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From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <[log in to unmask]>
> Which was why so many people were able to hear Jean Shepherd at night.I heard
him the last seven years he was on,and I lived outside Baltimore.( I was eight
years old,when I discovered him.)WOR came in like gangbusters every night.I have
heard people as far west as Missouri,and as far south as Georgia,who could pick
him up.
>
Well...back in the "olden days" when most folks listened to AM radio
(FM was mostly classical and commercial-free, and wasn't on most
inexpensive radios...) there were certain AM frequencies that were
reserved for "clear channel" stations. In some cases, there were small,
low-power "day only" stations that shared the frequencies...but in
most cases there was one (sometimes two or three, widely separated
geographically) station that used that frequency after sunset (when
low-frequency stations start to "skip" for hundreds or thousands
of miles...). There were even a few frequencies that were reserved
for Canadian stations, usually CBC (who quit AM broadcasting a few
years back and thus could no longer be heard in most of North
America...?!). I used to "DX" on the AM band...and most of these
"clear channel" stations were like "shootin' fish in a barrel!"
However, I did bring in KFI a few times.

OTOH, I took advantage of this situation to listen to blues on
WLAC most evenings...

Steven C. Barr