Re: Something Weird on 1250 Today

keith beesley


I don't know the answer, but two possibilities occur to me:

Number one, your c & w station may be undergoing a format change. Sometimes when stations are in the process of flipping formats, e.g. from country to oldies, they may play a lot of songs in a row, with few or no voice announcements, maybe just a brief, five or ten second recorded station i.d. at the top of each hour. This can go on for hours, even several days.

Number two, sometimes stations are "brokered," that is, instead of having commercials, they sell blocks of air time to basically anybody who wants to go on the air and can afford the time. This is similar to the infomercials you see on TV for the Snuggie, Sham-Wow, etc. There's a station in my market, Seattle, KKNW, "Alternative Talk 1150", that does this. Programming can be radically different from one hour of the day to the next. I've heard programs on astrology, followed by Christian religious programming, following by Russian language programming, followed by high-school sports, all in the same day on the same station!


--- On Sat, 1/2/10, scottmac112 <scottmac1120@...> wrote:

From: scottmac112 <scottmac1120@...>
Subject: [ultralightdx] Something Weird on 1250 Today
To: ultralightdx@...
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2010, 3:35 PM
Hey everybody!

Thanks for the wonderful welcome, but I've got a problem
here. Today, at about 1330 MST, I was band-scanning on MW
and came upon something extremely odd. Instead of country
music, which is what 1250 KIKZ (Seminole, TX) usually plays,
I heard Regional Mexican music. Then, it faded out. Then, I
heard someone speak in wha sounded like Arabic. Then, the
language changed to German-sounding. There was a song or two
played along the way, one in Spanish, and another in
English, before the transition into the weird languages (no
music, just straight talking). And, during the whole of
about 45 minutes of listening, not a single discernable
station ID. Someone help! I gotta figure this one out so I
can get it logged!


Hobbs, New Mexico


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