FCC Applications

Translator Report 1/9

Martz Communications’ Radio Power Inc. is preparing to relaunch its “104.7 The Oasis” Detroit on 92.7 following being forced off the air in October. All references on the station’s website have been changed to 92.7. The translator to be used is the former 97.5 W248AQ Harrison, MI which is awaiting approval to move to 92.7 in Detroit with 250 watts. Martz has almost gotten one of its translators into Memphis. 103.1 W276BH Byhalia, MS. Its has now applied to make the final move where it will operate with 250 watts from a site east of the city. The translator is currently licensed to rebroadcast 90.1 WKNO, but that will shift to a commercial outlet when ready to launch. Anchor Radio Gospel 1350 WLOU Louisville, KY adds a pair of translators on each side of the city. 10...Read More

Translator Report 12/13

One of the markets that has yet to see translator action this year has been Chicago. Calvary Radio Network is looking to change that. 100.7 W264BF Englewood, IL currently operates with 2 watts from the top of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. It has been granted a CP to upgrade to 10 watts which will give it coverage of much of the city of Chicago. The translator is currently licensed to simulcast Calvary’s 89.9 WHLP Valparaiso, IN. The maneuverings of Radio Power, Inc with its translators in Detroit will end up as one of the top stories of the year. Last month we reported that Radio Power had purchased 97.5 W248AQ Harrison, MI from Radio Assist Ministry for $32,000. The purchase was accompanied by an application to relocate to 107.1 as 97.5 became the home of CBC’s CBEW-FM Wi...Read More

Translator Report 11/22

Clear Channel continues to be active moving translators into major markets. First in the nation’s capital where they are moving 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD down I-270 towards Washington. The translator has applied to move to Clarksburg, MD where it will operate with 60 watts. The move will place it approximately 30 miles northwest of Washington in what appears to be the first step towards the Capital. In Cleveland, CC has amended its application to move 99.7 W259BI Lorain, OH to 99.1 Cleveland. As Ohio Media Watch stated, there doesn’t appear to be any difference with the previously rescinded. 640 WGST Atlanta has signed on its translator. 92.3 W223AF covers the north and east sides of Atlanta proper with 99 watts. Way Media’s 105.1 W286BK Birmingham, which is leased to Cle...Read More

Translator Report 11/6

It’s not every day that you see a full powered station traded for a translator. Cumulus and EMF Broadcasting made such a deal this week with Cumulus sending Oldies 102.3 WFVL-FM Lumberton, NC to EMF for 100.7 K264AS Mooringsport, LA. The translator, which serves the Shreveport market has a construction permit to move to downtown Shreveport with 250 watts. Following the FCC decision to force “104.7 The Oasis” W284BQ Detroit off the air until it can find a new frequency, Radio Power Inc. has applied to move the translator to 93.5 where it will operate with 99 watts. Radio Power has also purchased 97.5 W248AQ Harrison, MI from Radio Assist Ministry for $32,000. That translator has applied to move to downtown Detroit with 250 watts on 107.1. Both 935TheOasis.com and 1071TheOa...Read More

Hits Moving In Des Moines

Update 10/27: “Hits 99.9” launched this morning. It appears the attacking on Kiss 107.5 will continue, as the station’s first Facebook status reads “We’re on the air! It feels so good to be further down the dial and further away from Kiss!!” Update 10/26: A commenter below tells us that 99.9 is now stunting with Kissing sounds, poking fun at Clear Channel’s “Kiss 107.5” KKDM which will be the primary competitor of the new translator. Original Report 10/25: The Rhythmic CHR format of “Hits 105.9” KZHZ Des Moines, IA will soon be sliding to a new frequency and company in the coming days. Connoisseur Media, which debuted the station in March sold the station and the Construction Permit for 96.3 KZHC in the Des Moines market to ...Read More

New York Translator Applies For New Home

Apple 107.1 and Clear Channel have applied to move its silent W292DV New York from 106.3 to 104.7. The translator was forced off 106.3 after a few days on air due to interference with WKMK in Eatontown, NJ. The move to 104.7 will place the translator in between Clear Channel’s 104.3 WAXQ and 105.1 WWPR on the dial eliminating the possibility of a second adjacent interference claim. With the proposed move to 104.7, the translator will drop from 99 to 70 watts with a directional null away from “K104” WSPK Poughkeepsie to the north. Read the petition and reasoning behind the proposed move here.

