FCC Applications

FCC Update 7/8

Cox Urban AC “Kiss 104.1” Greenville/Atlanta, GA has applied to go forward with the previously approved realloting of the city of license to Palmetto, GA. No technical changes are involved. Stereo 93 Inc. CHR 93.7 KISR Fort Smith, AR has applied to move its tower site north where it will add city grade coverage of Fayetteville, AR. The station will adjust from a Class C with 100kW at 381 meters to a C1 with 89kW at 315 meters. Cochise Broadcasting is attempting to change a pair of its Arizona stations. Tucson rimshot 103.7 KXZK Vail has applied to shift from 790 watts at 145 meters to 6kw at 25 meters. 95.3 KCDQ Douglas, AZ applies to relocate to Tombstone where it will upgrade from a Class A with 800 watts at 12 meters to a C0 with 100kW at 300 meters. Apex Broadcasting CHR &#...[Read More]

FCC Applications 6/24

Saga Communications has won a pair of Petitions for Reconsideration regarding translators in Columbus, OH and Ithaca, NY. In Columbus, Wilks Communications license for 102.3 W272AT has been deleted. The translator had been silent since March 12, 2010 when it was displaced by the move-in of what is now 102.5 WWCD Baltimore, OH. The translator had a CP to relocate to 94.1, but Saga argued there would be interference to its 94.7 WSNY-FM. Because the translator stayed silent until November 10, 2011 without an STA, the FCC has ruled in Saga’s favor that W272AT’s license expired on March 13, 2011 and has been deleted. Over in Ithaca, the grant of a modification of Lake Country Broadcasting’s 96.9 W245BL Branchport, NY to Dundee with a boost from 10 to 250 watts has been overtur...[Read More]

FCC Sets LPFM Filing Window

The long awaited filing window for new LPFM’s took another step closer to reality as the FCC revealed the dates and filing procedures for the new station applications. The filing window will take place from October 15 until October 29, 2013. All applicants must be a nonprofit educational organization, or a Tribe or Tribally-controlled organization, or a state or local government or a non-government entity that will provide a noncommercial public safety radio service to protect the safety of life, health, or property and be required to document its eligibility. Applicants also must be “local” as that term is defined in the Commission’s Rules. The applications will be expected to protect all FM, FM Translator, FM Booster and TV Channel 6 authorizations as well as pending applications f...[Read More]

Clear Channel Acquires Pair Of Orlando Area Translators

Clear Channel has purchased two Orlando area translators from Reach Communications for $125,000. The two translators, which will both licensed to rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 101.1 WJRR, do not reach Orlando as currently licensed. 97.1 W246BT Clermont operates with 27 watts with coverage of Winter Garden 21 miles west of Orlando and 97.1 W246BO Deltona runs 13 watts from 21 miles northeast of the city. With a pair of new translator CP’s recently granted for 96.9 Orlando and 97.1 Kissimmee, it will take a frequency change to upgrade these signals in the market. WJRR-HD2 currently rebroadcasts Sports “740 The Game” WYGM, which could indicate what programming will come to the translators once Clear Channel assumes operation.

FCC Applications 6/12

We start this update with a number of translator sales. Mount Wilson FM continues its expansion in Monterey, CA with the purchase of 94.7 K234AW Monterey from One Ministries for $90,000. The 18 watt translator holds a CP to relocate to 95.1 as K236BK with 250 watts. Once Mount Wilson closes on its recent purchase of 1240 KNRY Salinas, the translator will be used to bring that station to FM. Mount Wilson also purchased 97.9 KYZZ from Buckley last month. Zimmer Radio will bring News/Talk 950 KWOS Jefferson City, MO to FM following its purchase of 100.9 K265CT from Lifesounds, Inc for $35,000. Chicago Public Media has agreed to acquire 91.7 W219CD Elgin, IL from Lifetalk Radio for $52,500. The 10 watt translator will be used to rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 91.5 WBEZ Chicago. Calvary Chapel...[Read More]

FCC Applications 5/31

Curtis Media Group’s Eastern Airwaves has acquired a pair of translator CP’s in North Carolina. From Community Public Radio, Eastern Airwaves added 97.7 W249CN Fairfield, NC for $125,000. The 250 watt translator will put a city grade signal over Greensboro where it will be used to rebroadcast Curtis’ “Triad Sports” 1320 WCOG. From Bible Broadcasting Network, Eastern Airwaves acquired 94.3 W232CI Fayetteville for $47,500. The 30 watt translator is currently licensed to rebroadcast Bible Broadcasting’s 91.1 WYBH Fayetteville. Saga Communications has purchased 96.7 W244CZ Ithaca, NY from Calvary Chapel Of The Finger Lakes for $60,000. The 250 watt translator will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 103.7 WQNY Ithaca. Golden Corners Broadcasting’s 104.9 WC...[Read More]

