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Broadcast station that, though not licensed as an external service, is, in practice, used to target another country.

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XHRF-FM

XHRF-FM and XERF-AM are radio stations in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila.

XHRF-FM and XERF-AM are radio stations in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila.

In earlier times, XERF was operated under the laws of Mexico by Ramón D. Bósquez and Arturo González, powered at 250,000 watts as a border blaster, featuring famed disc jockey Wolfman Jack.

XEPRS-AM

Commercial AM radio station licensed to Playas de Rosarito, a suburb of Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico.

Commercial AM radio station licensed to Playas de Rosarito, a suburb of Tijuana in Baja California, Mexico.

The Mighty 1090 previous logo used from 2012 to 2015

In the early 1960s, Robert Weston Smith (better known as Wolfman Jack) was living in Del Rio, Texas and appearing on the 250,000-watt "border blaster" radio station XERF (1570 AM), just over the Rio Grande in Ciudad Acuña.

XERA-AM

Radio station in Mexico, broadcasting on 760 AM in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.

Radio station in Mexico, broadcasting on 760 AM in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.

From 1935 to 1939, XERA was the call sign of a border blaster licensed to Ramón D. Bósquez Vitela in September 1935 to Compañía Mexicana Radiodifusora Fronteriza in Villa Acuña, Coahuila.

Wolfman Jack in 1979

Wolfman Jack

American disc jockey.

American disc jockey.

Wolfman Jack in 1979

In 1963, Smith took his act to the border when the Inter-American Radio Advertising's Ramon Bosquez hired him and sent him to the studio and transmitter site of XERF-AM at Ciudad Acuña in Mexico, a station across the U.S.-Mexico border from Del Rio, Texas, whose high-powered border blaster signal could be picked up across much of the United States.

XER (Villa Acuña)

XER (1932–1933), licensed to Villa Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, was John R. Brinkley's first high-powered "border-blaster" radio station.

Brinkley, c. 1921

John R. Brinkley

American quack.

American quack.

Brinkley, c. 1921
Operating room at the Brinkley Hospital, Milford
1920 newspaper item highlighting "Billy", the "First Goat-Gland Baby"
Minnie Brinkley holding John Richard Brinkley III
Grave of John R. Brinkley in 2011

He was also, almost by accident, an advertising and radio pioneer who began the era of Mexican border blaster radio.

Norman G. Baker

Early American radio broadcaster, entrepreneur and inventor who secured fame as well as state and federal prison terms by promoting a supposed cure for cancer in the 1930s.

Early American radio broadcaster, entrepreneur and inventor who secured fame as well as state and federal prison terms by promoting a supposed cure for cancer in the 1930s.

He operated radio stations KTNT in Muscatine, Iowa and the border blaster XENT in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

XHRB-FM

Radio station in Mexico, broadcasting on 810 AM and 89.9 FM in Cozumel, Quintana Roo.

Radio station in Mexico, broadcasting on 810 AM and 89.9 FM in Cozumel, Quintana Roo.

The first station to carry the XERB callsign was a border blaster on 1090 kHz in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, which was branded as The Mighty 1090.

XEG-AM

Class A clear channel radio station in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

Class A clear channel radio station in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

XEG was known as a border blaster in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Muscatine, Iowa

City in Muscatine County, Iowa, United States.

City in Muscatine County, Iowa, United States.

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Sunrise over the Mississippi River
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Muscatine High School

Norman G. Baker (1882–1958), inventor of the Calliaphone; established Know the Naked Truth (KTNT), a border blaster radio station