Future of La Mega thread

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  • #185750

    agonza01
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    I have been reading all this post and it seems that you guys take enjoyment of the facts that the only Spanish Radio Station in Cleveland is going away.  Let the bureaucrats and the Station management, handle the fate of the station.  In my opinion, while La Mega 87.7 FM has contracts with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Browns, we are going to have mega for a minute, even at 3 watts or via the web.

    La Mega 87.7 FM Latino and Proud!!

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    #185752

    MediaFan85
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    For you to think we are taking “enjoyment of the facts that the only Spanish Radio Station in Cleveland is going away” is inaccurate.  I don’t want the La Mega format to go away.  I hope another station or signal picks up the format or station.

    It’s mainly the fact that WLFM is actually a television station that can be heard on radio receivers, and that it’s lifespan has always meant to be limited.  I have nothing against the programmers behind the Spanish format.

    Please do not assume that everyone here is against La Mega in terms of the programming and the people who work there.  It’s mainly the owners of WLFM that TSJ Media has leased from.

    #185759

    dannykewl
    Participant

    I’m near W 150th and Puritas, just tried on my Caravan radio, parked in my back yard, nothing. Tried my GE Superadio, and even went in the attic by a south facing window. Nothing.

    I don’t think anyone in the forum wishes for La Mega to “go away”, it’s a legit format needed in Greater Cleveland given the large Latino population. Some of my neighbors were asking me last couple of days “what happened to La Mega” as they know I’m the radio geek here and would know. Only one is Latina who asked, the other 3 aren’t. I told them the situation how they broadcast using a TV audio signal and their days were limited unless they can find a new “home”. Many people I know, who don’t know a word of Spanish (including me), would tune in from time to time. The music always seems so jolly and like a good time, never depressing and others pick up on that when they want an emotional lift, and I was told that by others not knowing Spanish, they just “got into the groove”.

    I wish La Mega success and hope they can find a new decent radio home. 3 watts are just not gonna cut it!

    #185760

    Nathan Obral
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    I have been reading all this post and it seems that you guys take enjoyment of the facts that the only Spanish Radio Station in Cleveland is going away. Let the bureaucrats and the Station management, handle the fate of the station. In my opinion, while La Mega 87.7 FM has contracts with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Browns, we are going to have mega for a minute, even at 3 watts or via the web.

    La Mega 87.7 FM Latino and Proud!!

    Here’s the problem. It’s not “87.7” but analog channel 6. It’s not a real radio station but the aural power of an analog television station, in a broadcast standard that the FCC is finally starting a phase out from.

    The Spanish-language population here in Northeastern Ohio has always been woefully underserved. Even those that tried (WDLW/1380 in the late 1990s and WNZN/89.1 pre-gospel) had embarrassingly inadequate signals that came nowhere close to actually reaching their target audiences. But listeners to La Mega are equally being given a total disservice from the operators (TSJ Media) and the owner (longtime radio exec Tom Wilson d/b/a Murray Hill) who have not been truthful about the situation. A massive cutback or ceasing of analog operations for WLFM as an analog television channel was assured once WOUC got the green light to turn on their digital service. And anyone can look up FCC records for the application Murray Hill has filed to convert WLFM to digital, which will forced La Mega off of 87.7 anyway as digital TV signals are 100% unreceivable on a typical radio.

    TSJ Media had five years to think of a Plan B. Five years! They could have aligned with iHeart for a WGAR or WAKS sub, or with Urban One for a WZAK sub, and leased out a translator when they were still available (and prior to the translator madness brought about by the FCC’s “AM Revitalization Abandonment” program). The reaction of TSJ Media here strongly suggests that they did nothing, and merely hoped that their status as a Spanish-language broadcaster would get them sufficient government influence so they could remain on channel 6 in perpetuity. And that’s not how the world works.

    If you think I’m “taking enjoyment,” you might be confusing it for astonishment at how totally ill-prepared they were for all this. They have no excuses. And the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers have broadcast operations run by radio pros who know how the industry works, I don’t think they’re all too happy about being aligned with a “radio station” destined for terrestrial homelessness.

