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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

Portland and Miami Talkers Add FM Translators

The exodus of News/Talk to the FM band continues as Clear Channel adds FM Translators for two more of its AM’s. Following on the heels of crosstown 750 KXL adding a full-powered simulcast on 101.1, Clear Channel’s “NewsRadio 1190” KEX follows it to the FM band via 102.3 K272EL. The 99 watt translator covers Portland proper, but will not have the full market coverage of KXL-FM. The move is made possible via an arrangement with Way-FM Media. Way gave Clear Channel access to 102.3 in exchange for Way to program 105.9 KFBW-HD2 as a feeder for its 104.5 K283BL Beaverton. That station debuted on April 1 as Christian AC “104.5 Way-FM“. A similar arrangement with Reach Communications brings 610 WIOD Miami to 100.3 W262AN Tamarac, FL. The signal covers much of th...Read More

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