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Norway resident hears the sounds of Ogdensburg on his radio in Oslo


In the wee hours of the morning on Jan. 19 Torgeir Nyen of Oslo, Norway, heard the sounds of Ogdensburg-based sports station WSLB on his radio.

A radio enthusiast, Mr. Nyen spends his leisure time scanning the airways with special, directional antennas attempting to find signals from far-flung places.

In an email to Station Manager Michael R. Guimond, Mr. Nyen sent an audio clip he recorded of the signal to get confirmation of the broadcast.

This request isn’t unusual, Mr. Guimond said.

“I remember as a kid listening to stations in Detroit while living in Ogdensburg,” Mr. Guimond said, noting that they’ll get several people emailing the station looking for similar confirmation each year.

But that the signal was picked up in Norway is special, Mr. Guimond said.

Mr. Guimond said WSLB, an ESPN affiliate on 1400 AM, was likely helped across the Atlantic Ocean thanks to the ionosphere which reflects AM signals.

“It’s AM so the singles bounce,” he said. “They don’t just go straight into space.”

In the email to Mr. Guimond, Mr. Nyen said he lives in Oslo with his wife and 15-year old daughter.

A researcher in vocational education Mr. Nyen spends as much time as he can on the coast where he heard the broadcast.

Mr. Nyen said when he looked up Ogdensburg on a map he realized how much closer to Ottawa, Ontario, the city is than to New York City.

“My city Oslo is now deep in snow, and I guess you get a bit of snow in the winter as well,” he said.

Mr. Guimond said, “I thought it was kind of neat that people were hearing about Ogdensburg on the other side of the world.”

Oslo is roughly 3,500 miles from Ogdensburg.

WSLB is an all-sports station, Mr. Guimond said, and will be covering the Winter Olympics this year.

“We pride ourselves on serving the community,” he said, adding that anyone who wants to get in touch with the station should call 393-1100.

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