B101's New Weak Signal

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  • Participant
    #130819

    B101 is running on their new class A directional facility today. As expected, the signal is much weaker in the Brockton area.

    Not sure if they’ve made the move permenently or if they’re still testing.


    Member
    #130883

    It is not as weak in North Eastern CT as I expected.. NO signal at ALL in from Norwich to Waterford CT areas.


    Participant
    #130905

    In northern Worcester County, one can get WZEI from up in the Lakes Region of N.H. The new directional signal from WWBB, which was quite strong using the old pattern, is non-existent in this region now. It will be interesting to see whether WZEI plans to improve their facilities in the wake of of WWBB’s changes.


    Member
    #130936

    B101 is running on their new class A directional facility today. As expected, the signal is much weaker in the Brockton area.

    Not sure if they’ve made the move permenently or if they’re still testing.

    It’s a very lousy signal here in South Easton, MA. I actually hear WZEI in little pockets where the WWBB signal drops while driving. In Brockton, where it was practically a City Grade, it’s in the mud. 101.7 splatters both 101.5 and 101.9. WCIB’s signal is also strongly degraded. So, they sacrificed two fairly good stations for this. Hardly what I would call “even Steven” trade.


    Member
    #131152

    Any reports about the signal in Westerly or the rest of South County? I’m hoping, as a DXer, that B101’s downgrade might open the door for some summertime pick-ups of New Jersey 101.5 in South County.


    Member
    #131211

    Getting static near Yawgoo. Cool 102 no longer listenable. Sad.


    Participant
    #131466

    You should’ve filed a notice of reconsideration with the FCC when iHeartMedia applied for those facilities changes last year. It’s too late to turn back now.

    B101 is running on their new class A directional facility today. As expected, the signal is much weaker in the Brockton area.

    Not sure if they’ve made the move permenently or if they’re still testing.

    The move is permanent. According to this week’s NERW (sub. reqd.), WBWL went non-directional on 101.7 last Thursday.


    Member
    #131990

    You should’ve filed a notice of reconsideration with the FCC when iHeartMedia applied for those facilities changes last year. It’s too late to turn back now.

    There was no basically no real notification of the deal except via an obscure radio pay site.

    Notice of reconsideration? You are jesting, no? This deal was rammed through and ready to go in three months.

    iHM owns the radio stations on 101.5, 101.7 and 101.9. They do not own those frequencies. They have absolutely no right to arbitrarily make major regional coverage changes.

    This whole deal is done on spec. Big deal. Boston bills $300 million vs Providence’s paltry $40 million. Somehow that gives a LLC carte blanche redesign of regional radio coverage?

    How many stations in Boston get a slice of that $300 mil? 30? 40? Conversely, how many Providence stations have to divvy up their $40 million? Maybe 6 or 7 contenders?

    When all is said and done, how many of those “potential” 500,000 new listeners do you honestly believe 101.7 will ever glean from this folly?

    Currently 101.7 is slugging it out with out-of-market 98.1, which is 50 miles from Boston, for a 1 share!

    What on earth are you smoking?


    Member
    #132007

    iHM {has} absolutely no right to arbitrarily make major regional coverage changes.

    What’s “arbitrary?” iHMedia applied for facilities changes with our stewards of the airwaves, the FCC, and received approval. The changes enhance the availability of a local signal, WBWL, to the largest number of potential local listeners without affecting the local listeners of 101.5 or WCIB. How is that not serving the “public interest?”


    Member
    #132040

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>bobloblaw wrote:</div>
    iHM {has} absolutely no right to arbitrarily make major regional coverage changes.

    What’s “arbitrary?” iHMedia applied for facilities changes with our stewards of the airwaves, the FCC, and received approval. The changes enhance the availability of a local signal, WBWL, to the largest number of potential local listeners without affecting the local listeners of 101.5 or WCIB. How is that not serving the “public interest?”

    The changes enhance the availability of a Class A signal licensed to Lynn, MA. This signal has been a perpetual “teat on a bull” on Boston’s over radioed scene. Turning 101.7 into a B1 from Malden basically adds virtually nothing to the Boston radio dial (and Book).

    Many more listeners in the under radioed Providence and Cape markets are disenfranchised from two very highly rated and popular, long established, regional Class B radio stations.

    101.9 was the only signal that served the entire Cape and Islands. The only one. 101.5 was one of only four Class B FMs in the Providence market.

    Taking two longstanding, popular regional stations out of the picture in two remote markets to do this???

    I’ll see you in a few Books, Pal!


    Participant
    #132042

    iHM owns the radio stations on 101.5, 101.7 and 101.9. They do not own those frequencies. They have absolutely no right to arbitrarily make major regional coverage changes.

    What you’re saying is “the FCC should have rejected those changes because I don’t like them”. Last time I looked, we’re not [yet] living in a Communist country.

    When all is said and done, how many of those “potential” 500,000 new listeners do you honestly believe 101.7 will ever glean from this folly?

