WRLO-FM 105.3 Antigo Wisconsin Dennis Nelson 1982

Antigo, Wisconsin was on the edge of my eastern coverage during normal band conditions.  WRLO could be heard on most days, but with a bit of white noise.  Still, not bad for about 200 miles straight line distance.  This short aircheck clip of WRLO was recorded during a routine dial scan.  The announcer is Dennis Nelson.

The recording was made from Apple Valley, MN, using a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, Winegard 10 element FM yagi antenna, Alliance U-100 Tenna Rotor, Belden RG59 ultra low loss coaxial cable, Technics stereo cassette deck, and Scotch Dynarange 90 tape.


4 thoughts on “WRLO-FM 105.3 Antigo Wisconsin Dennis Nelson 1982

  1. Drew

    Hi Al,

    Thanks for the note. I’ll add the info on Dennis to the WRLO aircheck exhibit. I’ll bet you guys never figured that someone in the Twin Cities would be listening to WRLO. Or were there other geeks who also did this sort of thing? 🙂


  2. Dean Kallenbach

    Hi, Drew. I’m Dean Kallenbach…I was program director in 1980 when WLRO went from 3000 to 100,000 watts…in fact, I came back from my honeymoon early so I could be there for the switchover (my wife reminds me of that often). We knew the station was a blowtorch…my parents and in-laws lived in the Rice Lake-Barron area, and could pick it up on a good day. BTW, I hired both Al Higgins (who was a UW-Platteville classmate) and Dennis Nelson (who once beat me playing a video game, despite his total blindness).

    I look forward to checking out your site…

  3. Drew Post author

    Hi Dean,

    Great to hear from you! What frequency was WRLO on before they upgraded to 100,000 watts? I know that back then, Class A FMs (3kW) had to be on certain channels. Before all the Docket 80-90 move-ins, drop-ins, and shoehorn-ins, 105.3 was completely empty in and around the Twin Cities. Even with my receiver/antenna system, there were only 2 stations I could receive: WRLO and KLYV/Dubuque, IA. Both could be heard clean and clear, simply by rotating my antenna.

    BTW, I was 18 and attending Brown Institute when I recorded that clip. If I were closer, I would have pestered you for a job! 🙂

  4. Marshall Pierce

    Does anyone know where Dennis Nelson is working now? Recently, I heard he was working at a radio station in Georgia. Dennis was a good friend of mine and we even lived together in Milwaukee when I was on the air at FM 106 and WBCS. Thanks!

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