March 8, 2016 at 5:31 pm #147238
Bob Bittner said on facebook he has a CP
to simulcast WJIB 740 on 101.3 with 250
watts.On air within 10 months from now.March 8, 2016 at 6:13 pm #147240
How high will the transmitting antenna be, and will it be located atop the current WJIB-740 tower of somewhere else?March 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm #147242
His actual post,from Friends And
Lovers of WJIB facebook:
>>Today, the FCC granted a “Construction Permit” license for WJIB to build an FM station to broadcast simultaneously with WJIB. The FM station will be 250 watts and be located at 101.3 on the FM dial. It, too, will come from the Cambridge WJIB tower. It should be on within the next 10 months.
When asked how high up he said
pretty far up on the ‘JIB tower.March 9, 2016 at 5:47 am #147254
Bob Bittner drew a map and put it on facebook showing the approx range of the new 101.3. Not everyone who thinks they’ll get it necessarily will.
–when they’re on FM you’ll be able to hear it on your smartphone… well…kinda. SOME smartphones have an FM chip. You can use a feature called NextRadio (free app) and IF your phone has the chip, you can hear local FM IF you’re in the listening area. My old LG Volt had it. My new Samsung Galaxy Siii does not. (The app may download but you need the chip) So in the case, IF you’re in the area Bob drew above, then maybe…
What about streaming, Bob’s listeners ask? Hey, there’s a page for WJIB 740 on TuneIn! Don’t get too excited. There may be a page but if there’s no streaming, you’re out of luck. The WJIB page says No Streams Available.
My own station,WMWM 91.7 Salem, used to be on TuneIn but now is on StreamLicensing. If I wanted to hear WMWM in, say,downtown Salem and I didn’t want to use data, then IF my phone has both NextRadio and the FM chip then yes, I could just tune it to 91.7 and hear it on my phone.
Supposedly when WFNX had a simulcast on 101.3 it did very well, despite being only 10 watts. And hey, won’t the new station be 250 watts? But tower makes a big difference. WFNX’s old translator was on top of the Hancock Tower, I think. The new station will be on the JIB tower in
Cambridge. Don’t expect miracles.March 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm #147263
Last I heard, which was several years ago so don’t necessarily etch this in stone, Bob doesn’t simulcast on the web because the PRO & SoundExchange fees are pretty steep for commercial radio stations; they’re calculated more for larger commercial clusters since those groups are the ones NAB really represents, and NAB was the organization representing commercial radio outlets during the negotiations with the US Copyright Office.
Anyways, it’d raise his expenses a lot more than it would increase any revenues…especially considering his target demographic. Hence, no streaming.
Theoretically Bob could convert his radio stations to non-commercial and reincorporate as a non-profit, which would reduce many of his expenses and make it a lot easier for him to run his fundraisers. But it would also destroy his ability to lease airtime to paying customers (non-comm’s legally cannot do that beyond recouping operating costs) and Bob has, ehem, “strong feelings” about banks and credit cards 🙂 so he’s not really looking to super-optimize the fund drives anyways.July 18, 2017 at 11:17 pm #175485
OldNewsGuyParticipantJuly 18, 2017 at 11:26 pm #175489
Bob Bittner said on facebook he has a CP to simulcast WJIB 740 on 101.3 with 250 watts.On air within 10 months from now.
10 Months is up! Where is it?Bob is a member of my FB radio group ( 6300+ members and growing!) and last time I asked, he said he could do nothing until a co-channel translator was up and running.This was a couple of months ago.July 18, 2017 at 11:33 pm #175492
OK the Milford translator came on in January ( https://radio-locator.com/info/W267CD-FX ) and I have sent a message to Bob asking for an update. As soon as I know anything… oops as soon as I hear something because I know nothing about radio, I’ll post it upJuly 19, 2017 at 12:49 am #175493
Yes, I said WJIB’s translator SHOULD be on in 10 months. But there are delays, and some strategic planning. This coming August 4th will be the 25th anniversary of WJIB being on 740. Certainly it would be good for W267CE to be on the air by then, wouldn’t it? 🙂July 19, 2017 at 4:30 pm #175506
Bob Bittner wrote:
This coming August 4th will be the 25th anniversary of WJIB being on 740. Certainly it would be good for W267CE to be on the air by then, wouldn’t it?
Hopefully, that will be the date.
Hopefully optimistic 😉July 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm #175544
Hope 8/4/17 will be the day. Will 101.3 be in stereo?July 21, 2017 at 8:36 pm #175546
Hope 8/4/17 will be the day. Will 101.3 be in stereo?
Most likely. The studio equipment was able to handle AM stereo, until Bob B ended the stereo broadcasting.August 4, 2017 at 9:21 pm #175806
Reception on Haverhill St Reading then 128 from Reading to Beverly–so so with cut ins from no doubt pirate Big City though possibly a 101.3 from Maine? display read WJIB Boston’s memories station.At times surprisingly strong but even without the pirate, this is a fringe area.August 7, 2017 at 8:38 am #175820
Using an Insignia HD tabletop/portable here in Beverly got the 101.3 half decently pointing the antenna in certain directions. But now another station is cutting in, and it’s legal–the WMRC Milford FM translator…
Not to condone piracy but Big City would be wise to pick another spot on the dial instead (not that they should broadcast illegally of course…) because the new translator affects their signal too.August 7, 2017 at 10:07 am #175824
there’s quite a bit of nuisance hash on Big City, a few miles south of their tx site, such that you have to rotate the antenna now for full quieting. this is a bit east of Mattapan Square, so chances are their “Target market” , if there is one, should be having similar issues unless they live in the immediate vicinity. as for frequencies, 96.5 and 102.1 are out for the newish translators out of Granite Links and Needham IIRC, and it would be wise to avoid 99.7 and 106.1 due to prior complaints an enforcement actions. which means there’s not really much place for them to go but OFF AIR. as for the recent warning letter addressed to “Talya”, she did her farewell show on 101.3 the other day and has secured a slot on WBCA-LP. this really shouldnt complicate or slow down any seizure process as it’s far from the first warning letter, and there’s even a $10K fine which i have no idea if it’s been paid, per EB-07-BS-095 NAL 200832260003 FRN 0017641580
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