Regarding which stations are operating on 1210, discussed on both
rec.radio.shortwave and rec.radio.broadcasting
Quote:> WCHB is on 1200, formerly on 1440 - never (at least intentionally) on
>1210. They have a CP for 50/15 kW, but I doubt they are anything near
>that at the present time. The CP may even be dependent on WOWO 1190
>downgrading their pattern to protect WLIB 1190 NYC (whose owners bought
>WOWO so that WLIB could possibly go fulltime).
> WJZZ (formerly WKNX) on 1210 has been off the air (from Frankenmuth)
>for some time. the WJZZ now listed on 1210 is a construction permit for
>Kingsley (if its on the air, that is news to me) Kingsley is nowhere
>near Frankenmuth nor Detroit - its just south of Traverse City, nearly
>200 miles NW of Detroit. Inasmuch as the WJZZ permit is daytime only,
>and only 2.5 kW critical hours, I doubt it could ever be heard in
>Detroit (daytime groundwave, btw, would be very difficult, as soil
>conductivity in the area around Kingsley is truly abysmal)
Quote:>They seem to be 50KW days in Kingsley, and evidently are new to
>that location, from the emails I've gotten back. They're audible
>as interference in Columbus OH pretty much through the day.
>The only connection to Detroit is that's the only phone number
>listed for them in the FCC database (313-871-0590). I had assumed
>they could be heard in Detroit if they could be heard in Columbus
>as well, and people could call them as a local call if they were
>moved to do so.
Here's what I (John Huebler) know:Quote:>WJZZ, along with WCHB-FM/AM-Detroit, was recently sold to Radio One of
>Maryland. Reports about the sale indicate WJZZ is off the air.
Bell Broadcasting, which is being sold to Radio One, owns the
WCHB-AM, 1200, Detroit
WCHB-FM, 105.9, Detroit
WKNX-AM, 1250, Bay City
WJZZ-AM, 1210, Frankenmuth, with a construction permit to move it
to Kingsley and increase its power to 50kw. Not sure about
pattern or night operation.
* WKNX-AM was licensed on 1210 at 10kw days, directional, to
Saginaw. In the early 80's they moved the operation and the city
of license to Frankenmuth. Transmitter did not move; power and
pattern were not altered.
* WXOX-AM was licensed on 1250 to Bay City at 1kw days. It's been
silent for some years.
* WCHB-AM used to be on 1440. Bell wanted to move it to 1200, but
WKNX-AM-1210 was in the way. Bell bought WKNX-AM-1210 (after it
had been moved to Frankenmuth). Speculation was that it would be
silenced. Instead, Bell bought or acquired (at some point when I
didn't notice) the silent WXOX-AM-1250 and prepared to move its
Frankenmuth service to that frequency and power, in order to
eliminate adjacent interference to 1200 and clear the way for
WCHB's power increase.
* Bell recently converted its Detroit FM property from a jazz format
to an urban format, and renamed it WCHB-FM. Not wanting to lose the
WJZZ call letters, it parked them at the 1210 service when it
went silent in Frankenmuth
Confused yet? Here is what I believe to be the current line-up,
all owned by Bell:
* WCHB-AM, 1200, Detroit
* WCHB-FM, 105.9, Detroit
* WKNX-AM, 1250, licensed to Bay City, studios in Frankenmuth, and
serving Frankenmuth. It is leased to a local operator, and I
can't believe that the purchaser of Bell will have much interest
in retaining it.
* WJZZ-AM, 1210, Kingsley, has a construction permit or is
operational. The newsgroup reports confirm that it is on the air
in some way. I wonder if the purchaser of Bell will have interest
in this station.
* The 1210 frequency is no longer in operation in the
* Bell is headquartered in Detroit, hence the 313 phone number.
I hope I have reported this correctly!
I have a minor obsession with the history of WKNX. Like-minded
people are invited to contact me for a discussion about it.