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kingchuck69

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I've been listening to the online stream of WTAB, the radio station that Sal and Richard had been calling during their "Swap Shop" show.

WTAB is a Full-Server broadcasting a mixture of news, sports, local information and Country music to the folks of Tabor City, NC at 1370 on the AM dial. Despite the fact that they're licensed to broadcast 24/7, they do go off the air at night and return to the air at 6 in the morning. On Friday, they broadcasted from 6 a.m. in the morning and went off the air after a high school football game at about 10:15.

Interestingly enough, when owner Jack Miller (the Swap Shop guy) heard that Howard Stern had discovered his show and station, he was actually quite excited:

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv8CoIkojiE&feature=player_profilepage]YouTube - Howard Stern - 2009-09-24 - Howard Mentions on Swap Shop (Not played on show)[/ame]

Here's their website: WTAB Radio 1370 am Tabor City, NC. They stream online.
 

JoeTan

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That is great! Good sport even when he gets calls that are slightly over modulated.
 

jef

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Good to see he is being a good sport. That station is really old school - I like how the morning man is listed as starting "around 6am" - it's casual :)

The corporatization of radio has killed the industry, and it's refreshing to see a station that still hangs in there and serves it's community.
 

kingchuck69

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God bless small-town full-service stations. :ter:

Several years ago, there was a small Country station in Harrison, MI called WKKM. It was an FM/AM combo (92.1/1540) that still played vinyl and broadcasted in mono. The station's owner claimed that most of the station's equipment came from Radio Shack, hence its thriftiness. The owner sold the station to a public radio outlet; it went out of business, and it was in turn sold to another local owner who turned it into a new country station, WTWS "92.1 The Twister".

Another great small-town station is WION 1430 Ionia, which doesn't have a Tradio show (yet); it escaped death a few years ago when it was sold to a newspaper company, and since the FCC doesn't allow newspapers to own radio stations due to grandfathered rules, the station fell silent until a new owner was found. Well, the new owner was found and "I-1430" was reborn, playing a mix of Classic Rock, AC and Oldies. The station was so successful that the owners also bought two other stations in the Greenville area, now WGLM "M 106-3/1580".

By the way, this is what they've said about Jack and WTAB on Listen to Jack (guy Sal & Richard prank) present Swap Shop LIVE NOW!!! - SternFanNetwork