Hope Christian Church of Marlton, NJ’s partnership with CBS has already brought Modern Rock “HFS” back to life on 97.5 W248AO Baltimore. Two of Hope’s other Baltimore area translators are making moves to improve their signals in the market. 98.3 W252BR Edgemere, MD has applied to move from the southeastern side of Baltimore to the southwestern side near Ellicot City, MD where it would operate with a directional 250 watts to prevent interference to 98.5 WYCR York, PA. 98.3 will be fed via the currently non-existant HD4 subchannel of CBS’ 101.9 WLIF. Concurrently, 106.1 W291BA Baltimore has applied to move from 98.3’s intended destination to the Television Hill tower site used by many of the market’s FM’s and TV’s. That 250 watt signal fe...Read More
Cox Radio has agreed to acquire 104.9 K285EU Mendoza, TX from Houston Christian Broadcasters for $250,000. Concurrently, the translator has applied to move to a tower located at 8122 Datapoint Drive in the northwestern part of San Antonio where it will operate with 250 watts at 200 feet rebroadcasting Classic Country 680 KKYX.
Applications The saga of 106.3 W292DV to get on the air in New York has taken another turn. After applying in October to 104.7, the translator has amended its application to stay on 106.3 albeit from a new location in Long Island City, Queens with lower power. If accepted it will operate with 40 watts with city grade coverage over the bulk of Manhattan. Instead of rebroadcasting Clear Channel’s 106.7 WLTW-HD2, the application changes the originating station to 93.5 WVOX New Rochelle, NY. EMF Broadcasting has applied to move 91.9 W220DM Parma, OH to 92.7 due to displacement from WKJA Brunswick, OH. As part of the move, it will upgrade from 10 to 250 watts and move its transmitter to downtown Cleveland. The originating station will be an HD subchannel of Clear Channel’s 98.1 WKDD...Read More
Update 1/31: Clear Channel and ESPN have announced that “ESPN Deportes 97.5” will debut on Wednesday, February 1. ESPN describes the 97.5 translator as serving downtown Chicago and nearby Hispanic/Latino neighborhood communities, including Cicero, Berwyn and Pilsen. Next Media’s 1220 WKRS Waukegan, IL will also be flipping to ESPN Deportes tomorrow in order to cover Chicago’s Northern suburbs. 97.5 will continue to be fed by 95.5 WNUA-HD2 and will be overseen by “Mega 95.5” PD Ricardo Otero. Update 1/20: 97.5 is on the air as Country “97.5 The Bull” being fed by 95.5 WNUA-HD2. The website has removed the countdown clock ticking down to February 1. Is this the final format? We doubt it, since the launch of a new Chicago FM would likely have a ...Read More
Two weeks ago, we reported on Clear Channel’s 970 WFLA Tampa process of adding a translator on 95.3 in Tampa. Additionally, Radio Training Network’s 94.5 W233AV Gulfport, FL has had its originating station changed to WFLA which will give the station FM coverage in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Additionally, sister station “540 WFLA” WFLF Pine Hills/Orlando will gain a translator. Reach Communications’ 104.5 W283AN Altamonte Springs, which has a CP to increase from 10 to 221 watts, will rebroadcast 540 once the upgrade is complete. 1045WFLA.com was registered on Friday and is already redirecting to WFLF’s website. Clear Channel also uses the WFLA brand on 94.5 WFLF-FM Parker/Panama City and 100.7 WFLA-FM Midway/Tallahassee.
Update 1/25: While no FCC filings have been made, 860 WNOV has gone silent as well. As a correction, 102.5 had been using the name “102.5 The Beat” recently after a complaint from Clear Channel, which used the Majic name on 100.7 WKKV-HD2. Original Report 1/24: Due to interference claims from Northwestern College’s WNWC-FM Madison, “Majic 102.5” 860 WNOV Milwaukee has taken its translator silent. W273AT Mequon, which had been operating with 99 watts, had been causing interference to WNWC-FM’s reception in the Milwaukee area. While WNWC-FM has no protection from full powered stations in the disputed area, translators cannot cause interference to existing stations. While awaiting the FCC to approve the translator application to move to 93.9, they have appl...Read More
Another Clear Channel AM News/Talk is making the move to FM via translator. Radio Training Network’s 95.3 W237DI West Tampa, FL has applied to move to 105.9 with a power boost from 115 to 250 watts at 456 feet. The application also shifts the originating programming station to Clear Channel’s 970 WFLA. The EMF/Clear Channel duo are working on an additional move-in in Cincinnati. 96.9 W245AJ Forest Park, OH has applied to move to downtown Cincinnati where it will rebroadcast Clear Channel’s WKFS-HD2. We’ve noticed a trend where translators to be programmed by EMF have their applications prepared by EMF’s engineers and translators prepared by Clear Channel end up being programmed by Clear Channel despite who owns the translator. This application was prepared by ...Read More
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
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
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
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
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