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    What is Real Country?

    I should probably wait until I go to the mountains next week, but I'm going to ask anyway. With the amount of interference on the radio in my car, I'm unlikely to get many answers.

    For the past several years WMNC-AM Morganton, NC and WAME Statesville NC have aired Classic Hit Country. With the Westwood One merger I have been concerned about the possible demise of that format. And on WAME's local morning show, while my usual station was doing an interview instead of playing music, I heard someone say WAME is now calling itself "Real Country".

    WSTP Salisbury NC recently switched to a country format which it calls "Real Country" (though I checked WAME when I could hear it and it was not playing the same songs). I haven't heard the names of any DJs yet, and they don't talk a lot (and they're too professional not to be satellite, and there's no way this station can afford local talent). When I first sampled the station there were only recorded station IDs and no DJs when I was listening. WPTL Canton NC, also "Real Country" (and I'm pretty sure that does refer to the ,ABC/Citadel/Cumulus format) doesn't even seem to have DJs other than on the local morning show, but when I last went to the mountains, before the merger, there was a storm that must have knocked them off the air and they never did come back even by the time I returned home.
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    AM reception in mountainous areas should be less problematic than FM reception. The shadow of a mountain between your radio and the FM transmitting tower will pretty much kill your reception.
    AM survives much better. WSM anyone?

    Please let us know your reception experiences.

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    To me, real country music is music that is filled with meaning when it speaks to a person.

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    Real Country is a satellite-delivered format owned by Westwood One. They have a classic bent, focused on the 80s and 90s but they play a few currents that fit in.

    Some artists you'd expect to hear on Real Country are George Strait, Alabama, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, and Brooks & Dunn.
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    Real Country was a format created by Buck Owens Enterprises many years ago when Buck owned KNIX. It may have actually been run on KNIX-AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    Real Country was a format created by Buck Owens Enterprises many years ago when Buck owned KNIX. It may have actually been run on KNIX-AM.
    IIRC, it ran on 1580 and was distributed by SMN for a while.
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    I don't expect to have the problems I was afraid I would. When I turned on the air conditioning yesterday, the squealing I have heard for several weeks stopped. It would occasionally start again but stop quickly. There seems to be some relationship to speeding up, but it's not a direct relationship because now I will speed up and hear nothing happen most of the time.

    WAME, which was classic hit country, is 500 watts at 550 but that's actually pretty strong. I'll report back on what DJs I hear there and on WMNC-AM, which is at 1430 and has a terrible signal. It was once 5000 watts but now says 2700.

    WPTL is 500 watts and pathetic, though it is at 920 and that's not that far to the right. It is called Real Country. And the music mix is not as good to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PTBoardOp94 View Post
    Real Country is a satellite-delivered format owned by Westwood One. They have a classic bent, focused on the 80s and 90s but they play a few currents that fit in.

    Some artists you'd expect to hear on Real Country are George Strait, Alabama, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, and Brooks & Dunn.
    ABC, Citadel and Cumulus, actually. Maybe Westwood One took it over after the merger.

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    You're right about the chain of ownership, and yes Westwood One absorbed or discontinued all syndicated offerings previously offered by Cumulus Media Networks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PTBoardOp94 View Post
    You're right about the chain of ownership, and yes Westwood One absorbed or discontinued all syndicated offerings previously offered by Cumulus Media Networks.
    So later this week, assuming nothing has changed, the musc I hear on WPTL will be from Westwood One.

    I still have to find out who I'm hearing on WAME.

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