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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberdad View Post
    @radioman...

    Did you ever hear WMCW at your location? Where I was as a teenager in Wauconda, they were still definitely listenable. Although they did start to fade rapidly as you went south and east. I could also imagine that splatter from 1590 (WNMP/WLTD) would be an issue. In any event where I was then, as well as now, I never heard WCGO.
    I may have heard WMCW, but the splatter from WNMP was pretty bad in my area. The old WCGO was tough enough at my location.

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    Day: My radio loves interference. usually WPWA 1590 out of Chester, which is already weak enough but weaker.
    Night: I get WWRL in Seacaucus or WLXE in Rockville. Sometimes a mix

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    Here in Wood Dale, IL in the near NW suburb of Chicago:

    Daytime: nothing these days. WMCW and WCGO used to be heard before they went off through the WONX splatter.
    Nightime: WAAM most likely station to be heard at night.

    DX/RETRO: over 20 different stations heard on this frequency in the past including WTRU (Muskegon, MI), WARU (Peru, IN), WSTL Eminence, KY), WNST (Milton, WV), WINX (Rockville, MD), WWRL (NY, NY) WAOS (Austell, GA), CHNR (Simcoe, ON), KCRG (Cedar Rapids, IA), KCGS (Marshall, AR).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CADXER View Post
    Here in Wood Dale, IL in the near NW suburb of Chicago:


    DX/RETRO: over 20 different stations heard on this frequency in the past including WTRU (Muskegon, MI), WARU (Peru, IN), WSTL Eminence, KY), WNST (Milton, WV), WINX (Rockville, MD), WWRL (NY, NY) WAOS (Austell, GA), CHNR (Simcoe, ON), KCRG (Cedar Rapids, IA), KCGS (Marshall, AR).
    That's an impressive list.

    I remember hearing WTRU back in the 60s. They're long gone....unless you live in Kernersville, North Carolina. The calls are now in use by a station on 830 there.

    KCRG in Cedar Rapids is what evolved into today's KGYM. I believe the KCRG calls are still in use on what used to be in use on KCRG-TV, channel 9. "CRG" stands for the Cedar Rapids Gazette (newspaper), which was co-owned with the broadcast operations.

    Anyway, back on-topic, I checked 1600 this morning about an hour before sunrise, and it was KGYM comfortably on top of the channel.
    Owner of a radio receiver

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    Back to my days in the Twin Cities, 1600 at night was one of the worst war-zone regionals I can remember hearing. Cedar Rapids sent its 5 kW signal north. Add 5kW each for Watertown MN, Ripon WI and 500 watts back in the day from Algona IA made for regular havoc.

    Yes, KCRG was once part of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The Gazette owners, back then owned just the single AM, TV, and newspaper. KCRG became KGYM after its sale to the KZIA owners, Rob Norton, Eliot Keller et al. Keller died several years ago. Norton was killed driving the wrong way on I-380 near Cedar Rapids early this year. KCRG-TV was sold to Gray a few years ago, so today the Gazette focuses just on local newspapers.

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    I gotta second Cyberdad's 'bravo', CADXer! That's quite mess o' fish !

    DXing on AM was so much fun back when the AM dial played music and when things were a lot clearer. All of us in the Gang Of Four :-) DX clan near JFK Airport heard KCRG and KATZ when WWRL had decided to sign off. When the 'regionals' associated with NYC signed off, the dial really would come alive. 1600 often was like opening up birthday gifts when The Big RL was silent.

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