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Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: bob ()
Date: January 08, 2008 05:39PM

I listen to a very large variety of music, although when I'm driving I usually keep 99.5 or 101.1 on (I like their morning shows and the music they play during the evening commute). Is it just me or do they play their songs/tracks at a faster speed or tempo then written? It seems like the songs are 'faster' and in a slightly higher pitch then written. I download my music from iTunes so I am assuming that the version I am buying is legit, and somehow it sounds a little off...

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Radiophile ()
Date: January 08, 2008 07:43PM

If you want to know the truth about your query, post this on dcrtv.com Just email to dcrtv@dcrtv.com and watch the mailbag for the answer. You will recieve a polite answer from radio professionals at the very stations you are asking about.

Oh just forget it. Leave this question on Fairfaxunderground. The answers you recieve may not be accurate - but they will sure as hell will be entertaining.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: coffin ()
Date: January 08, 2008 08:18PM

Ain't no radio in NOVA anymore. There used to be though...WEEL (1310 on the AM dial!) in Fairfax City...top 10. The 45's that Jack Alix spun are "oldies" now.

They broadcast from the antennae at the American Legion on Oak St. Antennae are still there. They used to have dances and there

WAVA in Lee Hwy Arlington used to play hillbilly music (including live acts) back in the 50's. You could walk right in there and listen to the show and meet artists/djs.

This digital shit nowadays comes from where? I don't know.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: ITRADE ()
Date: January 08, 2008 08:29PM

Well, there's WUST. If you speak Urdu or Somali.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Jerry ()
Date: January 08, 2008 08:43PM

Many "CHR" stations like Hot 99.5 will pitch their music up 2%. Its not so much to fit more in, but it sounds more uptempo...faster, especially dance oriented songs.

As for NoVA stations, WJFK is based out of studios in Fairfax City. They transmit from the "goalpost" tower at 66 and 495 in Merrifield.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: ffxn8v ()
Date: January 08, 2008 09:12PM

About the only station I listen to now, is 102.7, Jack FM


It is out of Baltimore, but I can get it as far away as F'burg. A great station w/ few commercials.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: FUNdametal ()
Date: January 09, 2008 11:18AM

The process is called "time compression;" you can get a 2:50 song played in about 2:38. The software also cuts pauses in spoken sentences out from the jocks so the station can squeeze more commercials into a 60 minute block.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Kiev ()
Date: January 09, 2008 11:54AM

DC area radio sucks.

Its so commercialized, its not even funny.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: January 09, 2008 12:34PM

Kiev Wrote:
> DC area radio sucks.

I agree... getting Sirius satellite radio was one of the better decisions I made in 07... I can't imagine ever going back and listening to terrestrial radio.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: January 09, 2008 01:14PM

I wish some millionaire bands ie u2 or Mettallica or someone of interest would BUY some radio stations and just format them the way their fans would want to hear radio played......

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: January 09, 2008 01:20PM

FUNdametal Wrote:
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> The process is called "time compression;" you can
> get a 2:50 song played in about 2:38. The
> software also cuts pauses in spoken sentences out
> from the jocks so the station can squeeze more
> commercials into a 60 minute block.


this is a good article from Rolling Stone concerning this practice.



http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/17777619/the_death_of_high_fidelity

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Mofo ()
Date: January 09, 2008 01:34PM

Get satellite, you'll never go back.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Bandbo ()
Date: January 09, 2008 03:48PM


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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Bandbo ()
Date: January 09, 2008 03:50PM

crap



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/2008 03:51PM by Bandbo.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: FUNdamental ()
Date: January 09, 2008 04:51PM

ferfux Wrote:
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> FUNdametal Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > The process is called "time compression;" you
> can
> > get a 2:50 song played in about 2:38. The
> > software also cuts pauses in spoken sentences
> out
> > from the jocks so the station can squeeze more
> > commercials into a 60 minute block.
>
>
> this is a good article from Rolling Stone
> concerning this practice.
>
>
>
> http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/17777619/th
> e_death_of_high_fidelity


No, "Time compression" is for radio use and is done at the station by having voice and music going through a console programmmed with a delay. The console's software tightens up (compresses) what is fed through it before the prduct gets out on the air, giving everything a "speedier" sound.

