Talk:WAAF (FM)

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Technical Updates[edit]

I updated the technical status page as I have been very closely involved with Chief Engineer John Kennedy and the entire move to Boylston. WAAF is currently transmitting from the 27 tower in Boylston full time with HD equipment. The Paxton site remains as a backup only. The "multipath" issues which were troubles with a T1 have been addressed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:55, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Merging Article With WKAF[edit]

It has been suggested that this article and the WKAF article be merged. I fell that this would not be appropriate. While WKAF currently rebroadcast WAAFs Worcester area signal in the Boston area, WKAF is a separate station with its own history. Furthermore, Entercom (who owns both 107.3 FM WAAF and 97.7FM WKAF) could switch the format at 97.7FM at anytime, giving cause to the current WKAF article being revived. 97.7FM could become its own separate station again someday, or may end up similcasting another Entercom property, such as bringing AM890 WEEIs sports format to the FM dial in Boston. But in the end the 97.7FM station is its own separate signal with its own history of being a longtime country music station as well as the stations significance of being the Boston areas first black owned and operated FM radio station and first FM station to broadcast an Urban Music based format.

  • I'd say merge WKAF with WAAF but leave the history of the 97.7 frequency on a seperate page, under one of it's former call signs (I'd suggest WBOT since thats the most recent call letters) Mr mark taylor 10:51, 1 November 2007 (UTC)


Now that this is in waaf-FM, instead of just WAAF, do we still need the -

This article is about the radio station. WAAF is also an acronym for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

No mention of Spaz?


I was an avid listener of the station in 1995 and I am very, very sure that they NEVER played Alanis Morrisette. In fact, I remember Opie specifically addressing the fact that "we don't play her." They did, however, play a cover version of "You Oughta Know" by some other band called 1,000 Mona Lisas (or something like that). Anyway, the part that says they played Alanis Morrisette is just not accurate at all. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 07:15, 14 May 2007 (UTC).

Yes, they played her first two fact the first place I heard "You Outa Know" on the radio was on WAAFs then nightly feature "The Nightly News" where they played new music. Not a big deal, many Active Rock, Album Rock and alternative stations played Ms. Morrisette in the summer of 1995....only to drop her by early 1996 when she became too much of a "Pop" star.

Article Organization?[edit]

  • Reviewed old airchecks and added to the article as well as cleaned up some. Broke the article down into more specific eras with headings as requested.
    • Looks good. I've been thinking about the structure of the article a bit. We have sections for Opie, Anthony, and Jon Osterlund but shouldn't they go under the heading of notable former on air personalities? Likewise, The Hillman Morning Show's placement, as it is now, could lead a reader to think that they aren't on the air anymore since it follows the rest of the former personalities. I'd suggest that it be moved in to a subsection of current on air staff and the O&A and Jon Osterlund mini biographies go under a subsection of notable former on air personalities (with a link at the top of the section, in the case of Opie and Anthony, to go to the main article). I'll do it, but I just wanted to get some opinions first. --Inaxdaze 19:01, 18 April 2006 (UTC)

This has been taken care of.

  • Can we organize the history section in to "eras"? It's becoming increasingly long and hard to follow - I'm thinking something like "The early years", "Sold to Entercom", and "The present" (or something to that effect). I think that will break up the article nicely. Then we could break up the DJ list in to each era, and keep everything from becoming disjointed. --Inaxdaze 17:28, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

This has been taken care of, as well.

  • The John Osterlind mini-bio section is no longer completely accurate...he is now the afternoon host at WRNO in New Orleans —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:41, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

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The Hill-Man section needs some work. There are a lot of claims of popularity and zero references to back those up. There is only a single reference in the whole article and it's not properly formatted. There is a lot of detail in there that needs to either be made clear why it's notable or removed (i.e. the interns). Could someone take a look at this section and clean it up?--Rtphokie (talk) 12:13, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Fair warning, These concerns were brought out about 9 months ago. In particular I'm concerned with the totally unreferenced clamis of ratings sucess. Those really need secondary sources or this piece becomes a sales flier. I'm not going to start anything today, but if no one else is going to do anything with this I'm going to do some looking for references over the weekend, and begin triming some of the things that can't be verified.--Cube lurker (talk) 15:53, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

Opinion portions of article removed[edit]

The following (unsourced) lines were removed from the article as they are clearly opinion and not sourced facts. "WAAF needs a Station in western Massachusetts to simulcast on, most likely in Amherst, but WAAF will not broadcast to the Berkshires in far western Mass., as the Berkshires are considered to be much more "New York-ish" and out of the market..." "However, WAAF wants to stay true to New England and, by design, no longer provides any signal coverage to any part of New England (e.g. the Berkshires, south-western Connecticut) that isn't Boston-oriented." If a verifyable source (WP:Verify) can provide information that backs the above statements, it can be reposted. Otherwise, leave it on the talk page. Thanks. NECRATSpeak to me 02:53, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

Erroneous Call Sign History[edit]

While this piece of trivia is interesting, it has nothing to do with the WAAF in Westborough. "The WAAF call letters go back to Chicago, where they were on the air in late April 1922, owned by the Chicago Daily Drovers Journal. [1] The call letters and ownership remained the same until the mid 1950s, when the ownership changed, but the station continued to broadcast from Chicago well into the 1960s. WAAF had been one of the first stations in Chicago to fully integrate, according to African-American newspapers like the Chicago Defender. During the 60s, WAAF became popular for playing black music and jazz, and it was the home of popular disc jockey "Daddy-O" Daylie." Plus it is unsourced. So it has been removed from the article. NECRATSpeak to me 06:46, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

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