Thursday, January 22, 2015

RETRO FRIDAY: CLASSICAL WNCN FLIPS TO ROCK WQIV 1974




UPDATE

FCC COMPLAINT ABOUT HD RADIO & THE PULIC INTEREST

THE KEY POINT FROM ERNIE SANCHEZ:

I appreciate that you are trying to stimulate some debate on the broader public interest issues associated with this apparent debacle.  I think your filing could stimulate such a discussion..

The FCC will say they approved the technology for optional use but did not force anyone to use it. I'm sure they will say they cannot be faulted for their role in approving a technology that the marketplace has been unwilling to adopt


WNCN BECOMES QUAD FM WQIV

On November 7, 1974 long-time commercial classical station WNCN in NYC changed owners and format.  The new owners programmed rock n roll. The new WQIV debuted with FM Quad – four signals for that had a surround sound effect.  It was great when you were in the middle of the room stoned on a waterbed.

The WNCN Listener’s Guild filed a complaint with the FCC.  They asked the FCC to force the station’s new owners to change the format back to classical.  The FCC declined to get involved.  The FCC has never gotten involved in format flip since then.

I’ve got the whole story in today’s film:

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