Up one position as our journey to the top of the dial continues. This week, we stop at a frequency where I spent a lot of time in my college days, 1520. That was then, this is now. So what are you hearing these days whey your radio lands at the 1520 spot?
Daytime here is a weak WLUV from Loves Park, IL. 500 watts ND from about 40 miles west of me. This little station is nothing if not consistent. They've been running a country format for at least 50 years.
At night, WLUV goes to 12.5 watts (that's right, twelve and a HALF), and disappears. What's left is a mix of weak signals with KOKC most likely to be on top, but not always. The next most likely station to emerge is KRHW from Sikeston, MO. 1600 watts with a "pencil thin" north-south pattern. I've also heard KOLM from Rochester, MN a few times around sunset.
Back in it's top 40 "glory days", as posted previously, I listened to KOMA quite a bit while away at school in Iowa. But trying to listen when I was back at home was a challenge. KOMA was usually alone on 1520, but got routinely stomped on by the much stronger signals from WLAC and WCKY. The exception was Sunday nights when the two adjacent channel pests signed off at midnight and left KOMA "in the clear" and very listenable until Dale Weeba signed the station off at 2am.