North East RadioWatch: January 26, 1998
Ice Storm II: The Sequel
A brief update this Monday; we'll be back with the full report later
- MAINE: Ice Storm II was nowhere near as bad as the original -- but
the storm that socked York and Cumberland Counties over the weekend
still did its share of damage to the area's broadcasters. We're told
WCYI (93.9 Lewiston), WBCI (105.9 Bath), and WXGL (95.5 Topsham) were
all knocked off at one point or another, with WXGL still off at last
writing. The good news is that WBLM (102.9 Portland) returned to its
regular programming just as last Thursday's NERW was going to press.
One station that stayed on throughout the first storm was WVOM (103.9)
up in Howland. The 100 kilowatt talk station was the subject of a
flattering article last week in the Boston Globe,
praising its public
service to the Bangor area.
- QUEBEC: Montreal's CJAD is sliding around the dial again. The
station's attempt to return to the 800 kHz frequency with a single
tower proved unsuccessful, since non-directional operation on the
crowded 800 frequency meant extremely low power. The temporary use of
CFMB's old 1410 kHz facility was also less than successful, since the
1410 directional pattern misses most of CJAD's Anglophone audience to
the west of Montreal.
Enter CKGM, the CHUM Group talk station on 990 kHz. After reportedly
failing to interrupt its diet of US talk shows (Dean Edell, "Dr."
Laura Schlessinger, etc.) for ice storm coverage, CKGM has now agreed
to lease out its signal to CJAD until CJAD's own facility is rebuilt,
which could take several more months. CHUM Group officials are making
no promises that the low-rated talk format will return to CKGM once
the CJAD lease is over; the CKGM facility has been troubled by low
ratings and frequent format changes ever since dropping its CHR
format, changing calls to CKIS, and moving off 980 kHz in the late
We'll be back on Thursday with the week's full report...including a
call-letter swap in Glens Falls, an ousted PD in Buffalo, and a
downsized talk team in Lowell. See you then...
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