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    John Basalla
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    I’m still mad at Bob Conrad for selling 1420. Salem already had enough stations in Cleveland and didn’t need any more. But apparently, money talks.

    Salem had 95.5FM for their music programming, “The Fish”, AM1220 for their Preaching/Teaching format (although they kept it as Sports-Talk for a long time) and needed a permanent home for their Talk programming.  They owned AM850 where they initially kept the music format, although they slipped in Hugh Hewitt’s talk show, then at 6:00pm.  My memory is blurry on how and when everything played out.  Mr. Conrad placed the music on AM1420.  Sports moved from AM1220 to AM850 at some point.
    #186450

    radioperson
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    WHK would have been a good fit for Radio One, as the day/night coverage is strong into HDBA areas.  They run gospel on 1300 and 1490 is their urban-talk station, but 1490’s signal is so weak it even misses some HDBA areas, especially after sunset and before sunrise (which covers most of drive time in the winter).  Urban talk on 1420 would have made a great fit.  Otherwise, not much you can do with a 5Kw with a tight night directional in an urban area, except have someone like Salem run their right wing talk format to enhance network clearance claims for their national advertisers (what they have of them).  One historical note:  When Air America failed based on lack of ratings, Hugh Hewitt talked about their low ratings and laughed about it.  The irony is that the Salem talk format does not get any substantial ratings anywhere and only survives because of Salem’s financial support!

    #186451

    John Basalla
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    …gospel on 1300 and 1490 is their urban-talk station.

    As you may know, 1490AM was the long-time home for the WJMO call letters.  They were an R&B station.  1300AM, under different ownership, was the long-time home for the WERE call letters, and I started listening to them when they were a talk station in the early 1970s with the famous, or infamous, Gary Dee in Morning Drive, Merle Pollis on afterwards, and the wacky “Count” Manelesco in the evening time-slot.
    When Radio One got a hold of both signals, they noted the growing and moving of the African-American audience to the suburbs, thus they wanted to have the stronger of the two signals for their Gospel music format to more effectively reach this audience.  So, they switched the call letters of the two signals so that WJMO now occupies the AM1300 signal and the WERE call letters occupy the AM1490 signal with Urban Talk and brokered talk.
    #186452

    skiwest
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    It’s sad that the legendary WERE call letters are now on a feeble signal.

    #186453

    michael p
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    Nevermind, I looked up the meaning of HDBA myself.

    • This reply was modified 1 week ago by  michael p.
    #186455

    Nathan Obral
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    To be honest, every AM signal in the market has major technical deficiencies to some degree. The best AM signals in order are 1100, 1220, 1420… then 850. Even 1100 has weaknesses when you get near Lake County.

    1220, 1300 and 1490, and to an extent, 1420, have signals that couldn’t keep up with the suburban growth. 850’s night pattern is so tight at night that it totally avoids Lorain County, and 1220’s signal has degraded badly in recent years (there was a senior citizen complex built right next to the WHKW transmitters in recent years, and that couldn’t have helped matters at all).

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!

    #186458

    skiwest
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    I was told by someone in the radio business that many years ago, WHK had an opportunity to increase their power, possibly up to 50 kW, but they never did it.  Now, there is no way they can do it.

    #186460

    Nathan Obral
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    I was told by someone in the radio business that many years ago, WHK had an opportunity to increase their power, possibly up to 50 kW, but they never did it. Now, there is no way they can do it.

    That would have been interesting. Even back then, the signal would have needed to be very directional to the southwest and southeast so as to avoid two 1410s, WING in Dayton and KQV in Pittsburgh. Not to mention avoiding 1430 CKYC in Toronto at night.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!

    #186462

    skiwest
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    I was told by someone in the radio business that many years ago, WHK had an opportunity to increase their power, possibly up to 50 kW, but they never did it. Now, there is no way they can do it.

    That would have been interesting. Even back then, the signal would have needed to be very directional to the southwest and southeast so as to avoid two 1410s, WING in Dayton and KQV in Pittsburgh. Not to mention avoiding 1430 CKYC in Toronto at night.

    Well, I believe it would have also involved a frequency move.
    #186470

    dannykewl
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    For those too young to remember, back in the day, 1220 as WGAR was 50KW, as was and is 1100. I think WHK was always 5KW, used to be able to hear them on I-90 going into NY state. Today’s 850 claims to be 50KW day? Was either 5KW or 10KW back in the day, 1960’s-70’s. I remember WIXY 1260 was very weak going east on 422 by LaDue, actually all of Cleveland’s AM’s took a hit out that way.

    • This reply was modified 5 days, 20 hours ago by  dannykewl.
    #186478

    santa fe
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    Before WHK was sold to Salem, a very cursory study was done that suggested it was possible they could get 50kw day and maybe 10 kw nights but it would require a complete redo of the antenna system, towers, ground system, switching equipment and more. It was deemed  not worth exploring further at the time.

