Milepost for the future of AM

One of the stations that Entercom acquired from CBS Radio is WJFK-AM in the Washington DC beltway. The class B signal solidly covers all of D.C. and can be heard as far North as Baltimore and South to Fredericksburg.

So what programming is Entercom putting on their AM station influencing the people who run America? Well at least it isn’t the government propaganda of China’s CRI or the British Home Office’s BBC.

It is an all day podcast called “Connecting Vets

Among their sponsors are Harley Davidson and CIGNA insurance.

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21 Responses to Milepost for the future of AM

  1. Parrott says:

    Thats just as bad as the real estate infomercials on the weekends here on the local
    cumu-lost station, that are pretending to be a news show. They are horrible. Just turn the station off if thats all you have.
    They use to carry Cigar Dave live. Now i have to wait till WBT has him on at 6pm on saturdays.
    Thats a bad Milepost Fred,

    best
    parrott

  2. Parrott says:

    Well I decided to post this here in the ‘Milepost’ because my topic is a milepost, sort of. As most of you all know, I like Jeeps and have two models. The 1998 TJ wrangler model with straight six and 133k miles. Runs like a champ !
    The newby is a 2016 model JKU Rubicon Wrangler. V6 pentastar powered, it could really use a V8 Hemi or a good turbo installed on the V6. Other than that, its great. Aerodynamics of a brick, its so fun to ride in and go up old forest roads, and through the creek.
    This Friday April 27, the linked article says the last JK and JKU series Jeep Wranglers will roll off the production line there in Toledo Ohio. The new JL series Wrangler is already in production since last fall. This model JK that is retiring came in when the economy was crashing and right before the election of the first OBO term. It’s been a good run and this model sold more than any other model Jeep. Its a good read.

    The new one has been in production since last fall, but they couldn’t pull the plug on JK just yet. But its time they say.
    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/04/jeep-wrangler-jk-production-ends-friday-model-will-cheerfully-dig-grave/#more-1622536

    I don’t need three Jeeps, until they come out with a diesel.
    whoa-nelli !
    parrott

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I actually interviewed to do work at Jeep in Toledo during the final days of AMC, but decided to stay in Flint Michigan instead.

      • briand75 says:

        AMC – Very nice. I owned a 1970 AMX (#9406) that was one of the most fun cars ever. A case where mismanagement and serious lack of foresight killed the company off.

        • TheChairman says:

          Wasn’t that the car driven by Mel Gibson in Mad Max?

        • Fred Stiening says:

          Well, it was not the first company to go broke competing with GM. As much as they grumbled about regulation, it was pollution and safety requirements that finished them off. You know you are in trouble when you look to Renault to rescue you.

          The Toledo plant had been Willy’s that made the jeeps, and merged with Nash, Hudson, & Studebaker to form American Motors.

          https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMC_V8_engine

          I was working at Chrysler at the time of the AMC purchase and know from the inside that Chrysler was shocked to learn how advanced the Jeep plant was, with robots and just in time inventory management. The computer guys working there went on to Kraft foods and ultimately US Foods. Chrysler did not adopt the AMC systems and tore down the factory in Kenosha Wisconsin.

  3. Parrott says:

    Fred: Have you been watching WKRP on ME TV ? The one last night was the one with Hoyt Axton arrives from West Virginia to marry Jennifer. ( Loni Anderson) It was hilarious.
    Any hoo, he sang his song, You know; ‘Della and the Dealer’ ? ” It was Della and a dealer and a dog named Jake, and Cat named Kalamazoo, heading down the road in a pickup truck, gonna make some dreams come true,”
    “If that cat could could talk, what tales he’d tell about Della and the dealer and the dog as well, but the cat was cool and never said a mumblin’ word.”
    Awesome song, I had bought that on ’45’

    I love watching WKRP and going back to 1978. I wasn’t even in high school yet ! I so wanted to be a DJ back then. I think the economy was bad back then ?
    I drove the google car by the current WKRC in Cincinnati, radio towers. They are across the river in Kentucky. They have four towers. For 5000 watts they get out a ways. I love thinking back to when I was a kid, in scouts, riding bikes, dirt clod wars.
    Had it made and didn’t even know it.
    Parrott

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      One of my brothers watches ME TV, particularly Hawaii Five 0. He got me to DVR an episode. Turned out that episode was from 1972. I was mesmerized when they spotted a bad guy in a car and wanted to find out who it was. They radioed into the state police HQ with the plate number and the camra cut away to a large room where the walls were lined with giant spinning reels of magnetic tape.

