CKOC-AM 1150 Hamilton ON Canada Dave King 1983

CKOC-1150 was a Top 40 station during the early 1980s.  Originating from Hamilton, Ontario, it also covered Toronto and Niagra Falls.  At the time, they were running 5,000 watts of power, 24 hours per day.  1150 was a busy frequency in my area, dominated primarily by KSAL in Salina, KS and KWKY in Des Moines, IA.  But by carefully positioning my wire, I was able to hear CKOC fairly well on most nights without incurring excessive co-channel interference.

Dave King was the DJ as well as the newsman during these hours.  After recording this aircheck, I went to the library and looked up the contact information for CKOC.  I sent them a QSL and received a very nice package containing reception verification, bumper stickers, and a mini-poster of all the CKOC jocks to hang on my wall.  Radio was much more fun back when stations actually did things like this for their listeners.

Reception was made from Apple Valley, Minnesota, using a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, horizontal long wire antenna.  A Technics stereo cassette deck and TDK D90 tape were used to capture the recording.


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