     

     

     

     

    #186479

    vjm1
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    I’m still mad at Bob Conrad for selling 1420. Salem already had enough stations in Cleveland and didn’t need any more. But apparently, money talks.

    Salem had 95.5FM for their music programming, “The Fish”, AM1220 for their Preaching/Teaching format (although they kept it as Sports-Talk for a long time) and needed a permanent home for their Talk programming. They owned AM850 where they initially kept the music format, although they slipped in Hugh Hewitt’s talk show, then at 6:00pm. My memory is blurry on how and when everything played out. Mr. Conrad placed the music on AM1420. Sports moved from AM1220 to AM850 at some point.

    During the great frequency swap of 2001, WKNR’s sports format moved from 1220 to 850, 1220 became WHK with the preach & teach format, the WAKS “KISS” Top 40 format went from 104.9 to 96.5 (moving 96.5 up to Cleveland from Akron), 95.5 became WFHM “The Fish” with their Christian contemporary format, and Bob Conrad wound up with WCLV AM 1420 (“Classic Pops”)/FM 104.9 (Classical music). And to round things out, Akron’s WKDD AC format moved from 96.5 to 98.1 (moving the latter from Canton to Akron)

    In 2003, Conrad brought back the WRMR call letters for 1420 and turned it into a more traditional standards station like it was during the AM 850 era.

    The following year Conrad cut bait, sold 1420 back to Salem, who then restored the traditional WHK call letters and turned it into the conservatalk station it is to this very day, and 1220 became WHKW, still with the preach & teach format.

    #186487

    Nathan Obral
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    Really, the whole point of the station asset sale/swap of July 2001 was so Robert Conrad could preserve WCLV’s classical format. In the mid-late 1990s, multiple commerical classical stations in major markets were signing off – WFLN in Philly, WQRS in Detroit, WNIB in Chicago and WNCN in New York City being the most notable ones. KING-FM in Seattle was saved when it was transferred to a non-profit, and that inspired Bob to make a similar move.

    What was once a strength for WCLV, the 95.5 signal, soon became an albatross once the other remaining local owners in town – Zapis (WZAK/WJMO), Zebra** (WZJM), Embrescia-Wilson-Pollock (WDOK/WRMR) and WIN Broadcasting (WQAL) – sold out at the same exact time to Chancellor Media, which was merging into Capstar – a conglomerate that acquired 1220 WKNR in a divestiture with Jacor – and became AMFM, Inc.

    WKNR and WRMR were sold to Salem as a result of the Clear Channel/AMFM merger two years later, and Salem promptly began to insert brokered programming on both stations… WRMR most perniciously became all-brokered from 4pm to 12am on weekdays and Saturdays on April 2001, the remaining personalities pushed into two or three hour shifts each.

    The license for WHK 1420 was dealt to Radio Seaway in exchange for 95.5 and was intended to simulcast WCLV 104.9 Lorain on a 24/7 basis (the latter acquired from Clear Channel, in exchange for CC picking up 98.1 Canton from Salem). 1420 would be owned by Radio Seaway, and 104.9 would be owned by a non-profit established to hold the license in perpetuity, with operating control leased out to Radio Seaway.

    What Robert Conrad didn’t expect to see was Salem announcing that WRMR would permanently sign off and that WKNR’s intellectual property would be transferred to the 850 signal. To be honest, few would have thought it, not because of the demographic issues with pop standards (which was the reason), but because sports/talk is totally out of Salem’s programming wheelhouse.

    So a hasty deal was cut whereupon Radio Seaway acquired WRMR’s intellectual property, hired most of the personalities (Rob Schuler stayed with Salem and was transferred to The Fish as an evening host) and the notion of a 1420/104.9 simulcast was quickly dispensed with.

    **Zebra was, for all intents and purposes, a shell company for Zapis.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!

    #186495

    delgriffith
    Participant

    Jay Sekulow is being retained by Trump as his primary lawyer, and is on the cable networks explicitly as such. He should not be actively hosting a radio show, but Salem doesn’t care. They are a house organ for Trump just like Fox News is… if you don’t comply, you’re forced out like Medved was or buried in late night and ignored like Joe Walsh is. Jay’s continued employment by Salem is even more poisonous when you realize that Larry Kudlow was forced to give up his weekend talk show when he joined Trump as an adviser, but that’s because Cumulus/Westwood One is run by people with ethical backgrounds.

    I don’t think, though, that it’s accurate to say that he’s actually employed by Salem (like Mr. Walsh is and Mr. Medved was). His show may officially be an in-house ACLJ production–even though, yes, it’s carried on a lot of Salem-owned outlets. Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised if the airtime for the show is actually bought.

    I think you’re right.  I believe Jay is pay to play.
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