      Then the camera cuts over to a big machine with two rows of three illuminated buttons. A man presses a button or two and then loads the machine with a huge stack of punched computer cards, then presses another button and the camera shows the quickly taking a card from the bottom of the deck and running it through the machine and then taking the next card. I’m thinking this guy won’t need to go to the gym by the time he loads a card for each car in the state of Hawaii. It was so fascinating that I watched it three times and totally lost track of the plot of the episode.

      ME TV is great!

      • Fred Stiening says:

        That machine was called a card sorter / – My college accepted one as a gift, so I actually was able to use one. They were very useful back in the electromechanical days before computers became widely available and affordable.

        You would set the machine to look at a specific column and it would drop the card in the slot with a specific hole punched in a specific column. The cards would drop into one of twelve slots, and a 13th if that column had no punch. Because letters had two punches in the same column, sorting or selecting by a letter required two passes.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_card_sorter

        Presumably the DMV deck had one card for each car registration, with relevant information about each vehicle – make, model, license plate, VIN, color. You would choose the column first with the most reliable and relevant information. My guess would be the boxes were grouped by the first 3 letters/numbers of the plate. That would limit the number of cards to a single box. If you did not have the first letter / number you could run through all boxes, which would be a waste of time.

        You could then select again based on the content of another column that further shortened the list of likely matches – then the shoe leather work begins.

        This was real technology back in the day. The useful thing to know is that finding the right card was the easy part. After running the cards to select the candidates, the cards need to be resorted to put them back into the original sequence.

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          That is exactly my interpretation of what I had seen… but after posting my comments, I wondered if I had instead seen the loading of a computer program that would search the data on the spinning reels of magnetic tape.

          It got me thinking but I didn’t worry about it as it was a fictional TV show that probably spliced in a video from an IBM commercial or from an old news story. I try to prevent myself from overthinking fun trivia.

          • Fred Stiening says:

            Well, the take “the cards of suspects out of the sorter” was more the Joe Gannon and Sargeant Friday era.

            The description actually sounds more like a Card Reader / Punch. You load in the program from cards and the program runs. The card(s) added in while the tape was spinning were blank cards and each matching record would punch out a new card. You then take the cards to a card interpreter or use a key punch to get human readable printing across the top. The cards could then be a convenient way to document the investigation of each potential match.

            Non-humans could read the Hollerith punches without needing the printing.

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              It seemed clear that the footage in the show was not shot for the show – no faces of bodies were shown, only spinning magnetic tapes and a pair of arms that loaded a stack after stack of cards from a box that was about 3 feet long… three foot of thickness seemed to thick for a simple program to find a text string on a magnetic tape…. it was all fiction but the amazing part was that the show used it to show the “hi-tech” operations behind the scenes.

              I am someone that had toured one of the former Nazi concentration camps – it is amazing what the Nazi’s achieved with even less technology. All the medical records and real-time financial transaction viewable and searchable by the likes of Clapper Comey and their successors scares me.

      • Parrott says:

        It is ! Glad you like it CC ! I love the old cars in Hawaii Five – 0

    • Fred Stiening says:

      1978 was when Jimmy Carter and misguided actions by the Fed (probably intentional) lost total control over interest rates and inflation. My first house in 1981 had a 14 3/8% conventional mortgage. High interest rates did two important things – it caused bracket creep in the Income Rax (which Reagan later fixed) and it stole wealth from those who had invested in fixed rate debt.

      While I watched some episodes of WKRP at the time, I don’t Long for the good old days.

      Just in the last 24 hours, I mentioned a news story to Countess about a Las Vegas U.S. House member (Democrat woman of course) who wants to outlaw dropping turkeys out of aircraft in order to stop a turkey drop in Arkansas

      http://www.couriernews.com/Content/Default/State-Nation/Article/House-member-seeks-to-stop-turkey-drop-at-Arkansas-festival/-3/85/45852

      • Parrott says:

        Holy Cow, I didn’t know people did stupid shit like that. I mean, I am not completely naive. I know that ‘Turkey shoot’ contest got their name from , shooting turkeys, pigeons and such.

        But throwing a turkey from a plane? Who does that?
        On WKRP its was frozen turkeys in plastic , a Herb idea.
        Coon hunts don’t end well for the coon.

        parrott

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