Getting Caught Up

When I turned off the web site, I did not delete the website based on the unlikely idea that civilization could fall apart, and it might be important for people to hear what’s going on in other parts of the country.

So I listened to absolutely no radio since the first of the year, and doing relatively little maintenance since getting married.  I am not optimistic that radio is an effective communication tool anymore, but I’ll give it a listen

I am poking around in this system using my highly secret technique, and trying to see what’s changed in the last year while I wasn’t paying attention.

This thread will be the place where I drop in my observations and you can say I can’t believe you didn’t know that!


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14 Responses to Getting Caught Up

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    In a convoluted transaction, the former KFMB-AM in San Diego is now KGB-AM

    Clear channel/iheartradio acquired this station but not the naming rights because the seller operates kfmb television, so they rolled out a three character call sign that they owned, which is normally only put on very very old stations. kFMB was licensed in 1941

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    Wikipedia seems to have removed the station website links for some reason

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    It looks like the affiliates of English language China Radio International have gone silent

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    Not a huge surprise, but many radio stations are officially silent.

    This is the time when Low Power FM stations could shine, providing community information. Many just gave up.

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    I need someone to poke around on the web site. I have added a consent front-end, consistent with the 20 year old minimalist formatting.

    The data is horribly out of date but might be somewhat functional

  6. Fred Stiening says:

    On the personal side, this week my divorce from Countess is final, although she continues to live in the Charlotte condo I bought for myself in 2013.

    One of the biggest disappointments of our brief marriage was the web site. Despite having reached out to me because of the web site, after a brief appearance, not only did she stop saying anything to "the guys", she refused to even read the things I was writing. It became apparent that taking her to the nursery to buy herb growing supplies was more important than keeping the web site going, which was my full time focus for 15 years.

    She was surprised that StreamingRadioGuide was just me, and I was not hopping in a car and driving to work to be in my computer room full of computers. Those of you who have been here a long time know that the entire system ran on a cheap PC in my bedroom – by the time she arrived, it was moved to the current home on linode and the only physical device I used regularly was my iPad.

    In Boy Scouts, they train you to never jump into the water to save someone who is drowning, as the most likely outcome is they will drown you also. Throw them something that floats.

    I also ignored the only piece of advice about women that my father ever gave me – don't even consider marrying a woman who smokes…

    • RebelSansClue says:

      I'm sorry (again, still) about your divorce. Even though it may be for the best, it still sucks. At least you have a place of your own now. How's it working out? You unpacked yet?

      I'm an Eagle Scout myself and I remember that advice about saving someone who's drowning. I guess it applies even when noone's swimming.

      My wife (an immigrant) is looking forward to voting in her first Presidential election..for Trump! We're in CT so it likely won't matter. The polls scare me. I hope Trump gets re-elected.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Thanks for asking. I paid to have a mover to pack and move everything here. They unloaded but did not unpack. The hardest thing was the countertop microwave (that I don’t need) was inside a packing box on top of another box.

        Motivated because my brother was coming to visit last week, I finished up most of the “odds and ends”. I would say I am 97.62% complete.

        The President of the condo association (only 20 units) has been helpful in many ways. I suspect he would like me to help the board, which I am agreeable to.

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    Cumulus Radio is selling almost all of its radio towers to raise cash.

  8. Fred Stiening says:

    Bill Mack, one of the original overnight trucking shows, based in WBAP-AM died July 31, 2020 at age 88. He had underlying health problems, like many who catch the Covid-19 virus

  9. Fred Stiening says:

    Wor-am in New York City has dropped whatever they had in the evening and replaced it with rebroadcasts of Mark Simone. If I was to list my five most favorite people on radio, Mark Simone is definitely on that list. He is also offering podcast on his own website

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