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Old March 2nd 05, 11:36 PM
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From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Organization: Airwaves Digest http://www.Airwaves.com
Newsgroups: rec.radio.broadcasting,rec.radio.shortwave
Date: 2 Mar 2005 03:27:27 GMT
Subject: "The End of Radio"

Greg wrote:

Michael - Can you pick up WFLA, Orlando, on 540? I found that station
pretty useful during the hurricanes except, of course, for local info. I
live in Lakeland and can pick them up even in the daytime. WFLA 970 in
Tampa is stronger here and they had decent storm-related info too. But none
of the powerhouse stations are in a position to serve the Ocala area with
local news. One source you could check out is the local ham emerg. net on
VHF. Their traffic usually includes info on supplies being delivered to aid
stations as well as general storm and survival-related info.


I can pick up both of them, but neither are very clear. The only two
meter receiver I have at the moment needs a regulated 12 VDC power
supply and was out in my shop where I couldn't get to it.

BTW, how much do you pay for broadband internet? I pay $40/month for Road
Runner. I believe XM radio is "only" $10.95/month. I am tempted to try it
since I am in my car a good portion of my work day and there is zero on AM
radio that interests me. FM is almost as bad.

Regards,

Greg


Earthlink is $45 a month, the same as RR or AOL broadband here in
Belleview. I don't drive much anymore, I have Carpal Tunnel in both
hands and nerve damage so a drive across town can be painful. I am now
on full disability because I can't work any set schedule and it drives
me crazy. I was working at Microdyne as a test and engineering tech
when I had to stop working a few years ago. I'll bet there is still
some equipment in use in stations you've seen that was built in Ocala,
or their AFC microwave antennas.

I wanted to fix up a nice shop here at home to enjoy my retirement by
collecting and restoring oddball electronics. My benches are still
covered with plastic since the hurricanes. I was out there today and
one of my shelves has snapped due to water damage.

I agree with nothing good on the local radio stations. The only
station I would listen to on Satellite is WSM, and its on Sirius. Since
I'm at home 90 percent of the time I figured it was cheaper to spend the
money on a better internet feed.

I have a friend who is still an active contract engineer in the area
and get the horror stories when he has time to stop by the house. If
you're anywhere close to Ocala email me sometime.

--

Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

Thanks for the invite. Sorry to hear about the storm damage to your shop.
I was lucky here in Lakeland. Jeanne was the worst of the hurricanes for us
but all the damage I suffered was outside - trees down in the back yard,
fence damage, etc. I still have the lower portion of a large elm lying on
my crushed storage shed, but there's not much of value in there.

WFLA TV (chan 8/Tampa) was a good info source during all the storms, WFLA
radio was decent, and I have several scanners, so I could monitor local hams
and public service agencies around the area.

I'm sure members of this group would be interested when you get your shop up
and running

Best regards,

Greg



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The end of radio...not if you have a good team, creative not follow the
"sheep". KFI in LA best talk station in the country the talent of
course is important the station sounds exciting, best news tight
production . Sorry to say the music stations "AIN'T" got it. The
elements that make great radio stations will always be around for those
who know how to use those "elements"..roger carroll


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Old March 7th 05, 03:47 AM
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Sorry David your personal political views are showing....I'm talking
about the sound of the station. If KFI was "left wing" it would still
be the best sounding station in LA nothing to do with politics,,,they
do everything the correct way and tied for number #1 in LA. rc


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Old March 8th 05, 06:15 AM
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It is very stale and old-fashioned sounding. They've been using Ratt
for the News Sounder for what, five years now? There news sucks; all
Michale Jackson and Robert Blake. Their Drive Time is wall to wall
commercials, except for the ranting about the Mexicans. It's awful.

I think the best technical air sound is on 1260.

On 7 Mar 2005 03:47:22 GMT, "roger carroll" wrote:

Sorry David your personal political views are showing....I'm talking
about the sound of the station. If KFI was "left wing" it would still
be the best sounding station in LA nothing to do with politics,,,they
do everything the correct way and tied for number #1 in LA. rc






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In article ,
"roger carroll" wrote:

Sorry David your personal political views are showing....I'm talking
about the sound of the station. If KFI was "left wing" it would still
be the best sounding station in LA nothing to do with politics,,,they
do everything the correct way and tied for number #1 in LA. rc


KFI is 50kW with a real nice antenna.

