A correspondent to the Boston-Radio-Interest mailing list notes that the countdown WRKO is running (number 1 is "Hey Jude") does NOT match the actual end-of-1968 countdown WRKO issued...but instead corresponds to the national Billboard rankings. Ah well...
Other notable Independence Day radio bits: Modern rocker WFNX 101.7 Lynn-Boston dug into its archives on the Fourth to spend the day revisiting the "Birth of Alternative," with all sorts of 70s and 80s punk and modern-rock tracks...and just as it does every year, classical WCRB 102.5 Waltham-Boston simulcast the Boston Pops' big July 4th concert on the Esplanade. Despite a brief rain delay, all went well... and the fireworks were as magnificent as ever. (TV viewers saw the show on WCVB-TV 5 and the national simulcast on A&E).
The Puerto Rican radio dial is a very full one, with no fewer than 14 major AM and 20 major FM signals in Metro San Juan alone. In addition to many small local stations elsewhere on the island, many of the big San Juan stations are rebroadcast in the provincial cities of Ponce and Mayaguez.
Here's what your Radio Watcher found during his 26-hour stay...please note that all stations are in Spanish unless explicitly noted otherwise, and all are licensed San Juan unless noted otherwise:
580 WKAQ - news-talk 630 WSKN - news-talk "Super Cadena" (r. WORA 760 Mayaguez, WPRP 910 Ponce) 680 WAPA - news-talk 740 WIAC - full-service 810 WKVM - easy-listening (and owned by the Catholic Church!) 870 WQBS - full-service "La Gran Cadena" (was English in the 70s as WHOA!) 940 WIPR - variety (public broadcasting) 1030 WOSO - English-language news/talk - affiliated with ABC, CBS, NBC, and Mutual, this unusual station sounds like something right out of the 60s 1140 WQII - talk "Q11" 1190 WBMJ - English-language religious - "We Broadcast the Message of Jesus" 1320 WUNO - news "NotiUno" 1400 WIDA Carolina - religion //FM 1430 WNEL Caguas - news/talk 1520 WVOZ - tropical (Latin dance music) 1560 WRSJ Bayamon - English-language CNN Headline News 1600 WLUZ Bayamon - talk 88.1 WCRP Guyama - religion 88.5 WKVN Levittown - religion 88.9 WEUC Ponce - easy-listening (another church-owned outlet) 89.7 WRTU - variety (Universidad de Puerto Rico) 90.5 WIDA Carolina - religion 91.3 WIPR - classical (public broadcasting) 92.1 WZOL Luquillo - religion 92.5 WORO Corozal - "Radio Oro," easy-listening (also church-owned) 92.9 WTPM Aguadilla - ac 93.7 WZNT - "La Z," tropical (r. WRPC 95.1 Mayaguez) 94.7 WCOM Bayamon - "Cosmos 94," rock (r. WOYE 94.1 Mayaguez, WOQI 93.3 Ponce) 95.7 WFID Rio Piedras - "Fidelity," ac 96.1 WAEL Maricao - "FM 96," ac 96.5 WDOY Fajardo - "Y96," tropical (a VERY danceable station!) 96.9 WNRT Manati - "Info 97," talk 97.7 WBRQ Cidra - "Sonocolor," hot ac 98.5 WPRM - hot ac (r. WRIO 101.1 Ponce) 99.9 WIOA - "Cadena Estereotempo," soft ac (and a nifty sung legal ID which also includes WIOB 97.5 Mayaguez-San German and WIOC 105.1 Ponce) 100.7 WXYX Bayamon - chr/Latin "X100" 101.9 WZAR Ponce - tropical 102.5 WIAC - "Sistema 102," ac (r. WKSA 101.5 Isabela-Mayaguez) 103.3 WVJP Caguas - ac 104.7 WKAQ - "KQ105," ac 105.7 WCAD - "Alfa Rock," a really bizarre blend of current rock and some really obscure 70s and 80s tracks, including Martika's "Toy Soldiers" and WAY too much Air Supply for this Radio Watcher. M Street has this listed as "Modern Rock," which doesn't begin to do it (in)justice. 106.5 WNIK Arecibo - hits 106.9 WMEG Guyama - "Mega," hot ac (r. WEGM 92.1 Hormigueros and another one that was mentioned SO fast in the legal that I couldn't catch it) 107.3 WCMN Arecibo - "Delta 107," hot ac 107.7 WAHQ Carolina - "Cadena HQ," rock
So that's what I heard, and airchecked (yes, I have unscoped 45-minute sides of most of these). Note also that "ac" and "hot ac" aren't exactly what you'd hear on a WMXV or a WLIT or a KXEZ...these formats rely very heavily on Puerto Rican music, albeit with a few mainland tracks mixed in...hence it's all a LOT more rhythmic, and IMHO a bit more fun to listen to. Please keep in mind also that I don't really speak Spanish, so it took some serious listening to figure out exactly what was what.
From Puerto Rico, it was on to Aruba...and we'll go there in the next exciting edition of the New England and Elsewhere Radio Watch...