Great blog! I’ve found a few KAAY sites out there with information, audio, etc.
As I wrote on my page, I grew up in Minnesota, but discovered KAAY at an early age. From shortly after the sun went down until just before it came up, they were as strong as any of our local Twin Cities stations. I’d fall asleep with Clyde and wake up with Sonny & George. Unfortunately, I don’t have any tape. I hadn’t yet become an aircheck geek. All I have is this short clip from 1982. But as you can hear, the signal is still as strong as it ever into Minnesota!
Speaking of which, why has KAAY’s signal deteoriated so much in recent years? My parents live in Conway, AR. During the day, the signal is okay, but nothing like I’d expect from 50,000 watts only 40-some miles away. At night, there’s a noise floor underneath and it’s only moderate strength. The “figure 8″ nighttime directional pattern points right at Conway, so I’d expect it to be much stronger. Bad transmitter? Rotted ground stystem? Combination of these two?
To access all the airchecks, just mouse over “Radio Geek Heaven! – Airchecks” on the top menu. When you do, a drop down list of all the airchecks will appear. Currently 180 airchecks and growing. Have fun!
Drew's website for the audio is: http://elliskansas.info/drew/?page_id=1999 He also has a little more of his history there and what equipment he used to listen. He also runs the website with many money-saving tips, so check it out! We hopefully will get the soundbite here at a later date, but in the meantime, go to Drew's website above and listen. There is an announcer, "Russell Jones" that I've never heard of before...anyone know of him?
Thank you, Drew! Please check in often.
Bud S. (email@example.com)