During our high school years, my younger brother (Bill) was a radio station geek. He had this kit-type radio that he assembled. At night he would listen to hundreds of different radio stations, write down the time and what was playing, and send that info off to the station (via that old-fashioned U.S. Mail). Many stations would send these verification cards back to him and he would plaster them all over his bedroom wall.
We were in west Toledo, OH. The cards were from all over the country, from stations in Denver, Pittsburg (KDA?), New York (WNYC, WABC), Boston (WBZ), New Orleans, Nashville, etc. Even though I didn't participate I thought the cards (and the geography lesson) were pretty cool. It led to a life-long habit of mine to listen to long-distance AM radio.
In my teens I was a regular listener to WBZ (Dick Somers and his Night-Life Club). In my twenties I was a regular listener to Hobb's House (WCCO) in Minneapolis. I also listened to (not-too-far-away) Detroit's WJR....the late night show was called "Night Flight 760".
As I said, this habit continues. Tonight I will be listening to Chicago's WBBM. Next month, who knows?
Anybody out there in Cyburbia share this habit?
KFWB, Channel 96.....you ain't heard nothing yet, Bear