QSL: WOOD Grand Rapids MI 1300


WOOD in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the most common station of all on the crowded but interesting frequency of 1300 kHz. Their distinctive “Newsradio 1300 WOOD” identifications are frequently heard, often along with the New York stations WXRL and/or WGDJ. My previous attempts of getting a verification from WOOD has not been successfull. Some weeks ago, however, Phil Tower, Program Director, confirmed my reception with a brief e-mail.

WOOD broadcasts with a night time power of 20 kilowatts so no wonder they get out so well. The logo of the station features Willie Wood, the station’s woodpecker mascot.


QSL: WQLR Kalamazoo MI 1660

We had pretty good conditions towards the Great Lakes area at Lista in January 2011. One of several new catches from that area was WQLR in Michigan on 1660 kHz, a frequency where we usually only get WWRU in New Jersey or WCNZ in Florida. On this DX-pedition, however, WQLR came through with several “16-60 The Fan” identifications.

WQLR is licenced with a night time power of 1 kilowatt broadcasting to Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is an affiliate of Fox Sports Radio. Peter Tanz, Vice President – Operations, confirmed my reception of WQLR with an e-mail.

QSL: WAAM Ann Arbor MI 1600

Many new (to me, that is!) stations were heard during the successfull January 2011 DX-pedition to Lista. One of them was WAAM which  was heard quite well one morning with several “Talk 1600” identifications when conditions favoured the Great Lakes Area.  WAAM broadcasts with a power of 5 kilowatts from Ann Arbor, Michigan, not far away from Detroit. News & Operations Director Dan Martin kindly confirmed my reception of WAAM with a brief e-mail.

QSL: WILS Lansing MI 1320

1320 kHz is an interesting frequency after CKEC in Nova Scotia shut down their AM transmitter some years ago. One of many stations which has turned up in our recordings from Lista has been WILS in Lansing, Michigan. WILS broadcast with a power of 25 kilowatts, reduced to 1,9 kilowatts at nights. WILS is a talk radio station branded as “more compelling talk radio”.

Lee Cohen, Sales Manager, confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail some weeks ago. This was for a recording made at Lista in November 2009.

QSL: WGVU Kentwood MI 1480


WSAR in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the dominant station on 1480 kHz and often leave little room for hearing anything else on this channel. At Lista in October 2008, a few others were heard too. Among those were WGVU broadcasting from Grand Valley State University in Kentwood, a Grand Rapids, Michigan, suburb. I caught them with a station identification after they aired a programme from National Public Radio.

Michael T. Walenta, General Manager, confirmed my reception of the station with an e-mail some days ago.

QSL: WLQV Detroit MI 1500


WLQV in Detroit, Michigan, is a station which sometimes pops up at Lista on 1500 kHz. Usually, WFED in Washington DC (and its predecessors WTOP, WTWP and WWWT) totally owns this frequency, but on both the November 2007 Dx-pedition as well as the most recent October 2008 DX-pedition, WLQV had a good signal at times, sometimes even better than the signal of WFED.

Sales Manager Brad Smith confirmed my most recent reception of the station (from October 2008) with a brief e-mail.

QSL: WJR Detroit MI 760

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WJR in Detroit, Michigan, was the dominant station all 3 nights on 760 kHz on Lista in November 2007, and had a very good signal at times. WJR is the most commonly heard North American station on this frequency, but I have not heard them untill this DX pedition. WJR is a talk station branding themselves as “The Great Voice of the Great Lakes”.

Operations Manager Steve Stewart sent me a brief e-mail confirming my report today. WJR is my first verified station from Michigan, but I am hoping for more as we heard a few other Michigan stations in November 2007.