Goodbye, WABY

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  • #181730

    freddy freihofer
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    Turned on WABY and some strange format called “X’ has landed there. “X” was on another Empire Broadcasting signal before. It looks to me like the owners want to appeal to a younger crowd. The joke is the targeted demographic never listens to radio anymore especially AM signals. At least us Baby Boomers would tune into an AM/FM station. It’s a shame, all the history down the drain. I  happened to notice that heritage AM signal 1540, once home to the legendary WPTR, is now completely off the air. Too expensive to run I guess.

    Fortunately, through my internet radio(GRACE is the best) and my smartphone apps my era of oldies lives on with still many choices. I will miss old WABY BABY!! They had a great mix of mushy and hot cuts.

    #181734

    The Radio Kid
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    Wait, X has moved?  Where can I find it now?

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    #181735

    Channel Surf
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    The X has moved to 900 AM!!! The Jockey has been revived on 106.1. Let’s see…A 250 watt station is going after B-95 and The River 99.5…two established full market signals. This ought to go well. I wonder how many months this will last…

    #181736

    MTN Productions
    Participant

    That sucks! Now that WABY is gone to “The X”, the three remaining oldies stations survives including WGNY-FM’s “Fox Oldies”, WROW’s “Magic 590/100.5”, and WLNG. All three stations would bring a chuck of its audience from the loss of WABY. Or a lot of people are listening to internet radio stations to get their oldies including Rewound Radio, or satellite radio of your choice like Sirius/XM with their 40’s on 4, 50’s on 5, 60’s on 6 and 70’s on 7. That is a really bad move to WABY. If you want your oldies, listen to either WGNY-FM, WROW, and WLNG. Or listen to WBPM and the current CBS-FM, the only morning show I listen to is none other than Scott Shannon. He’s still my hero.

    If you haven’t heard the news, here is an article.

    The Jockey Returns To Albany

    And here is my favorite lineup for the “Terrific Ten”:

    5:30 AM – Bob O (WGNY-FM)
    6:00 AM – Scott Shannon (WCBS-FM)
    10:00 AM – JJ Carter (WBPM)
    12:00 PM – Wolfman Jack (WNTY)
    1:00 PM – Chip Ordway (WROW)
    2:00 PM – Brian “The Cannon” Bannon (WLNG)
    6:00 PM – Bob Johnson (WROW)
    7:00 PM – Joe Manglass (WGNY-FM) (Monday-Thursday) – Doo-Wop Drive (WMTR) (Friday)
    10:00 PM – Jimmy Howes (WALL)
    11:00 PM – Joe Manglass (WGNY-FM)

    Saturday

    6:00 AM – Bob O (WGNY-FM)
    10:00 AM – Jay Scott (WROW)
    12:00 PM – Warren Lawrence (WKNY)
    6:00 PM – Richie Norris
    7:00 PM – Wolfman Jack

    Sunday

    10:00 AM – Joe Manglass
    11:00 AM – Ross Britton (WCBS-FM)
    3:00 PM – Charlie Burger (aka the Hamburger Man/The Man With All of the Hamburgers) (WCBS-FM)
    8:00 PM – John Manzi’s Bop Shop (WVOS-FM)

    #181742

    MTN Productions
    Participant

    Just to give you an update, I deleted the Radio Box app from my iOS, because I’m not going to WABY anymore due to the format change.

    The other remaining stations continues to dominate the Oldies Vs. Classic Hits crowd, including my new favorite Wolfman Jack to the list where they had the “Best Of” shows. I love Wolfman Jack, because he sounded terrific and he was becoming the Next Don Imus or Howard Stern. He played great music and does his thing. He was a great guy, and a radio legend. He was in “American Graffiti” did the narration, and also did the spokesperson for Clearasil commercials, and the intro to a forgotten SatAM cartoon called “Fonz and the Happy Days Gang”. He was a genius, a greatness talented guy and a radio icon where gen started at WNBC-AM in the 1970’s. I can still listen to him everyday.

    #181749

    freddy freihofer
    Participant

    Why delete Radio Box? I deleted WABY. RB still has lots of good stations including WGNY.

    Radio owners don’t give a hoot for anyone over 50. I was laughed at a few years ago by a local radio exec when I complained about a FM pretending it had switched to a format appealing to older viewers. It’s stunting when these owners look like they care for any older listeners.(there are exceptions).  But if you’re willing to search there are still  great stations around the world many with live hosts that play oldies and other interesting genres.  I have over 100 oldies streams including internet and  broadcast stations on my Grace unit and more on my Smartphone. Thank goodness we aren’t prisoners anymore to local stations.

    Regarding the Wolfman, Joe Manglass gave his Saturday night show a good plug last night.

    #181750

    radiooldiesfan
    Participant

    Yup, went to WABY website yesterday and I was very surprised at the format change. As a listener at 28 yrs old, I like being able to change my dial and hear a variety of music. It upsets me when there are only a few choices to listen to. Bring on classic country and oldies as alternatives to the “normal listening” selection on the radio. When traveling my AM radio will go a lot further than the FM does and gives me a large range of variety!

    #181751

    cspence
    Participant

    David Allan won’t have to return from his lengthy vacation anymore.   He took so many days off , he must have been compensated by the show. I always enjoyed his all request Thursday show.or was it Wednesday??

