At this morning’s keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the first new filing window for new FM translators for AM stations will be this summer. The window will be for Class C & D AMs that did not acquire a translator for a station in the two 250 mile move filing windows that took place in 2016. A second window for Class A & B AMs will follow at a later date. Should multiple stations file for the same frequency in a market and not resolve the mutually exclusive conflict, they will bid against one another in an auction. Pai states that the IT work necessary to handle the new filing windows are being done now at the FCC. Also in his keynote, Pai announced plans to propose a comprehensive review of all FCC m...Read More
Due to the Easter holiday, the FCC Report is going up a day late. We are also making our normal Premium content available for free this week. AM Changes New World Radio Brokered Ethnic daytime 1120 WUST Washington DC seeks to add a 50 watt night pattern while retaining its current 50kW day and 3kW critical hours patterns. Public Broadcasting of Colorado’s Public News/Talk 1490 KCFC Boulder seeks to diplex on the tower of University of Colorado’s “Radio 1190” KVCU Boulder with 290 watts day and night. Inland Northwest Broadcasting Classic Country 1350 KRLC Lewiston applies to downgrade its night power from 1kW to 158 watts while eliminating one of its two towers. KRLC will remain at 5kW daytime. Station Deletions Morgan County Industries has turned in the licenses fo...Read More
AM Changes Running on an STA to operate with 10kw day/night as opposed to its licensed 5kW facilities since 1981 to alleviate Cuban interference, iHeartMedia News/Talk 610 WIOD Miami proposes building a new four tower array on the edge of the Everglades with a directional 50kW day and 20kW night. WIOD has broadcast from the North Bay Village island location it shares with former sister WSVN-TV since the 1940s.
Riviera Broadcasting Hot AC "Hot 97.5/103.9" KMVA Dewey-Humboldt/KZON Gilbert AZ looks to have found a way to improve its coverage in downtown Phoenix as Rocket Radio Corporation's 97.3 K247CF Payson AZ applies to change city-of-license to Mesa while moving to the South Mountain antenna farm with 99w/465m rebroadcasting 103.9 KZON. Frank Glass McCoy's 103.3 W277CV Waukegan IL seeks a Mattoon Waiver to move to the WDJT-TV tower just north of downtown Milwaukee as the Whitefish Bay School District has requested the dismissal and deletion of its Construction Permit for what would have been 103.3 WFBW-LP Whitefish Bay. W277CV would operate with 250w/255m rebroadcasting Mike Crute's recently launched Liberal Talk "NewsTalk 1510" WRRD Waukesha/Milwaukee.
FCC Rulings Educational Media Foundation's application for review of the grant of Razorcake/Gorsky Press' LPFM on 92.7 in Pasadena CA has been dismissed. EMF argued that the LPFM would create interference to its 92.7 KYLA Fountain Valley and it should not have been qualified for a second-adjacent interference waiver as it did not include co-channel interference in its filing. The FCC has denied WJBW Inc's petition to review a decision regrading the deletion of 104.5 W283AM Arcadia FL. WJBW sought to move W283AM to 104.7 in Jupiter FL rebroadcasting their 1000 WJBW Jupiter/West Palm Beach after purchasing it and another translator from Azure Media in November 2015. With its Silent STA set to expire on February 2, 2016 the company filed an STA to operate from a temporary facility the da...Read More
FCC Decisions The FCC has entered a Consent Decree with Katherine Bohn for an "illegal transfer of control" of News/Talk 1140 KVLI Lake Isabella, Country 102.5 KCNQ Kernville, and Classic Rock 104.5 KRVQ Lake Isabella CA. Bohn will pay $8,000 in a civil penalty over claims by Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa that following a deal to enter a Time Brokerage Agreement to Alta Sierra Broadcasting, the licensee failed to maintain a staff presence at the station. Charles Philome was fined $20,000 for operating a pirate station on 88.7 and 90.1 from multiple locations in Margate and Pompano Beach FL after previously being warned multiple times. Florida Community Radio's Application For Review against the grant of a new non-commercial station on 95.9 in Otter Creek FL to Citrus County Associati...Read More
Beasley Media's "Interference Complaint" against 100.1 WVVF-LP Town N' Country/Tampa FL filed in July 2015 for operating as a de-facto commercial station by running a Spanish Classic Hits format and not the "educational" programming it claimed in its application was dismissed by the FCC. The FCC struck down Beasley's argument that WVVF-LP "through a predominantly music format, has failed to advance an educational program" as "The Commission has previously accepted all-music formats as advancing an educational program". "Viva 100.1" did not get off the hook completely as it entered into a Consent Decree and $2000 fine for violating the Underwriting Announcement Rule on at least one occasion.
A series of contingent applications will see 105.5 K288GY Erda UT to increase to nearly full-market coverage of Salt Lake City, while two full-powered stations return to their previously licensed facilities.
Cumulus Talk 790 KABC Los Angeles is applying to modify its facilities at its future tower sites as its current one is soon to be demolished.
The FCC has approved the proposal detailed below expanding the flexibility of FM translators rebroadcasting AM stations. The Federal Communications Commission today expanded the site locations where FM translators can rebroadcast AM radio stations. The amended rule provides greater flexibility for an AM station to place a rebroadcasting FM translator in a location where it will better serve its AM station’s listeners. AM radio stations that want to improve their service area with a clearer signal can do so by using an FM translator, which receives the AM signal and re-broadcasts it on an FM frequency. This is particularly useful for the many AM stations forced to reduce their power at night, since the FM translator can operate at the same power 24 hours a day. At issue is a current FCC rul...Read More
The FCC has quickly acted on the STA request made by Riviera Broadcasting to accelerate its move of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to Phoenix' South Mountain prior to the granting of its Construction Permit by denying it. The FCC states that "K27OBZ's problems do not justify STA for K241BQ. Nor does the STA request supersede the need for a construction permit before such changes can be made. Finally, we do not consider STA requests made for the convenience of the applicant." K241BQ cannot move to South Mountain until the application is granted. Original Report 2/12: Riviera Broadcasting is seeking Special Temporary Authority to expedite its relocation of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to the South Mountain Tower Farm just south of Phoenix. Riviera is in the process of acquiring K241BQ...Read More