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  • #173501

    michael p
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    WNWV is definitely not a rimshot. 107.3 can be heard as far east as Youngstown. The problem with their signal in Parma is likely caused by intermodulation. It could be that the combination of 105.7 and 106.5 are likely tearing apart 107.3. The difference in frequency between 105.7 and 106.5 is 0.8 MHz, and when you add that to 106.5, it creates a strong image/harmonic on 107.3. Q104 and Majic 105.7 could be doing the same thing… just do the math and you’ll see. This only occurs near the towers in Parma. I see the same thing occur in Akron. WNIR’s signal, which is across town, gets torn up by 97.5/94.9 and 94.9/89.7. I call this RF crud, and it can tear apart even the strong signals.

    WNWV is a rimshot because it’s not licensed to Cleveland. It maters not how far away the signal can be received. I doubt that they have many regular listeners in Youngstown, the coverage would be very spotty.

    WENZ OTOH hits Youngstown well because they are located in Geauga County and have grandfathered higher power (plus Geauga is much closer to Youngstown). Despite these facts, WENZ is not a rimshot because it’s licensed to Cleveland, while WNWV is licensed to Elyria which is in Lorain County.

    “Rimshot” is not a derogatory term, it’s a fact based on city of license. If the owners of WNWV wanted to sell the station as a Cleveland market station it wold be worth less than a genuine Cleveland COL station like WMMS or WDOK. Unless the owners are granted a change in the COL by the FCC it will always be a rimshot.

    #173506

    VintageMac
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    It seems that the term “rimshot” is somewhat distorting the discussion as to where La Mega could possibly relocate. There are many stations that do not come in well in the car depending on your location. For example, 93.1 does has some interference in Cleveland but not to the extent that I see with WNWV. But as you go further south of I-77, east, or west these problems tend to disappear. Now with HD radios, you can here it even more as they try to keep a lock on the signal but often cannot in problem areas. It seems that driving by cell phone towers even affects some weaker stations. When WKDD was on 96.5, they covered the general Cleveland area pretty well but their transmitter was near Akron. A lot depends on power as Mike P said as well as terrain. In the house, I can pick up Youngstown stations 98.9 and 102.9 fairly well from Parma/Independence but that does not work as well in the car. It would be great if WNWV could move their transmitter closer to Cleveland for a better signal. I think that’s why they are no longer using the HD signal. It was just too spotty in some areas.

    #173507

    Crazy Monkey
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    Isn’t there a fee required for the radio station to operate HD? I don’t recall WNWV having any HD subchannels, so what’s the point in keeping HD anyways? It’s owned by Rubber City Radio, and none of their other stations are HD. I don’t know for certain, but maybe they just decided to discontinue the HD after they purchased that station.

    Regarding La Mega… maybe they’ll just go away if they can’t find a home. IMO, they’re a TV station that pretends to be a radio station. So they’re not really a legit radio station anyways. They need to get some sort of video rather than just airing a black screen on channel 6 24/7.

    WJMO 1300 doesn’t even advertise their 1300 AM signal anymore… it’s Praise 94.5 ever since they got their own translator. What’s the point in them having two transmitters?… it’s kind of a waste of usable spectrum. I’m guessing the FCC rules require they have the 1300 AM and 94.5 FM transmitters running.

    #173508

    VintageMac
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    I don’t know about the fees for HD. In the past, they did have one subchannel which played a different blend of smooth jazz. I think that disappeared when the ownership changed but the main channel was still in HD not too long ago. But as I said, in the car reception was not that great as it went in and out trying to keep the HD signal. I’m not sure if some of the antennas that are in the windshields work as well as the old masts. WNWV used to come in better in my older cars that had mast antennas.

    #173509

    skiwest
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    WJMO 1300 doesn’t even advertise their 1300 AM signal anymore… it’s Praise 94.5 ever since they got their own translator. What’s the point in them having two transmitters?… it’s kind of a waste of usable spectrum. I’m guessing the FCC rules require they have the 1300 AM and 94.5 FM transmitters running.

    I wonder if they can move WERE back to 1300 and shut down 1490?

    #173513

    Coming full circle, they should lease 1300 to La Mega for Spanish format, at least they would have presence on radio. Not sure how the rules work on that though.

    #173533

    michael p
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    94.5 would become illegal if 1300 went off the air. 94.5 owes it’s existence to 1300. They have to ID 1300 at the top of the hour (I haven’t listened but I do listen to Air1 and they mention WKDD HD2 plus TWO of their repeaters one in Cleveland 92.7 and the 102.7 in Akron. Since all of them are fed from WKDD HD2 you would think that they would have to mention all of them.

    #173544

    94.5 does have a nice signal in Cleveland metro. As good or better than 99.1 in my opinion.

    #173553

    michael p
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    94.5 does have a nice signal in Cleveland metro. As good or better than 99.1 in my opinion.

    I did a survey of the FM band long before all these low power repeaters came on the air. 94.5 was the cleanest spot on the dial, as in there were no nearby stations to interfere on the frequency or on the either side first adjacent. The only time I heard anything on 94.5 was when tropo was up big time, in that case a Toledo station came booming in.

    #173576

    MediaFan85
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    Both 94.5 and 99.1 comes in well in the Steelyard Commons area on Cleveland’s west side.

    If 99x is not doing well financially for iHeart, could they let La Mega use it to program 99.1?  Just a thought.

    Keep in mind that there’s 88.3 out in Painesville surving the Hispanic community there.

    #173669

    Crazy Monkey
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    WOUC in Cambridge is moving from channel 35 to 6. So I wonder if this means WLFM-LP will need to move off of channel 6. I can receive both of them here in Akron. When W35AX was on analog channel 35, I could not receive WOUC until W35AX went off the air. Now I can receive WOUC 24/7.

    #173685

    Crazy Monkey
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    From what I’ve heard, La Mega will have to move off of channel 6. It will cause too much interference to WOUC when they move to channel 6. Bye bye La Mega.

    #173686

    This is big news. When I looked at the coverage map for WOUC, the signal extends to the Canton area. Could WLFM/La Mega lower power and stay?

    #173696

    MediaFan85
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    Depends if there’s a way they can do that without having to interfere with WOUC.

    More likely, WLFM the television station might have to relocate or shut down.

    WLFM the radio station will suffer either way (and likely disappear).

    The group behind La Mega would likely have to either relocate to another signal/station (107.3 or 99.1) or simply broadcast online exclusively.

    #173699

    La Mega should be thinking ahead. I asked a question on their Facebook page and will see if they answer. Im sure the vast majority of their listeners have no idea what’s going on.

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