We seek to understand and document all radio transmissions, legal and otherwise, as part of the radio listening hobby. We do not encourage any radio operations contrary to regulations. Always consult with the appropriate authorities if you have questions concerning what is permissable in your locale.

Author Topic: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million  (Read 524 times)

Offline skeezix

  • Global Moderator
  • DX Legend
  • *****
  • Posts: 3724
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • What does 'RNO stand for?
    • View Profile
Minneapolis, MN

Offline Ct Yankee

  • DX Legend
  • ******
  • Posts: 2298
  • He's watching, Al. 1949 Holiday ad for T/O G500
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2019, 1732 UTC »

Wasn't that Cousin Brucie's salary there in 1974?  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7BD2alXnUo
« Last Edit: June 29, 2019, 1749 UTC by Ct Yankee »
Zenith T/O G500, Zenith T/O Royal 7000, Emerson AR-176, Zenith 8S154, T/O 7G605 (Bomber), Tecsun PL-880 using 40 feet of copper wire. 
QTH: Durham, Connecticut  (rural setting, 15 miles north of Long Island Sound)
qsl please to:  jamcanner@comcast.net  (Thank you)

Offline Pigmeat

  • DX Legend
  • ******
  • Posts: 4343
    • View Profile
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2019, 1951 UTC »
 A little known fact about John Catsimatidis, that name is an alias. He's really the late Jay Smilkstein's Uncle Shleckstein. You can't deny the family resemblance. Catsimatidis bought both the A&P groceries in the greater NYC area and Jay's favorite AM station to honor his nephew, Jay. Will Jay Smilkstein's legacy ever end?

I understand longtime WABC fixture John Batchelor is in bad shape. I hope they let him continue on until he's ready to hang it up. In a MW band full of shows hosted by reactionary shouters, Batchelor was the voice of reason on that side of the aisle. When he and Larry Kudlow were co-hosting in late evening hours, it was always informative and funny. Batchelor once said he suspected the management at WABC thought he and Larry were, "Dope fiends in suits. They left us alone.".

Larry and his lil' ponytail, lol! I've noticed he's cut it off since he's gone to Washington to keep DJT out of trouble.

Offline JimIO

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 398
  • QTH I.O. MA
    • View Profile
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2019, 2130 UTC »
Not keeping track, but there must be more right wing talk radio hosts that turned into Republican polititans than DJT could count using his fingers and toes.

Offline ChrisSmolinski

  • Administrator
  • Marconi Class DXer
  • *****
  • Posts: 24088
  • Westminster, MD USA
    • View Profile
    • Black Cat Systems
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2019, 2202 UTC »
Let's keep things mostly radio related. Thanks.
Chris Smolinski
Westminster, MD
eQSLs appreciated! csmolinski@blackcatsystems.com
netSDR / AFE822x / AirSpy HF+ / KiwiSDR / 670 ft horizontal loop / 500 ft northeast beverage / 58 ft T2FD / 120 ft T2FD/ 300 ft south beverage / 43m / 20m / 10m  dipoles / Crossed Parallel Loop / Discone in a tree

Offline Azimuth Coordinator

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
  • Listen for Us on 5150khz
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2019, 0225 UTC »
I was there about a year ago  main tower guys need attention lots of lack of maintenance over the years.  Main is DX50 if you consider the property value alone they gave it away at 12 million  Would make a real nice pirate station

tAC
QTH: A Clandestine location on the East Coast
Watkins Johnson WJ-8716, WJ-8718A, WJ-8618B
Radio.Illuminati6150@Gmail.com

Offline BoomboxDX

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 641
    • View Profile
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2019, 0626 UTC »
From some comments on another radio forum, $12.5 million is pretty low for market #1.

Maybe the new owner can make some money with the station and keep it on the air. Legacy station and all, you know.

