FCC Applications

Looking At FCC Auction 94 Possibilities

On Tuesday the FCC revealed the list of possible station allocations that will be put up for auction on March 26, 2013. 117 new stations will be available in the auction, including 26 from previous auctions that either went unsold or defaulted upon. While many of the new stations will serve small towns and unranked markets, there are a few diamonds amongst the rocks. The highest opening bid is $75,000 for a Class A on 100.3 that would be licensed to Lake Park FL. That city is just two towns north of West Palm Beach making it the only new station directly in a Top 50 market. Next at a $60,000 opening bid is a Class A at 102.7 in Mecca CA. That puts it at the southeastern edge of the Palm Springs market. A trio of Class A’s are starting at $45,000 opening bids. 99.7 in Silver Springs S...Read More

Detroit Translator Donated

The former “104.7 The Oasis” W284BQ Detroit has been donated by Radio Power Inc. to Family Life Broadcasting. Family Life will use the translator to rebroadcast 1030 WUFL Sterling Heights, an AM daytimer that carries Family Life’s Christian preaching. While it has not been done yet, the FCC application for the donation indicates Family Life will apply to move the translator to the 1030 tower to operate with 250 watts. W284BQ has been silent since last October, when it was forced off the air due to interference complaints by Clear Channel’s WIOT Toledo. The application to move to WUFL’s tower site will move the translator further away from Toledo.

Clear Channel Proposing Carolina Signal Shuffle

A pair of Clear Channel stations in the Carolinas have proposed frequency moves pending the approval of a third application to increase power in Georgia. Clear Channel’s “Rock 104.9” WQNS Waynesville, NC would relocate about 25 miles east to a new tower located at the studio complex for Clear Channel Asheville improving coverage of Asheville proper. If approved, the station would change city of license to Woodfin, NC with a frequency change to 105.1. It would operate with 5.3kW at 62 meters. Christian AC “Shine 96.7” WROO Maudlin, SC serving greater Greenville would move to 104.9. The station would continue to operate from its current location with power increasing from 700 to 720 watts at 288 meters. As part of WROO’s application, Clear Channel is askin...Read More

FCC Report: WYAY Files Atlanta Move

Update 6/6: The FCC has dismissed WYAY’s applications to change city of license to Sandy Springs and to move to 106.5 at Cumulus’ request. Clear Channel had petitioned the FCC to dismiss the 106.5 application as well. Original Report 5/15: Cumulus has applied to move 106.7 WYAY Gainesville/Atlanta into Atlanta proper. With an application pending to change its city of license to Sandy Springs, Cumulus has applied to shift the station’s transmitter to Atlanta and a frequency adjustment to 106.5. The station would operate with 100kW at 299 meters with directional lobes to the northeast and southwest. The move will necessitate a frequency shift at Cumulus’ 106.5 WSKZ Chattanooga where an application is forthcoming and Clear Channel’s 106.3 WQBZ Fort Valley/Macon w...Read More

WEAT-FM Applies For Miami Move

The expected attempt to move 104.3 WEAT-FM West Palm Beach into the Miami market has hit the FCC. A group of applications have been filed that will see four stations move or change frequencies to make the addition of 104.3 into the Miami market a reality. What is now WEAT-FM will change city of license from West Palm Beach to Miramar where it would operate as a Class C1 with 100kW at 283 meters from a tower off of Hallandale Beach Boulevard that now serves as the auxiliary antenna for Clear Channel’s five FM’s in the market. To make the move happen a few other dominos will need to fall into place. Alex Media’s Construction Permit for a new station in Islamorada, FL has concurrently applied to shift from 104.5 to 93.5. That application asks for an involuntary move of 93.5 ...Read More

FCC Report 5/29

Woman’s World Broadcasting’s “South 107” 107.1 WTSH-FM Rockmart/Rome, Ga has completed one upgrade and applied for another. The station has jumped from 45kW to 100kW. The application will keep the station at 100kW but increase the antenna height from 158 to 287 meters. If approved the station’s service contour will just miss downtown Atlanta. In Atlanta, Clear Channel’s 94.9 WUBL and 96.1 WKLS are looking to make a minor adjustment. Their application to move to a new tower 150 meters away from their current one. 94.9 will adjust from 99kW to 73.6kW while increasing from 298 to 330 meters. 96.1’s shift is from 99kW at 300 meters to 97kW at 330 meters. Shamrock Communication’s Construction Permit in Amargosa Valley, NV has received a modificati...Read More

