They are playing Never from HEART at 11:30 PM on
Thursday. So, far it`s alright. I`ll keep my ear open.
Thursday. So, far it`s alright. I`ll keep my ear open.
FM radio in Chicagoland
Thanks Sean, I listen to the radio quite a bit, but don't really surf and would have never found this station without your suggestion. I'm up by Long Grove and pick it up at 4.5 out of 5 on my signal strength meter. So I hope most people up here should be able to get it.
One peculiar thing is that they come in stronger at 99.890, than at 99.900. If they were to transmit at the right freq, it may help their signal on less flexible tuners (ex.-cars, inexpensive home and boat receivers.) For being on air such a short time, they shouldn't have drifted so far off. Maybe they didn't recalibrate after the acquisition.
More importantly, programming has really been pretty good so far. Thank you again for the suggestion. I'll have to find a way to repay the favor. Best Regards,
I also listen to the radio alot while at my office in Lansing, Illinois and while on the road (which is quite a bit as well). I've been a pretty steady listener of the Drive, 'XRT and WNUA for the past few years, trying to get a decent mixture of new and old pop, rock and jazz. I remember back in the day (I'll be 40 this year) when 'XRT use to mix it up and vary their playlist alot more and better than they do these days (nothin' against Peter Gabriel but if I hear "Sledgehammer" or "Shock The Monkey" one more time...) so your discovery of this station is a welcome one for sure!
Might be the reason why 'XRT is now playin' the likes of Diana Krall, Mindy Smith, Nickel Creek, Dave Koz, etc.
Sean, is it just me or does the music coming from the Drive (97.1) sound excellent? Do they still use a lot of vinyl?
99.9 playlist while I've been typing this:
Liz Phair - Duran Duran - Thompson Twins - Coldplay
Isellstuff: Hey, i didn't say they were perfect, i just said that they played a wider variety than most : )
Aaron: I was listening to them mostly at work and in the car. My shop is SOOO close to them and they are SOOO strong out by my shop that they overload the generic "radio" that i have there. They not only come in at 99.9, but everywhere from 99.8 up to 100.3 or so. Since i'm only a couple of miles away from them and they are running 50,000 watts, i'm sure that it's a matter of front end overload.
In terms of listening in my car, i simply tuned to 99.9 and let it play. Given that i'm still so close to them on the way home, it literally blasts the tuner in terms of signal strength.
I just checked them out on of my analogue tuners and it showed to be center tuned at 99.9 as it should be. Having said that, i think that they are running a greater amount of deviation than what most other stations do, making them louder / splatter more over the sides of center channel.
I've got some new test equipment coming into the shop and i'll be able to monitor their signal as good or better than they can very shortly. We used to do this to WLS many years ago and would call up their technical engineers and tell them to correct their over-modulation. They would argue with us that they weren't over-modulated and hang up. Then we would watch the envelope of their signal shrink as they corrected the problem : )
It's possible that they are coming in better at 99.8 out by you due to signal reflections / multipath. You have to remember that they are out in the "boondocks", so the signal path from their transmitter to your antenna will be drastically different than most other stations that are based off of the Sears or Hancock.
Beatlebum: I agree about XRT. Their musical diversity is what drew me to the station, but they've lost most of that over the years. I can remember hearing classical pieces interspersed with rock "way back when" on XRT. Now THAT wide of a format ( or lack of one ) was out of place : )
As to the Drive, they do use and play vinyl. They even have "special days" where they play nothing but vinyl. They've commented that they've gotten phone calls asking for more vinyl as the listeners seem to think that this sounds "better" ( chalk one up for the "average listener" ). The fact that the WDRV tends to use less compression and has a pretty even coverage pattern tends to help them out in the area of sonics also. Too bad these guys tend to play the same songs every day or too. Sean
PS... While i was typing this, they played Foghat and then went to Franz Ferdinand. Tell me that's not pretty diverse : )
I agree about XRT. They are like the other stations now i.e. have their own format ( still wider than most ) but repeat the same songs every day / every other day or so. On top of that, they DO have WAY too many commercials.
As far as "9" goes, their variety is sometimes "TOO" wide for my tastes, but what the heck. Just because i don't like it doesn't mean that somebody else didn't request it. So long as they don't stick with the same specific type of music multiple songs in a row ( one "disco" or "country" tune is enough per batch ), it's not that bad. When you have Kelly Clarkson followed by a disco tune followed by a country tune, it's time to change the station. While diversity in music is great, you've got to draw the line somewhere in terms of "taste" and developing a sense of musical flow. Doing it for "shock value" and to display just how diverse your programing is gets kind of old real fast.
One thing that I have noticed is that they are already beginning to play certain bands on a very regular basis. For an example, you can hear "The Darkness" at least twice a day now. Two different songs, but that's still at least one song by them too many times per day and about 4 or 5 times too often per week. Even if both songs are "decent", do you really want to hear them both every day of the week??? After all, how many other MILLIONS of songs by millions of other bands are there that they could be playing? I'd rather here some of the good but lesser commercialized songs by well known bands, let alone good tunes from bands that never really made it big. This is one area where satellite radio really whips "The 9's" ass....
Along those same lines, has anybody else noticed that they don't play much music from the punk / new wave era of 77 - 85 or so i.e. not even the "commercial stuff" that made it onto the radio? I'm talking about "mellow" stuff like Elvis Costello, Devo, early Talking Heads, Gary Numan, XTC, Nick Lowe, English Beat, etc... I'm not expecting to hear the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks ( although they were the greatest "rockin' pop" band ever with phenomenally catchy hooks and rhythms ), Sham 69, etc... As such, this station does offer diversity, but it is still drastically lacking in some areas. It's good, but it could be better. Sean