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Thread: KOOL OLDIES RADIO 96.1 FM / 990 AM coverage area

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    Cool KOOL OLDIES RADIO 96.1 FM / 990 AM coverage area

    Kool Radio featuring hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's is an excellent format. Great music mix, awesome morning, midday, Wolfman Jack 12-1p and afternoon show. Lose the translator signal in parts of Wallingford and out it's difficult to pick up on the North Haven, New Haven line. Country 96.1 out of Long Island interfers with signal. Also who does the voice imaging for 96.1. He sounds great!
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    Personally I don't care for Wolfman Jack. The rest of the station is decent, though I wish they'd put on a jock at night 7PM-Midnight or maybe pick up Tom Kent's syndicated night show. I also wish they'd add jocks on the weekend besides the syndicated hosts. Maybe Wendy London aka Amy Grey or Rob Ray the Music Professor from 102.9 The Whale.

    In 2017 they replaced the transmitter for AM 990. The 80 watt night signal gets out much further now. During the day they could be picked up as far north as Northampton, Mass. Back when they used to be all-talk they used to have a regular caller who was tuned in from Chappaqua, New York. In the past I have gotten them on a car radio near the Danbury Fair Mall. And the late Patty-Ann Jakubiak host of the now defunct Polka Show said she used to get letters from people who lived outside of Albany, NY. And once back in August 2001 when 990 was hip-hop I picked them up inside the Super 8 Motel on Route 5 in Brattleboro, Vermont on my boom box at 6:30AM.
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    You survived the Brattleboro Super 8? Lucky man! Did you reward yourself with some Wendy's right next door? [Stay away from the EconoLodge in the south end...they suck!]

    In all seriousness, I never tried for 990 AM when walking up and down US Route 5/VT Route 9 (concurrent until you reach the rotary with Mobil and Ramunto's Pizzeria across from each other). I did check WTIC-AM 1080 on my Panasonic "Walkman". Had to put the volume on max. It seemed to come in better when I was near a metal pole for a sign, etc.

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    There was some kind of weird glitch yesterday afternoon and into this morning. 96.1's signal was really weak, the audio on 990 was really low, and they were playing the same songs on a loop every hour. I left a voicemail with the Engineering Dept at Full Power Radio last night. When I got out of work this afternoon the station appeared to be back to normal.
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    Hi Guys and gal. I agree RadioActiveAirHead1961.Great station.I finally tuned in around Christmas time last year as I heard Casey Kasem's holiday shows they were airing."WQUN was running the non holiday shows at the time". So I stayed tuned in after that and liked what they were playing.I do enjoy Michael Maze's show.

    The station will fill the void if 1220 WQUN "My current fave AM station" does not continue to be on the air in July according to the WQUN thread. Hope they will get a buyer and say on the air.Brian and Mike show is great and funny LOL on WQUN..Would miss them if the station goes off the air..

    Marc . I noticed to same yesterday"Tuesday" afternoon that the audio was low on the FM side.I thought it was my radio.I'm glad that they got it back up and running.I'll be more happy if they can trace the 60hz buzz issues out.

    I agree with Wolfman Jack show .I like Wolfman himself but dont like the shows format as I tuned it in last Sunday night and was disappointed with the show .Get rid of the newer tunes and stick with the 50's and 60's tunes and maybe some early 1970's tunes .I cant picture Wolfman playing any music newer then the 50's and 60's music.I would enjoyed the show.

    I do like "The Thing" show they run too.

    80watts can travel.There is a AM classic country station out of Maine I tune in nightly .1160 WSKW out of Skowhegan, Maine.They run 730 watts at night and it comes great at times here in Wallyworld....

    I remember when 990 was country.Rick Shea from WIOF had a show on the station.Got the cassette somewhere here.

