Well, I tried to post this last week and I believe that since I used a derivative of a naughty word in jest in my post, it didn’t post and has been awaiting “moderation” for an entire week. So here it is again.
Decades ago due to a misprint in a Christmas advertisement, kids were encouraged to call and talk to Santa but the number actually went…[Read more]
Many of you probably remember the NORAD radar reports covering Santa’s arrival over the USA. A brief history:
“24 hours a day, 365 days a year, NORAD tracks everything that flies in and around North America in defense of our homelands. On Dec. 24, we have the very special mission of also tracking Santa.
NORAD has been tracking Santa since 1955…[Read more]
OK, what’s up?
I’ve attempted to post Santa reports to the content/media section. Both “awaiting moderation”. The one from last week has been waiting a week. It did contain a very slightly naughty word. I reposted the information moments ago completely sterile, and it too is “awaiting moderation”.
This sort of added frustration is about to…[Read more]
Here’s another rollicking hour of old time polka music right here in Oompah Hour #298.
A few more Christmas polkas, and an all around fun time this week (wait — isn’t that EVERY week?)
At the usual download link:
Tim’s Oompah Hour #298 Week of December 8 – 14th 2019
Polka DJ (Theme) – Dick P…[Read more]
timinbovey replied to the topic Does equipment need to be Part 15 Certified to operate legally? in the forum Regulations / Law 1 week, 1 day ago
This is very true, Rich. Bottom line is the user is responsible for legal operation.
In the case of FM it’s quite difficult for the end user to ensure legal operation as taking accurate field intensity readings requires specialized and not inexpensive equipment. So to some extent you have to rely on the reliability and reputation of the s…[Read more]
Here comes Oompah Hour #297, with some crazy songs, some bands
never played on the show, and Christmas polkas! Grab it at the usual link:
Tim’s Oompah Hour #297 Week of December 1 – 7 2019
Polka DJ (Theme) – Dick Pillar
I Know I’m Losing You Polka – Heavy Chicago Orchestra
Going To A Polka Dance…[Read more]
FCC Adopts NPRM Allowing AMs to Air All-Digital Signals
The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), allowing AM broadcasters to air an all-digital signal using HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) mode known as MA3. The agency concluded that a voluntary transition to all-digital broadcasting has the potential to benefit AM stations…[Read more]
Not true. An over the air station has to pay fees to broadcast music from BMI. They have the licensing forms and contract info on their website. ASCAP and SEASAC have informed me in writing that no license is necessary.
Of course most Part 15 operators don’t bother, and that’s up to you. But even if you make no money, or lose money, you pay BMI…[Read more]
timinbovey replied to the topic Does equipment need to be Part 15 Certified to operate legally? in the forum Regulations / Law 2 weeks, 1 day ago
From the user standpoint it does not have to be certified to use. However it must meet the technical rules.
An FM Part 15 transmitter must be certified to be legally sold. Most FM transmitters sold today are not certified. Even if they say they are. Some claim to be compliant. That is not the same as certified.
For AM the rule is max 100 mw…[Read more]
And here comes Oompah Hour #296 ready to roll at:
First show of the season that includes a “Christmas” song – although it’s really just a winter song! LOL.
Tim’s Oompah Hour #296 Week of November 24 – 30th 2019
Polka DJ (Theme) – Dick Pillar
I Can’t Stop Doin’ The Polka – Eddie Blatnick’s Polk…[Read more]
timinbovey replied to the topic Radio Plays Outsized Role In Small & Medium Market America in the forum General Discussion 3 weeks, 1 day ago
The station where I’ve been on the air for 32 years has a listenership ranging from high school kids to senior citizens. High school kids come in for interviews on sports and a vast array of other topics, and also high school kids have their own daily (short) program of school news. Our music is “oldies” covering about 1955 to 1979 (no disco, no…[Read more]
Well, here comes the delayed Oompah Hour #295. Couple hours behind the usual schedule! Just can’t get these things out on time when the power is out! Looks like the freezing rain last night in the area messed up some power lines, but we’re back up and rolling now!
Oompah Hour is ready to go at the usual l…[Read more]
timinbovey started the topic Radio Plays Outsized Role In Small & Medium Market America in the forum General Discussion 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Which is why I have successfully, an happily, worked in small town radio for the past 40+ years after starting off my career in the “big city”. TIB
Here’s good ol’ Oompah Hour show #294 ready to roll. At the usual link of course!
Thanks again to those airing the show!
Tim’s Oompah Hour #294 Week of November 10 – 16 2019
Polka DJ (Theme) – Dick Pillar
Hello Mary Lou Goodbye Heart Polka – Tommy Redcer & The Polka Towners
Mary’s Knocking Polka…[Read more]
How many have satellite radio? over 34 million, that’s how many. And the number grows every year. And these are people who PAY to subscribe to it. So, they own the radios, and they PAY to hear it. Digital AM will not require a subscription.
Darn near every new car today comes with satellite radio in it. And of course you can get portable and…[Read more]
The linked article indicates that “AM” broadcasters are having issues, not “broadcasters”. With the increasing noise floor and interference issues, ancient night time power and pattern rules still in effect and other issues it’s been tough for AM to compete with FM from a listenability standpoint. Add to this that most advertising agencies won’t…[Read more]
Alrightee then — here’s Oompah Hour #293 at the usual link:
Seems like a goodly amount of silly songs this week, all danceable of course! Only a couple weeks till I start slipping in the Christmas polkas!
Hope you all made the jump to standard time OK!!
Tim’s Oompah Hour #293 Week of November 3…[Read more]
Here comes Oompah Hour #292, at the usual download link of course:
This week includes the last spin of the “Frankensteiner Polka” for Halloween, as well as the only song in the collection of polkas with writers credits to John Lenon and Paul McCartney! Even a salute to Johann Strauss, born last…[Read more]
Here we go with Oompah Hour #291. Grab it at the usual spot:
This week I start battling my usual fall cold — it seems to come around every October! Rats!! But I made it through.
Also our first airing this year of the “Frankensteiner Polka” which of course you can only play heading into H…[Read more]
Here we go with Oompah Hour #290 at the usual link:
If there was ever any doubt that this show was done live every week, just listen to the screwed up ending on this one! LOL. Oh, sure I could have gone and fixed it and edited it. But then it wouldn’t be “live”. And there seems to be an unu…[Read more]
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