Clay Holladay's Northwest Florida Media is seeking to bring a new Class A signal to 106.9 in Fort Walton Beach FL. The addition of a new 106.9 allocation to Fort Walton Beach is made possible by Holladay's Gulf South Communications completing the downgrade of CHR 106.7 WKMX Enterprise AL from a Class C to C1, while moving eastward towards Dothan. Holladay sold a five station cluster in Fort Walton Beach to Cumulus in 2002 for $28.5 million. If the new allocation is granted by the FCC it will go into the next auction for new FM signals.
One of the few and longest running synchronous AM operations could be coming to an end.
AM Changes With their acquisition of Conservative Talk 1270 WYXC Cartersville GA, Michael & Dara Glinter’s Northwest Georgia Broadcasting has applied to move the station to 1260 in the Atlanta suburb of East Point GA. Michael Glinter’s Praise 95, Inc. was the proposed applicant in 2013 to acquire now deleted 1260 WTJH East Point from Willis Broadcasting. WTJH lost its license in July 2014 when an FCC review showed that the station had been off the air for more than one year consecutively following its 2009 silent STA application following its eviction from the tower site making its 2010 license renewal application moot. WYXC now seeks to operate from WTJH’s former tower with 5.1kW day/52w nights, which it will also acquire the property of. FM Changes Red Hills Broadcasting...Read More
The two waiver periods to move a translator up to 250 miles have come to an end. The RadioInsight AM Translator Tracker currently shows the following statistics for the two filing windows: Total Applications: 1047 CPs Granted: 860 Dismissals: 35 Applications Replaced With Another Station: 7 Pending Applications: 145 Among those 145 pending applications are five pairs of mutually exclusive filings (107.5 Austin TX, 107.5 Minneapolis, 106.3 Portland OR, 103.3 San Diego, and 95.9 St. Louis). Coming up in 2017 will be an open filing window for AM stations that did not participate in the 250 mile waiver window. These stations will be offered available frequencies on a first-come first-served basis. The FCC has not yet announced the full specifics of this filing window or when it...Read More
Pittman Broadcasting Services seeks again to move Silent 1110 WOMN Franklinton LA to 1100 after its previous 2012 CP expired. WOMN proposes operating with a directional 50kW daytime from two towers near Waldheim LA where its 0.5mV/m contour will cover both the Baton Rouge and New Orleans markets.
The January 2007 “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest at Entercom CHR “107.9 The End” KDND Sacramento that led to the death of Jennifer Strange could lead to the loss of the station’s license as the FCC has scheduled a hearing proceeding before an Administrative Law Judge to determine whether the station’s license should be renewed. On January 12, 2007 the station’s “Morning Rave” morning show held the contest where listeners had to drink as much water as long as possible without urinating to win a Nintendo Wii video game system. Jennifer Strange had finished in second place during the contest but after returning to work that day died from water poisoning. Program Director Steve Weed (now SVP Programming for iHeartMedia Central California)...Read More
Nearly 30 years since first misrepresenting himself to the FCC, the agency has reached a consent decree with Brian Dodge to settle the numerous outstanding complaints over his actions. Dodge held multiple AM, FM translator, and LPFM licenses and permits under numerous pseudonyms and holding companies. As the licensee of commercial radio properties he was not eligible to apply for LPFM so he used the pseudonym of Pastor Tim Allen or other names to apply for in the case of two LPFMs be granted licenses for. This process has gone on since 1988 when Dodge applied for an FM license in New Hampshire as his brother Timothy and other issues in the 1990s that Scott Fybush detailed back in 1997. As part of the consent decree with the FCC, Dodge has admitted that he is the defacto operator of all the...Read More
Concurrent with Apex Media's purchase of Hot AC "i93.7" WALI Walterboro SC from Premiere Enterprises for $325,000, the station has filed to move to Burton SC while upgrading to a Class C3. The move will shift WALI into the Beaufort/Hilton Head Island market where it will operate with 11kW/150m. To keep first local service in Walterboro, Grace Baptist Church of Orangeburg has applied to change the city-of-license of 810 WWOS St. George to Walterboro.
With the AM Revitalization Translator Waiver Period set to expire at the end of this month, there has been a slight uptick in applications trying to get in before the deadline. In one such case, Saga Communications is cleverly extending the 250 mile limit to improve their status in two markets.
The FCC has adopted new rules to extend their wireless licensee rules for foreign ownership to broadcast owners. Foreign companies can own up to 25% of a license without FCC approval. Any ownership that exceeds that threshold must obtain FCC approval following a review by the commission to exceed 25%. Applicants no longer need to seek approval for foreign individuals owning less than a 5% stake in a license. Previously all ownership stakes were reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The FCC today adopted rules to extend to broadcast licensees the same streamlined rules and procedures that common carrier wireless licensees use to seek approval for foreign ownership, with appropriate broadcast-specific modifications. The FCC also reformed the methodology for publicly traded broadcast and common c...Read More
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.