Since U2 are not "US Americans" they cannot buy radio stations here.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: KeepOnTruckin ()
Date: January 09, 2008 04:59PM

GEt HD radio, better sound and the HD2 channel is commercial free.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: watcher ()
Date: January 09, 2008 05:50PM

XM...you won't look back.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Rod ()
Date: January 09, 2008 09:02PM

I miss the Greaseman.-Rod

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Love Sirius! ()
Date: January 11, 2008 10:00PM

Love our Sirius radio! The whole family presets the stations to their favorites, and we can always find something we like. It is definitely the way to go. I hear good things about XM too, so I hope they finally merge at some point.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Schrute ()
Date: January 13, 2008 09:15PM

I have had Sirius and XM for a couple of years. I like Howard Stern and the sports programming on Sirius, but prefer XM's music channels. If XM would have hired Howard Stern and fired those DOPES Opie and Anthony, they would have the perfect radio.

When our government gets off their corrupt ass and approves the merger between XM and Sirius, we will truly be able to listen to good quality radio.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: watcher ()
Date: January 14, 2008 07:06AM

Howard who?

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Kiev ()
Date: January 14, 2008 11:56AM

Paying for radio, eh...never liked the idea.

I hope that HDRadio changes that.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Bandbo ()
Date: January 14, 2008 12:12PM

I received Sat. Radio for Christmas, not necessarily something I would have purchased on my own BUT all I have to say is listening to the comedy stations helps when I have to sit behind some geezer for an hour at the drive-thru or wait in traffic for 2 hours because one of your girlfriends wrecked in light rain on 66.

-King of run-on sentences

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: 70chip ()
Date: January 14, 2008 12:53PM

HD Radio? HD Radio comes streaming in like a cheap MP3.. Same goes for ALL satellite radio transmissions as well. The low bit-rate streams are intolerable. Analog FM Radio Transmission delivers the highest fidelity broadcast available. Also, I enjoy local radio.. with a focus on local events, sports, news, etc.

Furthermore, who needs ANOTHER monthly bill in the mail.. jeez.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: January 14, 2008 01:14PM

I never liked the idea of paying for radio either. Until I got Sirius. I initially got it so I could listen to Stern, but soon realized that there's so much great music programming on the other stations, that it's hard to get tired of it, like terrestrial radio. Plus I love that you can stream the Sirius feed online. It's well worth it, IMO, and I used to be someone who really hated the idea of paying for radio.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Kiev ()
Date: January 14, 2008 02:20PM

Stern is still on the radio?

wow...

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Bandbo ()
Date: January 14, 2008 02:52PM

Not only that, he has 2 channels on Sirius. Howard 100 and 101.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: still703 ()
Date: January 14, 2008 04:03PM

LOL @ paying for radio. That's like paying for a newspaper when you can get the same info on the paper's website for free.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: January 14, 2008 04:10PM

It's actually not like your analogy, because satellite radio is giving you completely different content than terrestrial radio.

I'm not gonna argue though. I know my grandparents and their friends all laughed 40 years ago when people started paying for cable TV service. Paying for TV was unheard of and seemed ridiculous to alot of people back then.


still703 Wrote:
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> LOL @ paying for radio. That's like paying for a
> newspaper when you can get the same info on the
> paper's website for free.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Kiev ()
Date: January 14, 2008 04:13PM

I am waiting for widespread WI FI networks, where I can pickup strong WIFI signal and listen to Internet radio while driving

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: still703 ()
Date: January 14, 2008 04:33PM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> It's actually not like your analogy, because
> satellite radio is giving you completely different
> content than terrestrial radio.
>
> I'm not gonna argue though. I know my
> grandparents and their friends all laughed 40
> years ago when people started paying for cable TV
> service. Paying for TV was unheard of and seemed
> ridiculous to alot of people back then.

Actually, I bet I could find most of what is offered on satellite radio on the internet, and stream it on my PC for free.

