Sounds like another AM music station has bit the dust in the Salt Lake market. I'm listening to KDYL-AM 1060 as I type this, and it sounds like the station has dumped Real Oldies for a syndicated news/talk/sports format. Anyone know when the last day for the Real Oldies format was?
I can't make heads or tails of what's on 1060 right now. It's just a mishmash of noise here at night, if they're on the air at all.
It's sad but I'm not hugely surprised. A lot of what was on 1060 was also on KODJ. For 99.9% of the people, KODJ on FM just sounded better than an AM. I liked the classic Top 40 presentation of KDYL better myself, but you can't discount the sound quality. It's a shame.
China Radio International on a Salt Lake radio station--what the heck? I wonder if this explains why I've been getting a warning from Google for the past three weeks that says the KDYL-AM site is infected with trojans.
Post by seattlefollower on Mar 6, 2013 20:37:14 GMT -7
CRI really isn't as bad as you're all implying, we have it here on unrated AM on the west coast too. I have a hard time staying with the news broadcasts since: a) obvious "propaganda" reasons b) many presenters are Chinese so their delivery of English is difficult c) time shift / repeats / confusing schedule
But, I've also found the music broadcasts to be fun and well presented, generally with hosts that speak English well or are from other countries (Hong Kong? South Africa? Australia?). It might be the only station in SLC-Ogden-Provo that will have small blocks of 'dance pop' and globally charting music. Too bad they couldn't buy out KUTR, isn't its signal superior for most of the day? *grin*
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David, I'm positive that the malware warning is unrelated. The website itself is still the same Real Oldies site that's been there a while. The problem is there's something claiming to be a counter that's really a link to a site in Russia that's distributing malware. If you went there and haven't disabled scripting you may be infected. I'd check on that.
Meanwhile at the new station.... All I can say is "wow". And that's not a good "wow". From both a technical and content perspective, it just sounds abysmal. In the middle of the day, solidly in the city grade signal, I was hearing it fade in and out. That might have been the satellite downlink that was going in and out, I'm not sure. I do know that it sounded absolutely dreadful. The content was just as bad though. I heard people who were probably not native English speakers trying to sound like hip Americans. Then I heard a movie review show. They mentioned that The Hobbit was coming out soon. Uh, that came out almost 3 months ago. They were also talking about the movie "Save the Date" and their description of the movie was lifted straight out of IMDB. The whole thing makes a 10 watt class D college station sound amazing.
Short review: they should request the callsign KDOA.
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Post by seattlefollower on Mar 6, 2013 21:00:40 GMT -7
Maybe they are running tapes there until things are set? The station here is pretty reliable but does go to dead air from time to time. Alfredo on the PDX Radio board is a real aficionado. The station is now being leased by G&E Studios (at least in the case of Portland) but still owned by the original owners. Here's one of many threads about modulation issues, apparently they don't contract engineers in any of these cities. feedback.pdxradio.com/topic/kxpd-broadcasting-off-channel-at-1043khz
I stopped by KDYL after I heard this on Thursday. Ralph told me that he still owns the station, but is operating it for the G&E Studios, which carries a lot of CRI programming. They are not actually full-time CRI.
Ralph's stations in Moab and Elko are doing well, and he is not looking to sell any. He will keep the offices and facilities in Salt Lake, as he also has some other business ventures running out of there.
I heard a loss-of-signal on Thursday afternoon....might have been due to the sun-outages. Their satellite dish was pointed west, so that would be about the right time.
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