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Telamon
Ventura, California

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Old March 8th 05, 11:22 PM
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David, I disagree I worked at KMPC for 22 years we had the best news
dept in Los Angeles now it's KFI. The hard news on the hour and half
hour also breaking news coverage IMHO is the best. From your comments
you don't like KFI, use the "on" and "off" button. I have nothing to do
with KFI, as a former air talent, Vice President of Gene Autry's
GWB,owner of KMPC, KSFO, KVI, KEX, and owner of radio stations my views
are not personal. KFI is far from being stale and old fashion
sounding. 1260, you have to be kidding. Are you in broadcasting??
David, I repeat nothing personal, just disagree. Also, don't know her.
Terri Raye Elmer KFI, one of the best newscasters in LA.
roger carroll, retired living the good life on Alamits Bay


David wrote:
It is very stale and old-fashioned sounding. They've been using Ratt
for the News Sounder for what, five years now? There news sucks; all
Michale Jackson and Robert Blake. Their Drive Time is wall to wall
commercials, except for the ranting about the Mexicans. It's awful.

I think the best technical air sound is on 1260.

On 7 Mar 2005 03:47:22 GMT, "roger carroll"

wrote:

Sorry David your personal political views are showing....I'm

talking
about the sound of the station. If KFI was "left wing" it would

still
be the best sounding station in LA nothing to do with

politics,,,they
do everything the correct way and tied for number #1 in LA. rc




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"Telamon" wrote in message
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In article ,
"roger carroll" wrote:

Sorry David your personal political views are showing....I'm talking
about the sound of the station. If KFI was "left wing" it would still
be the best sounding station in LA nothing to do with politics,,,they
do everything the correct way and tied for number #1 in LA. rc


KFI is 50kW with a real nice antenna.


Actually, it is 25 kw with a top-loaded 1/8 wave vertical. There is no
"nice" antenna anymore.


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"David" wrote in message
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It is very stale and old-fashioned sounding. They've been using Ratt
for the News Sounder for what, five years now? There news sucks; all
Michale Jackson and Robert Blake. Their Drive Time is wall to wall
commercials, except for the ranting about the Mexicans. It's awful.


And it is tied for #1 in LA in the latest Arbitrends.


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Old March 10th 05, 01:14 AM
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In article ,
"David Eduardo" wrote:

"Telamon" wrote in message
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In article ,
"roger carroll" wrote:

Sorry David your personal political views are showing....I'm talking
about the sound of the station. If KFI was "left wing" it would still
be the best sounding station in LA nothing to do with politics,,,they
do everything the correct way and tied for number #1 in LA. rc


KFI is 50kW with a real nice antenna.


Actually, it is 25 kw with a top-loaded 1/8 wave vertical. There is no
"nice" antenna anymore.


Well I found this on Radio Magazine
http://beradio.com/searchresults/?terms=KFI&ord=d

KFI Tower Felled by Plane Crash
La Mirada, CA - Dec 19, 2004 - The Associated Press reports that a
private plane crashed into the tower of KFI-AM at 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 19.
The single-engine Cessna 182 brought the 760' tower down. The two people
on the plane were killed. Their identities have not yet been released.

The plane was en route to Fullerton Airport from El Monte when it
crashed. Fullerton airport is about one mile from the tower site. The
FAA reports that the pilot did not issue any distress reports.

KFI's tower has resisted earthquakes and a brush with a private plane
once before. The tower survived the previous air incident. The tower's
guy wires were replaced in March 2004 after 47 years of use.

KFI reports that the station was off the air for about an hour before
switching to an auxiliary tower at the same site at about 5kW. The
station is licensed for 50kW into the main antenna.

I have heard them claim 50kW in the past and I thought 640 was one of
the old "clear channels."

Did they reduce power after putting up a new antenna?

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Ventura, California



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