Friday, October 12, 2007

Rainy Day Boredom

My morning walk was rained out so I am “revisiting” radio station KDAC which I happened upon last month during a walk.

Here are some more photos I took September 12, 2007.

There was a small uncovered opening in the front door window where I could get a peek inside with my camera.


Abandoned office equipment.

On the left you can see what I think is called a "cart" machine. A rotating drum which holds pre-recorded tapes of advertising and other short clips of information.

Old turntables on the floor.........

In talking to local “old-timers” I have discovered KDAC AM used to be, “Thee Fort Bragg Station” . It carried all the local news and, as you can see from this map,

was important to fishermen up and down the coast.

But times change, FM stations arrived. The AM equipment became out of date, the building was huge, economics probably killed it’s former glory.

This morning I Googled KDAC 1230 AM and ran across some items of interest.

Broadcast and Cable News had the following:

"1250 kHz, 5 kW day/3 kW night FORMAT: KDAC(AM): Mexican;

COMMENT: Starting immediately, Bicoastal Media will program the stations via an LMA.KDLS(AM) and KDLS(FM) Perry (Des Moines), Iowa

PRICE: Undisclosed BUYER: Latin Broadcasting Corp. (Pedro Zamora, president/treasurer); owns no other stations

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(No date listed as to when this sale occured but I see they got the frequency wrong; "1250 kHz" instead of 1230 kHz)

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I did a Wikipedia search to find out what "LMA" means.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_marketing_agreement


And I found a website of a radio enthusiast who collects call signs. DX-ing they call it.


http://home.simplyweb.net/halls/dx/recent.html

He wrote: "1230 KDAC CA Ft. Bragg - Now Spanish AC "La Maquina Musical" //KLLK-1250, KUKI-1400. All three stations ID together on the hour, with two men taking turns shouting each letter of the 3 call signs. (TRH-CA)

1 comment:

  1. Interesting history, and thanks for the peek inside!

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