastern MA except for WMDR, which was recorded via their 92.5 translator while I was up in Portland.
We also have some more this week from the collection of John Holcomb. Enjoy the new (and some from earlier this decade) IDs from Allentown-Reading, Stamford, Philadelphia, Scranton-Wilkes Barre, and Trenton.
When most people think of Palm Springs, images of the Rat Pack and other old-school actors sipping martinis around a pool overlooking the desert usually spring to mind.
When I think of Palm Springs...well, images of the Rat Pack and other old-school actors sipping martinis around a pool overlooking the desert usually spring to mind. Well, that and Robert Downey, Jr. going for a Thanksgiving blow binge.
But, let's think more positively, shall we? Garrett Wollman hit the Coachella Valley earlier this year and snagged us most of the IDs from the area (including a swell simulcast ID that includes Louisiana and Nebraska!). Dig on them, probably while you're thinking of the Rat Pack and other old-school actors sipping martinis around a pool overlooking the desert.
A few weeks ago, WFAE, one of the public radio stations in Charlotte, North Carolina, did a lengthy series called "The Buffalo/Charlotte Connection," exploring why so many people from up here in western New York end up migrating to that other Queen City on the North Carolina/South Carolina border. (Yes, there's yet another "Queen City" on the Ohio River, but we don't have any fresh Cincy IDs at the moment...)
OK, so it's easy to understand the appeal of Charlotte this time of year, when the sun seems to rise around 11:30 AM in western New York, at which point it looks around, sees no signs of life and promptly sets again a little after 1. (I understand it's even bleaker in, say, Appleton, Wisconsin, though.)
On the other hand, I can get from my nice suburban house to the radio station downtown in all of 15 minutes - at rush hour. Try that on the Belk Freeway in Charlotte, where road construction has, shall we say, failed to keep pace with the population boom.
Also, our economy up here doesn't depend on two huge banks that just cratered. Just sayin'...
In any event, it was a very pleasant 75 degrees or so during most of the time I spent in Charlotte back in September 2007. In the first of two installments from that trip, we offer you most of the city's AM dial, including a few stations with some, er, questionable ID practices - and some more prominent ones, too, like WBT, featured this week over at Tower Site of the Week, and the unusual "Franchise" sports-talk pair of WFNZ 610/WFNA 1660, which simulcast more often than not. (We offer them in both simulcast and non-simulcast mode.)
And, no, we didn't manage to snag an ID from WFAE itself, for some reason. That - and some of the others missing here - are in a pile of IDs from a 2003 Charlotte visit that will surface here on Toppy sometime next year, if I get my act together.
Well it's been a couple weeks since I've done an update, so I figured it was time for another big one. I'll start it off with yes, believe it or not, more Boston, so I can start cleaning out that folder. I also found some more DX audio sitting around from earlier this year, so I'll also give you some IDs from Bangor, recorded from here in MA.
Next, here's some IDs from John Holcomb, who I've traded quite a few airchecks with over the years. Enjoy the new IDs from Atlantic City, Kansas City, Monmouth-Ocean, New York, Orlando, Salisbury-Ocean City, Trenton, Washington, and Wilmington.
No rhyme or reason to tonight's update, just a nice bunch of IDs as we work towards clearing out the box. Newness tonight includes some old school from Detroit and Los Angeles, plus Elizabeth City-Nags Head, new market Harrisonburg, VA, Raleigh, Syracuse and Washington DC.
Thanks as always to our contributors: Frank Hartge, Jim Stewart, David Baines, Bob Corbin, Alex Silverman and Tybois Uphold.