Just so you all know, as of midnight tonight, I am retiring after over 18 years at UPR (KUSU-FM), 26 years at USU, and 43 years in commercial/public broadcasting and satellite uplink. The timing was such that I was able to put together a plan that will provide for me and my family and give me time to pursue several projects and interests, focusing especially on the low-power FM radio station I operate here in Hyrum. But don't worry, I'll still around here.
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Jan 2, 2024 8:46:26 GMT -7
I have heard your station in Hyrum. I found it one time when my wife and I were doing something in Cache Valley. The next time we came back, I actually asked her to drive into Hyrum so I could listen for a few minutes. My wife is very accepting of the fact that I am a total geek. LOL! I'm forgetting the calls now, though. Is the frequency 94.9? I'm totally going from memory now. The last time I heard it, you were running news at the top of the hour from FSN, if memory serves, which is a news network based in the UK. I had no idea that was your station. Will you ever consider streaming? I can understand if not since it's for the Hyrum community. I remember going to your station's website or maybe it was a social media page and you guys carry local parades and stuff like that. I loved the music. Best of luck with all that and congratulations.
KVWJ is at 94.9 FM heard in the south end of Cache County, namely in Hyrum, it's city of license. It'd be nice to stream but I can't afford the streaming fees so it's radio-only and that's ok. We just got our RDS up and running so if you're within our city-grade coverage, you get to see the details. Our website is KVWJ.org and it contains some radio history, some details about the station, and some stories about what we have been doing (I really need to update that page!). If you are driving through, please take a listen and give some feedback.
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Jan 9, 2024 8:33:11 GMT -7
We will definitely tune in when we are in that area. Do the call letters have a particular meaning or were they just random? The V I thought might have stood for Valley, as in Cache Valley. W, west maybe. I don't know. It sounded great when I heard it a couple of years ago.
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Jan 9, 2024 8:39:52 GMT -7
Sorry! I should have looked at the website before my previous post. It's all explained there. It has to do with the names of the original founders. CA, I don't know if I am able to delete my posts once I send them, but if you want to take these two of mine down, feel free. Again, my apologies.
Very surprised to see that instrumental "beautiful" music is still being played by your station a few hours a week. I thought that that format had died out completely from all OTA stations in Utah. I still listen to that format when I am working; it helps me be productive.
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Jan 10, 2024 8:16:43 GMT -7
According to the schedule page on KVWJ's website, beautiful music is played for a few hours on Sundays with worship music sandwiched in there two. I'm going from memory but I think he mentioned it also uses a beautiful music jingle package that the original KVWJ used in the 70s when they were a beautiful music station. I don't think the page goes into any detail on what artists are heard during that time.
Well, it's some really old late 40's - early 50's instrumental recordings from what I believe were originally on 16" transcription discs (the repeating pops are a bit slower than if they were off a 33-1/3 disc). The fidelity has that swing era feel (think Chuck Cecil's Swingin' Years) and it seems appropriate for what night be coming out of a radio on a lazy Sunday afternoon. This runs from midnight to 6am and again from 3pm back to midnight. A lot of So-and-so and His Orchestra. Since it had already been dubbed into a digital format, it made it a bit easier to implement. My original plan was like CA said: "Mantovani, 101 Strings, Ferrante & Teicher and other similar artists." Who knows, with more time on my hands I might be able to incorporate more of those artists than just these not-too-scratchy old recordings.
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Jan 11, 2024 8:39:56 GMT -7
Man, I sure hope a funding source becomes available to make streaming of KVWJ possible someday. I would love to be able to listen to this station on a regular basis ... but not enough to move to Hyrum.
Well, except for the fact that I wouldn't be able to hear them anyway. But perhaps the people up in southern Cache Valley would like them.
I am not so big on lush orchestral easy listening like 101 Strings and Jackie Gleason. I am more into the instrumental pop covers and instrumentals that were their own hits in the own right, like Joy by Apollo 1000 and Seasons by Charles Fox. And Music Box Dancer and Pied Piper by Frank Mills. And Love is Blue by Paul Mauriat. And Chariots of Fire by Vangelis. And anything by Mannheim Steamroller. And the extended versions of TV show theme songs -- Dallas, Falcon Crest, Rockford Files, etc.
Last Edit: Jan 11, 2024 15:38:58 GMT -7 by amanuensis