KWLE/KRPA simulcast flips to Punjabi music

After hearing Punjabi/South Asian music on AM 1340 for the past week, on Saturday night I was last night finally able to confirm this was KWLE Anacortes I was hearing.  The simulcast pair of KWLE & Oak Harbor’s 1110 KRPA have dropped their automated  hybrid folk/country blues format to air Indian music.  Daytimer KRPA was previously owned by a Vancouver South Asian operator who programmed Punjabi music & talk.  The stations still sound like they’re using cheap computers with poor sound cards & a lower level Internet connection to broadcast with.  As before, the stations often cut out due to buffering & bandwidth issues leaving random chunks of dead air for listeners to absorb.  KRPA‘s pitch to operate night hours looks like a lost deal as the owner has had the FCC deleted the application.  At least they actually sign off at sunset unlike the years they were owned by Surrey BC based “Radio Punjab”. These two wastes of RF still sound like “placeholders”.

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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