Recently, user w2irt found an error in our AM radio station files which resulted in incorrect tower locations. The error has been corrected and w2irt has spot checked several locations and verified the accuracy. As a result, we have uploaded all of our files which contain that correction. If you have previously downloaded, please replace them with the current files.
For new members, these files are useful when driving to find specific stations that are local to your current position. For example, you can be listening to an NPR station, and when the signal fades, you can check for the nearest NPR station with its frequency.
The updated files include:
A curiosity question: why not include genre/code in The Radio Guys files?
I envision a single (OK, two - AM & FM) file with all stations, intending to use spell/search to locate genre. Is there a better way to go or some tip you might be willing to share?
Confession: With all the good stuff you guys have posted, I have the tools to stitch together exactly what I fancy. I'm just trying to conserve on mouse clicks, what with the rising costs and all.
Thanks for your community spirit!
We only had genre coding for certain stations. Also, many of the stations are listed under several genres. Currently we felt that having a separate POI file for each genre was more useful as the user is probably searching for stations by the genre. For example, I use the NPR file many times when I am traveling. Selecting the NPR POI, I immediately see on my screen the 50 closest stations (Call letters, AM/FM, and frequency) in order of distance and showing direction. The AM and FM files were actually just a means to an end.
If you like, I can concatenate the genre into an AM or FM file. Currently using all four columns, so tell me where you would like to see that information. Data is currently in a database and I can easily modify the output. Note that most of the stations are not currently coded for genre.
We did not get much call for additional genre, but if you would like to contribute, all I need to establish a new genre is a file with the station name (in the format WXXX-AM)that falls under that genre. Would be happy to work with you on expanding the files available.
I'm using the files as posted and will let you know how it goes. Thanks for the offer of a custom file: May I keep it as a rain-check?
Now, where is that Radio Guys bmp? I was hoping to find your TRG avatar with no text and transparent background. Alas....
Let me know how it goes.
for the radio station POIs. I listen to Car Talk on Saturday mornings, and when we travel, the NPR POI is invaluable. I listen until the signal starts to fade, and then pick out the next station in the direction we're headed and tune it in. I don't miss a joke.
I use your POI files all the time and truely appreciate your time and effort. Thanks
I am going to download this right now. Great stuff!
Speaking for The Radio Guys, we are glad that others are getting use of the files. We started out with the NPR stations and just kept expanding.
Good to get feedback on the files. Thanks everyone
Thanks Radio Guys. I just returned from a trip to Hilton Head and used the radio POI's a lot. They really make the trip enjoyable.
Is there an easy to compile a list of POI's for all the ESPN radio stations?
If you have the call letters for all of the ESPN stations in the format WXXX-AM, the RADIO GUYS can provide a POI file quickly. On the ESPN Radio website, you can get the listings by state. If you can compile the list for all states, we can turn around the file in a day or so.
I tried out the AM radio database on a couple of my local stations and found that the FCC database apparently contains the last known licensed location for station currently on the air. What that means is that if a station moves and is operating on a Special Temporary Authorization (STA), it will not show up in the POI file. The two stations in question are WOLB 1010 and WWIN 1400. Their locations in the POI database might be considered incorrect, but they moved to a new location and are operating under an STA.
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