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Todd, KA1KAQ ka1kaq at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 10:00:23 EST 2006

On 1/24/06, Phil Galasso <k2pg at worldnet.att.net> wrote:

> WQEW runs 50 kW on 1560 kHz and it switched from classical to adult
> standards/big band music in December, 1992, around the time that Michael
> Bloomberg bought WNEW and switched it to an all-business news format under
> the call letters WBBR. Disney leased (and later bought) WQEW from the New
> York Times Corporation, converting it to the New York outlet for the "Radio
> Disney" children's network around 1998. WQEW began operation in 1936 as
> W2XR, an experimental high fidelity AM station on 1550 kHz.

Thanks for the excellent, informative post, Phil. That is indeed the
station I was referring to. Used to get them in here like gangbusters,
made the big old Jensen coaxial floor speaker sing like a canary. They
have a pretty interesting history.

Thanks also to the others who made suggestions ranging from FM
stations to internet feeds. I actually have Dish TV, which has a
number of musical channels available including a few Big Band slots.
Unfortunately, these options aren't compatible with my SX-28A or other
AM receivers. I do listen to the Dish some days, but it's just not the

One has to wonder what will become of these AM stations in the future?
Hopefully some will revert back to more local/regional programming and
use. The RA-1000 I hauled home from WGAI in NC last September is a
victim of the same business buyout mentality. Now the local area of
Elizabeth City is without its hometown station, which is run out of
another city with national programming not specific to the area.

I'll try to pull in that station from Toronto (Toronno?) this weekend.
I did pull in another station with Big Band music a while back, but it
was very light copy with a lot of inteference. WCRN 'Swing 830' used
to be armchair copy here all day long, which spoiled me a bit.

I remember listening to another NY station in high school, WPTR with
Shotgun Johnny Ringo, not unlike the Wolfman. Wonder what a good
Google will turn up on them?

73 es tnx -

de Todd/'Boomer'  KA1KAQ

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