North East RadioWatch: March 12, 1998

CapStar Cuts Staff

by Scott Fybush

We'd hate to close on that note -- so instead we'll finish off with some ramblings from NERW's trip to Albany last weekend:

Utica's WRUN (1150) has been simulcasting country sister station WFRG (104.3) every time we've driven through recently. We're not certain yet whether this is a nights-and-weekends deal or 24 hours; stay tuned.

In Mechanicville, WMVI (1160) was running a gospel format -- with nary an ID that we heard, which leads to the question of which is worse, a wrong ID or no ID at all? Waving the flag for the "wrong ID" team is Sound of Life's WPGL (90.7 Pattersonville), which was heard two hours running with an ID for three other Sound of Life stations (WFGB Kingston, WLJP Monroe, and WRPJ Port Jervis) and no ID for itself.

WUHN (1110) across the state line in Pittsfield was putting a huge daytime signal into the Capital District -- with a radio-auction show that seemed to go on all day Saturday, simulcast with WUPE (95.9), which was harder to hear because of co-channel interference from WCQL Glens Falls.

WXLE (104.5 Mechanicville) was sounding good with AAA as "the Zone." We also enjoyed listening to WVCR (88.3 Loudonville), recently purged of all rap music by licensee Siena College. Union College's WRUC (89.7 Schenectady) was actually on the air for once, with a rap program. (Confidential to the Saturday-afternoon jocks: Yes, your mikes WERE working, even when you said that particular word on the air...and wouldn't ya know it, I was rolling tape...) Legal ID? I didn't hear one...

WRVE (99.5 Schenectady) was getting good response to the radiothon it was running. A different radiothon for the same cause was on Johnstown's WIZR (930) and WSRD (104.9), which mentioned that "95.5 the River" in Albany was part of the radiothon that day.

And to the fellow who lives next to the transmitter building of WROW (590) south of Albany: We weren't taking a picture of your house. Really.

That's a wrap for this Thursday. Coming next week: NERW visits New Jersey and Pennsylvania...and a brand new domain name for our Archives Web sites. See you then!

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