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    There was a weird glitch again today. When I got in the car after work 4PM there was Dead Air on both 96.1 and 990. After I got home after changing out of my work clothes I did a few things and then turned the kitchen radio on to 96.1 around 4:20PM and there was still Dead Air on 96.1, but 990 was playing Polka Music. I messaged Michael Maze on Facebook. By time he responded about 20 minutes to 5 the Oldies were back on both the AM and the FM and he had know idea what had happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcB View Post
    There was a weird glitch again today. When I got in the car after work 4PM there was Dead Air on both 96.1 and 990. After I got home after changing out of my work clothes I did a few things and then turned the kitchen radio on to 96.1 around 4:20PM and there was still Dead Air on 96.1, but 990 was playing Polka Music. I messaged Michael Maze on Facebook. By time he responded about 20 minutes to 5 the Oldies were back on both the AM and the FM and he had know idea what had happened.
    The station is being run on the cheap. I doubt anyone at Full Power gives much of a crap about glitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    The station is being run on the cheap. I doubt anyone at Full Power gives much of a crap about glitches.
    The whole company is being run on the cheap. Last year when they moved their Hartford stations from Glastonbury to Bloomfield digital break up was a common occurrence on BOMBA Radio - at least on 98.5 in Meriden for a few weeks. (I don't know if it was happening on the other BOMBA "stations."). Also on the subject of BOMBA-FM they shut down BOMBA Springfeild on 1490-AM/104.5 FM and replaced it with a 100% simulcast of BOMBA Radio from Hartford. And even more back when the Meriden repeater of BOMBA was on 99.5 (licensed to Clinton) they had dead air for over 5 days.

    Theresa Berry and Sean Murphy the morning hosts on Soft Rock 106.5 serve as the the news anchors on KOOL 990/96.1 with "Wendy London" who does morning at Radio 104.1 as Amy Grey serving as a reporter. "Wendy London" also voice-tracks Middays at their Country station in New London US 99.5 Country based at 106.5 HD2.

    And Michael Maze is the "Super Voice Tracker" he's on Radio 104.1, Soft Rock 106.5, WTNN 97.5 in Vermont, and Kool Radio. - It's amazing that he can do all those stations. Maze was/is also on CBS-FM and 102.7 in NYC. (I don't follow NYC Radio, so I don't know if he's still on either of these stations). I remember when Scott Wheeler was voice tracking mornings on Kool Radio he was also doing afternoons at a station in Illinois and he gave up the Kool Radio gig because he couldn't do 2 shows a day.
    Last edited by MarcB; 04-18-2019 at 08:00 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcB View Post
    The whole company is being run on the cheap. Last year when they moved their Hartford stations from Glastonbury to Bloomfield digital break up was a common occurrence on BOMBA Radio - at least on 98.5 in Meriden for a few weeks. (I don't know if it was happening on the other BOMBA "stations."). Also on the subject of BOMBA-FM they shut down BOMBA Springfeild on 1490-AM/104.5 FM and replaced it with a 100% simulcast of BOMBA Radio from Hartford. And even more back when the Meriden repeater of BOMBA was on 99.5 (licensed to Clinton) they had dead air for over 5 days.

    Theresa Berry and Sean Murphy the morning hosts on Soft Rock 106.5 serve as the the news anchors on KOOL 990/96.1 with "Wendy London" who does morning at Radio 104.1 as Amy Grey serving as a reporter. "Wendy London" also voice-tracks Middays at their Country station in New London US 99.5 Country based at 106.5 HD2.

    And Michael Maze is the "Super Voice Tracker" he's on Radio 104.1, Soft Rock 106.5, WTNN 97.5 in Vermont, and Kool Radio. - It's amazing that he can do all those stations. Maze was/is also on CBS-FM and 102.7 in NYC. (I don't follow NYC Radio, so I don't know if he's still on either of these stations). I remember when Scott Wheeler was voice tracking mornings on Kool Radio he was also doing afternoons at a station in Illinois and he gave up the Kool Radio gig because he couldn't do 2 shows a day.
    Hi Marc and gang.I had a feeling the station is on a shoestring budget.Last Sunday morning I had the station tuned in and the audio sounds like it was out of phase during the religious programing .It was OK after that.

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    Have the FM tuned in today in my back yard about 4PM .They are in the karaoke mode now.Thats like loosing the ground lead in your walkman headset or not pushing the headset plug all a the way in will give you the same effect...My cell is dead so I cant call the eng dept provided above. .

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