I was sitting down to eat my usual evening chili-like substance. Tired of the repetitive ratshit on Sunday radio; nothing but infomercials and decade-old Best Ofs. Started tuning across the AM band... Wait! There's no station at that freq... Yes there is!
Not just music.
A Haydn string quartet on AM radio!
Astonishingly good sound quality. Seems like FM quality by comparison, because all Spokane AM stations maintain a consistent and solid Citizens Band sound quality and Citizens Band content quality. After the Haydn, Aida then the Radetzky March. All excellent performances and excellent sound.
Actually this is how AM used to sound.
Maybe it still sounds this good in other more fortunate cities.
Have I died and gone to 1938? Did a quick reality check... No, doesn't seem to be a dream or a vision. Still here in my crappy but warm little house, eating my good homemade chili. Rain on the window. Neck vertebrae need a pop... there, that's better. I doubt that neck vertebrae would need popping in Heaven.
The music kept going without interruption until 4:30. Then the answer came. It's a brand new station running transmitter tests before full opening. KFIO.
Well, not brand new. It's a very old allocation that has been dark for a while. Here's their announcement and history.
And just for fun, here's their first appearance in the August 1923 Radio Log:
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Irrelevant linguistic sidenote: At first I wrote Rakoczy March, then realized that was the wrong piece. Replaced it with Raditzky
March. Why? Odd error. When I woke up the next morning, the first thing on my mind was an urgent need to fix the error.
Getting old. Misidentifying the music was always
possible. I'm a fan of classical but not an expert. Misspelling the name was not
possible 10 years ago.
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