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Calling the transmitter

I briefly worked an early-morning shift at a college radio station in the late 90s. One of the first things I had to do was call a number, listen to an automated voice read out a series of numbers (which I vaguely remember as being related in some way to the transmitter), and write them down into a logbook. Three-part question: what was I doing, is this still done today, and where, if anywhere, can I hear that voice again?
posted by Mothra Pisces on May 15, 2013 - 9 answers

FM transmitter/iPod touch woes

Can I use an iPod dock extender cable to get audio from my 4th generation iPod touch to an FM transmitter with a male dock connection meant for the iPod mini? If not, what are my options for inexpensive FM transmission from my Touch? [more inside]
posted by anthom on Sep 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Which iPhone music dock meets these specs?

Consumer tech question: looking for an AM/FM radio that can dock an iPhone 4 that is also copacetic with Pandora and other music apps. The Crosley iSolo looked good, but some reviews suggest you can't use music apps, which is a deal-breaker. Clock, etc. unimportant and, aesthetically, an old-school look and feel would be ideal (i.e., nothing too super-mod looking). Any suggestions, MeFites?
posted by joe lisboa on Mar 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Trying to find the radio-edit of the 1978 song "Time Passages"

I love the song "Time Passages" by Al Stewart from the same-titled album. I am one of the few that actually like the radio edit better. I cannot find it anywhere available to listen to or download though know it was on 1978 AM Gold by Time-Life which I cannot afford (rare CD). I tried getting that cd from interlibrary loan to no avail. Does anybody know where else it might be lurking?
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 29, 2011 - 2 answers

OpenOffice's evil twin

What the heck is OpenOffice.fm, and did this download damage my friend's computer? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Nov 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Don't touch that dial, it's...???

Arabic speakers, kindly identify this Omani FM radio station. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 7, 2011 - 3 answers

No wireless? No problem. Less space than a Nomad? Fine. Lame is out of the question though.

I'm looking for the MP3-player equivalent of the boom-box, a player that has built-in amp and speakers. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Mar 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Digital Killed the FM Radio star?

DAB, DAB+ or Analogue FM, what is the future of Radio, and what would you buy today? Its a potential Christmas gift for someone in Netherlands / UK. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Nov 30, 2010 - 14 answers

The Mystery of 108mHz

When I was a teenager in the 1980's, I noticed that if I turned the radio dial on my FM radio all the way to the end, I picked up this weird transmission of repeating tones. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on Jul 23, 2010 - 12 answers

FM Interference & Potential Coinkidink

Heard some strange radio interference Christmas day, wondered if a hypothesis is correct in relating it to the local 'terror' attempt at DTW??? [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Dec 26, 2009 - 17 answers

Radio Interference Along the Beltway

What causes massively scrambled FM radio reception along the Capital Beltway near Falls Church, Virginia? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Aug 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Radio is the theater of the mind

Help me choose a sub £50 FM Radio [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Jul 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Study for FM Actuarial Exam

How should I study for the FM 2 Actuarial exam? [more inside]
posted by milestogo on Jul 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Looking for full audio of 70s pop radio broadcasts

Im sort of a 70's nostalgia head, and as such would love to find some audio (format not important) of 70s radio broadcasts, commericals and all. [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Apr 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me Optimod-ize my audio!

Is there a good real-time compressor/limiter for FM broadcast that I can use on a Mac? Preferably one that works as an AudioUnit (AU) plug-in? [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Apr 21, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I find the lack of radio waves?

What town in the United States has the lowest amount of detectable radio waves? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 on Jul 17, 2008 - 16 answers

What is the frequency, Kenneth, and how do I best receive it?

Looking for a recommendation on an in-the-ear FM receiver like this one with rather mixed reviews. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Apr 22, 2008 - 1 answer

FM Antenna Help Needed!

Is there an alternative to the single wire FM antenna supplied with my wife's new stereo? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Apr 14, 2008 - 3 answers

What's the radio scale bar for?

A number of radios I've owned in my life, in addition to the AM and FM frequency labels, also have a "Scale" label, going from 1 to 10, across the range of frequencies. What's this all about? Is it ever used for anything? I've never heard a radio station say "Tune to 6 on your Scale Bar".
posted by Jimbob on Apr 6, 2008 - 6 answers

This is a very specific, and probably dumb quesiton, about John Bell

WHTZ Z100 filter: What ethnicity is John Bell of the radio station, Z100, in New York? [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Nov 14, 2007 - 9 answers

Better boombox FM reception?

How do you get better FM reception from a boombox? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Aug 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Alternatives to Belkin Tunecast II?

My Tunecast II died. What should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by dws on Apr 20, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me find a clear frequency for my Ipod.

I hook my Ipod to my car stereo using an FM transmitter. Before setting out I'd like to choose a frequency that's not going to compete with local radio stations en-route. Is there a simple list of frequencies likely to be safe from interference? Alternatively has anybody done yet built some kind mash-up website that would give me a frequency for a given journey? I am in the UK but would be interested if this has been done anywhere. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Feb 20, 2007 - 19 answers

I have some questions about listening to the radio in Europe.

I have some questions about listening to the radio in Europe. [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 on Dec 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Does any mp3 player have this list of features?

Is there any flash-based mp3 player that plays WAV files, has an FM tuner, records standard (44.1) WAV files from this FM tuner, has a 1GB or higher capacity, and is not much over $100? (I'm also grateful for any "almost" answers, since those might help me refine my Googling.)
posted by lorimer on Sep 28, 2006 - 16 answers

How can I decrease FM reception for my car?

How can I decrease FM reception for my car? I have taken off the antenna, but would like to proceed further. [more inside]
posted by poppo on Sep 28, 2006 - 17 answers

best am fm radio

Which am/fm radio is most powerful? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on Aug 27, 2006 - 10 answers

iTrip Problem

iTrip for iPod Nano: Just received shiney new iTrip FM transmitter for iPod Nano - But it doesn't work at all! Any clues or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pettins on Jul 30, 2006 - 9 answers

fm radio + ipod = crazy delicious (?)

Is there some gadget that will allow me to listen to FM radio on my iPod Shuffle? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Jun 13, 2006 - 15 answers

Unexpected Tunnel Static

I use an FM transmitter for my MP3 player. When I went through a tunnel in Pittsburgh this past weekend, I thought that the reception would have come in crystal clear since most of the radio interference would be missing. Instead it fuzzed out the same way a radio station in a tunnel does. Why?
posted by Hubajube on Jun 7, 2006 - 12 answers

SF Bay Area radio connaisseurs! Need to find a radio station similar to a So Cal favorite.

Are there any radio stations that can be heard in the SF Bay Area that play similar music style to STAR 98.7 in L.A.? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Jun 1, 2006 - 6 answers

Radio station synchronicity.

Why do two different radio stations sometimes have the exact same song playing, often in complete sync, or only a measure off? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Mar 26, 2005 - 24 answers

FM Antenna Recommendations

Any recommendations for a high quality, possibly amplified, indoor FM antenna? [mi] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Oct 27, 2004 - 7 answers

FM antenna/reception issue

FM antenna/reception issue (and we need to listen to Little Steven tonight!- MI) [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Sep 26, 2004 - 9 answers

Austin Radio Stations

Is there a way to get a comprehensive list of radio stations in a city? I've tried looking at the FCC's web site, but the best I can come up with is a list of *all* the frequency allocations in an area, including taxi services, pager companies, etc, which is quite a few pages long.

I just want to find the commercial FM broadcast stations (Austin, TX by the way).
posted by mrbill on Jan 5, 2004 - 6 answers

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