WHK FM translator

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  • Participant
    #185829

    I notice that WHK, AM1420 now has an FM translator.  On their Top-of-the-hour Legal ID they mention their AM station followed by their translator call sign, which I will never remember unless I write it down.  To date, they haven’t mentioned the frequency it was on, so I scanned around until I finally heard it at 102.5FM (I think).  The sound quality, at least on the nationally fed programs, isn’t as good and full-bodied as most other FM stations, and the audio level is lower.  The feed is behind that which is heard on AM1420.  I’ll be keeping my car radio station selector button set on AM1420 as the AM has the stronger, better receivable, signal when driving around in the car.


    Participant
    #185830

    It’s W273DG and is a whopping five watts from atop the Chase Building at W. 9th.

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


    Participant
    #185840

    It’s W273DG and is a whopping five watts from atop the Chase Building at W. 9th.

    WTAM’s famous line is that it’s heard in 38 states and half of Canada

    When he was on WHK, Les Levine always quipped that WHK was heard on 38 streets and half of Canton

    So I guess W273DG is heard on 38 sidewalks and half of Chester


    Participant
    #185846

    It’s W273DG and is a whopping five watts from atop the Chase Building at W. 9th.

    WTAM’s famous line is that it’s heard in 38 states and half of Canada When he was on WHK, Les Levine always quipped that WHK was heard on 38 streets and half of Canton So I guess W273DG is heard on 38 sidewalks and half of Chester

    I think the purpose is to just get WHK coverage into downtown office buildings.

    Participant
    #185849

    It’s W273DG and is a whopping five watts from atop the Chase Building at W. 9th.

    WTAM’s famous line is that it’s heard in 38 states and half of Canada When he was on WHK, Les Levine always quipped that WHK was heard on 38 streets and half of Canton So I guess W273DG is heard on 38 sidewalks and half of Chester

    I think the purpose is to just get WHK coverage into downtown office buildings.

    They want to have an FM presence, no matter what. To be blunt, conservative talk radio is a very poor draw with younger demos, let alone Salem’s ideology-above-anything-else philosophy. (Why you’d listen at your cubicle to Sebastian Gorka is… well, I could think of much better options to spend one’s time.)

    I honestly don’t think anyone is going to turn in to 102.5 downtown unless you seek it out while communting into downtown.

    But for all that, it’s better than WHKW’s translator at 96.9, which is on the WKRK/WFHM mast and is even more of a joke than WHK’s translator is.

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


    Participant
    #185863
    I think the purpose is to just get WHK coverage into downtown office buildings.
    Maybe…..but I’ve worked in an office building for more than 5 years.  I can’t recall having seen anyone listening to an FM radio.  I’ve actually spotted a few Sirius/XM radio antennas up on top of cubicles, but otherwise the people I see with earbuds in are streaming audio off their phone or computer (myself included).

    Participant
    #186236

    I just started monitoring 102.5 in the car.  It’s listenable to the west out to W 140th & I 71.  As previously mentioned the audio level is lower than other stations (including the other translators).

    I wish WFHM would go HD and carry Salem’s AM’s as HD subchanels.


    Participant
    #186239

    I can hear a mix of Air1 and WHK when I drive to Peninsula (in between Akron & Cleveland).  And I also notice I can hear 101.5 W268CO (the WINT translator) better in the Akron area now.  It looks like they were recently approved for a power increase with no nulls.


    Participant
    #186240

    I recently moved from Southwest Canton to just inside the Eastern edge of Massillon..(Lincoln Way and 23rd NE just past the closed K-Mart and right behind the closed Fishers Foods)

    In Canton I heard WNPA-LP 102.5 regularly..Just five miles west, where I am now, I hear the Air 1 out of Akron on 102.5, obliterating WNPA-LP.  Also am hearing 92.3 the Fan beside WZKL 92.5 Alliance..On 103.7 I can hear Air 1 Cleveland and on 90.7 I hear the 10 watt KLove out of Akron/Wadsworth..


    Participant
    #186245

    I can hear a mix of Air1 and WHK when I drive to Peninsula (in between Akron & Cleveland). And I also notice I can hear 101.5 W268CO (the WINT translator) better in the Akron area now. It looks like they were recently approved for a power increase with no nulls.

    That’s good news for WINT. IIRC there was another translator on 101.5 near Orange that carried WGAR, so close that it obliterated WINT on I-271 near the Lake/Cuyahoga county line.

    Participant
    #186248

    That’s good news for WINT. IIRC there was another translator on 101.5 near Orange that carried WGAR, so close that it obliterated WINT on I-271 near the Lake/Cuyahoga county line.

    Pretty sure that translator is now W266CJ 101.1 Beachwood, running off of the WFHM/WKRK tower (iHeart is squatting on that translator and W269BS 101.7 Hinckley, something tells me they’re binding their time before upgrading them to the likes of 99.1 and 106.1).

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


    Participant
    #186253

    W268CO (the WINT translator) is somewhat listenable north of Snow RD in Brookpark.  Started monitoring 101.5 on Pearl in Parma Hts. Heard a talk show cutting in and out.  Once I heard some references to a Lake County institution  I knew it had to be WINT.

    Once tropo is up I presume these translators will get obliterated by distant full power signals from time to time.


    Participant
    #186306

    Don’t you just love how almost every LPFM has been scooped up by the big groups?  Aside from WOVU on 95.9 (a real community station) most of these other frequencies are just simulcasting  existing stations, often big ones like WGAR and WTAM or carrying satellite stuff from EMF (Air1, etc).  I thought these low power stations were supposed to be independent, community stations.  We have exactly ONE (WOVU) in the Cleveland metro (that I know of).


    Participant
    #186308

    Don’t you just love how almost every LPFM has been scooped up by the big groups? Aside from WOVU on 95.9 (a real community station) most of these other frequencies are just simulcasting existing stations, often big ones like WGAR and WTAM or carrying satellite stuff from EMF (Air1, etc). I thought these low power stations were supposed to be independent, community stations. We have exactly ONE (WOVU) in the Cleveland metro (that I know of).

    Radio is pathetic.  These low power stations would be great for niche formats that are missing in the area.

    Participant
    #186312

    Don’t you just love how almost every LPFM has been scooped up by the big groups? Aside from WOVU on 95.9 (a real community station) most of these other frequencies are just simulcasting existing stations, often big ones like WGAR and WTAM or carrying satellite stuff from EMF (Air1, etc). I thought these low power stations were supposed to be independent, community stations. We have exactly ONE (WOVU) in the Cleveland metro (that I know of).

    Translators and low-power stations are mutually exclusive. The over abundance of translators crowds out the dial for LPFMs to exist.

    People love to rag on the likes of EMF, but it’s not the players people should hate, but the game itself. The stupid, stupid rule allowing HD subchannels as a translator programming source — while allowing translators to not count under the ownership cap — allows the system to be gamed. No one is listening to WMMS-HD2 or WAKS-HD2, but they are sure listening to 99.1 and 106.1.

    (To wit, the three translators running Air1 in Cleveland and Akron are simulcasting WKDD-HD2, which EMF is leasing from iHeart. At the same time, 106.1 is owned by EMF and leased back to iHeart.)

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

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