Not just a whistleblower – the story of The Whistler

Imagine, if you will, a radio drama in which the criminal thinks he gets away with it – everybody involved thinks that he got away with it – heck, even the narrator sorta thinks he got away with it – only to have something trip him up in the final moments.  Add some dramatic music,…

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The Return of WPTR (for reals this time!!)

Did my eyes deceive me? If my eyes were deceiving me, my camera wasn’t. This was what I saw yesterday at the Rotterdam mall – a full-flung studio with big “WPTR” letters over the entrance. Holy crap.  It’s back. And it’s back at – wait, at 1240 AM?  The old 3WD frequency?  And an additional…

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And just like that … we’ve gone to 11.

It didn’t even last a week. But it served its purpose Last week, I noticed that classic radio station WPTR was back on the air, operating at the 1240 AM frequency once populated by the former WSNY / WVKZ / 3WD portal.  The current station played a mix of 1970’s and 1980’s pop hits, along…

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Wait, did WPTR return to the airwaves?

In 1975, my parents bought me my own AM radio.  And in that moment, I actually discovered this wonderful world of Albany’s 50,000 watt Top 40 powerhouse, WPTR.  Oh yeah, Boom Boom Brannigan and the rest of the crew. Unfortunately, with the advent of FM Top 40 radio, AM Top 40 stations like WPTR and…

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Really classy move, WPYX…

I was in broadcast radio for several years – first in college radio, then for a while at Schenectady radio station 3WD.  And yeah, there are times when you accidentally play the wrong song or read the wrong public service announcement – i.e., a public service announcement about offering support for the blind, followed immediately…

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Play-by-play radio announcer calls epic “idiot on the field” broadcast

So last night, I watched the Pittsburgh Steelers completely dismantle the Washington Redskins 38-16.  After that exciting game was a veritable snoozefest match, as the San Francisco 49ers pulverized the Los Angeles Rams 28-0. About the only exciting thing about that late-night matchup occurred during the fourth quarter, with the 49ers up 21-0, a red-shirted…

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Ten great old-time-radio shows you can hear right now

One of my presets on my SiriusXM car stereo satellite radio is channel 148, Radio Classics.  Hosted by radio historian and preservationist Greg Bell, the channel shares a melange of restored radio dramas, comedies, Westerns and anthology shows from the golden age of old-time broadcast.  Many of these shows even contain the original commercials from…

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K-Chuck Radio: Call me…

Once upon a time, there was a device called a telephone.  It allowed people to communicate with each other over long distances.  You know, similar to a cell phone today.  The telephone was often wired directly to the walls of a house; some public telephones required the user to drop quarters into a slot for…

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The Snowstorm School Closings Secret

It didn’t matter which school of “The Twelve” I was attending at the time.  They were all in the Northeast – ten in New York State and two in Massachusetts.  But the moment I woke up and looked out my bedroom window and saw a blanket of white snow on the ground, with more snow…

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