Category Archives: Volunteer

The next project

The FCC databases were built for a specific purpose in 1979 – to perpetuate a manual paper process that went back to at least 1922 – before the FCC was created in 1934. The data is organized based on the … Continue reading

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The raw power of being the czar

When looking at stations in the format where you are Czar, the scanner attempts to draw your attention to words in the title, keywords, or text of a web page which tend to confirm or refute the category. This is … Continue reading

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Finding new streams

When the “needs review” scanner looks at a station, near the end it looks to see if the stream has changed (or been added for a station that didn’t used to stream) First it looks to see if the current … Continue reading

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FM translators

FM translators used to be a very minor part of the radio business. Following several FCC decisions, they have become really huge, and the directory has to deal with them. There are five normal uses for an FM translator – … Continue reading

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Dealing with dead web sites

Radio station web sites come and go, that’s just a fact of life. In a perfect world, the old site redirects to the new web site, but even so, the format of the station probably changed. How do you fix … Continue reading

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Helper hints

Now that we can attach comments to posts, the people helping can post examples on questions to talk about. Just add a new comment to this thread, which will become the sticky thread after Trump is elected. CharlotteNC (my powerless … Continue reading

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New page layout

15 years of “legacy” coding is a burden. When the core of this web site was written, people were connecting over 56 kb modems, using Windows 95 and using Microsoft Exploder 3.0 or AOL. Ah, the good old days before … Continue reading

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Protected: Doumentation: adding an FX/HD station

This is mostly for recall after I go senile, but here goes nothing. Using the example posted above, this is the objective: We want to be able to paste in the URL and have the editor offer up the option … Continue reading

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1,086 new HD 2/3/4 channels!

In case someone from HDradio wanders by today wondering why this service scraped their list overnight πŸ˜‰ The list of all HD channels on the HD Radio ™ Web site has 3818 channels as of this morning, but you can … Continue reading

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