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With a 50,watt signal originating from a transmitter across the Mississippi River, in Illinois, KMOX is said to be heard in 44 states and as far away as the Netherlands, East Africa and Guam, spreading the gospel of St. Louis Cardinals baseball across the planet.
The signal stretches to truly remote locales only in rare, static-filled instances. But in a swath of North America, from New Orleans to Canada, the signal could be so reliable at night that an entire region became enamored of the team.
But can it really still be heard clearly in other states, without the harsh accompaniment of static and interference from other stations trying to muscle in on the signal?
Surely there must be some exaggeration. Image For nine innings and miles, David Waldstein tried to drive beyond the signal of a legendary radio station But the station won.
I even left Busch Stadium two and half hours early, wondering if, before long, the signal would deteriorate into a fuzzy, frustrating mash of crossing signals somewhere in southeastern Missouri.
What happened was a mile round trip , hour, five-state radio odyssey that illustrated, if nothing else, the lasting power of the AM radio band and the usefulness of gas stations, energy drinks and coffee.
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Busch Stadium, p. Certainly no other baseball writer in the country is heading away from Busch Stadium at this moment. The plan during daylight is to go through the pretty farmland in Southern Illinois — staunch Cardinals territory — then cross back over the Mississippi River into Missouri to accelerate the trip on an interstate highway.
On Route 3, near tiny Red Bud, Ill. The weather is clear, and the sun is starting to dip toward the horizon. This is significant.
As I go over the big river on Route , I hear the first distinct crackles of static. AM amplitude modulation signals are susceptible to interference from numerous objects, especially as they weaken away from their source.
Within minutes, along Route 51 in Missouri, the signal is virtually lost. The car is only miles from the signal tower, and the radio sounds as if it is broadcasting a shower.
AM radio waves have unique properties that allow them to travel round the globe, but their ability to stretch beyond the horizon, instead of shooting off into space, has to do with the way they interact with the upper layers of the atmosphere, called the ionosphere.
According to Professor Arye Nehorai, the chairman of the electrical and systems engineering department at Washington University in St. I, Matthews, Mo. The sun has been down for almost an hour, and sure enough, as the game begins, with the Cardinals broadcasters John Rooney and Mike Shannon calling the first pitch, from Lance Lynn to Jacoby Ellsbury, the reception is improving, significantly so.
The D layer has apparently begun its nightly disappearing act, allowing the E layer to do its magic and send the signal to my Chrysler radio. But the car is still in Missouri. It ought to get a St. Louis station. KMOX was first granted a license by the Department of Commerce in , according to the current director of programming, Steve Moore, and called itself the Voice of St.
KMOX was soon permitted to use a 50,watt transmitter to send the signal in all directions, and the government protected the station by limiting the power and direction of subsequent stations broadcasting on the same frequency.
It broadcasts at , meaning it sends out 1,, cycles per second of electromagnetic energy. Jake Meyer, a year-old lawyer in St. Marys, Pa. In the early s, he sat with one hand on a wire in the radio and the other on a radiator to create the best reception, while simultaneously inducing fear in his mother, who thought he would be electrocuted.
Sometimes, he would drive up a nearby hill for better reception, even taking a date on one occasion. Today there are more stations, more structures and more interference, and Meyer says he has trouble getting the station. But Joe Buck said that when he was going to college at Indiana University in Bloomington, he could get the games all the way there, and when he drove home on vacations, the reception steadily improved as he neared St.
There were certain nights when the atmosphere was right that the KMOX signal would bounce all the way over there, and he could listen to the Cardinals game sitting in Tanzania. The best conditions are cold, dry nights when people on the other side of the globe might receive the signal, however briefly.
Through QSL card correspondence, distant radio reception was confirmed. Crossing the border into Arkansas, the roadway deteriorates into a series of bone-rattling bumps. But the KMOX reception is improving considerably in this rural area, as are the conditions for the Red Sox, who even the score, , according to Rooney and Shannon.
Finding a diner or a bar where some Cardinals fans might be found in Blytheville, miles south of Busch Stadium, is futile on a Sunday night.
The whole town is closed, except for a gas station that sells chicken sizzled in vats behind the counter. I bought two pieces, but the bumpy road made digestion unlikely, and they went uneaten. Shannon and Rooney continue the tradition of well-liked announcers at KMOX, like Jack Buck and Caray, who did games together beginning in when Buck joined Caray in the booth Joe Garagiola came along a year later and KMOX gained exclusive rights to the games for the next 51 years.
Back then, Harry was not what many people remember in Chicago after his strokes. At a time when the Cardinals were the farthest outpost in baseball, he was a craftsman bringing the game to life for people in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky.
But now, not far from Memphis and northern Mississippi, as the seventh inning begins, there is incentive to get trucking. No more stopping in tiny towns looking for Cardinals fans. Now it is interstate all the way. The game is in the eighth inning.
Tim McCarver, who is broadcasting the game with Joe Buck on television on Fox, grew up near here in Memphis listening to Buck and Caray and Garagiola, who were almost as important to them as the players. I pass into Mississippi, the fifth state on the journey, as the game enters the ninth.
There is a wider variety of establishments to perhaps watch the end of the game and meet a Cardinals fan in a far-flung land, someone whose roots to the team connect to the ubiquitous KMOX signal.
Louis, is the closest. Inside is Tony Davis, a Mississippi resident, watching the game.
Is he a KMOX listener? Is that how he became a Cards fan? Or perhaps it was his father or grandfather who had listened to Buck and Caray way back when. The reception could not be better. It is crystal clear, as if the station were transmitting from the parking lot.
Shannon wonders why the Red Sox are even bothering to hold Kolten Wong on first base in a two-run game. Game over. At p.