    #181771

    MTN Productions
    Participant

    David Allan won’t have to return from his lengthy vacation anymore. He took so many days off , he must have been compensated by the show. I always enjoyed his all request Thursday show.or was it Wednesday??

    And let’s not forget Bob Green. He was my favorite jock and he was trying to be the Dan Ingram of middays. He was on from Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. I still miss him so much playing his music. One of my favorite closing theme that Bob Green played where he ended his show each day is Jim Lowe’s “Green Door” which is way better than Dan Ingram’s closing music called “Tri Fi Drums”. This is a perfect way for a sign-off record to begin with.

    I hope Bob Green will come back to the airwaves soon.

    #181839

    AMonFM
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    The move was to accommodate a slew of new AM-to-FM translators, mostly in Saratoga County, that Empire has been granted or has applications pending. All that EMF cash selling off the big signal to put a bunch of cheaper to operate small ones on the air. Should be an interesting experiment.

     

    #182254

    johnnie radio
    Participant

    1190wsde (that’s the website), under “about us”, indicates that they are about to launch a “signal” to better serve the Capital Region, on 100.1fm. They are affiliated with America’s Best Music, and carry Dick Clark on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus Yankees baseball (oo, I don’t know about that one!).

    I think most of you in Albany-Ravena can probably get that AM signal now.

    #182257

    freddy freihofer
    Participant

    I]m thrilled over the prospect of another traditional music signal but I see one potential conflict. What about WUPE 100.1 North Adams MA? Their coverage area includes Albany and Schenectady. Will the new 101.1 signal be stronger?

     

    #182265

    MTN Productions
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    1190wsde (that’s the website), under “about us”, indicates that they are about to launch a “signal” to better serve the Capital Region, on 100.1fm. They are affiliated with America’s Best Music, and carry Dick Clark on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus Yankees baseball (oo, I don’t know about that one!).

    I think most of you in Albany-Ravena can probably get that AM signal now.

    Never heard of this station, but I’ll check it out. This station carries WW1’s “America’s Best Music”. I remember this nationally syndicated oldies format when it was usually carried on WMTR back in the 1990’s and in the early 2000’s and on the defunct WCKL in Catskill back in 2000 and 2003, but I also remember when WKIP in Poughkeepsie, WGHQ in Kingston, WELV in Ellenville, and WHUC in Hudson used to carried MOR/oldies format called the “Music of Your Life” featuring non-radio people like Peter Marshall (from the original “Hollywood Squares”), Wink Martindale (from “Tic Tac Dough”, “High Rollers” and other game shows), Chuck Southcott, Gary Owens (from “Laugh-in”, “Space Ghost”, “Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour” and others) and many more. Not bad, but I still missed the MOYL format which has been on many stations over the years.

    #182267

    johnnie radio
    Participant

    WSDE is also listed for sale:

     

    “NY Capital Region – 2 FM signals + 1 AM

    Description
    NY Capital Region…great place to live! 2 FM signals + 1 AM signal. 94.3 FM, 100.1FM, and AM-1190 WSDE is available. The only competition is two weekly newspapers. WSDE is profitable with low monthly expenses and excellent equipment. WSDE features an exclusive music format with Yankees, NASCAR, and local sports.

    Population count with the three signals is 350,850 and covers four counties: Schenectady, Schoharie, Montgomery, and Fulton.

    If you’re ready to add to your group or looking for your first station, call me to schedule a walk-through. All inquiries through the broker please.
    Code
    2159
    DealMAKER!
    02/14/2018”

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    —-Hi! I’m in Glens Falls. Easy to describe this market and its incoming: 80,000 people, country music (6 signals), public radio (6 signals), religious (7 signals), sports talk (3 networks), and clanging guitars everywhere.
    But as for genuine “oldies”: we only have WROW !! The new WSDE fm signal won’t change that. (Curious considering the big ratings shift from country to oldies.)

     

    #182278

    MTN Productions
    Participant

    WSDE is also listed for sale:

    “NY Capital Region – 2 FM signals + 1 AM

    Description
    NY Capital Region…great place to live! 2 FM signals + 1 AM signal. 94.3 FM, 100.1FM, and AM-1190 WSDE is available. The only competition is two weekly newspapers. WSDE is profitable with low monthly expenses and excellent equipment. WSDE features an exclusive music format with Yankees, NASCAR, and local sports.

    Population count with the three signals is 350,850 and covers four counties: Schenectady, Schoharie, Montgomery, and Fulton.

    If you’re ready to add to your group or looking for your first station, call me to schedule a walk-through. All inquiries through the broker please.
    Code
    2159
    DealMAKER!
    02/14/2018”

    ———————————————————————————-

    —-Hi! I’m in Glens Falls. Easy to describe this market and its incoming: 80,000 people, country music (6 signals), public radio (6 signals), religious (7 signals), sports talk (3 networks), and clanging guitars everywhere.
    But as for genuine “oldies”: we only have WROW !! The new WSDE fm signal won’t change that. (Curious considering the big ratings shift from country to oldies.)

    I agree with you. I went to TuneIn app and I tried to search “WSDE” or “1190 WSDE” or “Lite 94.3” and it is not listed at all. I don’t know why WSDE’s “Lite 94.3” did not have a stream. I wish if WSDE would add stream to TuneIn or on Radio Box app.

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