All Things Maine
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Maine Radio History, 1971–1996

BostonRadio.org offers an excellent history of Maine radio stations from 1971 to 1996.
There was only one station in Piscataquis County in 1971, Dover-Foxcroft's WDME. There's still only one, and it's still WDME. The only difference is that back then, WDME was on 1340 AM (and a relative newcomer; it signed on in 1967). WDME-FM signed on in 1980, as a simulcast on 103.1 A few years later, both stations moved into a converted railroad car, and not long after that, the AM vanished from the airwaves. Today, “D-103” makes a big deal out of its exotic studio location, with IDs that feature train sounds underneath.

2 Comments:

At 7:42 PM, April 07, 2009, Blogger Jim said...

I'm old enough to remember many of the stations mentioned, like WPNO, in Auburn, a station that played great AM rock, like Grand Funk, the Raspberries, and other 70s rock staples.

I ran into Dave Dion, former DJ, at a trade show not long ago. We reminisced about the "good 'ole days" of AM radio, before the corporate gods stole our airwaves.

 
At 7:57 PM, April 07, 2009, Blogger Chris said...

I must be a little younger, because it was only FM for me and my brother in the 70s. Mostly WIGY, until we graduated to WBLM. And WOXO, I believe, for the ball games.

 

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