Day two since I decided to put another part 15 back up and I haven’t backed out yet! My wife has a job at a local oldies AM here in town, and I went in with her to spin some tunes and do their version of the Party Line (See previous post) last Saturday. That was all it took. The radio bug has bitten me again.
The station she works at is the real deal…a local 5000 Watt AM that plays oldies and has all kinds of deliciously hokey programming like “The Sick Call” “(which people LOVE by the way) Monday morning with the Mayor (it is the actual mayor of our town) and the the Classifieds which is their buy sell and trade program. I really like what they’re doing for the most part, but they don’t broadcast in English after 4PM. I’ll be looking forward to joining her on the air again this Saturday morning, then it’s back home to start work on my part 15.
The first order of business is to clean out the garage and gut the “shop” which will end up being the station’s broadcast studio if I can get it cooled down enough. I’ll post some pics of any progress on that down the road. As for real progress today, the check for the transmitter (it’s a 500mw FM transmitter, FCC compliant according to the manual) cleared, so I’m expecting it sometime in the middle of next week. I’m looking forward to playing with it a little bit, and I’m also looking at adding a digital DSP FM processor before the station launch. Tonight, I’ve been going through tunes and getting a rough feel for what the station might sound like.
In the past, I’ve done a mix of rock and talk formats. This will prove to be much different. The preliminary stages of the station launch are being planned. We’re (that’s me and Lori) planning on a simultaneous on-air and Internet launch TBA.
I will certainly appreciate any ideas on station pre-promotion ideas and tips from all the part 15 pros here at part15.us, as well as any tips on how to make my little out-building cool in the summer. It’s a small wooden structure which I am planning on insulating, sheet-rocking, and installing a small window unit. I’ll be posting pics as that progresses.