Broadcast History - March 24

Broadcast History - March 24

Postby jon » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:02 pm

A quiet day in Western Canada broadcasting history, so we look to the U.S. for our stories today:

In 1925, KSL Salt Lake City signed on for the first time. The station still has a great signal all across the West, with 50,000 watts on 1160 KHz, non-directional both day and night. The only other U.S. station with much power on the frequency at night is WYLL Chicago, formerly WJJD, but even its 50,000 watts are directional both day and night to protect KSL. During the 1960s, KSL was the most distant station that could be heard at high noon in Vancouver. Graveyard shift workers, insomniacs and DX'ers bored by the overnight reception conditions often tuned into The Herb Jepko Nightcap Show. Unlike other phone-in shows of the day, there was no assigned topic. Callers just spoke about what was on their mind. A music box would go off after five minutes to remind callers that they had reached their station-imposed limit on conversation. Jepko passed away in 1995, having just celebrated his 64th birthday. Over the years he had spent much of what little he was paid in his glory years, to try and continue the show long after its time had past. I always enjoyed his shows, despite my life-long hate for phone-in talk shows.

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In 1997, Carroll James died in Silver Springs, Maryland. He had been CJ the DJ at WHAG Hagerstown, Maryland, and WWDC Washington, D.C. Born on July 21, 1936, CJ claims to have been the first to play a Beatles record on U.S. radio or television. He had a B.O.A.C. stewardess bring over the record from England.

In 2005, Jim Rogers died at age 64. He had hosted programs on WCCO Minneapolis from 1982 to 1994. WCCO was one of the original 1-A Clear Channel stations until the 1970s, with 50,000 watts non-directional. When they were off the air all night Sunday nights for transmitter maintenance during the 1960s, stations in Honolulu and Japan were often heard in Vancouver on the frequency, though the Japanese station would often reappear well after sunrise, after WCCO had faded out.

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