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

    #185772

    dannykewl
    Participant

    IMO, the owners of 87.7/analog TV 6 mismanaged the station from Day 1, when it started as “Cleveland’s Sound”, they never told the truth on how that station operates and that there will be future issues due to it actually being an analog TV station that one day will be forced off that freq. I agree 100% with Nathan Obral above. WLFM left everyone in the dark about their situation in the past or recently. Only those in the broadcasting industry and radio “geeks” really knew what was going on. 87.7 as an FM station was doomed from the beginning, and the owners knew that!

    I made a long post here yesterday, other than the one above, but it never took as I was having connection problems. It seemed to take and then got deleted. Anyway, one of the things I mentioned, like Nathan above, is why couldn’t La Mega contract to get a HD radio subchannel. I noticed a Asian Indian station on 93.1 HD2. And they have an HD3 also that says “no content available” when I scanned yesterday. IMO, a Spanish station on the “normal” FM dial is badly needed herewith the large Latino population. Many cities have several AM and FM Spanish radio stations.

    I see the owners applying for digital TV channel 20? I think they will get more listeners, if their intention is to keep the La Mega format, is to get an FM HD sub, which is much more “portable” for the listeners. At least you can take an HD radio from room to room or outside, and install one in your car. I would ideally like to see them get a legit FM frequency or at least translator with at least 100 watts. But between IHeart and Air1/K-Love hogging anything left on FM up, good luck.

    #185823

    dannykewl
    Participant

    La Mega booming in here today in West Park. So much for .3 watts.

    #185832

    VintageMac
    Participant

    It’s 3 watts not .3 as that would be only 3/10 of a watt. But it is coming in better so either the output is higher of something changed with the antenna.

    #185834

    Nathan Obral
    Participant

    It’s 3 watts not .3 as that would be only 3/10 of a watt. But it is coming in better so either the output is higher of something changed with the antenna.

    Or they are operating at normal power. Which would be compromising WOUC’s digital signal and result in a ton of problems for TSJ and Murray Hill.

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

    #185835

    dannykewl
    Participant

    It’s 3 watts not .3 as that would be only 3/10 of a watt. But it is coming in better so either the output is higher of something changed with the antenna.

    Oops, my bad, I knew it was 3 watts, don’t know where I got the .3 from, thanks for the correction.
    #185838

    VintageMac
    Participant

    No problem. The reception a few days ago did seem like .3 watts as it was barely coming in.

    #185841

    radioperson
    Participant

    No problem. The reception a few days ago did seem like .3 watts as it was barely coming in.

    The problem with WLFM-LP and WOUC is simple.  WLFM-LP seemed to be running far more power than the 3KW which they are licensed for.  I don’t care how high they are up on the TV tower, there is no way that their signal should be coming in the same as all the big Cleveland FMs in Sandusky!  No wonder WOUC got interference.
    #185842

    radioperson
    Participant

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    Tom Wilson says that LaMega is “doing Great”.  Yah yah.  That’s the same line he gave about “Cleveland Sound” and their pathetic operation.

    • This reply was modified 4 days, 5 hours ago by  radioperson.
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    #185845

    radioperson
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    With all the lower power FMs in Cleveland –several of them simply running WGAR simulcasts — you would think the LaMega people could negotiate a lease on one of these.  92.7 (from w.11th Street) would be perfect for LaMega and their target audience.

    #185850

    Nathan Obral
    Participant

    With all the lower power FMs in Cleveland –several of them simply running WGAR simulcasts — you would think the LaMega people could negotiate a lease on one of these. 92.7 (from w.11th Street) would be perfect for LaMega and their target audience.

    Why TSJ Media never bothered to lease a subchannel of any iHeart or UrbanOne station so they could feed a translator like a 92.7 or a 106.1 is beyond me.

    They had five years to think about this and just … sat on their hands. It’s gross negligence on their part. Totally inexcusable.

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

    #185851

    Nathan Obral
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    Tom Wilson says that LaMega is “doing Great”. Yah yah. That’s the same line he gave about “Cleveland Sound” and their pathetic operation.

    Tom Wilson is only interested in netting a good chunk of change when he leases out all the digital channels on the future WLFM-LD to all sorts of subchannel networks. He’s not interested in playing radio anymore.

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

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