WOKI Proposes Frequency Move & Upgrade

Cumulus News/Talk 98.7 WOKI Oliver Springs/Knoxville, TN has applied for a signal upgrade and move to 98.3. The move will require contingent changes by three other stations; 98.3 WHAY Whitley City, KY, 98.3 WMTY-FM Sweetwater, TN, and 98.5 WTFM Kingsport, TN. The proposal would see WOKI relocate from 98.7 to 98.3 with a classification change from C3 to C2. The station, which currently operates with 8kW at 174 meters, would jump to 45kW at 159 meters from a new tower eight miles closer to Knoxville proper. To make the upgrade possible, WHAY Whitley City, KY will relocate from 98.3 to 95.7 and WMTY-FM Sweetwater will be requested to move from 98.3 to 98.7. WTFM’s change simply regards changing its licensed coordinates while remaining at the same tower and antenna height.

FCC Sets Mutual Exclusive Translator Settlement Period

As it continues to go through the backlog of the 2003 translator applications, the FCC has set a two month period for those translators in the non-reserved commercial band for mutually exclusive applications to come to settlement agreements or resolve their overlap technically. The translators have until July 22 to come to an agreement. The period will allow non-commercial translators applicants to change their status to commercial and allow the mutually-exclusive applications to then go to auction. Any non-commerical application that remains mutually exclusive will be dismissed. This comes after the dismissal of ten applications yesterday. The list of translator applications affected is available here.

FCC Applications 5/9

Chicago Public Media’s 91.3 W217BM Chicago has applied to move to 91.1. The translator will continue to operate with 99 watts from the John Hancock Center and rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of 91.5 WBEZ. The translator’s coverage should cover much of the city of Chicago. Radio-One’s 97.5 WUMJ Fayetteville, GA which serves as part of the Urban AC “Majic 107.5/97.5” Urban AC simulcast has applied for a very minor change to its signal. The station will increase power from 7.9 to 8.5kW while dropping antenna height from 175 to 165 meters. No major changes in its coverage as it moves to a new tower less than half a mile from its current one. Clear Channel’s 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD continues its slow move towards Washington, DC. Its newest application cross...[Read More]

KLIF-FM Applies For Signal Boost

Cumulus CHR “I93” KLIF-FM Haltom City, TX has applied to increase its signal coverage in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. The application would shift KLIF-FM eleven miles east to the Bank of America Building in Dallas where it would operate with 16.5kW at 264 meters. The station currently runs with 50kW at 120 meters. The application increases KLIF-FM’s signal contour to the 52km maximum allowed for a Class C2 where it will improve coverage of the station in the fast growing northeastern suburbs of Dallas, in towns like Allen, Frisco, and Plano. KLIF-FM has programmed a CHR format as “I93” since September of 2009. In the March 2013 PPM monthly it registered a 2.0 share of the Dallas audience.

FCC Applications 4/22

Women’s World Broadcasting has filed a pair of applications to increase its profile in Atlanta following its recent purchase of 107.1 W296BB Jonesboro, GA from Life Radio Ministries for $15,000. The translator has applied to move into Atlanta proper where it would operate with a directional 250 watts. The translator will cover the southern half of Atlanta while rebroadcasting Cox’ 98.5 WSB-HD3. The second application will increase Women’s World’s Country “South 107” WTSH Aragon. The application to move to a new tower site will put the station’s 60dBu contour directly over the portions of Atlanta that W296BB will not cover. The app will see the station continue to operate at 100kW with a height increase from 158 to 287 meters. Entercom’s 96.3 ...[Read More]

Classical Coming Back To St. Louis

Update 4/8: After testing their signal for the past week, 107.3 K297BI/96.3 KIHT-HD2 offically debuted the “RAF-STL” Classical format at 10am this morning with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The press release announcing the launch of the station follows: With the flip of a switch, at precisely 10:00 a.m. CST on April 8, 2013, classical music and the sound of art will gloriously return to the St. Louis radio airwaves. The Radio Arts Foundation’s new station will be branded as “RAF-STL” and the station will operate on analog radio at 107.3 FM and on hybrid digital radio at KIHT 96.3 HD2. The station’s opening is the result of countless hours of effort by the Radio Arts Foundation Board of Directors, as well as the determination and dedication of the station’s staff, contributo...[Read More]