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The station was silent from late June of until November 7, when it returned to the air with the new city of license of Quincy, Massachusetts. It has a license for a 10, watt daytime, 2, watt critical hours, watt nighttime signal. The station made its debut on October 18, Throughout this period, WMEX operated as an independent non-network station with a program schedule filled with such programs as live music remotes, horse racing, and ethnic programming.
In the early s, the station featured some notable jazz programming, and the recording of a WMEX-originated Billie Holiday remote broadcast from a Boston club survives. The hit format lasted from until March Max Richmond was reportedly a challenge to work for, with his alleged micromanaging and abrasive personality, yet none can deny his uncanny ability to spot DJ talent, and to keep his station—despite a poor nighttime signal in many suburban locations—a major player and innovator for many years.
Among Max Richmond's innovations was the hiring of Jerry Williams in to conduct a nighttime telephone talk showwith the caller's voice heard on the air, a revolutionary concept in the late s. With the weekday-only Williams show beginning at 10 pm after much of the young rock-and-roll audience was in bedRichmond was able to expand the appeal of his station to Ride Across The River - Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms adult community in the late-night hours.
In the early s, personality Arnie WooWoo Ginsburg hosted a Sunday night oldies show, one of the first in the nation to feature early pioneer rock and rhythm and blues recordings in a specialty show on a top-rated radio station. In the late s, WMEX received a power upgrade to 50, watts daytime, still with 5, watts at night. Station engineers had to constantly adjust the phasing network as tides in the Neponset River would play havoc with the station's directional pattern.
However, the saltwater marsh area provided the station with an excellent coastal signal. While the night signal could not be heard clearly inland at many Boston suburban locations especially in the growing and affluent western and southwestern suburbsthe station's nighttime transmissions were heard very clearly across the water to the Boston city neighborhoods and the working class North Shore areas. The saltwater path nighttime transmissions reached up to Nova Scotia and Labradorgaining the station an audience in those areas, as well.
By the late s, WMEX was facing tough competition in the top format from WRKOwhich featured a tight playlist, a more "suburban oriented" sound, and a 50, watt day and night signal which was heard clearly in all suburbs. However, under the programming of Dick Summer and later, John GarabedianWMEX countered with an expanded playlist featuring some " progressive rock " album cuts.
WMEX shot back up in the ratings and actually beat WRKO in a few demographics and time periods, but it was a temporary and final victory for the station.
WMEX decided to abandon top hits in It briefly ran a middle of the road music format with some talk programming. The Messenger - Various - D-Lounge Music led to WMEX becoming an all-talk station in Adding the Boston Bruins hockey team in the season boosted WITS's sports profile, but the station came in for considerable criticism after the baseball season when it fired the popular Red Sox commentary duo of Ned Martin and Jim Woods.
Although Martin was able to continue broadcasting the Red Sox on television, Woods never again broadcast the team's games on a regular basis.
InWITS moved its transmitter to Waltham and was able to boost power to 50, watts day and night. While some areas AM Reflections - Sean Wyze - The Sunday LP get an improved signal, others did not, especially at night.
The station lost the Red Sox and Bruins and had to abandon its talk format. AM Reflections - Sean Wyze - The Sunday LP them were Dirty Dynamite - Krokus - Dirty Dynamite return to talk featuring Morgan White Jr.
It eventually settled on an all-sports format with the call letters WWZN. For a few years, WWZN had the local radio broadcasts of the Boston Celtics basketball team, but the station did not renew the deal when it expired at the end of the Dödsfärd - Demo IV season.
From untilthe station aired progressive talk shows as brokered time including a local show hosted by Jeff Santos. The station then changed its call letters to WUFC and returned to a sports format as an affiliate of NBC Sports Radio from 6 to 10 am and 7 pm to 1 am weekdays, with a local show, "The Bawstin Diehards", from 10 am to noon. Sports Radio the successor to AM Reflections - Sean Wyze - The Sunday LP News Radio aired at other times.
In Junethe station began airing a libertarian talk radio format. The program featured music from the Silver - D.E.A.* - The Silver E.P. WMEX rock-and-roll years, along with original station jingles from the era. The sale was completed on September McPhee left the station on June 2,replaced by AM Reflections - Sean Wyze - The Sunday LP airing of Be The One - Hamilton Yarns - The Eye Of The Storm / 2 Coins In A Fountain Michael Savage show.
During Junetalk programming during the evening hours was replaced by local oldies music shows, but in the final days, rumors began circulating that the station would be going off the air on June 30, On the June 29th edition of an evening music show hosted by Jimmy Jay, the station confirmed that it was going to leave the air at p. On the 30th, the hosts of the Renegade Radio morning show did a special second broadcast from p. The station then went silent.
In the interim, the station applied to the FCC for special temporary authority STA to remain silent for the time being if a new owner or funding is found. Based on its date of sign-off, it would have to return by June 30,in order to remain fully licensed under FCC regulations disallowing a station from remaining silent and licensed for more AM Reflections - Sean Wyze - The Sunday LP days.
On June 6,the station was approved AM Reflections - Sean Wyze - The Sunday LP diplex its signal from the broadcast tower of WBIX just south of Boston right down the street from the station's — transmitter site to temporarily broadcast daytime only at a power of 1, watts.
On July 3,the station applied for an STA to increase its temporary daytime power to 2, watts and implement the watt nighttime signal. Owner Ed Perry told the New England Radio Stations Facebook group that he intended to start original programming of South Shore-based news and sports as well as oldies by the following month.
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