FCC Applications

FCC Report 9/25: Class C Boost For Way-FM Dallas

Since Way Media acquired 89.7 KAWA Sanger TX (formerly KVRK) last year, the company has been attempting to upgrade its signal in the Dallas market. In March they gained a CP to increase from a Class C1 with 14kW/518m to a C0 with 45kW/518m. Now they are applying to move all the way to a Class C.

FCC Report 9/18: What’s iHeart Doing With Identical Cleveland Translators?

iHeartMedia currently has two translators from the AM Revitalization Waiver Period seeking identical facilities on 106.9 in Cleveland OH. On August 1, iHeart applied to move what was originally 94.7 W234BW Parkersburg WV to Cleveland rebroadcasting News/Talk 1100 WTAM with 195w vertical/213m. Over the course of the two waiver periods, iHeart had seven translators that it applied to move to different destinations in each. W293CW was one of those where it was granted a Construction Permit to relocate to Marion OH as 106.5 W293CW rebroadcasting 1490 WMRN. On top of that the translator was given a six month extension of its CP to extend the time it had to be built from expiring on March 15 to September 15.

FCC Report 9/11: Louisville Translator MX Resolved

Anchor Radio and Ryan Media have come to a settlement to resolve one of the mutually exclusive conflicts created on the first day of the AM Translator Waiver Period. Anchor Radio is taking a $25,000 cash settlement from Ryan Media to withdraw its application for 104.7 W284AD New Albany IN to move to 96.1 with 250w/115m from its existing tower site. W284AD will continue to operate on 104.7, albeit with a directional 99 watts rebroadcasting Gospel "1240 Love" WLLV Louisville.

FCC Report 9/5: How To Track Translator Applications

"And the thing is we found out about it from a listener." That was Empire Broadcasting head Steve Kingston in response to his AAA 103.1 WRNR-FM Grasonville/Annapolis MD gaining a new co-channel neighbor from the AM Translator Revitalization Waiver. American FM Associates was granted a CP to move 94.3 W276DE Roxana DE to 103.1 in Baltimore where it would rebroadcast Christian Talk 1230 WRBS with 99w/49m. While the new translator will come nowhere near the protected contour of WRNR, the station reaches a much broader area thanks to the water propagation of the Chesapeake Bay. Much like other translators that have attempted to move into markets where rimshot stations were already established, it is doubtful the translator will ever see light of day on 103.1 once WRNR's Petition For Rec...Read More

FCC Report 8/28: Radio-One Claims Confusion Over DC Translator Applications

Radio-One is seeking a waiver or flexibility over two Washington DC translator applications after getting their filings mixed up.

FCC Report 8/21: More Power For WHOO

Genesis Communications' "Sports Talk 1080" WHOO Kissimmee/Orlando FL applies to relocate to the tower site that Star Over Orlando's 810 WRSO Orlovista is planning to abandon with a power increase.

FCC Report 8/7: Looking At First Week Of Second Phase Of AM Revitalization

The first week of at Class A/B phase of the AM Translator Revitalization Waiver Period is in the books. 240 stations filed to move translators in the first week, bringing the total amount of applications made since the waiver period began to 873. Salem Media made the most applications with eighteen. Other prolific applicants were iHeartMedia with 11, Midwest Communications with 6, Crawford Broadcasting with 5, and Mapleton and Saga Communications with 4 each. As a reminder, subscribers have exclusive access to the "AM Translator Tracker" checking the status of now all 873 revitalization applications.

FCC Report 7/31: Cesar Chavez Foundation Consents To Sale

The Cesar Chavez Foundation's Regional Mexican "La Campesina 90.5" KUFW Woodlake/Visalia CA has entered into a Consent Decree to pay a "civil penalty" of $12,500 over a petiton to deny its license renewal for airing commercials on a non-commercial license.

Wrapping Up Round 1 Of AM Revitalization

The first round of the AM Revitalization Translator Waiver Period came to a close as Thursday was the final day where only Class C and D AMs could apply for moves of FM translators within 250 miles. Since the waiver period opened on January 29 there were 634 applications, 536 grants, 17 dismissals, and 81 currently pending. Many of those currently pending have come from the past week where 63 new applications were made. Among the applications that are still awaiting approval are two of the original three applications for 95.9 near Washington DC. Hubbard had amended its application earlier this month for 1050 WBQH Silver Spring MD’s translator to instead operate on 93.5. Radio-One and Win Radio Broadcasting filed a settlement this week that will move 950 WCTN Potomac-Cabin John’...Read More

FCC Report 7/24: How Many Times Can You Lie To The FCC?

Juan Alberto Ayala is yet again attempting to modify 93.5 W228DF Four Corners FL without the approval of the station he claims will be rebroadcasting. In February we reported Ayala had withdrawn applications for W228DF after 88.3 WPOZ President James Hoge and CBS Radio Orlando Director of Engineering Matthew Agnesi called out W228DF for neither of its filed applications having written permission from those companies to rebroadcast their stations as legally mandated. Since then Ayala filed two additional applications. One specified iHeartMedia's 107.7 WMGF Mount Dora as originating station which was dismissed for yet again not gaining their permission and the second selected JVC Media's 103.1 WOTW Windermere. Following those applications JVC and IHeart have filed petitions to the FCC for...Read More

FCC Report 7/17: One For One World Trade

The new antenna at One World Trade Center in New York has its first radio applicant. Rahul Walia has spent the past several months moving the former 104.7 W284BW Franklin Township NJ across Central New Jersey. Now licensed to Perth Amboy NJ, W284BW now seeks to move to the newly constructed tower with 99 watts vertical/464 meters. The translator will operate with a very highly directional signal to protect Pamal CHR "K104.7" WSPK Poughkeepsie NY with all of its coverage going east towards Queens or southwest towards Staten Island and Bayonne NJ. W284BW is currently licensed to rebroadcast SBS Spanish AC "Amor 93.1" WPAT-FM Paterson NJ.

Syracuse Swap Revised Using Another Loophole

Family Life Ministries and Foxfur Communications have resubmitted their station swap to the FCC. The only change to the original deal is that Foxfur will no longer be operating 92.1 WOLF-FM Baldwinsville NY via Time Brokerage Agreement until the deal closes. Instead they have exploited another FCC loophole by granting Family Life consent to rebroadcast their 1300 WOSW Oswego NY until the deal closes. While WOSW was running Sports simulcasting sister “Fox Sports 1490” WOLF, it is now technically the originating station for the Country programming of WOLF-FM until the swap with Family Life closes. Original Report 6/15: The FCC has denied WOLF Radio/Foxfur Communications and Family Life Ministries swap of three Syracuse NY area stations and one translator and is fining Foxfur $20,...Read More

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