When cable TV first started out it was commercial-free. I bought it, and people laughed at me. But much like XM and Sirius are finding out, you can't run a profitable company without corporate advertisers. You will see that over time, satellite radio will become like terrestrial radio. Oh you will have 200+ channels to listen to, but you will also have 200+ channels to listen to commercials.

I'm with Kiev, wifi is the way to go. I'd also like to see the US implement the radio equivalent of a Tivo that way I can record the local shows I miss during the day and play them back on my way home (while fast-forwarding through the commercials).

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Radiophile ()
Date: January 14, 2008 05:37PM

still703 Wrote:
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> TheMeeper Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
>
>
> I'm with Kiev, wifi is the way to go. I'd also
> like to see the US implement the radio equivalent
> of a Tivo that way I can record the local shows I
> miss during the day and play them back on my way
> home (while fast-forwarding through the
> commercials).


The devise is called an Ipod and the show are called Podcasts.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: January 14, 2008 05:46PM

Sirius also makes a similar device. It's an mp3 player that also records the satellite feed.


Radiophile Wrote:
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> still703 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > TheMeeper Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> >
> > I'm with Kiev, wifi is the way to go. I'd also
> > like to see the US implement the radio
> equivalent
> > of a Tivo that way I can record the local shows
> I
> > miss during the day and play them back on my
> way
> > home (while fast-forwarding through the
> > commercials).
>
>
> The devise is called an Ipod and the show are
> called Podcasts.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Kiev ()
Date: January 14, 2008 07:01PM

Driving around anywhere and picking up high speed WIFI, and listening to internet radio - now that would be cool.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: still703 ()
Date: January 15, 2008 10:51AM

Radiophile Wrote:
> The devise is called an Ipod and the show are
> called Podcasts.


That's a good first step, but not all radio shows podcast their programs :(

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Spacy ()
Date: January 24, 2008 05:33AM

coffin Wrote:
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> Ain't no radio in NOVA anymore. There used to be
> though...WEEL (1310 on the AM dial!) in Fairfax
> City...top 10.

I used to be on the air there some decades ago...radio just isn't the same as the good old days.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: Bengus ()
Date: January 24, 2008 07:26AM

I'm usually a news/talk listener with a weird obsession with weather forecasts (recorded or not) and one of the greatest features on Satellite is no matter what station I'm listening to I press this little, I like to call it magic, button and it turns to traffic and weather every 4 minutes for whatever location your in.
It's a nice feature seeing as I'm usually already entering the huge backup and 3 hour wait on 66 by the time WTOP gets around to telling me I should have taken 29 or abandoned the car and gone on foot.

And a side note to paying for radio. I was the creative lead on the website dtvtransition.org, you know, the commercials you see about cable going digital in 2009. Those of you who still using "bunny ears" to get free TV will have to buy cable or buy this converter box from the government. So much of the population is accustom to paying for services I find it hard to believe that some people out there have this feeling of entitlement like "I have the right to get it for free". No you don't, and get used to it, eventually we'll pay for all services. So, it's cool that you enjoy free radio, but don't come out all confused at people who choose to pay for it. So, I'm sorry for you who make $7.50 an hour and have to wait for the day after thanksgiving to hear Christmas music on the radio, I have here a channel dedicated to it and myself is gonna listen to it year round! yee haw.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: TheDeadMethod ()
Date: January 25, 2008 07:29AM

>>Paying for radio, eh...never liked the idea.

12$ a month?

that's lunch money, and i'm a college kid. sirius radio has made driving fun again.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: jeicen ()
Date: January 28, 2008 12:12PM

Try 89.3FM WPFW. Its got no corporate sponsors.

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Re: Northern Virginia Area Radio Stations
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: January 28, 2008 01:09PM

104.9 aint bad. They mix it up more often than not with music ive not heard on the radio. Was on a road trip out west and the station played, REM-South Central rain Boston-something i didnt know Ramones-censor Sh!t Elton John-Lucy in the sky with Diamonds Aerosmith-draw the line Van Halen-Drop Dead Legs Fionna APple- something I didnt recognize etc etc. Anyway. refreshing to NOT hear the same ole classic rock buzz track etc etc type stuff

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