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NewsArt Vanishing local stations

w2xq

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Interesting piece. I've seen similar stories in decades past, focusing on stations in West Virginia and Tennessee and the central plains. An unfortunate decline, as there is interesting listening when in range of the smaller stations on the regional and local stations. In the Appalachians, the signals only persist in the valley. Cross a mountain, lose one station and find another one.
 

GB46

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The local AM station in my own hometown -- WCTC in New Brunswick, NJ -- has changed only slightly since I moved away during the 1960s. It's now owned by a corporate group based in Florida, but still has local content, mostly talk. It also still runs a measly 1000 watts on 1450. That's the station where the news anchor Dave Marash got his start; I met him in 1964 when I appeared as a guest on his show (I had won some stupid contest). Ironically, I was extremely mike shy during the show, despite spending many hours in front of a mike in my ham station.
 

spongella

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Here in NJ we are fortunate as there's a number of small stations still existing. Also am close enough to Philadelphia and get smaller broadcasters with local news, ethnic shows, local adverts, etc. When on the road am continuously tuning around the AM band for stations. Distracted driving in a way hi hi.
 
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