Translator Report 5/4

Looking back at the rest of the big translator moves from April. Hope Christian Church has been granted a CP for 106.1 W291BA Baltimore to the Television Hill towers where it will operate with 250 watts directionally. The signal will cover all of Baltimore proper and most of the northern and western suburbs of the city while protecting 106.1 WISX Philadelphia and 105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge, VA. Programming will come from CBS’ 105.7 WJZ-HD3. EMF’s 91.9 W220DM Parma, OH has been granted a move to 92.7 in downtown Cleveland with 250 watts pointing to the southeast. It will rebroadcast EMF’s K-Love or Air1 programming via an HD subchannel of Clear Channel’s 98.1 WKDD. Radio Power Inc. has applied to make the final move of 103.1 W276BH into Memphis where it will operate wi...Read More

Translator Report 5/1: Translators Coming Into Chicago & Los Angeles; Leaving New York

A high profile translator move in New York is now retreating to Long Island, while non-commercial upgrades could bring new signals to Chicago and Los Angeles. Chicago Public Media has applied to move 91.3 W217BM Elgin, IL to the downtown Chicago where it will operate with 99 watts from the tower of 91.5 WBEZ. It obviously will not be remaining one frequency off of its originating station, but can use that move to establish itself in the new location and then jump to a clearer frequency, perhaps 91.9?. The move should establish a city signal for “Vocalo” which currently airs on WBEZ-HD2 and 89.5 WBEW Valparaiso, IN. Life On The Way Communications’ 91.1 K216FM Van Nuys, CA to the Hollywood Hills where its 10 watts will put a service contour over West Hollywood and Beverly H...Read More

FCC Report 4/20

In addition to your regularly occurring Translator Reports, which we will now be adding reports on other station relocation applications and permits. Queen Cities Broadcasting’s “La Mega 97.7” WOXY Mason, OH has lost the availability of its current tower location and has been granted a CP to relocate to a tower in Middletown, OH where it will operate with 2.7kW at 151.5 meters. From the new location the station will lose some coverage in the Cincinnati suburbs but gain additional coverage into Dayton. Clear Channel Alternative “X106.7” WCGX Dublin/Columbus, OH has applied to downgrade from a Class B1 to A while moving its tower location into Columbus proper. It will downgrade from 7.3kW at 180m to 3kW at 144m but will improve its coverage in Columbus proper an...Read More

Translator Report 4/4

Lincoln Financial Media will add an FM signal in Atlanta via Edgewater Broadcasting’s 94.5 W233BF Social Circle, GA. The translator application will cover much of greater Atlanta with 250 watts at 951 feet being fed via an HD subchannel of 94.1 WSTR. This could potentially give Sports “790 The Zone” WQXI Atlanta an FM signal. Clear Channel will be gaining an additional signal in San Antonio. Carlos Lopez’ 105.7 K289BN Pleasanton, TX has been granted a CP to relocate to downtown San Antonio from the tower of Clear Channel’s 101.9 KQXT. It will operate with 145 watts with coverage of downtown San Antonio. Considering the application was prepared by Clear Channel’s engineers it likely will be programmed by the company. Calvary Chapel of Kansas City’s ...Read More

Translator Report 3/29

Following the shutdown of Martz Communication’s pair of HD fed translators, the company has begun selling off its properties in the market. 97.5 W248AQ Harrison MI has been sold to Salem Communications for $250,000 who will use it to rebroadcast Conservative Talk “1400 The Patriot” WDTK. Martz had purchased the translator last fall for $32,000 and had gained a CP to move it to 92.7 with 250 watts. Following the debut of “ESPN Deportes Chicago” 97.5 W248AO, EMF will be pairing with Clear Channel to launch a second translator in the city. 96.7 W244BQ Park Ridge has applied to operate with 85 watts at 1181 feet with a directional antenna pointed northwest away from WSSR Joliet. The translator will broadcast EMF programming via 95.5 WNUA-HD3. 106.3 W292DT Auburn O...Read More

Translator Report 3/14: More Translators In Baltimore & St. Louis

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