martedì 30 maggio 2017

Glenn Hauser logs May 29-30, 2017

** ARGENTINA [non]. 11580, Monday May 29 at 2200, RAE via WRMI is *still* in Spanish, not Italian as scheduled. There must be some mixup in the automation programming. As of May 30, RAE has uploaded to System D, Italian files dated only Mon 5/22 and Thu 5/25; to System F, only Tue 5/23, Wed 5/24, Fri 5/26 and Mon 5/29.

9395, UT Tuesday May 30 at 0102, RAE English relay via WRMI with informal YL announcer previewing rest of hour: says upon request of listeners, will be repeating last Friday`s DX program tonight; the last item mentioned, so if in order would be toward hourend, but I have to miss it again as lawnmowing beckons in the cooloffing twilight, trying to avoid squishing apricots starting to fall. 

I had tried RAE UT Sat at 0133 when DX was airing a previous week, but no show May 27. Then heard from Charlie Harlich: ``Glenn: I happened to tune into WRMI/RAE Argentina al Mundo 9395 kHz at 0120 UT approximately on 5/27/2017 and was surprised to hear the DX program. Perhaps it was repeated after 0145 because I remember hearing the inaugural DX program closer to the end of the hour time slot. As to this week's article contents, I only remember hearing about the Israeli Broadcasting Authority being eliminated. Best. Charlie Harlich``

So DX show may appear earlier or later during the hour, and now perhaps always repeated on UT Tuesdays?

Richard Langley, NB, also reports about this to the DXLD yg:

``Last night's English program on 9395 kHz had a problem. At about the 20-minute mark, programming switched to Italian (I think) and could have been the DX program in that language. It had been announced at the beginning of the program that the DX program would be repeated today but presumably it was supposed to be the English version. Returned to English at about the 34-minute mark with the Tango program. I had contacted RAE earlier about the recent programming anomalies and received a reply from Mirian Turkula, one of the on-air presenters, saying:

"Yes, we do have a reason for the repetition of some features and we want to share it with you. This is really breaking news. We are launching a new radio season as from next June and are working pretty hard on the new contents. Maybe, we've been a bit too careless lately but we've been really carried out by the production of our new programs which we are sure our audience will love right away. RAE is undergoing a deep overall change and we want you, as any other important member of our audience, to come along with us."``

** COLOMBIA. 5910.22, May 30 at 0035, Alcaraván Radio is S7 with music, and the undermodulated transmitter is still wobbling (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 4765, May 30 at 0056, R. Progreso is S9+20 of dead air vs the CODAR (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 5990, May 30 at 0052, CRI Spanish relay is JBM with music, S9+30, while // 15120 is fading S9-S4 but slightly better modulation with Chinese song (Glenn hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. As if in response to my frequent comments, English from RHC seems to be trying harder to modulate: May 30 circa 0600, 6000, 6060 and 6100 all achieve a sufficient level, 6145 is undermodulated but better than the often JBM (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NORTH AMERICA. 6950.00-USB, May 30 at 0043, music and groans, etc. 0045, echoey talk mixing with music, irreverent comments about Al Weiner, echoing. 0047, ID as ``Radio ---something--- Worldwide, pirate radio, Dr. Tornado, we`re not The Planet``. Finally on the third or fourth iteration, I comprehend the missing word, Metallica. Recheck 0105, it`s off. These logs agree about both names 
and Joe Filipkowski explains:

``Radio Tornado is a parody station of Radio Metallica Worldwide. The real Radio Metallica has been off the air since the late 1990s, maybe 1998 or 1999. From what I heard back then the RM transmitter "blew up" and it was indeed a 10kw transmitter. The operator of the 90s pirate station Anteater Radio visited Dr. Tornado and Senor El Nino and confirmed the power output of the old RM transmitter.

Radio Tornado used to QSL loggings in the old ACE and Pirate Pages publications back in the 90s but I'm not sure if the person who put together the original Radio Tornado program is still active in the hobby. The recent Tornado broadcasts are most likely from tapes and recordings that have been circulated by various people. There isn't an email for the station and QSL cards sent out were of the postal variety. Maybe the original op will see the recent loggings and send out QSL cards or maybe even eQSLs, who knows!?`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 88.3, May 29 at 1733 UT, local Fámily Radio translator in Enid, K202BY, is still OFF again, as very frequently the case for weeks at a time. When on, the ID we hear is for KEBR 88.1 in California, the source for all those FR satellators. Fine with me, a good DX frequency and the one I am using for BST-1 SW caradio feeder. In its absence, barely heard is 1.2 kW KOSR Stillwater // 91.7 KOSU, but there are six other low-power Okies on 88.3 I`d like to hear (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. 92.9, May 29 at 1930 UT on caradio, listening again for the translator in OKC, and again it`s barely audible, with full non-ID as ``92.9 The Edge, Oklahoma City`s rock alternative``. Now that I have that word, Edge, I can search it out. Neither nor WTFDA FM Database mentions Edge, wrongly showing 92.9 merely // primary 92.5 KOMA, which I already pointed out would be pointless, from a mile apart. 

