Well, my newest radio stint might actually last longer than my previous radio stint…

This summer, I was able to return to my college radio station, WHCL (88.7 FM, or whcl.org for you new-heads).  Friday nights at 11:00 p.m. Eastern time, my old college radio show, the Nightowl Radio Show, returned from the archives and spun once more. It’s been a fun run, and I really enjoyed putting together…

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Would you like to help be part of WPTR’s FM signal?

As you might know from reading this blog, I am a fan of the reborn WPTR.  On Friday nights, I can enjoy the Chip Ordway Record Show (by the way, why aren’t you listening to the Chip Ordway Record Show?), and there are other community-themed shows throughout the week. But the only ways I can…

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So Chuck’s return to radio … it’s really happening.

Background.  During the current COVID-19 pandemic, my alma mater, Hamilton College, essentially shut down its physical campus.  Students were taught via teleconference, and Hamilton’s usual extracurricular activities were culled for the year. All except one.  The college radio station, WHCL, continued to operate.  And that’s mostly because it was able to have a combination of…

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The Return of WPTR!! And damn it sounds good!

Well, they did it.  God bless them, WPTR is back on the air. It’s a community radio station, which means that the music format will vary from hour to hour, depending on the on-air radio personality at that time.  You can listen to it on your FM radio, on your AM radio (yes, some people…

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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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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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