Is This The End For WMEX-1510??

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  • #175480

    nowradioguy
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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

    Hmmm, I can see why you chose that screen name.
    As for the deleted/dismissed station and its paperwork, would you mind identifying the station?
    Yes, The Financial Exchange is a paid commercial program, but it doesn’t suck. Appropriate disclaimers are aired frequently.
    As for using “radio as a sales tool”: well, duh, this is what all the insiders here keep telling me radio is all about.
    Disclaimer: I do not know Barry or any of his staff personally or professionally; I just enjoy his morning program.
    #175481

    OldNewsGuy
    Participant
    Hmmm, I can see why you chose that screen name.

    Neg is not in radio, so now he sits on the sidelines and is critical of people doing what he couldn’t do….

    #175483

    Neg Ative
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    Hmmm, I can see why you chose that screen name.

    Neg is not in radio, so now he sits on the sidelines and is critical of people doing what he couldn’t do….

    You are right, I am out of the business, But at one time I had a First Phone and was a Chief Engineer.
    I’ll tell you what I did do, after I realized there was no money in radio, I stayed in my chosen field and made a fortune, retiring at 49 set for life.
    I am very happily on the sidelines TYVM.
    Now that we are done with the personal attacks here are the facts.
    Barry and Company had a CP for a translator on 102.9, they got it up and running, but never filed for a license to cover.
    The Feds, not seeing any action, deleted the translator.
    Several months later Barry and crew file an application with the feds, complete with a Exhibit A that states the station came on 12/8/2017, a date that not happened yet and please reinstate the CP so a License to cover can be filed.

    Exhibit 1
    Description: REQUEST TO EXCUSE LATE FILING

    ON NOVEMBER 15, 2016 THE FCC GRANTED TOLLING, EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 7, 2016, OF THE EXPIRATION OF THE CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OF W275CM, SARANAC LAKE, NY, FAC. ID.138293, CONTINGENT ON THE CONSUMMATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE TRANSLATOR, BAPFT 20160729ACC, FOR AN ADDITIONAL 6 MONTHS.

    THE TRANSLATOR WAS CONSUMMATED ON NOVEMBER 10, 2016.

    BECAUSE NO LICENSE TO COVER THE CP WAS FILED, THE CP EXPIRED ON APRIL 10, 2017 AND WAS CANCELLED.

    HOWEVER, THE LICENSEE ACTUALLY BUILT THE TRANSMITTER AND BEGAN OPERATING IT ON DECEMBER 8, 2017 BUT FAILED TO REALIZE THAT IT HAD TO FILE A LICENSE TO COVER THE CONSTRUCTION PERMIT. SEE ATTACHED INVOICE FROM HAMPDEN COMMUNICATIONS CORP, WHO INSTALLED THE EQUIPMENT, DATED 12/12/16 AND THE CONTEMPORANEOUS LOG OF THE STATION ENGINEER, DATED 12/8/16, MEMORIALIZING THE INITIATION OF OPERATION OF THE TRANSLATOR.

    THE LICENSEE DID NOT INFORM EITHER ITS COMMUNICATIONS COUNSEL OR CONSULTING ENGINEER AND THE OPERATION WAS ONLY DISCOVERED IN THE LAST FEW DAYS.

    THE LICENSEE GREATLY REGRETS IT’S ERROR IN NOT TIMELY FILING THE LICENSE APPLICATION prior to initializing operations.

    The whole application is here: https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=101757737&formid=350&fac_num=138293

     

    I have not looked to see the status of the filing as of late.

     

    But my point is, someone that is so inept at owning a radio station, that is not their primary focus, is not going to be in the market to buy a dark, troubled AM that is priced 10X what it is worth, then scramble to get the engineering studies done, phasors built, etc etc etc before the 12 month clock on the STA runs out.

    It is not a good investment.

