Ever looked at your radio and noticed there's text there, showing the artist and title of the song you're hearing on your favorite FM station? Ever wonder what that is? I'll tell you: RDS! Starting in the early 1990's, radios in the USA had the ability to display Radio Broadcast Data System text information, more commonly known as RBDS or just RDS.
As many of you know, RIPR owns and maintains the 1290AM site on the Providence/North Providence town line. Our NPR satellite downlink is there, and we lease the frequency to our friends at Latino Public Radio.
In the past, the site was largely a pond (Whipple Pond) with Douglas Ave forming part of a dam in the eastern corner. After the torrential rains of 2010, the dam broke and the pond drained. Now the West River flows freely through the site.