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    http://www.wlng.com/

    This is a completely independent stand-alone commercial station that still actually does what U.S. radio stations used to do. They don't play very much new stuff but they engage their local listeners instead of selling demographic ass coverage to corporate mooks.

    I think there's a huge opportunity to do what they do using just net-radio and locally popular music.

    Wow, I just heard a cart machine dropout! This IS freakin' authentic!
    Thanks for the link. That station is less then 50 miles away from me but I don't know if I can get it on terrestrial.

    It's an oldies station. The local demographic is older than the nation as a whole and there are some actual DJs.

    It does deliver the authentic old radio experience for those of us who would like an occasional break from the 21st century.
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    It's almost perfect except I can't press a button and hear a different station during he news.
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    I love the verb on the jock's voice. They obviously bought their jingle package early on and still use it.
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    WQXA 105.7-FM (York/Lancaster PA) is the station that my wife listens to going to work in the morning. Personally I am unimpressed with their playlist but their morning show is actually entertaining. They are owned by Citidel Broadcasting.

    http://www.1057thex.com/

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    Also my wife thinks that WTPA 93.5 (Harrisburg PA) is notable. Owned by Cumulous.

    http://www.wtpafm.com/index.shtml

    I'll let you guys do the streaming and do the listening.
    Cumulous bought out Citdel and both stations have gone to hell!!!

    To add insult to injury, WTPA is now on 92.1 a far weaker signal than 93.5 which now carries a "churban" HOT format with lots of autotune.
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    http://www.957theride.com/home.asp

    Independent radio out of Charlotte, NC.

    Mostly automated (I assume to save money), but they do have morning and afternoon drive. On the weekends they'll play full concerts and stuff.

    Fairly tight play list, but do occasionally play some deeper cuts.
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    Weekly 2 hour blues program. I was at the local Blues joint when WRCN recorded a band there live for this program.

    http://www.graveyardblues.com/
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    What's with Long Island?

    First WLNG and now WRCN!
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    For oldies I usually tune in to WCBS which has a stronger signal even though it's farther away. The station briefly flirted with automated Cheep Channel style broadcasting which was rejected; they went back to radio personalities.

    I believe the reason is that the local demographic is older than the nation in general and baby boomers grew up listening to that style of broadcasting.

    WCBS-FM (101.1 MHz) is a CBS-owned radio station in New York City. The station's studios are in the combined CBS Radio facility at 345 Hudson Street in Manhattan, and its transmitter is located on the Empire State Building.

    WCBS-FM was one of the first notable oldies stations in the country, with the format dating back to July 7, 1972. Between June 3, 2005 and July 12, 2007, the station aired the automated adult hits format "Jack FM". The new programming was unsuccessful, and WCBS-FM switched back to personality-driven classic hits and oldies format, which featured a broader playlist concentrating on music from 1964 to 1989, but unlike other classic hits stations, they also play selected hits from before 1964.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCBS-FM
    The Classic Rock stations have DJ personalities also. They are industry veterans and for the most part household names locally. WXRQ, better known as Q104.3, has a great Breakfast with the Beatles program on Sunday mornings hosted by DJ Ken Dashow.

    He also hosts Live at Five, another great program. I didn't know Leslie West had one of his legs amputated a year ago. West discusses, among other things, his surprise at all the things his music is being used for; samples for Kanye West (no relation) and Jay Z, movie trailers, video games.

    http://www.q1043.com/player/?station...l&mid=22169248
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    Well, so much for WRCN.

    Long Island radio will do a little less rocking and a little more talking come Dec. 26, when WRCN (103.9 FM) flips from classic rock to a news-talk format.

    The station ended its rock years Friday with a last spin of the end of the "Abbey Road" medley by the Beatles and will play holiday music through Christmas.

    The new format will feature syndicated hosts such as Sean Hannity and Mark Levin, but is emphasizing its local news.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...#ixzz2tVFkuz9y
    Actually, that looks like a lot less rocking and a lot more sucking.

    "Long Islanders are starving for local news and information," said John Carraciolo, president and CEO of WRCN's parent JVC Media. "Why should we have to wait 22 minutes to hear about the world when all we really want is Islip to Southampton?
    No, we aren't and anyway it mostly isn't news.

    No music, local political blowhards, half of them criminals, touting their imaginary accomplishments, and a pair of right wing propagandists, probably courtesy of the Koch bros.

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    Too bad. WLAC here in Nashville played black music every night all through the 1950s and '60s. They broke virtually every major black artist of that era nationally because they could be heard everywhere east of the Mississippi. One of my very first conversations with Stevie Wonder was about WLAC which had been his evening retreat at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing Michigan. Wolfman Jack lifted his whole schtick from WLAC's Hossman Allen who had also hawked baby chicks.

    Upon moving to Nashville it broke my heart to find that WLAC has become the home of Rush Viagra Limp-bough and that few locals know of or appreciate the station's history and the important role it played in American popular music as we know it.
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    I hope the new format fails, and the sooner the better.

    Dead air would be an improvement. I'd like them run out of town the way Jack radio was.
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    It's a new owner.
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