One of the few public radio owned Oldies stations will sign-off for good on Friday, January 7 as Grand Valley State University will cease operations of “Real Oldies” 1480 WGVU Grand Rapids/850 WGVS Muskegon MI.
WGVU/WGVS had flipped to Oldies in 2009, becoming at the time the only public radio operation programming a full-time Oldies format. WGVU Public Media intends to surrender both AM licenses and sell the real estate properties hosting their towers. The station will also cease its streaming and simulcast on 88.5 WGVU-HD2 with the shut-off of the AMs.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-12-29)
Experimental station WI2XLQ will be on the air on 486 kHz AM for the Reginald Fessenden commemorative transmission. A repeat transmission starting at 2000 UTC on December 31.
Mike Terry to WRTH FB group (2021-12-29)
Radio station WFLO [870 kHz] which has served central Virginia for more than 74 years, will be signing off for good on December 31st, 2021.
Mike Terry to Medium Wave Circle fb group (2021-12-29)
G-Cap Communications Full Service Country 1600 KOGT Orange TX will cease operations on December 31. KOGT signed on in 1948 and has been owned by Gary Stelly since 1992. Stelly made the announcement on the station’s morning show today. No details have been given whether the station will be sold or turn in its license at this time.
Ydun Ritz (2021-12-28)
KCBS Pyongyang working again on 882 kHz from Wonsan, checked now on a KiwiSDR in Mie, Japan. Exact QRG=881.79
László Tringer, HNG to DXing.info FB group (2021-12-28)
According to WRTH this station has been inactive since 2017.
Dan Goldfarb to DXing.info FB group (2021-12-28)
Solar flare activity intensifies:
Suddenly, rash-like sunspot AR2918 is crackling with M-class solar flares. There have been two so far today (0401 UT & 1611 UT). The flares produced brief shortwave radio blackouts over Australia and South America. Stay tuned for updates about possible CMEs.
Ydun Ritz (2021-12-28)
225 kHz Longwave radio broadcasting is becoming an exotic affair.
Those who remained can be counted on one hand. Let’s talk about Poland. Probably the loudest station in the range. Frequency 225 kHz …
Back in 1974, near the small village of Gombin, a miracle was built – the Warsaw radio mast. Antenna mast with a height of 646 meters. More than half a kilometer into the sky. The need to build this facility was the fact that the long-wave transmitter in the village of Raszyn, which was operating at that time, did not provide the necessary coverage for Poland.
The new location was specially chosen: the central location relative to the Polish territory, high electrical conductivity of the soil.
Until 1991 – the tallest building in the world. The mast worked as a half-wave emitter. Power 2000 kW.
Weight: Polish sources claim 420 tons
Height: 646.38 meters (2120.67 feet)
Frequency: 227 kHz (before February 1988), 225 kHz (after February 1988)
Type: Steel lattice mast with guy wires.
On August 8, 1991, the guy wires were repaired. As the workers secured the temporary cables, a sudden blowing wind twisted the mast and it bent about halfway up. After the destruction of the mast, transmissions at a frequency of 225 kHz continued from the old transmitter in the village of Rashin.
However, the facility was used to broadcast the second program of Polish Radio at 198kHz. To work at two frequencies at once, the transmitter in the village of Rashin could not, and transmissions at a frequency of 198 kHz were stopped before the launch of a new transmitting facility.
In 1995, the Polish authorities began work on the renovation of the Warsaw Mast, as the importance of long-wave transmissions remained relevant.
But local residents opposed the restoration, fearing the danger of electro-magnetic radiation. The search for a new location for the transmitting facility has been started.
A new location was found at a former military facility near the town of Solec Kujawski. It is worth noting that local residents there initially resisted construction as well. The tension was eased after a large donation from Polish Radio for the development of the local community.
The programs from the new facility were broadcast on September 4, 1999. The masts are 330 and 289 meters high.
To this day, the broadcasts of the First Polish Radio Program can be heard at a frequency of 225 kHz. Power: 1200 / 700 kW.
Vladimir Kovalenko, Tomsk-RUS via WWDXC
Kari Kallio in nordx iog (2021-12-28)
KDKD 1280 To Cease Operations.
Radford Media Group will shut down Farm/Conservative Talk 1280 KDKD Clinton MO on New Years Eve.
Station owner Clayton Radford writes on the station’s website that tower owner Crown Castle informed the company last week that it intends to decommission KDKD’s tower in January, ““We are saddened to see the once prominent KDKD-AM station power down, but it’s in the hands of the ones who own the tower. With the technological advancements in FM & HD radio, we look forward to providing additional content to our communities with digital upgrades that we will be able to accomplish in the near future.”
KDKD will sign-off at 5:15pm on Friday, December 31 following a fifteen minute retrospective that will air on both KDKD and Country 95.3 KDKD-FM. The company will move Kansas City Royals baseball next season from KDKD to “Rock 104.9” KXEA Lowry City. The Royals had aired on KDKD every year since starting play in 1969.
KDKD is licensed to operate with 1kW day and 58 watts night.
Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-12-27)
As there are many media reports about AIR, it is a good idea to check their SW/MW channels in the coming days and changes in the new year.
Jose Jacob to dxindia iog (2021-12-27)
“China Radio Plus”, the global English service of China Radio International, renamed “CGTN Radio” on December 14, 2021. Also the slogan of the service “Connecting with China and the World” was replaced with “Hear the difference”, which corresponds to CGTN’s slogan “See the difference”.
Along with this, the percentage of “CGTN Radio” in the contents of 24H CRI English AM service in Beijing (846kHz, 10kW) has been increased. The original article is at https://cahcn.github.io/posts/2021-12-17-CGTN-Radio.html
By the way, CGTN is the abbreviation of “China Global TV Network”, which was set up in December 31, 2016, for Chinese global TV propaganda.
Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan (2021-12-27)