"Oldies 107.9" WOLD-LP Woodbridge, NJ on the air!

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  • Member
    #125649

    At first I thought it was a pirate because the “WOLD” call letters sound so fake, but turns out it’s legit: 107.9 WOLD-LP in Woodbridge, NJ, with a Construction Permit granted by the FCC on September 15th.

    They’re licensed at 16 watts @ 73M HAAT, by “SRN Communications, Inc.” of Manville, NJ. (Perhaps associated with “The Jersey Shuffle” unlicensed Part 15 Classic Hits station on 1640 kHz AM in Manville?) The tower is at 80 Talmadge Road in Edison.

    They are giving an ID on the air and in their RDS text as “WOLD-FM”, which is incorrect — it should be WOLD-LP, as there is a real WOLD-FM on 102.5 MHz in Marion, GA. They also mention a web site of http://www.woldradio.com but that comes up with a blank page.


    Member
    #125658

    Listening more closely, there is a barely audible “LP” muttered after the “WOLD” in their hourly ID — but their RDS PS (Program Service) text does incorrectly say “WOLD-FM”. Also, going by the FCC application data, WOLD-LP is co-owned by Greater Media DJ Shawn Newman and DJ/engineer Tony DeNicola (a.k.a. “Tony Dee”).


    Member
    #125685

    That address in Edison is right near where Motorola had a facility. Not sure if they are still there, though. But I bet the station is using a tower on the property.

    I’m surprised of the tower/antenna location. At 16 watts, I wouldn’t think the signal would make it to Woodbridge.


    Participant
    #125693

    There had been a Spanish pirate operating on 107.9 in Perth Amboy. It will be interesting to see how the two signals interact, but as of now WOLD-LP was crystal clear for me driving up Route 9 today from Old Bridge to Woodbridge.


    Participant
    #125706

    Hopefully it stays oldies and it’s a pet project of the owners. I wonder why they didn’t go the translator route and feed it from Magic 98.3’s HD2.
    I think it should have launched with an all-Christmas format to attract new listeners. Even if it’s just for a week until Magic 98.3 flips to Christmas.


    Member
    #125756

    I am also hopeful that it stays Oldies for a while… but I wouldn’t be surprised if WOLD-LP gets sold to Radio Asia, so that they can finally get a good signal in the heart of the central NJ Indian community.

    I was surprised that WOLD-LP’s signal is strong enough in the parking lot of where I work in Bridgewater, about 15 miles away from the transmitter, to decode the RDS on my car radio.


    Participant
    #125760

    Just out of curiosity, is a certain Harry Chapin song in the station’s heavy rotation and/or being used as a jingle???


    Member
    #125786

    At first I thought it was a pirate because the “WOLD” call letters sound so fake, but turns out it’s legit: 107.9 WOLD-LP in Woodbridge, NJ, with a Construction Permit granted by the FCC on September 15th.

    The CP was actually granted on April 4, and the call letters were assigned on August 12 ..


    Member
    #125841

    The CP was actually granted on April 4, and the call letters were assigned on August 12 ..

    WOLD-LP’s CP was modified several times to change the antenna location and height. The latest CP Mod was granted on Sept. 15th and they finally went on the air some time in the past week.

    They are now properly IDing as WOLD-LP in their RDS text (rather than “WOLD-FM”) and they now carry USA Radio News headlines on the half-hour (but strangely not at the top of the hour).

    They have a pretty deep playlist, ranging from the late ’50s through early ’80s, although some of the songs sound like they’re being played from low-quality MP3 files. And no, I haven’t heard them play Harry Chapin’s “WOLD” yet!


    Member
    #125845

    I live 14 miles SW of their antenna and the station sounds bad using a 5 element yagi and my T-9090II. Their signal strength is ok at 37db (not calibrated) (WCBS registers 57db) but WOLD-LP is over deviating according to the meter on my KT-8300 (not calibrated). The music must come from from a low quality source and is way over processed. When I listen to WOGL, the deviation meter goes from 25-90% when listening to music. It sounds good. The meter only fluctuates between 125 and 105 when WOLD-LP plays music and sounds terrible.


    Member
    #125850

    I have one tuner which tends to occasionally drop to mono on overmodulated FM signals, and I noticed that happening on WOLD-LP.

    They also need to either back off on the multiband compression or employ some downward expansion in their processing, as there is a lot of hiss rush-up during the quiet parts in older recordings.

    Also, the stereo separation on 1960s wide-stereo recordings isn’t nearly as wide as it should be. I wonder if they’re using a Vorsis processor with the “Multipath Controller” feature which restricts the maximum L-R level in order to help reduce multipath.

    And I heard them play Bonnie Raitt’s “Not The Only One” from 1992 — a good song, but strange to hear an “Oldies” station play it!


    Member
    #127135

    The web site is finally online. A lot of the features aren’t working yet, but they do have a 128 kbps MP3 audio stream:

    http://www.woldradio.com/


    Member
    #127874

    I was wondering how much power does WOLD currenty use ? Are they at full power right now ? I live in South Queens in New York City and was wondering if I can pick them up using my Craft FM Roof antenna.
    I also have a rotator so can position for New Jersey for best reception. I’m tuning from my online Sony HD radio receiver at GlobalTuners and 107.9 doesn’t tune correctly with the current software there so i must tune to 108.0 to tune 107.9 FM. So far I haven’t been able to hear WOLD but before was hearing WEBE in Connecticut now there’s only static noise.

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    Member
    #128592

    I got to listen to this station for 5 hours this past Sunday afternoon. The songs were fine and familiar, like the Joe McCoy ‘Golden 101.1″. But the quality was much to be desired. The AGC attack and AVC was set WAY to fast and too high. If they’d back the processing down, and let it catch it’s breath, it’d be more listenable. My $0.02.

    As far as this: I have one tuner which tends to occasionally drop to mono on overmodulated FM signals, and I noticed that happening on WOLD-LP.

    It appears they may be clipping the Stereo pilot.


    Member
    #132311

    WOLD-LP now has a Doo-Wop show every weekday from Noon to 1 PM, with a DJ, although it sounds voice-tracked.

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