    A lot more than you think. Just this month iHeartMedia applied to upgrade WBWL to Class B1 and downgrade WCIB to Class B1. More potential listeners for WBWL in MetroWest and the Merrimack Valley while maintaining WCIB’s coverage on Cape Cod.

    Currently 101.7 is slugging it out with out-of-market 98.1, which is 50 miles from Boston, for a 1 share!

    WBWL didn’t go country until last summer. 101.7 The Bull competes with WKLB, not WCTK. To say that 101.7 The Bull competes with Providence radio is a lie.


    Member
    #132053

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>bobloblaw wrote:</div>
    iHM owns the radio stations on 101.5, 101.7 and 101.9. They do not own those frequencies. They have absolutely no right to arbitrarily make major regional coverage changes.

    What you’re saying is “the FCC should have rejected those changes because I don’t like them”. Last time I looked, we’re not [yet] living in a Communist country.

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>bobloblaw wrote:</div>
    When all is said and done, how many of those “potential” 500,000 new listeners do you honestly believe 101.7 will ever glean from this folly?

    A lot more than you think. Just this month iHeartMedia applied to upgrade WBWL to Class B1 and downgrade WCIB to Class B1. More potential listeners for WBWL in MetroWest and the Merrimack Valley while maintaining WCIB’s coverage on Cape Cod.

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>bobloblaw wrote:</div>
    Currently 101.7 is slugging it out with out-of-market 98.1, which is 50 miles from Boston, for a 1 share!

    WBWL didn’t go country until last summer. 101.7 The Bull competes with WKLB, not WCTK. To say that 101.7 The Bull competes with Providence radio is a lie.

    Well…. Let’s see……. How do you read the current Boston Book’s take on the current WBWL vs WCTK #s?

    The 101.9 B1 downgrade takes a much needed regional signal and hobbles it so the over radioed Merrimack Valley and MetroWest gets another unneeded signal. Future #s for 101.7 in those areas will indicate this.

    The FCC should not have done this. The public had no more knowledge or input on this deal than the public of a communist country would.

    Show me one deal of this magnitude that went from application to licensed facilities in three month’s time!

    Kind of like quickly getting the next play off before the officials can throw the flag.

    There is no “public need” for a 101.7 B1 in Lynn. This entire thing is pure speculation to benefit a LLC with no care for the communities they are entrusted with, beyond the bottom line.

    This is not a good thing for radio.


    Participant
    #132064

    Well…. Let’s see……. How do you read the current Boston Book’s take on the current WBWL vs WCTK #s?

    101.7 The Bull targets Boston. WCTK targets Providence. Is it that hard to figure out? Or is it because you think everything should be just like it was in the 1970s before radio was deregulated?

    The 101.9 B1 downgrade takes a much needed regional signal and hobbles it so the over radioed Merrimack Valley and MetroWest gets another unneeded signal. Future #s for 101.7 in those areas will indicate this.

    By that piece of logic, 100.3 in Newark NJ should never have been allowed to move its transmitter to the Empire State Building in New York City. That 100.3 facility is famously known as Z100.

    There is no “public need” for a 101.7 B1 in Lynn. This entire thing is pure speculation to benefit a LLC with no care for the communities they are entrusted with, beyond the bottom line.

    If you’re that upset about it, why don’t you petition the FCC to deny the application?

    Oh … now I get it! 101.5 Providence is Oldies. 101.7 Lynn/Boston is Country. 101.9 Falmouth is Oldies.


    Member
    #132066

    ???


    Member
    #146930
    bobloblaw wrote:

    iHM {has} absolutely no right to arbitrarily make major regional coverage changes.

    What’s “arbitrary?” iHMedia applied for facilities changes with our stewards of the airwaves, the FCC, and received approval. The changes enhance the availability of a local signal, WBWL, to the largest number of potential local listeners without affecting the local listeners of 101.5 or WCIB. How is that not serving the “public interest?”

    The changes enhance the availability of a Class A signal licensed to Lynn, MA. This signal has been a perpetual “teat on a bull” on Boston’s over radioed scene. Turning 101.7 into a B1 from Malden basically adds virtually nothing to the Boston radio dial (and Book). Many more listeners in the under radioed Providence and Cape markets are disenfranchised from two very highly rated and popular, long established, regional Class B radio stations. 101.9 was the only signal that served the entire Cape and Islands. The only one. 101.5 was one of only four Class B FMs in the Providence market. Taking two longstanding, popular regional stations out of the picture in two remote markets to do this??? I’ll see you in a few Books, Pal!

    All three stations are now firmly established as iHM’s lowest performing FMs in each market.  WBWL has been basically within one percentage point of WCTK in the Boston Book this past 12 months.  WCTK is a “Providence” market station.

    As promised, here I am!  Yippee-kai-yay xxxxxxxxxxxx!

    Whatcha got to say now, Pal?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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