“Radio Timtron International” – a ‘crapout’ on WBCQ Shortwave | May 28, 2011


Timtron, Timothy M. SmithDate of Recording: 05.28.2011
Station: WBCQ Worldwide (Shortwave), Monticello, Maine
Featured Air Personality: Timothy M. Smith (WA1HLR)
Contributor: Mark Shaylor
Aircheck Entry: 1,434

“Well, folks, we’ve had a crap-out here at the studio…”


Without a doubt, this is the most unusual aircheck you’ve ever heard. There is some information on the web about the subject of this broadcast, Timothy M. Smith, known to his listeners as “Timtron”, or “Radio Timtron International”, as his show is aired on WBCQ Shortwave.

Essentially, the main board shorted out during a live broadcast, and listeners are treated to a play-by-play of restoration. This is shortwave, yet this is more entertaining than most AM stations these days! Or so your webmaster thinks!

Note the periods of silence when the song “Shine” cuts out. Your computer is still playing the aircheck, just wait it out to hear the fun!




Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


Mark Shayler
August 17, 2016 at 9:44 am

Should be noted that this happened at Smith’s home studio in northern Maine where he streams the show to the WBCQ studio which aired it, ALL OF IT, live. Wife Marcie is also heard here. “Tom” is WBCQ engineer Tom Barna, at master control in Monticello at the time.

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