Concurrent with the acquisition of 89.3 WUMD North Dartmouth MA, Rhode Island Public Radio has applied to move the station to Newport RI.
The FCC has deleted the license for Spanish Tropical "Zima 103.5" WZMA-LP New Britain CT after the group the station was licensed for says it has never had any association with the station. The Hispanic American Cultural Council states that Lincy Castillo and two others used their organization's name to secure the CP and license for WZMA-LP, which signed-on in May 2015. HACC filed an identity theft report with the New Britain police on October 29 stating that they first became aware of the station after receiving a property tax bill for it. The filing states that Castillo's apartment and another organization, The New Britain Museum of American Art (which also states it has never had any association with WZMA-LP) were the listed addresses for the station. Lincy Castillo reportedly passed...Read More
On the day Donald Trump will be inaugurated in as President, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will step down after three years running the agency. Wheeler will join fellow Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel in exiting the FCC as Trump’s administration takes over. Rosenworcel will exit on January 3 as her term expires and congress has not acted on her reconfirmation. The FCC will have two vacancies with two Republicans and one Democrat remaining. Prior to joining the FCC in 2013, Wheeler was a partner as Core Capital Partners and spent a decade as President/CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. Wheeler released the following statement: “Serving as F.C.C. Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life. I am ...Read More
Covenant Network and Salem Media have come to a settlement over their competing AM Revitalization applications for 96.7 in St. Louis. Salem applied for and has been granted a CP to move 95.1 W249CQ Colfax IN to 95.1 instead with 85w/157m rebroadcasting Conservative Talk "1260 The Answer" WSDZ Belleville IL. That will enable Covenant Network's 97.5 W248CH Belleville to make its move to 96.7 in Shrewsbury MO with 250w/263m rebroadcasting Catholic 1460 KHOJ St. Charles.
As part of a counter-proposal to his own application to add a new Class C2 on 97.1 in Gaylord MI, Roy Henderson's 99.3 WOUF Beulah MI applies to change city-of-license to Traverse City while upgrading from a Class C2 to C1 with 60kW/367m from the tower of WCMV and WPBN-TV outside Kalkaska MI. As part of that move sister 101.9 WLDR-FM Traverse City would change COL to Beulah, while two other stations would be displaced and four new allotments would be created.
Clay Holladay's Northwest Florida Media is seeking to bring a new Class A signal to 106.9 in Fort Walton Beach FL. The addition of a new 106.9 allocation to Fort Walton Beach is made possible by Holladay's Gulf South Communications completing the downgrade of CHR 106.7 WKMX Enterprise AL from a Class C to C1, while moving eastward towards Dothan. Holladay sold a five station cluster in Fort Walton Beach to Cumulus in 2002 for $28.5 million. If the new allocation is granted by the FCC it will go into the next auction for new FM signals.
One of the few and longest running synchronous AM operations could be coming to an end.
AM Changes With their acquisition of Conservative Talk 1270 WYXC Cartersville GA, Michael & Dara Glinter’s Northwest Georgia Broadcasting has applied to move the station to 1260 in the Atlanta suburb of East Point GA. Michael Glinter’s Praise 95, Inc. was the proposed applicant in 2013 to acquire now deleted 1260 WTJH East Point from Willis Broadcasting. WTJH lost its license in July 2014 when an FCC review showed that the station had been off the air for more than one year consecutively following its 2009 silent STA application following its eviction from the tower site making its 2010 license renewal application moot. WYXC now seeks to operate from WTJH’s former tower with 5.1kW day/52w nights, which it will also acquire the property of. FM Changes Red Hills Broadcasting...Read More
The two waiver periods to move a translator up to 250 miles have come to an end. The RadioInsight AM Translator Tracker currently shows the following statistics for the two filing windows: Total Applications: 1047 CPs Granted: 860 Dismissals: 35 Applications Replaced With Another Station: 7 Pending Applications: 145 Among those 145 pending applications are five pairs of mutually exclusive filings (107.5 Austin TX, 107.5 Minneapolis, 106.3 Portland OR, 103.3 San Diego, and 95.9 St. Louis). Coming up in 2017 will be an open filing window for AM stations that did not participate in the 250 mile waiver window. These stations will be offered available frequencies on a first-come first-served basis. The FCC has not yet announced the full specifics of this filing window or when it...Read More
Pittman Broadcasting Services seeks again to move Silent 1110 WOMN Franklinton LA to 1100 after its previous 2012 CP expired. WOMN proposes operating with a directional 50kW daytime from two towers near Waldheim LA where its 0.5mV/m contour will cover both the Baton Rouge and New Orleans markets.
Nearly 30 years since first misrepresenting himself to the FCC, the agency has reached a consent decree with Brian Dodge to settle the numerous outstanding complaints over his actions. Dodge held multiple AM, FM translator, and LPFM licenses and permits under numerous pseudonyms and holding companies. As the licensee of commercial radio properties he was not eligible to apply for LPFM so he used the pseudonym of Pastor Tim Allen or other names to apply for in the case of two LPFMs be granted licenses for. This process has gone on since 1988 when Dodge applied for an FM license in New Hampshire as his brother Timothy and other issues in the 1990s that Scott Fybush detailed back in 1997. As part of the consent decree with the FCC, Dodge has admitted that he is the defacto operator of all the...Read More