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FCC Applications 9/25

FCC Update Translator Construction Permit ApplicationsNote To Readers: Starting this week we will be breaking the FCC Applications column into two parts. This part will continue to include station modifications and call letter changes. The second part to be published on Fridays will be a rundown of all station sales.

The big story this week was the FCC denying Way Media’s application to relocate 91.5 W218CR Central City, KY to 103.7 in Tell City, IN where it would’ve rebroadcasted Hancock Communications’ 1230 WTCJ Tell City. The “Tell City Waiver” would’ve enabled Way Media to not go through multiple hops to relocate W218CR to its intended destination. The FCC decided that any sweeping change to its policy would better be served via a rulemaking. More details at BroadcastLawBlog.com.

Station Moves

After completing a three station frequency move, Clear Channel is seeking to upgrade 104.9 WROO Mauldin, SC and 105.1 WQNS Woodfin, NC. Serving the Greenville, SC market, “104.9 The Road” proposes to increase from a Class A to C3 with a boost from 720 watts to 2.3kW at 288 meters (Coverage Map). In Asheville, “Rock 105.1” will increase power from 4.9kW to 6kW while remaining at 62 meters (Coverage Map). To make the increases possible Byrne Acquisition Group Sports “105.5 The Roar” WCCP-FM Clemson, SC and Clear Channel Country “G105.7” WSCG Augusta, GA will modify their reference points.

With their CP set to expire this week, Smith & Fitzgerald Partnership applied and was granted a drop of 102.3 KACG Goldfield, NV from a C1 to Class A on 100.3 with 140 watts at -59 meters in order to get the station built in time (Coverage Map).

Northway Broadcasting’s CP for 94.1 in Fernley, NV proposes to increase from a Class C3 to C1. The future station seeks to replace its approved 330 watts at 749 meters signal with 83kW at 324 meters (Coverage Map).

Eastern Oklahoma State College’s CP for 93.1 KWLB Red Oak, OK proposes a modification from 25kW at 62 meters to 19.5kW at 76 meters. Despite being owned by an educational institution, the station will operate commercially (Coverage Map).

Camp Peniel Inc.’s CP for 95.9 KMPN Burnet, TX applies to increase from a Class A with 1.75kW at 182 meters to a Class C3 with 7.4kW (Coverage Map).

New Translator Grants

Ted Schober has been granted two new translators in New Jersey.

97.5 W248CG Jersey City will rebroadcast AAA 90.7 WFUV New York with 110 watts at 163 meters. The translator will cover portions of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn in addition to Jersey City, Hoboken, and parts of Newark (Coverage Map).

95.5 W238CL Manahawkin will operate with 250 watts Horizontal and 40 watts Vertical at 278 meters rebroadcasting Townsquare Media’s 104.9 WSJO Egg Harbor City (Coverage Map).

Translator Moves

Educational Media Foundation has been busy with its translators in and around Minneapolis. Three years after applying to upgrade 102.5 K273BH Fridley to 250 watts at 235.9 meters from the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis, the FCC has dismissed two petitions to deny and granted a CP. K273BH will rebroadcast 101.3 KDWB-HD2 and be operated by iHeartMedia (Coverage Map).

With 99.9 K260BA Coon Rapids being granted a CP to move to IDS as well with 250 watts at 235.9 meters, EMF will no longer need 90.7 K214DF Golden Valley as its primary “K-Love” signal in the Twin Cities. K214DF has applied to relocate to the IDS Center as well with 99 watts at 235.9 meters, however it will change its originating station to Northwestern University’s 98.5 KTIS-FM Minneapolis (Coverage Map).

iHeartMedia is proposing changes at three of its translators in the Orlando area. 97.1 W246BO Deltona will move to 96.9 with an increase to 165 watts at 143 meters where it will cover Orlando and its northern suburbs (Coverage Map). To make that upgrade possible, 97.1 W245BT Clermont will switch to a directional antenna while retaining its 27 watts at 80.1 meter facility (Coverage Map) while 96.9 W245BX Orlando will turn in its license. Both W245BO and W245BT will rebroadcast 101.1 WJRR-HD2.

iHeartMedia’s CP for 102.1 W271BW Milbrook, CT applies to adjust its facilities to 250 watts at 113 meters rebroadcasting 101.3 WKCI Hamden (Coverage Map).

In the western suburbs of Washington, DC, Metro Radio’s 102.9 W275BO Chantilly, VA seeks an increase from 30 watts at 183.6 meters to 200 watts at 123 meters (Coverage Map) continuing to rebroadcast Regional Mexican 730 WTNT Alexandria.

WPEO Radio Foundation’s 103.3 W277AQ Canton, IL has completed its move to 97.7 as W249CZ. Now the translator proposes to relocate to Peoria with 250 watts at 91 meters rebroadcasting 1020 WPEO Peoria (Coverage Map).

Last week Hope Christian Church applied to move a translator across Chesapeake Bay into Baltimore. This week it’s doing the reverse. 98.3 W252BR Edgemere seeks to relocate to Chestertown with 250 watts at 67 meters rebroadcasting Talk 1530 WCTR Chestertown (Coverage Map). Hope also applies to move 90.9 W215BY Church Hill to 101.5 with 18 watts at 63 meters rebroadcasting 89.1 WRSM Rising Sun (Coverage Map).

Digital Radio Broadcasting seeks to relocate 106.1 W291CQ Monroe, NY to Beacon with 10 watts at 292 meters rebroadcasting 88.1 WQCD Montgomery (Coverage Map).

Three translators seek moves in the Corvalis, OR area to place all three on the same tower. KBOO Foundation seeks to upgrade 100.7 K264AA Corvalis from 23 watts to 175 at 301 meters rebroadcasting EMF’s 107.1 KLVU Sweet Home (Coverage Map). KBOO’s 104.3 K282BH Philomath will operate with 15.5 watts at 310 meters rebroadcasting 90.7 KBOO Portland (Coverage Map). Northwest Community Radio Project’s CP for 95.7 K239BP Flynn will operate with 15.5 watts at 312 meters rebroadcasting Classical 90.9 KQOC Portland (Coverage Map).

Houston Christian Broadcasters proposes relocating 88.7 K204DL Provencal, LA to Natchitoches with 175 watts at 90 meters rebroadcasting 104.7 KHMD Mansfield (Coverage Map)

Call Letter Changes

90.1 KYCT Humboldt, NE -> KOWH
97.3 NEW Trona, CA -> KHMJ
102.7 NEW Zapata, TX -> KQHM
102.9 NEW King City, CA -> KHMQ
107.5 NEW Olathe, CO -> KSYF

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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