FCC Applications

FCC Report 6/4: Did Billings Translators Go Rogue?

Following an informal objection and request for enforcement by Connoisseur Media, Edgewater Broadcasting has withdrawn its Construction Permit and License to Cover applications for 96.3 K242CI Casper WY to relocate to 102.5 in Billings MT. Edgewater had applied for and was granted a CP to move K242CI to Billings rebroadcasting Sun Mountain Inc.'s 1340 KBSR Laurel MT where it was operating as AC "Magic 102.5". Connoisseur claims that K242CI and 104.5 K283CP (licensed to rebroadcast 1450 KYLW Lockwood MT) have been operating illegally. Amongst Connoisseur's claims were that K242CI began operating in late 2016 but did not file for a license to cover until March, neither originating AM have not operated for multiple years now and no tower constructed at the licensed site for either station,...Read More

Cochise Broadcasting To Surrender 10 Licenses As Part Of Consent Decree

Ted Tucker’s Cochise Broadcasting and Cochise Media Licenses has entered into a pair of Consent Decrees to settle multiple infractions and part. Many of Cochise’s licensed stations operate for a minimum of one day per year to keep the license active and were silent the rest of the time. Nine stations will be surrendered: 90.1 KDNM Reserve NM, 90.9 KSFQ Thatcher AZ, 95.5 KFMR Ballard UT, 97.1 KTWY Shoshoni WY, 100.9 KHSK Allen NE, 101.9 KZNM Milan NM, 102.9 KXWY Hudson WY, 106.5 KWWY Shoshoni WY, and 107.9 KZLM Lewistown MT. The rest of Cochise’s licenses must be returned to the air within 90 days and cannot be off the air for more than five days or 120 hours during the coming year. In a separate decree, Cochise also agrees to donate 101.3 KXMK Oatman/Kingman AZ and its eq...Read More

FCC Report 5/21: New Erie Allocation Dismissed

Rick Rambaldo's ERIE Radio Company winning application for a new FM on 100.9 in Westfield NY serving Erie PA has been dismissed as the company failed to make its down payment in time and has been denied a waiver.

FCC Proposes Eliminating Main Studio Rule

As part of its planned revamp of all media regulations, the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate the main studio rule. The rulemaking would end to requirement for every broadcast station to have a main studio in or near its city of license and the requirement that it be staffed during normal business hours and be able to originate programming. The FCC has granted many non-commercial networks such as Educational Media Foundation waivers against the main studio rule, allowing the company to operate all of its stations basically as just a box in a rack room with all programming coming from their handful of studios. In theory should the rulemaking be approved, commercial operators can now do the same, eliminating all local offices and have all of their programming coming...Read More

FCC Report 5/14

Deletions Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting's 105.1 KAWK Custer SD made news a few years ago when the station went silent due to lack of staffing. That ended up being a minor incident compared to what the FCC determined in deciding to cancel the station's license this week. After issuing a letter of inquiry to the station last fall, the agency determined the station's license expired on October 22, 2009 and deleted the allocation. KAWK had originally applied for a Silent STA in May 2002 stating it was forced to vacate its transmitter site. After being granted an STA the following year to operate with temporary facilities (to this day a new site application was never filed), the station went silent and resumed operations nine times before claiming in September 2009 that it was resuming operatio...Read More

FCC Report 5/7: Big Downgrade For Bismarck AM

AM Changes iHeartMedia Sports "Fox Sports 710" KXMR Bismarck ND currently utilizes seven towers split between two sites. It is seeking to consolidate all operations on what is currently its four tower nighttime array, but in doing so will downgrade its daytime power from 50kW to 4kW, while retaining its current 4kW night operation. The current 3 towers right off of Interstate 94 in Menoken which is home to KXMR's 50kW day and 13kW critical hours operation will be removed. [nbox type="warning" align= "center"]Visit the stations and studios of Williamsport PA on this weeks Tower Site of the Week[/nbox]

First New AM Translator Filing Window To Open This Summer

At this morning’s keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the first new filing window for new FM translators for AM stations will be this summer. The window will be for Class C & D AMs that did not acquire a translator for a station in the two 250 mile move filing windows that took place in 2016. A second window for Class A & B AMs will follow at a later date. Should multiple stations file for the same frequency in a market and not resolve the mutually exclusive conflict, they will bid against one another in an auction. Pai states that the IT work necessary to handle the new filing windows are being done now at the FCC. Also in his keynote, Pai announced plans to propose a comprehensive review of all FCC m...Read More

FCC Report 4/17: WUST Seeks Nighttime Facilities

Due to the Easter holiday, the FCC Report is going up a day late. We are also making our normal Premium content available for free this week. AM Changes New World Radio Brokered Ethnic daytime 1120 WUST Washington DC seeks to add a 50 watt night pattern while retaining its current 50kW day and 3kW critical hours patterns. Public Broadcasting of Colorado’s Public News/Talk 1490 KCFC Boulder seeks to diplex on the tower of University of Colorado’s “Radio 1190” KVCU Boulder with 290 watts day and night. Inland Northwest Broadcasting Classic Country 1350 KRLC Lewiston applies to downgrade its night power from 1kW to 158 watts while eliminating one of its two towers. KRLC will remain at 5kW daytime. Station Deletions Morgan County Industries has turned in the licenses fo...Read More

FCC Report 4/9: WIOD Seeks 50kW Upgrade

AM Changes Running on an STA to operate with 10kw day/night as opposed to its licensed 5kW facilities since 1981 to alleviate Cuban interference, iHeartMedia News/Talk 610 WIOD Miami proposes building a new four tower array on the edge of the Everglades with a directional 50kW day and 20kW night. WIOD has broadcast from the North Bay Village island location it shares with former sister WSVN-TV since the 1940s.

FCC Report 4/2: Big Translator Moves Into Phoenix & Milwaukee

Riviera Broadcasting Hot AC "Hot 97.5/103.9" KMVA Dewey-Humboldt/KZON Gilbert AZ looks to have found a way to improve its coverage in downtown Phoenix as Rocket Radio Corporation's 97.3 K247CF Payson AZ applies to change city-of-license to Mesa while moving to the South Mountain antenna farm with 99w/465m rebroadcasting 103.9 KZON. Frank Glass McCoy's 103.3 W277CV Waukegan IL seeks a Mattoon Waiver to move to the WDJT-TV tower just north of downtown Milwaukee as the Whitefish Bay School District has requested the dismissal and deletion of its Construction Permit for what would have been 103.3 WFBW-LP Whitefish Bay. W277CV would operate with 250w/255m rebroadcasting Mike Crute's recently launched Liberal Talk "NewsTalk 1510" WRRD Waukesha/Milwaukee.

FCC Report 3/26

FCC Rulings Educational Media Foundation's application for review of the grant of Razorcake/Gorsky Press' LPFM on 92.7 in Pasadena CA has been dismissed. EMF argued that the LPFM would create interference to its 92.7 KYLA Fountain Valley and it should not have been qualified for a second-adjacent interference waiver as it did not include co-channel interference in its filing. The FCC has denied WJBW Inc's petition to review a decision regrading the deletion of 104.5 W283AM Arcadia FL. WJBW sought to move W283AM to 104.7 in Jupiter FL rebroadcasting their 1000 WJBW Jupiter/West Palm Beach after purchasing it and another translator from Azure Media in November 2015. With its Silent STA set to expire on February 2, 2016 the company filed an STA to operate from a temporary facility the da...Read More

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