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This topic contains 26 replies, has 10 voices, and was last updated by  Jeremy 1 week, 5 days ago.

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  • #183748

    tim131
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    If the programming isn’t appealing, different platforms can only do so much. The world has changed. Many audiences want different things in 2018 than 20, 30+ years ago. Listeners have near unlimited on demand choices on line for many items radio had mostly all to itself for almost 100 years.

    It’s not 100% the delivery platform….it’s mainly how relevant to the 2018+ environment the content is. Duh!!!

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    #183752

    Nathan Obral
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    While we’re on the topic, can someone verify the 106.1 I’m hearing? At first I thought it was a pirate, but it’s playing the iShartRadio country music station (NOT a rebroadcast of WGAR). It’s decently strong down here in Akron, and I’m wondering if it’s the station coming out of Beachwood.

    That’s the 106.1 from Solon. It is definitely relaying WGAR HD2, which is the “iHeart Classic Country” feed.

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    #183753

    Nathan Obral
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    If the programming isn’t appealing, different platforms can only do so much. The world has changed. Many audiences want different things in 2018 than 20, 30+ years ago. Listeners have near unlimited on demand choices on line for many items radio had mostly all to itself for almost 100 years.

    It’s not 100% the delivery platform….it’s mainly how relevant to the 2018+ environment the content is. Duh!!!

    THIS.

    It’s easy to bash the conservatalk format, possibly too easy. The fact is, Limbaugh’s act hasn’t changed in 30 years, and the vast majority of talk radio shows are blatant copies of him. Even Triv slowly evolved into a Limbaugh knockoff. There’s no originality in that format at large, no unique shows, nothing to draw any younger demos. Some stations have had the same lineup of all-syndicated hosts for close to 15 years.

    The only reason why it’s a plus for WTAM to be on FM is their morning news wheel, the local newscasts and the Indians and Cavs games WMMS isn’t able to carry. Other than that, the format doesn’t have any relevance to younger demos, and it won’t help anything.

    FM translators won’t save the format. When the owners of WOWO 1190 in Fort Wayne blew up the format of one of their sister FMs to become a simulcast of WOWO, the audience never moved to the FM signal and almost entirely stayed on AM. Even the then-PD of WOWO admitted to that in a different forum. A translator signed on for WOWO for the immediate Fort Wayne area not long afterwards, and the previous FM simulcast went on to a different format.

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    #183755

    Yekimi
    Participant

    Sad that I can no longer pick up WOWO at night due to the power reduction to 9,800 watts. One of the stations I remember dialing around and picking up back in the 70s/80s. Used to be fun dialing around and hearing all the differing formats and jocks. Now it’s the same triple C [Cookie Cutter Crap] across the dial for most of these stations.

    #183756

    schmave
    Member

    Same. WOWO is an old favorite of mine dating back to my childhood. It’s still a local in the part of western Ohio where my mother grew up, but really nowhere else in Ohio. It’s a shame what happened to that station, and ultimately for no reason.

    I agree with most of the above posts. Just isn’t worth having WTAM on FM outside a few small bonuses, especially for such a limited area.

    #183798

    mightyvoice
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    Lot of good points here, and it would probably be very very hard for radio to compete in a world where I can pay $10/month and have thousands of songs and countless podcasts right at my finger-tips….but I don’t think its impossible.  Had station owners invested more in entertaining local personalities and creative formats I think the medium as a whole could have stayed relevant.  I think there are things local radio can offer that Pandora and podcasts can’t match.   However from a programming and marketing stand-point the industry seems to still be operating like it has already thrown in the towel.  I had to laugh when I saw a recent commercial for 96.5 Kiss FM….very cookie cutter with a bunch of artists saying stuff along the lines of “THIS is how I get to YOU”  Seriously??  Its not 1983.

    So in the short-term I see the benefit to having WTAM repeat on an FM signal….I don’t see the long-term benefit, but then again maybe its already too late for the long-term.

     

    #183804

    tim131
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    mightyvoice: yes, indeed. 💯% agree.

    #183811

    Yekimi
    Participant

    Another thing I was thinking of…There’s quite a few business’ that use small wattage FM transmitters [movie theaters, etc.] for their customers. What’s going to happen when every available FM frequency is gobbled up and there’s no longer anywhere for them to go? I don’t have a problem with them sticking their AM signal on a translator if it’s in an area that may be “nulled out” but it’s absolutely crap that they say they need an FM translator in an area when there’s no problem at all with their 1,000, 5,000, 50,000 watt AM signal being able to be heard loud and clear. I know it’s something the FCC probably doesn’t care about and is giving the finger to the small business owners since they don’t have the moolah available to throw at the FCC since they’re in the pocket of the media corporations and will do whatever they want.

    #183824

    michael p
    Member

    Well for being “flea powered” W295DE sure gets out beyond the predicted contour map.  Previously I reported hearing 106.9 loud and clear up to OH-615 @ OH 2 in Mentor.  Yesterday I was able to hear them along US 422 East out to OH-306 in Bainbridge (albeit with WRQK cutting in, but that also happens in southeast Parma).

    #183857

    schmave
    Member

    Was in North Olmsted for a wedding last night and left town this morning. 106.9 had an excellent signal out that way, for what it’s worth. Maybe a second or so behind the AM signal as well.

    Had I known it was directional to the north as shown on Radio Locator, I would have tried to listen more heading down 71 this morning. With the wife in the car, I generally don’t test signals much though.

    #183882

    michael p
    Member

    The reason they are directional to the north is because they have to protect WRQK in Canton.  I’m only ~2 miles southeast of the W296DE transmitter site and I can hear bits of WRQK’s programming cutting in on the WTAM programming.  North of the transmitter there is no sign of WRQK.  I was amazed how far east the signal can be received in my car.

    #184688

    Jeremy
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    I can get it quite well on my car radio all the way out past Baumhart Rd and into Vermilion on Route 6. Starts getting a bit choppy as you approach the Lorain/Erie County line. Besides WRQK one of the stations that often interferes is actually WXXC/Marion, IN at around 180 air miles when approaching downtown Vermilion.

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