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FCC Applications 10/23: Philly Translator Move-In Denied

FCC Update Translator Construction Permit ApplicationsThe FCC has denied Hope Christian Church of Marlton’s attempt to move 105.7 W289AZ Trenton, NJ to the tower site of Davidson Media’s “Mega 1310” WEMG Camden, NJ/Philadelphia, which would’ve become the originating station for the translator.

The move would’ve required W289AZ to move approximately 25km to a location with zero overlap with the currently approved signal contours for the translator utilizing the “Mattoon Waiver”. The FCC ruled that because a previous application by Hope to modify the translator was to enable it to qualify for the waiver by making it mutually exclusive to the final move to Camden. “Therefore, the evident purpose of the April Modification was to manipulate the
Commission’s modification and waiver policies in an effort to achieve an otherwise prohibited result. Hope does not provide any information to the contrary, nor does it provide any information regarding the lack or unavailability of existing translators in the proposed area that might support the public interest in a
long-distance move. For these reasons, we deny Hope’s waiver request and dismiss the Application.”

Translator Applications

Juan Alberto Ayala has reapplied to the modify 98.3 W252AW Ridgefield, IL. After a previous application was dismissed due to potential overlap with WRLR-LP Round Lake Heights, the new applications seeks to change city-of-license to Chicago with 250 watts at 36 meters rebroadcasting Moody’s 90.1 WMBI-FM Chicago (Coverage Map).

Radio Training Network’s 95.1 W236CA Wake Forest, CA is seeking to modify its CP to relocate to Durham to operate with 240 watts at 130 meters (Coverage Map). W236CA is operated by iHeartMedia as Alternative “95X” rebroadcasting WDCG-HD2.

Educational Media Foundation’s 95.3 K237FG Pleasant Grove, UT seeks to adjust its facilities to 220 watts at 809 meters with a directional lobe pointing towards Provo (Coverage Map) rebroadcasting Truth Radio Network’s 820 KUTR Taylorville.

EMF’s 103.3 K277CU Wichita proposes an upgrade to 250 watts at 71 meters (Coverage Map) rebroadcasting “Air 1” 90.7 KHRI Hollister, CA.

Bible Broadcasting Network’s 103.3 W277AM Biddeford, ME is making another attempt to relocate to Portland where it will rebroadcast Saga’s 93.1 WMGX-HD3 with 19 watts at 80 meters (Coverage Map).

Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting’s 100.3 W262CO Cashiers, NC applies to relocate to Asheville with 250 watts at 341 meters rebroadcasting Saga’s 105.9 WTMT Weaverville (Coverage Map). Concurrently, co-owned 100.3 W262CE Clayton, GA applies to increase to 250 watts at 392 meters continuing to rebroadcast “Real Country 100.3” 104.1 WRBN-HD2 Clayton (Coverage Map).

Sparta-Tomah Broadcasting’s 101.9 K270AG La Crescent, MN seeks to cross the Mississippi River to Sparta, WI where it will rebroadcast sister Sports “ESPN LaCrosse” 1290 WKLJ Sparta with 250 watts at 134 meters (Coverage Map).

iHeartMedia’s CP for 97.3 W247BW Macon, GA applies to modify to increase its antenna height from 180.2 meters to 187 meters while remaining at 250 watts from the same location. It will rebroadcast “La Preciosa 1280” WIBB Macon (Coverage Map).

Riverbend Communications’ 101.1 K266AF Pocatello, ID seeks a waiver to relocate to Idaho Falls with 250 watts at 179 meters rebroadcasting 1260 KEIR (formerly KBLY) (Coverage Map).

Bristol Broadcasting’s 102.5 W273CH Mayfield, KY seeks to move to Paducah with 250 watts at 180 meters rebroadcasting 1450 WDXR (Coverage Map).

Jodesha Broadcasting’s “KBKW” 94.7 K234AU Westport, WA applies for an increase to 250 watts at 122 meters with a COL change to Aberdeen while continuing to rebroadcast 102.1 KSWW-HD3 Ocean Shores (Coverage Map).

GEOS Communication’s 104.5 W283BE Scranton, PA applies to increase to 246 watts Vertical and 72 watts Horizontal at 295 meters rebroadcasting Classic Hits “Gem 104” 730 WZMF Nanticoke (Coverage Map).

Taos Communication Corporation’s 96.1 K241BN Eagle Nest, NM applies to move to Taos with 18 watts at 633 meters rebroadcasting 101.9 KTAO Taos (Coverage Map).

Call Letter Changes

690 KBLI Blackfoot, ID -> KEII
1260 KBLY Idaho Falls, ID -> KEIR
1280 WFAU Gardiner, ME -> WJYE
105.1 WESI Shepherdsville, KY -> WGHL

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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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