– XEOY México DF
This Radio Mil AM Estereo is not
an easy catch because of the powerful North American
stations on the same frequency. In October 1995
KOMO was the dominant here, but fortunately XEOY
was audible and occasionally on top for about
20 minutes. Getting program details from this
and many other capital stations is relatively
easy, as they have so many public service announcements.
XEOY belongs to Núcleo Radio Mil. My verification
from 1996 was signed by Lic. E. Guillermo Salas.
Nowadays XEOY has a website
(which seems to have been a must for DF stations
since 1999). Originally the site was painstakingly
slow to download, thanks to the excessive use
of graphics. And they haven't learned; in 2002
the site was complete with a Flash introduction,
which made it even slower.
– XEHL Guadalajara JL
La Poderosa X is a powerful 50-kilowatt
station in Mexico's second-biggest market area.
XEHL is trying to stay alive by promoting huge
popular events and by playing popular grupera.
Again a station, which is relatively frequent
in logs, but tough to get a verification from.
For a QSL, your best shot is to try the e-mail
address of their sister station operating on FM:
– XEMPM Los Mochis SN
In 1993 when I heard XEMPM for the first time,
they were broadcasting a baseball (béisbol)
match of their hometown team, which probably plays
in the Liga Mexicana del Pacífico. Aside from
sports, they describe their format as Música
de Grupos; la más escuchada música popular grupera,
cumbias y tecno banda. Like the rest of the
stations belonging to Radiosistema del Noroeste,
XEMPM doesn't seem to announce their call-letters
too often – at least I never heard them – but
fortunately the slogan Radio Fama
is used every now and then.
– XEQR México DF
With the slogan Radio Centro, XEQR
is the flagship station and pioneer broadcaster
of Grupo Radio Centro. The network is one of big
players in Mexico with 650 employees and 12 powerful
stations. XEQR used to have a poorly updated website,
but at last check in April 2002, it was offline.
XEQR is said to broadcast mostly romantic music,
but I can't tell much of the programming, because
I only heard their station identification followed
by news, before the next station, a much bigger
surprise, took over the frequency...
– XEBCC Ciudad del Carmen CA
I knew I had caught something new when I heard
the announcement Estereo Gaviota le
desea felíz navidad – already a month before
Christmas. The station turned out to be XEBCC.
I don't know if the AM is really stereo, they
may be referring to FM 100.5, which is simulcast
on AM. José Guillermo Lliteras Escalante, or Billy
for short, is the Gerente General of the station,
and verified by e-mail in 1997. For a while XEBCC
had a concise web page at www.bcc.com.mx, where
they give two new e-mail addresses, firstname.lastname@example.org
the latter one for the management. In 2002 the
website no longer functioned, but emails could
still be valid, because they are under a different
– XEG Monterrey NL
La Ranchera de Monterrey is a powerful
100-kilowatt station, and is relatively easily
heard in Lapland. As evidence of their worldwide
audience, they even have a printed QSL-card, or
at least used to have in 1990, when I received
mine. Judging by the design, it dates back to
the 1960's or 70's. XEG is known to be one of
the most reliable verifiers.
– XEEP México DF
The slogan Radio Educación says
it all. The entire 20 minutes that I listened
to the station in 1993 was talk programming, even
though it was far from prime time. The station
is fairly often audible on AM, but of course the
easier way to catch this would be to listen to
their shortwave transmitter XEPPM on 6185 kHz.
XEEP also has a QSL-card, with a much more modern
design than XEG.
– XEPRS Tijuana BC
Radio Express targets the Hispanic
population of the southern part of the state of
California, not Baja California. They have an
address in Tijuana as well, but it seems that
at least sales and programming departments are
all in their L.A. office, which 10 years ago used
to be located in Hollywood. The promotional material
that I received was all in English, and I only
heard advertisements for U.S. companies, but programming
is of course in Spanish, and my verification letter
was written in Spanish – a truly bilingual station.
– XERED México DF
An endless stream of PSAs made reporting Radio
Red easy, but not exactly a pleasure to
listen to. Fortunately, XERED is a regular verifier.
My QSL from 1995, both in the form of a letter
and a card, was signed by Alicia Ibargüengoitia
González (believe me, no spelling errors here...),
Director de Operación y Programación.
– XEFR México DF -
The La Comadre of 1995 has become
Super Deportiva with sports programming.
My QSL received in December 1999 (verie-signer
Anibal Córdoba Galarza, Gerente de Programación
y Producción Nacional) says they are on the air
24 hours a day, but the attached schedule only
gave program details from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. local
time. Aside from the age-old street address of
Pirineos 770 you can get in touch with the station
through the Grupo
– XEWK Guadalajara JL -
XEWK began broadcasting in 1954 as a relay of
the famous XEW, but switched to mainly local programming
in 1977. Nowadays the share of local programming
is said to be 84 %, but the station still belongs
to Grupo Radiópolis. My verie-signer Felipe Silva
Torres, Gerente de Producción & Programación,
says that Guadalajara is an exceptionally tough
market for radio stations: there are nearly 50
radio stations, the same number as in Mexico City,
but the potential audience is only one fifth of
the capital. In this competition La W de
Guadalajara has performed well, being
number two of the AM stations in 1995, when I
received the QSL (along with a t-shirt etc). They
run mostly talk programming (I received many cassettes
with recordings of their programs) with a crew
of about 100, 60 of which are freelancers. To
get a taste of their style, listen to an excerpt
of the special
greetings sent to me on tape.