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Translator Report 8/28

The Clear Channel/EMF bulk translator move to the IDS Center in Minneapolis has hit a few hitches. The planned moves of 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, 97.7 K249ED Albertville, 99.9 K260BA Coon Rapids, and 102.5 K273BH Fridley have been hit with informal objections to move by a Jeff Sibert. The move of 97.7 is also being objected by United Audio Corp., the owner of 97.5 KNXR Rochester, MN. Northpine.com has more details on the move, including a part of history repeating itself. These petitions impacted Clear Channel’s frequency swap of 1130 KFAN and 100.3 KTLK earlier this month. A similar Clear Channel/EMF move in Baton Rouge is being protested as well. EMF has applied to upgrade 97.7 K249DV Baker, LA from 13 watts to 250 watts where it will simulcast Clear Channel’s 101.5 WYNK-HD2. Gu...Read More

Two New Translators Launch In Montgomery

Bluewater Broadcasting has launched a pair of new stations in Montgomery, AL via HD2 to translator. 96.1 WQKS-HD2 is home to Soft AC “Lite 100.5” W263BX. Billed as “Montgomery’s Lite & Easy Favorites” the station is billing Madonna, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, The Beatles, Bryan Adams and Chicago as core artists. The station launched on August 6. Today brought Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 107.1” W296AI fed by WQKS-HD3. That stations lists Salt N Pepa, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, TLC, Michael Jackson, Run DMC, and Tupac as core artists. Bluewater also operates Classic Hits “Q96.1” WQKS, Urban “97.9 Jamz” WJWZ, Country “BamaCountry 98.9” WBAM, Modern Rock “...Read More

Translator Report 7/21

The FCC has begun to clear its large backlog of pending translator applications in order to ensure some frequencies remain available for LPFM’s in their respective markets. Over 2000 translators applications were wiped out en masse. Among the markets where the translator applications will still be processed are Charlotte, Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City, and Memphis. This has no bearing on any existing translator on-air or with a construction permit in these given markets, but could result in a slow down of new move-ins. See the list of markets here. Elsewhere there was a ton of movement in the past 10 days, especially in the growing relationship between Clear Channel and EMF Broadcasting. A number of EMF owned tran...Read More

Wild Launch In Lexington

Clear Channel launched a second Urban station in Lexington, KY at 1:00 today. Translator 103.9 W280DO has shifted from a simulcast of Christian AC “K-Love” 95.3 WVRB to 104.5 WLKT-HD2 as Urban “Wild 103.9“. W280DO operates at the maximum translator limit of 250 watts with city grade coverage of all of Lexington itself. The new station is designed to cut a few audience shares away from L.M. Communications’ “107.9 The Beat” WBTF by targetting that stations younger demos. WBTF has been the defacto Urban and Urban AC in the market and will now need to choose which side it wishes to superserve.

Translator Report 7/11

With the July 4 holiday, its been a quiet start to the month on the translator front. Here’s the rundown of the big moves since our last report. Maverick Media has acquired W262BR Beloit, WI from Edgewater Broadcasting for $45,000 and has begun the process of moving the station to Rockford, IL. The moves will bump the translator from 4 watts on 100.3 to 230 watts on 100.5 where it will move to the same tower as new sister Active Rock “104.9 The X” WXRX. As we mentioned in the Independence Day Format Change Rundown, Clear Channel has begun programming EMF Broadcasting’s 103.1 K276EL San Marcos, TX. The translator which is now simulcasting Sports “1300 The Zone” KVET Austin has a newly acquired Construction Permit to move to Austin with 250 watts. North of...Read More

Translator Report 6/29

This past week has seen a lot of moves for translators with Clear Channel making moves to add new programming options in two major markets. In Minneapolis/St. Paul, Clear Channel is teaming with EMF Broadcasting to bring two translators to the top of the IDS Center in Minneapolis. Northpine.com reports 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, MN will upgrade from 10 to 99 watts and rebroadcast 97.1 KTCZ-HD2, while 102.5 K273BH Fridley, MN will jump from 41 to 250 watts rebroadcasting 101.3 KDWB-HD2. Clear Channel purchased 103.5 K278BP Cottage Grove, MN from EMF last year. It is used to rebroadcast Sports 1130 KFAN via 100.3 KTLK-HD2. Clear Channel and EMF are also working in tandem in Detroit. As part of the deal that gave Clear Channel access to 103.5 in Minneapolis last year, EMF gained programming contr...Read More

