The Demise of WPTR/WDCD

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  • Posted In: Hudson Valley / Albany


  • Participant
    #186241

    Just curious — did Crawford Broadcasting make any attempt at selling WDCD before shutting it down in 2018?  I would have thought that an outfit like Salem would be interested in putting a talk-and-preaching format on its 50 kw signal.


    Participant
    #186247

    That they couldn’t find a buyer for the station shows how worthless the AM dial is in Albany. (Of course, WGY is an FM station with an AM simulcast, that should tell you all you need to know.)

    Didn’t Crawford try to get the power for 1540 cut back, and the FCC refused? 50kW in the high end of the AM dial is a money pit with no tangible ROI. It was better off dead than alive.

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


    Participant
    #186251

    I would have thought that an outfit like Salem would be interested in putting a talk-and-preaching format on its 50 kw signal.

    The Capital Region would’ve been too small of a market for Salem, especially for a singleton AM.  Also, it was a Class B outlet with perhaps a very directional signal; Class A on 1540 is Waterloo, Iowa’s KXEL and the Bahamas’ ZNS-1.

     

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