iHeart's 1430 to talk?

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  • Participant
    #137870

    The daytime programming is almost identical to what CC/iHeart tried a few years ago with “Rush Radio” on 1200 AM WXKS (without the local morning show).

    What I don’t understand is, in that case, why didn’t they just leave it on 1200 with the 50kW (directional) signal? They don’t seem to be getting any ratings with Bloomberg either.


    Participant
    #137874

    The daytime programming is almost identical to what CC/iHeart tried a few years ago with “Rush Radio” on 1200 AM WXKS (without the local morning show).

    What I don’t understand is, in that case, why didn’t they just leave it on 1200 with the 50kW (directional) signal? They don’t seem to be getting any ratings with Bloomberg either.

    Bloomberg is operating 1200 via an LMA. It is untouchable.

    And don’t forget that then-CC gave up outright on then-“Talk 1200,” running the “24/7 Comedy” format for about a year prior to the Bloomberg LMA.

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    Participant
    #137875

    Bloomberg LMA makes money for iHeart, despite not getting ratings. Similarly, Entercom makes some money off running ESPN on 850 (that’s not an LMA but they are being paid to run it..
    as far as I know they simply run ESPN without any kind of control by The Worldwide Leader…)
    1200 more powerful and earns them some dough, and now the advertisers on conserv talk are happy their spots
    are somehow cleared in Boston even though it’s the weaker 1430.


    Participant
    #137878

    He usually doesn’t…didn’t welcome 1200
    in 2010 nor welcomed back 680 2.5 yrs later

    I disagree. I seem to recall his mention of WRKO when he returned in 2012.


    Participant
    #137880

    Today I was driving my wife’s car, coming down I-495 in Haverhill, and I tuned in to 1430 to hear Rush. Reception was way-y-y better than I expected, very little static or hiss – and then something happened.

    Rush suddenly boomed in with crystal clarity, and then just as fast went back to sounding like he was on AM. This occurred a few more times as I got further south near Lawrence and Andover, and then it dawned on me: 1430 was broadcasting in HD! I seem to recall a few of you mentioning this but it never registered.

    What really surprised me was that I knew my wife’s radio had HD on the FM band, but I had no clue that it also had it on AM.


    Participant
    #137889

    Now that you mention it, I recall word breaking via @bostonradio that CC was blowing up
    Talk1200, letting Katz and Severin go…and at the start of Howie’s show Rush called in
    and told Howie he’d be returning to 680!


    Participant
    #137920

    What really surprised me was that I knew my wife’s radio had HD on the FM band, but I had no clue that it also had it on AM.

    There are HD radios that are FM only, no AM band at all (such as the Insignia desktop and personal portables), but all of the HD radios I’ve seen that have both the FM and AM bands have HD on the AM band as well as on the FM band.

    I have HD radios with AM at home. The three stations currently broadcasting in HD on the AM band in the Boston area are 1030 WBZ, 1260 WMKI, 1430 WXKS.

    #137923

    Calling Scott Fybush of the Station Identification Police!

    It appears the station identification at 12 Noon EDT on June 29th as heard on the format change clip was illegal.

    The correct station ID should have been “Talk 1430, WKOX, Everett/Boston”, since Everett is the official city of license.


    Participant
    #137925

    Someone said they did hear the legal ID maybe
    10 min before the hour.I wasn’t recording at
    that time,and didn’t hear 10 min before the
    hour,but it was said they did. Some stations
    will bury the legal ID at a time like that
    and get away with the non-legal ID at TOH.


    Participant
    #137928

    Calling Scott Fybush of the Station Identification Police!

    It appears the station identification at 12 Noon EDT on June 29th as heard on the format change clip was illegal.

    The correct station ID should have been “Talk 1430, WKOX, Everett/Boston”, since Everett is the official city of license.

    As if we didn’t have enough proof that iHeart Boston really doesn’t want to put any effort whatsoever into WKOX. What a joke.

    I give it about one year, until Rush’s deal with iHeart runs out. Then 1430 will flip back to a revival of Rumba… or FSR as a 24/7 dumping ground clearance…

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    Member
    #137993

    Listening today (July 2), they now identify as WKOX Everett/Boston right on the hour before the news.


    Participant
    #137994

    As they should; I tuned in at 4:58 and heard the ID followed by a minute or so of local news, then “the Fox Report”.
    Signal not bad in Beverly by day but still will not reach everywhere. Someone on radiodiscussions wondered if maybe Rush to KOX is temporary; would 1260 run him? But again it’s looking like a business station and Salem tends to run their own talkers, other than Rush running on KTIE in Calif.
    Imagine iHeart picking up Rush then Rush suddenly winds up on an “Answer 1260”? Don’t think so.
    It’s looking like biz-financial.


    Member
    #138015

    New call-sign for 1260… WBIX


    Participant
    #138687

    I noticed that one of my radios absolutely cannot get this station at home.

    It’s a old Sharper Image shower radio with digital tuning, and for some reason the (Portugese?) station on 1410 shows up on all stops from 1400-1450.

    My other radios don’t do this.


    Participant
    #138699

    Is it me…or is this 1260AM sale taking a long time?

    Still Radio Disney as of today.

    When is the target switchover?

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