fredag 24 maj 2013

WWPR Brandenton FL -1490

In the morning hours the 6th of February this year I heard some unusual FL stations on the band, such as WMEL Cocoa Beach-1300, WTMN Gainesville-1430 and WPSL Port St Lucie-1590, all of them personal first  for me.  On 1490 I had a talk station  who came out of the noise precisely to the TOH. The Female voice announced "You listen to AM 14-90  WWPR Brandenton-Sarasota-Tampa Bay"  I was excited and sent them a reception report directly.  A few hours later Valerie Silver answered my mail:
"That was us and my voice that you heard on the station identification!  How great that you could pick us up way out in Sweden!  Hope you are doing well!
Valerie Silver
WWPR 1490am"
As I been to that area a few years ago we had some email correspondence and later she told me that they received another reception report from a gentleman in England too.  
Brandenton is a city in Manatee County located on Floridas west coast just south of Tampa Bay. The county is named after the Florida manatee or commonly called the "sea cow". I saw a few of them when visiting Florida and it is a fascinating animal. Sadly many of them gets hurt by speeding motorboats and illegal hunting.

HOL80 Radio Nacional Panamá -840

The morning of 19th October 2010 was exciting with signals from  Panamá such as 1510 and 1560. On 840 I noticed a station playing odd music past the top of the hour. After a few minutes the music was interupted by announcement " Nacional FM - mas de 40 años informado de todo Panamá" . The station wasn´t easy to get in contact with but at last I managed to get confirmation by facebook  their  facebook site, Sertv Radio-Televisión earlier this spring.

Teleradio 13-50 AM Digital, Guayaquil -1350

From time to time this station appears here in the mornings, often accompanied by R Monumental -1510 with their lousy sound and R Zeta-Uno -1400 . The 3rd of October 2009 was such a date when the station dominated the QRG. I tried a few times to get in contact with them with no luck until I found them on Facebook erlier this year. A short but correct confirmation made my day!

WRTO Chicago IL -1200

Been hunting for this station a long time but  CFGO Ottawa and WXKS Newton use to dominate the QRG most of the time. At last I had sucess in the morning of 10th January this year when I found a station playing mexican music and gave a short TOH Id as "WRTO Chicago" . The station is owned by Univision , the largest hispanic radio company in the states  and can be heard airing Chicago Cubs and White Socks games in spanish.
 Chief Engineer Joshua Sigstad confirmed my reception.

WILS Lansing MI -1320

It was the 18th of November 2009  in early evening hours I first heard WILS with a nice announcement as "more compelling talk radio for the capital city - This is 13-20 WILS Lansing"  Tried with a reception report but no luck. Tried again with a f/up and now Scott Loomis  answered:
That's certainly us.  No mistaking it.  At that time we were broadcasting at our nighttime power and broadcast pattern.  Nighttime power is 1,900 watts compared to 25,000 during the day, so I'm impressed that our signal bounced all the way to your corner of the world.  Yours is the typical area where people pick us up though.  Scandanavia seems to get nice reception, although I did get someone from Great Britain emailing me the other day with an audio sample.
Hope all is well in Sweden.  In Michigan we love your provide some of the best hockey players on our beloved Detroit Red Wings!  You wouldn't be able to talk Nicklas Lidstrom into making a comeback would you?  We miss him already!"
 Many thanks Scott for your nice answer!

onsdag 22 maj 2013

WSAU Wausau WI -550

In the morning of 8th January I was delighted to hear the signals of WSAU  a few minutes thru the interference from 549kHz. I catched part of the TOH ID  "..Newstalk 5-50 WSAU Wausau WSAU FM....Stevens Point-Marshfield"   Its a difficult to hear something from the US on this QRG  but WSAU  seems to be one of the most usual ones here according to the statistics. I´ve heard them once before but never good enough for a reception report until now.
Wausau has a population of  39 000 and the city is divided into east and west by the Wisconsin River.

WYOS Binghamton NY -1360

In the last seasons this station has  frequently been received  here in Sweden with ESPN programs and  TOH ID´s as "ESPN Radio 13-60 AM WYOS Binghamton - ESPN Radio Sports Center"
Bob Joseph confirmed my reception and also asked me to try pull in their   news-talk station WNBF-1290, where Bob hosts  "Binghamton Now"  weekday mornings from nine to noon.

WZAN Portland ME -970

One of the lighthouses on the mediumwave band here in Sweden  often heard with ID as "Angus in the morning Andy in the afternoon - This is Maine´s Talk Radio 9-70 WZAN Portland"  . V/s Jeff Wade confirmed my reception, Thanks Jeff!