     

    #175490

    nowradioguy
    Participant
    … (M)y point is, someone that is so inept at owning a radio station, that is not their primary focus, is not going to be in the market to buy a dark, troubled AM that is priced 10X what it is worth, then scramble to get the engineering studies done, phasors built, etc etc etc before the 12 month clock on the STA runs out. It is not a good investment.
    OK, I may have to grant you that, but if you look at my original comment, it was labeled “Really, really far-fetched scenario“. I had to do this because I have no insider knowledge of either WMEX or of Barry Armstrong and his radio acumen.
    #175491

    OldNewsGuy
    Participant

    Now that we are done with the personal attacks here are the facts.

    I hope we are done with the personal attacks.

    #175495

    nifty850
    Participant

    Thanks for your input here Neg.  Was scratching my head trying to figure out what paying a bunch of stations to run your 2 hour commercial program had to do with the thought process I retaining a 5K  OR buying WMEX…You obviously know what you’re talking about.

    #175499

    MickeyD
    Participant

    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

    Yeah that’s him. LOL
    #175561

    radioperson
    Participant
    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.
    Oh no, the WBNW site is geographically almost as bad a fit for the Boston metro as Waltham for 1510.   The Nashville cut would be right through metro west.  Once again, the Framingham or Ashland sites seem to be the best diplex candidates for 1510, since a big SW cut to Nashville would not eliminate metro west (Framingham-Natick-Wellesley-Needham, etc) and much more of the market would be in front of the pattern.
    #175599

    radioperson
    Participant

    Once again, the key seems to be diplexing on the 890 or 650 site with essentially the same pattern with a big night cut toward Nashville, which would put more of the metro in front of the pattern. With the proper processing and 50kw, they should hit Boston city of license just fine.

    I assume your are talking about nights?
    Hitting Boston has never been a problem….that’s one of the things that 1510 has always done pretty well.
    It’s the outer suburban reach that people having problems when the sun goes down.
    Day and night.  Same site.  Diplex on 890 or 650 site.  Even with a big cut toward Nashville at night, more of the Boston suburbs will be in front of the pattern than from Waltham.
    #175607

    aaronread
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    The biggest problem with any attempt to move 1510 to any other location is that if it were that easy to do, it would’ve been done already.

    The state of AM radio these days is so precarious that it’s damn hard to cost-justify any significant infrastructure investments.  I would envision any diplexing idea would cost several hundred thousand dollars at a minimum.  How long would it take 1510 to earn that back?  Five years?  Ten years?  Will anything but the Class A blowtorch AM’s still be viable by then?  It’s a valid question.

    #175644

    Nathan Obral
    Participant

    Barry Armstrong’s WBNW is a big-time rimshot, but he sure as hell isn’t paying $125K a month on rent for the transmitter. Plus the so-called “ratchet rule” is still in place, so even if he somehow bought WMEX’s license and moved the transmitter to WBNW’s site, the obvious power downgrade (esp. at night) makes it illogical in every way possible.

    Daly XXL’s statements about being close to finding a buyer for WMEX are, IMO, absolute bunk. It’s nearly impossible not to see them throw in the towel in a few months and hand in the license to the FCC for cancellation. There’s far too many strikes against WMEX to make it anywhere close to viable.

    Daly XXL’s principals knew what they were getting into.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!

    #175655

    semoochie
    Participant

    My old radio station is in a similar situation.  They lost their lease, the towers have been removed and they’re operating from TIS equipment on top of their studio roof.  They say that they’re looking for a new site but I’ll believe it when I see it.   🙁

    #175918

    Fenway1912
    Participant

    Was told tonight by someone that I trust that the Boston Herald and Eddie Andelman are close to a deal on putting 1510 back on the air using the existing transmitter location.

    Stay tuned

    #175919

    raccoonradio
    Participant

    Interesting if so…and if it’s worth it, given the tx location and signal/cost situation.Maybe at lower power? Huddle-ing to bring 1510 back…

    #175920

    MickeyD
    Participant

    WMEX is running out of time. They have less than a year to get it back on the air at a new site. The lease amount at the current transmitter site is obscene. If anyone buys it they have to get the engineering studies and receive the FCC’s blessing to relocate it to another transmitter site, they will have to fire up the old site at 30K a month. So what do you get for all of this money? A brand new STAND-ALONE 50KW AM station that will have to build a new audience, if possible and then watch it decline. How would WRKO or WBZ be doing financially if they weren’t propped up by a group?

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