FCC Applications

FCC Restores Numerous Vacant Allocations

The FCC has released a revised version of its Table of Allotments to restore a number of allocations that had been removed since 2006 by the deletion of previous construction permits or licenses. The allotments are now being considered vacant because of the dismissals and will be made available in future auctions. Additional vacant allocations will be added in the future. The changes made to the table follow:

FCC Report 8/13: Brian Can’t Dodge FCC Any Longer

After misrepresenting himself to the FCC with multiple pseudonyms for nearly three decades, Brian Dodge entered a Consent Decree with the FCC last fall where he admitted that he was the operator of two AMs, nine translators, and two LPFM's. As part of the deal with the FCC Dodge was allowed to complete the sale of three translators for a combined $225,000 but had to pay a $100,000 civil penalty and surrendered the license of 560 WCKL Catskill NY and the two LPFM's which he was ineligible to own. The rest of his licenses were granted one year renewals on the condition that they were all operating in compliance with the FCC rules within 180 days. That 180 day period ended on April 25 with none of the necessary documentation asked of Dodge filed with the FCC. With Dodge failing to comply t...Read More

Complete List Of AM Translator Filing Window Applications

The FCC has released the complete list of 1081 applications made by Class C & Class D AM stations during the filing window open from July 26 through August 2. As the applications were not require to specify complete engineering data no tower sites were specified. Now that the applications have been made, the FCC will determine which ones are singleton and able to be granted and which ones are MX'd and will head to auction unless a minor modification is approved. Unlike the 250 mile filing period last year, these new applications can only make minor changes to frequencies within 1, 2, 3, 53 or 54 channels adjacent. A sample of the full table can be seen here. The full sortable table is available to RadioInsight Premium subscribers. [supsystic-tables id=188]

FCC Report 8/6: WRAX Issued Hearing Designation For Lack Of Operation

The FCC has designated Radioactive LLC's 98.9 WRAX Lake Isabella MI for a license renewal hearing. WRAX, licensed to operate with 250w/15m, has operated on a series of Silent STA's for the past seven years and signing on for just parts of one day per year to keep the license active. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is using the WRAX case to initiate a streamlined procedure to evaluate license renewals for stations that have been off the air for long periods of time via a "paper hearing" as opposed to through an Administrative Law Judge. Instead Radioactive will have 60 days to file a written statement up to 25 pages why WRAX should have its license renewed.

FCC Report 7/30: KYLI Moving Out Of Vegas To Help Translator Upgrade

With its recent $400,000 purchase of 96.7 K244EX Las Vegas and application to operate with 250w/312m from the top of the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino on the Strip, Farmworker Educational Radio Network is proposing to move rimshot Regional Mexican "La Campesina 96.7" KYLI Bunkerville NV out of the Las Vegas market. KYLI seeks to move to West Mountain Peak near St. George UT with 12.5kW horizontal/1075m.

FCC Report 7/23: Salem Denied Two Cleveland Translators

Dismissals Media-Com Inc. News/Talk 100.1 WNIR Kent/Akron OH has been granted its Petition For Reconsiderations against two subsidiaries of Salem Media to relocate two translators from Angola IN and Battle Creek MI respectively to 99.9 and 100.3 in Cleveland where they were to rebroadcast Conservative Talk "1420 The Answer" WHK and Christian Preaching "1220 The Word" WHKW. Media-Com petitioned that the new translators would create interference for its listeners within their contours. Salem purchased 99.9 W260CY (then 99.1 W256CO Angola) and 100.3 W262CY (originally 100.5 W263CS Battle Creek) from Friends of Christian Radio for $50,000 each last year. Stay tuned for a big San Diego AM downgrade and nearly 150 translator modifications ahead of the filing freeze.

WTMJ Prepping FM Expansion

Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee will soon be coming to the FM band. 103.3 W277CV Waukegan IL currently holds a Construction Permit to relocate to Milwaukee with 250w/255m from the WDJT-TV tower where it was to rebroadcast Liberal Talk 1510 WRRD Waukesha. W277CV owner Frank Glass McCoy has now applied to modify the CP to move it to the tower of Scripps’ WTMJ-TV and 94.5 WKTI where it would operate with 250w/244m. That will give the translator nearly identical coverage as some Class A FM’s in the market such as Saga’s 98.3 WJMR and 106.9 WNRG-FM.

FCC Report 7/16: WLLH To Stay Synchronous

Gois Broadcasting’s Spanish Tropical “Mega 95.1” 1400 WLLH Lowell MA has requested and been granted a dismissal of its November 2016 application to end the use of its synchronous transmitters in Lowell and Lawrence MA. Hubbard Radio's application to move 94.9 K235BP Bemidji MN to 94.1 in Minneapolis has been dismissed following interference claims by "Frogtown Community Radio" 94.1 WFNU-LP St. Paul as the LPFM submitted documentation from listeners of their station within K235BP's proposed 60dBu contour. The translator was set to rebroadcast Sports "1500 ESPN" KSTP Minneapolis.

FCC Report 7/3: Big Upgrade Planned In Nashville

FM Changes Midwest Communications is seeking to upgrade CHR "i106.7" WNFN Millersville/Nashville TN from a Class C3 to a C2 licensed to Franklin TN. WNFN would operate with 15kW/278m from the tower of 97.9 WSIX south of Nashville. The upgrade will increase the amount of the Nashville urbanized area the station serves with a 70dBu signal from 56% to 90%.

FCC Report 6/25

Blue Sky Broadcasting AAA 95.3 KPND Deer Park/Spokane WA seeks to move to the tower of sister Country 102.3 KICR Coeur D'alene ID with 100kW/572m. Following its pending move from 97.3 to 96.5, 1TV.com applies to increase KIKO-FM Claypool AZ from a Class C2 to Class C with 34kW/966m. The move will extend the 60dBu contour of the station into the eastern suburbs of Phoenix. Alpha Media Urban AC "Magic 101.3" WMJM Jeffersontown/Louisville KY seeks to increase from 2kW/59m to 6kW/59m.

FCC Report 6/18: Atlanta Move-In Reinstated

Petitions For Reconsideration Decisions After their 2007 contingent applications to move Cox Media News/Talk 95.5 WSBB-FM Doraville GA to the tower site to the tower utilized by sister AC “B98.5” WSB-FM as well as three other Atlanta FM’s with 100kW/250m, and Williams Communications Country “Big 95” 95.5 WHMA-FM Hobson City/Anniston AL to move to 95.3 in Alexandria with a drop in power from 530 watts to 400 watts due to Williams' "failure to pay the delinquent debt", the FCC has reinstated the applications following Cox' payment of $47,750.88 to the Treasury Department to settle Williams' debt.

FCC Sets More Details For AM Translator Filing Period

The FCC has released the full rulemaking for the upcoming filing period for new FM translators to rebroadcast Class C & D AM stations that did not participate in the 250 mile waiver period. The filing window will only be open for one week; from July 26 through August 2. All mutually exclusive filings will be able to be rectified via settlement or amendment first before opening Auction 99 to resolve them through bidding. To prepare for the filing window no LPFM, translator, or FM booster minor change applications will be accepted from July 19 through August 2. The full rulemaking can be read here. Original Report 6/1: The FCC announced today that the first filing window for new translators attached to Class C & D AM stations that did not participate in the 250 mile waiver period w...Read More

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