Austin Gets Comedy

Emmis has flipped 102.7 K274AX Austin, TX from a simulcast of AAA 93.3 KGSR to all-Comedy. The new “Comedy 102.7” is using Donkey Comedy Network’s “24/7 Comedy“. The network has had success on Cumulus’ translator in Kansas City and on AM’s in a few other markets. Emmis prepared the following statement on KGSR’s website about the removal of the 102.7 simulcast: KGSR would have liked to have continued on 102.7, but our local management thought there was a unique opportunity to try something original on that frequency. They also discovered that 102.7 was not being used by very many people and that the overwhelming majority of KGSR listeners were/are using 93.3 Emmis Austin prides itself on delivering unique content and serving our communities. I...Read More

Oldies Go Downtown In Baton Rouge

The EMF Broadcasting/Clear Channel translator partnership will soon bring Oldies to Baton Rouge as 97.7 K249DV Baker, LA debuts as “Downtown Radio 97.7“. The EMF owned translator has completed its upgrade from 13 to 250 watts and is being fed by Clear Channel’s 101.5 WYNK-HD2. Programming is to be provided by Clear Channel’s Premium Choice Oldies feed. The station’s name comes from emphasizing the fact that the translator primarily covers downtown Baton Rouge.

Translator Report 10/18

On top of today’s news of the FCC mandated shutdown of 104.7 W284BQ Detroit, a pair of other major translator moves have taken place. On Friday we reported on 101.5 W268AN Plainview, NY’s attempt to move towards New York City. That is all moot. Following an informal opposition from Townsquare Media’s “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton, NJ, Apple Community Broadcasting has withdrawn the application. Radio-One has completed its upgrade and move of 89.1 W206BI Hamtramck, MI to 99.9 in Detroit. The translator, which they acquired in December 2010 from Best Media for $120,000, has upgraded from 10 watts to 250. The translator is now simulcasting Talk 1200 WCHB.

104.7 The Oasis Detroit Forced Off The Air

The FCC has ordered Martz Communications’ Smooth Jazz “104.7 The Oasis” W284BQ Detroit off the air due to interference against Clear Channel’s WIOT Toledo, OH. The translator, which debuted in April, had claimed that it had resolved the interference by offering smartphones with Clear Channel’s IHeartRadio app to those who had complained to the FCC about the interference. Read the whole FCC order here. Clear Channel has been on the other side of the battle in the two other major translator interference battles this year. Apple 107.1’s 106.3 W292DV New York, which was planned to simulcast 106.7 WLTW-HD2 has been silent since May due to interference to Press Communications’ “Thunder 106” WKMK Eatontown, NJ and EMF Broadcasting’s atte...Read More

Translator Report 10/14

Apple Community Broadcasting is attempting to bring another translator closer to New York City. While its 106.3 W293BU remains in limbo, its 101.5 W268AN Plainview, NY has applied to move its tower about 12 miles west on the Long Island Expressway. From its new tower, just over the border separating Queens from Nassau County, the translator will operate with 10 watts. Another translator will attempt to move to Austin, TX. Big Bend Broadcasting has applied to move 105.5 K288FJ from Bastrop, TX to Austin where it will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of Border Media’s 92.5 KXXS with 99 watts. Big Bend Broadcasting acquired 105.5 last year in a swap with Emmis for 102.7 K274AX after Emmis was unable to move 105.5 into Austin. The FCC has approved EMF’s application for 102.5 W273BL Akr...Read More

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

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