It would be sad to see a station like that disappear.
An AM radio Boombox DXer.
+ GE SRIII, PR-D5 & TRF on MW.
The usual Realistic culprits on SW (and a Panasonic).

Online Josh

  • DX Legend
  • ******
  • Posts: 3527
    • View Profile
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2019, 1823 UTC »
Let's keep things mostly radio related. Thanks.

Yeah but what do you think a rep owner is going to do to an ostensibly liberal station?
Conveniently located near Vincennes Indiana.

Online redhat

  • DX Legend
  • ******
  • Posts: 1225
  • USA
  • Music is my drug.
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2019, 0509 UTC »
Let's keep things mostly radio related. Thanks.

Yeah but what do you think a rep owner is going to do to an ostensibly liberal station?

Simple...rebrand it as "Super Tejano 770!"

They got a DX-50 which was one of the most solid AM rigs Harris made...much better than is successor the 3DX-50.  I never have seen of of those run at full power for long.

+-RH
Somewhere under the stars...
WinRadio Excalibur/305 w/ a chi-town resonant loop, Kenwood KDC-U356 for mobile listening.
Please send QSL's and reception reports to xfmshortwave [at] gmail [d0t] com

Offline Pigmeat

  • DX Legend
  • ******
  • Posts: 4343
    • View Profile
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2019, 0532 UTC »
That's what happened to Dale Gribble's FM station. His pal Octavio bought it and played a licensed Tejano station into the mic via a boombox. IMO, Dale was the model for Alex Jones, nothing but wild conspiracies and "All Gribble, All The Time."

Dale could hit McMaynerberry when the wind was blowing right. His like won't be seen again.

Online redhat

  • DX Legend
  • ******
  • Posts: 1225
  • USA
  • Music is my drug.
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2019, 0859 UTC »
Somewhere under the stars...
WinRadio Excalibur/305 w/ a chi-town resonant loop, Kenwood KDC-U356 for mobile listening.
Please send QSL's and reception reports to xfmshortwave [at] gmail [d0t] com

Online Josh

  • DX Legend
  • ******
  • Posts: 3527
    • View Profile
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2019, 1821 UTC »
Bill Dauterive : How'd you know about the stealth helicopters?

Dale : alt. conspiracy.black.helicopters.

Boomhauer ... Yeah and talk about w w dot w com, man.
Conveniently located near Vincennes Indiana.

Offline JimIO

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 398
  • QTH I.O. MA
    • View Profile
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2019, 2129 UTC »
WABC liberal? You can't get any more corporate!

A NYC station should have NYC talent, like this guy: (standard disclaimer)

   http://198.11.224.203/11LRNI/Lightning/Shows%202019/ALBOERE%20%2006%2030%2019.mp3

Offline Pigmeat

  • DX Legend
  • ******
  • Posts: 4343
    • View Profile
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2019, 2250 UTC »
I used to love the "King of The Hill" episodes when Dale and Cotton were in cahoots. The tale of Hank's real birthplace combined Cotton and his crew trying to kill Castro in 1959 and the theft of Santa Ana's leg rolled into one episode was a masterpiece.

Offline Ct Yankee

  • DX Legend
  • ******
  • Posts: 2298
  • He's watching, Al. 1949 Holiday ad for T/O G500
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: WABC Radio Sold for $12.5 Million
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2019, 2205 UTC »



WABC morning hosts Sid Rosenberg and Bernie McGuirk interviewing John Catsimatidis about his plans (or lack thereof) for WABC:

https://musicradio77.com/other/John%20Catsimatidis%20Interview%20-%20WABC%20-%207-1-19.mp3
Zenith T/O G500, Zenith T/O Royal 7000, Emerson AR-176, Zenith 8S154, T/O 7G605 (Bomber), Tecsun PL-880 using 40 feet of copper wire. 
QTH: Durham, Connecticut  (rural setting, 15 miles north of Long Island Sound)
qsl please to:  jamcanner@comcast.net  (Thank you)