Translator Report 6/20

The top story this week was Atlanta’s 97.9 W250BC debuting its new format as “Journey 97.9“. Clear Channel has signed on 105.1 W286BK Birmingham, AL. The 99 watt translator is owned by Way FM Media, but simulcasting 105.5 WERC-HD2. While currently airing Smooth Jazz, we expect the station to soon flip to Gospel as “Hallelujah 105.1“. Hallelujah1051.com was registered by Clear Channel on June 16. That would put the station in direct competition with Cox Media Group’s “Heaven 610” WAGG. KGVY Inc., owners of 1080 KGVY Green Valley/Tucson, AZ and Edgewater Broadcasting are swapping translators. Edgewater gets 102.3 K272DC Oro Valley, AZ in exchange for the Construction Permit to 100.7 K264BB Green Valley. Lakes Media’s 103.7 W279AO Danville...Read More

Translator Report 5/30

And now for this week’s rundown of some of the top stories from around the translator world. Broadcast Towers Inc. signed a consent decree with the FCC to shut down operations in Florida after the company used roadside locations to temporary operate its translators as it attempted to move them from the Florida Keys into the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Five translators have been deleted by the FCC: W224BW Key Largo, W237DK Leisure City, W237CI Miami Beach, W258AQ Homestead, and W296BP Coral Gables. A sixth translator, W285EH Key West must be sold by December 31. More details at RadioWorld. Spanish radio comes to the FM dial in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Beacon Broadcasting has leased 8 watt 99.5 W258BM Easton, PA to Matthew Braccili, owner of “Hola Radio” 1600 WHOL...Read More

Translator Report 5/22

A quiet week on the translator front this week. The top translator story this week is the return of the Urban format to Pittsburgh via 660 WPYT and 100.1 W261AX as we’ve been discussing for the past few weeks. About 60 miles east of Kansas City we see the debut of a new CHR. 1430 KAOL Carrollton, MO has dropped its Sports format and with the addition of 101.3 K267BN Bosworth, MO it has relaunched as “101.3 The Grenade“. A pair of translators are about to debut in Hilton Head Island, SC. 104.3 W282AT Hilton Head Island has been sold from Edgewater Broadcasting to Monterey Licenses’ Adventure Radio Group where it will bring Soft AC “1130 The Island” WHHW to FM. Across the Port Royal Sound in neighboring Beaufort, Edgewater’s 94.9 W235BD has a Constru...Read More

Translator Report 5/16

While much of the translator news had to do with 106.3 in New York last week there was lots more action elsewhere. Kansas City has more 250 watt translators in the commercial band than any other market and adds another one today. Alpine Broadcasting’s 102.9 K275BQ Richmond, MO signed on Friday afternoon rebroadcasting 1160 KCXL Liberty, MO. EMF Broadcasting’s 89.5 K208EO Sandia, NM has completed its move to 107.5 where it has begun airing Vanguard Media’s “Real Oldies 1600” KRKE Albuquerque as “Cool 107.5“. The translator covers the northeast portion of Albuquerque. Radio Power Inc.’s 100.1 W261AX Pittsburgh, PA, which will soon become Urban “WAMO 100” when paired with 660 WPYT has begun testing its signal with a simulcast of 90.5...Read More

Translator Report 5/4

Welcome to the Translator Report. With all the move-ins and upgrades of translators to bring AM and HD2 formats to the FM dial, the impact of the translator has become more important for broadcasters. We’ll be bringing this report on a regular basis with a rundown of upgrades, sales, and programming changes coming to translators. Liberty University has sold 102.5 W273BU Ashland, VA to Fifth Estate Broadcasting to simulcast News/Talk 1430 WHAN Ashland. W273BU has also been granted a Construction Permit to jump to the translator maximum of 250 watts. World Radio Link has sold 104.3 W282AU Lewes, DE to Delmarva Broadcasting. W282AU has an application pending to upgrade from 18 watts to 145 watts. Following on the launch of its two new translators in Detroit, Radio Power Inc. is inching ...Read More

Two New Translators Debut In Detroit

Update 4/20: Martz has launched the programming on its two Detroit translators exactly as we reported last month. 94.3 W232CA (The former W230BI) debuts as Modern Rock “94.3 The Bone” with programming originating at 107.5 WGPR-HD3. The new format is promising to be nothing but music without the Canadian content required by “89X” 88.7 CIMX. The station’s website includes a harsh attack on the Canadian content and the fact that the station is owned by the phone company. That being BellMedia, the former CTVglobemedia recently acquired by Bell Canada. The station is also taking potshots at Greater Media’s Rock 101.1 WRIF in sweepers. W284BQ returns Smooth Jazz to Detroit as “104.7 The Oasis” with the programming delivered by Broadcast Architectur...Read More

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