It`s // only in the sense that 92.9 puts on the clear air, the HD2 of 92.5, an increasingly common rule-bending method to get another format into a market, so people can axually hear it, not the original intent of FM translators. I guess ``the edge`` is in the sense of being at the edge of KOMA`s main 92.5 signal. There`s another Edge in Tulsa/Pryor 104.5, and WTFDA knows of 29 more of them around the USA.

Here`s it`s own website:

Upon which you will not find any ordinary or extraordinary alfanumeric call letters. Perhaps they barely utter K225BN for legal hourtop IDs --- in this case would they have to do it every hour, or as real translators only a few times a day? It says:

``About --- 92.9 The Edge is OKC’s only rock alternative station! We play your favorite new songs from Cage The Elephant, Florence + The Machine, Twenty One Pilots, AWOLNATION, Cold War Kids, Death Cab for Cutie and the 1975. We also play your favorite old hits from Green Day, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Red Hot Chili Peppers!

Contact Us --- Tell us how we’re doing!
92.9 The Edge is a product of Tyler Media
400 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK, 73114
Call us at 405-478-5104
Program Director: Tod Tucker –
Music & Promotions Director: Rob Clement –``

Further searches for news about it, find The Edge has been going for almost a sesquiyear! unknown to the databases or in Enid, but apparently well-known within its tiny OKC coverage area:

``NOW’S EVOLUTION REACHES THE EDGE --- December 28, 2015 Format Changes, OKC Radio News 92.9 The Edge, Alternative 

While everyone was picking up last-minute Christmas gifts and preparing for the holiday on Dec. 23, Tyler flipped KOMA-HD2 from Top-40 "Now 92.9" to Alternative as "92.9 The Edge."

The HD subchannel feeds K225BN, the Tyler-controlled 200-watt translator that covers most of the northern half of the Oklahoma City metro.

"OKC has been asking for a station like this for a while, and Santa has delivered, just in time for Christmas!" Edge PD Tod Tucker said in a statement to AllAccess.  "92.9 The Edge was built specifically for Oklahoma City," Tucker added.

Besides current artists like twenty one pilots, Florence + The Machine, Coldplay and Cage The Elephant, Tucker promises Alternative favorites from the ’80s through 2000s.

The "Now" brand burst on the scene in September 2013 on Tyler’s 96.5 translator (now-Exitos 96.5). Tyler brought in former KJYO (KJ-103) personality and former KHTT/Tulsa (106.9 K-HITS) PD Tucker to program the station. Tucker also makes on-air appearances throughout the cluster and had a hand in Tyler’s throwback hip-hop and R&B station V103, which airs on another translator, the wonderfully named K276EX (103.1). In 2014, Now began to simulcast on 92.9 before making its permanent there.

The Edge will compete with Cumulus heritage Rocker KATT-FM (Rock 100.5 The KATT) and indie alternative/AAA-leaning KOSU (91.7), which airs Ferris O’Brien’s "The Spy-FM" network at night.

O’Brien was the last to try alternative in OKC on KINB (then-105.3 The Spy) with a year-long Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) with Cumulus’ Last Bastion Trust that was supposed to end with O’Brien buying the station. However, the purchase fell through and O’Brien took his station online only, before striking up the deal with KOSU. 105.3 The Spy, also had a stint on the frequency from 2002-2004 as KSYY.

O’Brien’s "Spy" moniker comes from his time as Stillwater’s KSPI (93.7 The Spy) which programmed the format and had a cult following in Oklahoma City before going Hot Adult Contemporary in 2000.

iHeartMedia (then Clear Channel) tried the format on then KHBZ-FM with "94.7 The Buzz" from 2002-2009. This effort came after they programmed alternative from 1996-1997 on the same frequency as KNRX (95X).``

So even before a sesquiyear ago, 92.9 was NOT // 92.5 KOMA main channel! Much of the above quoted under this confusing headline:

December 23, 2015 at 3:01 PM (PT) Be the first to comment!
Stream THE EDGE live at

If that`s not enough for you about this, see

BTW, checking 92.9 earlier May 29 at 1739 UT, some rock music was fading strongly in & completely out, sporadic E, but nothing more came of that opening (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6604-USB, May 30 at 0614, New York Radio, with eastern airport after airport ``missing`` such as New York, Washington, Boston, Baltimore. 0615 switch to another group of ``missings`` --- Bermuda, Atlanta, Orlando, Miami. I hope they have not all been destroyed in some terrorist attack or nuclear strike I haven`t heard about yet. This nonsense, inability to achieve basic automated services, makes VOLMET transmissions ridiculous, so is NYR about to go the way of Trenton Military? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1879 monitoring: confirmed Monday May 29 at 2330 on WBCQ 9330.05v-CUSB, poor. Also confirmed UT Tue May 30 at 0043 the 0030 airing of WOR on WRMI 7730, S9+30. I gingerly shall remove the (to be canceled?) proviso. Next:
Tue 2130   WRMI 15770 to NE, 9455 to WNW
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315.5 WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW

** U S A. 21525, May 30 at 1344, R. Africa via WRMI is S5 with ``Holy3`` hymn, English, so the Rwandan experiment is definitely over. WRMI-7 is scheduled 13-21 UT daily. We are referred to
where there is no mention of Radio Africa, let alone any program schedule! They used to present a jumbled ``schedule`` not in chronological order (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

this report dispatched at 1628 UT May 30