Is This The End For WMEX-1510??

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  • #175328

    raccoonradio
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    http://www.fybush.com

    Great info and analysis of the WMEX situation–and what a new owner, if there is one, will have to do to get 1510 back on the air–and if so, survive…?…in the new podcast Scott Fybush is doing (episode zero, 7-10-17) at NorthEast Radio Watch

    #175329

    raccoonradio
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    FCC form, Daly XL requests WMEX 1510 silent authority https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101760481&formid=910&fac_num=12789 THE LICENSEE’ LEASE WITH THE TOWER SITE LANDLORD HAS EXPIRED AND THE 2 PARTIES HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO REACH AGREEMENT ON A NEW LEASE. THE LICENSEE IS ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR A NEW TRANSMITTER SITE.

    #175347

    Joseph_Gallant
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    Raccoonradio quotes the FCC filing by WMEX-1510 requesting that the station receive “silent authority”:

    THE LICENSEE’ LEASE WITH THE TOWER SITE LANDLORD HAS EXPIRED AND THE 2 PARTIES HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO REACH AGREEMENT ON A NEW LEASE. THE LICENSEE IS ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR A NEW TRANSMITTER SITE.

    I don’t know if the owners of WMEX will be able to get a new transmitter site, considering the enormous price of land in the Boston area and the demand by developers to acquire any land they can get for residential or commercial purposes.

    Sadly, I don’t see much (if any) hope for WMEX ever returning to the air.

    How long will it be before pirates in the Boston area start using 1510??

    #175396

    raccoonradio
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    http://www.universalhub.com/2017/guy-boston-cant-stop-sale-radio-station-boston-hes

    Joe Ligotti worked for WMEX for a month before getting fired; supposedly his suit against Daly XXL was settled out of court but maybe not–now that WMEX is up for sale (he claims they are asking $1.25 M for it) he wants a temp restraining order to block any sale. Judge said, no.

    #175398

    nifty850
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    Re: the “$175,000” purchase price.  Remember that price assumed a boat load of debt. The actual price was many times that figure I believe.   I also  think potential WMEX purchasers might wait until Entercom/CBS divestitures happen, We should be getting word soon on which stations will be sold.

    #175405

    Joseph_Gallant
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    I can’t see WMEX-1510 returning to the air, unless they can get minimal land for a single tower, might might allow them to go 50,000 watts during the day, but perhaps no more than 1,000 watts at night (and probably less).

    #175414

    MickeyD
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    I can’t see WMEX-1510 returning to the air, unless they can get minimal land for a single tower, might might allow them to go 50,000 watts during the day, but perhaps no more than 1,000 watts at night (and probably less).

    Buy WBNW and turn it off. Cheaper than muxing and drop the power. Make it work for a few more years. Who would do that?
    #175415

    nifty850
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    Mickey, that’s a 5k day/1k.  What is the scenario you’re talking about?

    #175423

    MickeyD
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    Mickey, that’s a 5k day/1k. What is the scenario you’re talking about?

    When you turn off WBNW (1120) it is just four towers and a transmitter building. Buying it and turning it off would be much cheaper than a mux job.
    #175426

    nowradioguy
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    Mickey, that’s a 5k day/1k. What is the scenario you’re talking about?

    When you turn off WBNW (1120) it is just four towers and a transmitter building. Buying it and turning it off would be much cheaper than a mux job.
    You have a point there, Mickey. I’m willing to bet Barry Armstrong would probably like to be free of 1120, since he has a considerable network of stations for his daily Financial Exchange broadcast, the most important being AM 680 WRKO.
    #175431

    nifty850
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    You have a point there, Mickey. I’m willing to bet Barry Armstrong would probably like to be free of 1120, since he has a considerable network of stations for his daily Financial Exchange broadcast, the most important being AM 680 WRKO.
    Except for fact he owns and controls 1120. He purchases time at all the stations in the FE network.
    #175434

    OldNewsGuy
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    You have a point there, Mickey. I’m willing to bet Barry Armstrong would probably like to be free of 1120, since he has a considerable network of stations for his daily Financial Exchange broadcast, the most important being AM 680 WRKO.
    Except for fact he owns and controls 1120.
    Why would that change the fact the he might want to be free of 1120?
    #175436

    nifty850
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    You have a point there, Mickey. I’m willing to bet Barry Armstrong would probably like to be free of 1120, since he has a considerable network of stations for his daily Financial Exchange broadcast, the most important being AM 680 WRKO.
    Except for fact he owns and controls 1120.
    Why would that change the fact the he might want to be free of 1120?
    Good question. The fact he controls his own fate on 1120. He can do what he wants. Assume since he picked it up during/near bankruptcy & has owned for long term– it’s long since paid for. Not much operating expense.
    He is a CLIENT of all the other stations and can be booted with a format change or when/if the stations become serious about actually generating ratings.
    #175449

    nowradioguy
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    Good question. The fact he controls his own fate on 1120. He can do what he wants. Assume since he picked it up during/near bankruptcy & has owned for long term– it’s long since paid for. Not much operating expense.
    He is a CLIENT of all the other stations and can be booted with a format change or when/if the stations become serious about actually generating ratings.
    You do realize that 1120’s signal goes hardly anywhere and I’m betting it has near-zero ratings. As with Howie Carr, Barry needs a (strong-signal) Boston outlet for his Financial Exchange to be successful. I would not have known about him or his program were it not for WRKO. Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of his program and try to listen as often as I can.
    IIRC, Barry also owned WSRO in Southboro, but he sold that a while back. I’m guessing that signal had even less reach than 1120’s.
    However, this was about getting WMEX back on the air from a new site. With 1120’s four directional antennas, perhaps all that would be needed is some adjustment to the phasors and maybe a reduction from 50,000 watts; at worst, the construction of a fifth antenna to implement the required pattern. Far less technical troubles with this than diplexing.
    Really, really far-fetched scenario: Barry buys WMEX from whoever owns it, turns off WBNW on 1120, converts its site for WMEX on 1510. His contract with WRKO is not going to last forever.
    #175479

    Neg Ative
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    is this the same Barry Armstrong that knows so little about radio, he did not convert the CP for his translator into a license to cover by filing the paperwork, resulting in the FCC putting a D in front of the calls, wiping out the station and making his work worthless….. the same Barry Armstrong that then filed a application to get everything back, that was filled with errors that will guarantee the FCC will stamp it DISMISSED

    The only thing Barry knows about radios is how to steal them ( look at his SEC filings, he had to disclose he was arrested for stealing a car radio) , he uses radio as a sales tool ( and even then he got in trouble with the Massachusetts regulatory folks) , and I doubt he wants to be the owner of anything more than what he owns already

     

     

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