FCC Applications

FCC Report 10/22: KXFM To Stay In Santa Maria After All

Dismissals Point Broadcasting Rhythmic Oldies "Old School 99.1" KXFM Santa Maria CA has requested and had its CP to change city-of-license to Port Hueneme and serve the Oxnard/Ventura and Santa Barbara markets with 3.8kW/493m revoked. Point stated that it "reached the conclusion that the station as permitted in its CP is unlikely to achieve full radio market coverage unobstructed from the proposed transmitter site (or other existing Class B sites complying with the FM separations rules) and hence might not be sustainable as a local provider."

FCC Report 10/15: WBBM On The Move

AM Changes CBS Radio News 780 WBBM Chicago has applied to vacate its tower site of the last 75 years and co-locate at the site of sister Sports "670 The Score" WSCR and SBS' "La Ley 107.9" WLEY-FM Aurora.From its new location WBBM will drop from 50kW day/night to 35kW day/42kW night but with the taller tower should come close to duplicating its current coverage. With WBBM's simulcast partner 105.9 WCFS Elmwood Park being the home to most of its in-market listening it is doubtful most WBBM listeners even notice the change.WBBM currently operates from a 55 acre site adjacent to the intersection of Interstate 290 and Illinois 390 in Itasca IL. Likely valued in the tens or hundreds of millions this is not the first time the station has sought a potential move. In 1988, the adjacent Ro...Read More

FCC Report 10/8: A Raleigh Waiver For Cedar Rapids

FCC Decisions The FCC has rejected Kirkwood Community College's Informal Objection for Plus Charities to modify their CP for 88.7 KMMK Coggon IA and has granted the station's application.KMMK was originally granted a CP in March 2015 to operate with 5kw vertical/95m. It applied last December to upgrade from a Class A to C3 with 25kw vertical/94m where it would add coverage of Cedar Rapids utilizing a Raliegh Waiver where KMMK would receive interference from Kirkwood Community College's "Jazz 88.3" KCCK-FM Cedar Rapids and Educational Media Foundation's 89.1 KXGM Hiawatha, but not create any towards those stations.Kirkwood's objection stated that the Raleigh Waivers were limited to existing non-commercial stations only, and not for new construction permits. The FCC ruled that it ha...Read More

FCC Report 10/1: Two Salt Lake AMs Turn In Licenses

Station Deletions United Broadcasting Company has requested the deletion of 630 KTKK Sandy and 1510 KLLB West Jordan UT in the Salt Lake City market. Both stations have been silent since May when KTKK's Talk programming was moved to sister 1640 KBJA Sandy. KTKK had been operating via STA from KLLB's tower, which was demolished in June.

FCC Proposes Maximum Fine Against Miami Pirate Operator

The five FCC Commissioners unanimously approved a maximum $144,344 fine against Fabrice Polynice and Harold and Veronise Sido for operating a pirate on 90.1 in North Miami FL. The agency first warned the trio in 2012 and seized their equipment and issued a Forfeiture Order again Polynice the following year. The station was operated by Polynice from a shed on property owned by the Sidos, who also supplied electricity and internet for the station’s facilities. “Radio Touche Douce” was carrying Haitian programming and has been noticed operating by FCC agents seven times since the first warning. The Federal Communications Commission today proposed the maximum fine allowable by statute—$144,344—against a so-called “pirate radio” operation in North Miami, Florida. The action ma...Read More

FCC Adopts More AM Revitalization Rule Changes

This FCC has issued a Third Report and Order with streamlined requirements on AM technical procedures. The changes adopted were proposals to reduce the number of antenna radials upon which field strength measurements must be taken, reducing the expenses for Method of Moments modeling of directional antenna performance, and maintenance of of proper performance and adjustment of the directional arrays via Method of Moments modeling. These rule changes were originally to be voted on at the FCC’s September Open Meeting on Tuesday, September 26. As all three commissioners agreed to the changes ahead of time they were removed from that docket and approved ahead of time. The full report and order can be read here.

FCC Report 9/24: WHOO On The Move

[membership level="2,3"] AM Changes Genesis Communications' "Sports Talk Florida" 1080 WHOO Kissimmee/Orlando FL is amending its plans to move to the site of Star Over Orlando's 810 WRSO Orlovista and will now diplex with sister Christian 1190 WAMT Pine Castle Sky Lake. As part of the move WHOO will change city-of-license to Winter Park and drop from 19kW day/190W night to 6kW day/55w night. WHOO has been operating from the WAMT site under an STA with 1.5kW day/11w night since the land of its former five tower array was sold in 2015.

FCC Report 9/17: Chattanooga AM Goes Away

Deletions Serendipity Ventures II's News/Talk "NoogaRadio" 1240 WSDT Soddy-Daisy TN has been deleted after the FCC sent a letter clarifying its status and it was returned unsigned.On August 7, 2017, we received a complaint that the Station has not been operating for an extended period, that its facilities appear to be abandoned, and that the phone numbers are disconnected. In addition, an email sent to the email address on record was returned as undeliverable. Based on this information, it appears that the Station may have been silent (or failed to operate with authorized facilities) for over one year.Following the deletion, the station removed all references to the AM from its website and Facebook page and only refer to the 92.7 W224AZ Chattanooga translator leased from Edgewater...Read More

FCC Report 9/10

FCC Deletes KDND Sacramento License

The FCC has denied a Petition For Reconsideration and Application For Review filed by former 106.5 KWOD owner Ed Stolz and has deleted the license for 107.9 KDND Sacramento. Stolz, who has been battling Entercom to have his 1996 sale of then KWOD (now 106.5 KUDL and home to the former KDND programming) rescinded for the past two decades sought to have his case added to the license revocation proceeding so that he could have KUDL turned back over to him and also sought to have all of Entercom’s other Sacramento station licenses revoked. The FCC ruled against his petitions seeing no merit to his arguments and is not a party of interest in the dispute between Media Action Center and Entercom that led to the license revocation hearing. The full FCC order can be read here. Update 2/3: Wit...Read More

FCC Report 8/27: KSBJ Seeks To Increase Houston Coverage

KSBJ Educational Foundation is seeking a major upgrade to flagship 89.3 KSBJ Humble TX as it applies to move just outside the Houston city limits to the tower of Pacifica Foundation's 90.1 KPFT Houston with 87kW/159.6m. The move will improve KSBJ's coverage in the southwest suburbs of Houston.To make the KSBJ move possible, co-owned 89.5 KZBJ Bay City proposes to downgrade from a Class C2 to C3 and move to the tower of sister 96.9 KXBJ El Campo with 13kW/140m.

FCC Report 8/20: St. Louis STA Filing Violates FCC Rules

Dismissals BDJ Radio Enterprises Christian Talk “Faith Talk 1010” KXEN St. Louis’ application to drop power from 50kW day to 10kW day for six months via Special Temporary Authority was denied for violating FCC rules governing STA filings. KXEN sought to drop power “in order to determine whether the potential benefits of reducing KXEN(AM)’s utility costs will outweigh the potential loss of listenership”. As the request was strictly made for economic reasons and not technical the FCC rules that it violates Section 309(f) of the Communications Act of 1934. KXEN is currently licensed to operate with 50kW day/500w nights. Inspiration Time’s application to modify 105.9 W290BI Erie PA to operate with 180w/256m was dismissed as it violates the working agre...Read More