Nashville-area translators & LPFM

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  • Participant
    #128828

    I have seen instances (mainly in west TN) in which it seems like a certain station’s corporate ownership has been buying up all the available area translators just to keep a competitor from having them. These translators do nothing to increase the coverage area of the parent stations.

    I’m guessing that you’re talking about Thunderbolt, and they’re definitely guilty of that. They managed to grab WAY-FM’s translator in Dyersburg and sat on it for several years until they moved it earlier this year to South Fulton and made it another translator for WCMT 1410 in Martin, which was totally unnecessary. When WAY-FM decided to back out of West TN Thunderbolt grabbed all their translators and CPs. I would have rather seen them sell to EMF to make translators for Air 1 in Union City but that didn’t happen :(

    Yes, but I was unaware that Thunderbolt had picked up a SECOND translator for WCMT-AM. I had not seen any mention of that on their website recently, so this may be a new development.

    That’s what it’s showing as being for in Radio-locator. It might still actually be off the air. I haven’t been up through that area in recent weeks.


    Participant
    #128932

    WFUL (in Fulton) went off the air a year or two ago. Not sure if this is an effort by Thunderbolt to sort of “replace” WFUL in the twin cities. (But that was my first impression.) If that is the case, they will need to do more than just sell advertising in that area.


    Member
    #145758

    I’m curious about the translator move-in attempt by 1240 WNVL of translator W300CH at 107.9 from Coldwater, MS to the Nashville market, using the 250-mile relocation rule. Can they keep it on that frequency without disrupting 107.9 WCVQ in Ft. Campbell, KY?


    Member
    #145760

    Well, I spent more time on that than I should have:)

    By my calculations WCVQ’s interference-protected contour extends 70.3km from their tower west of Clarksville. The WNVL tower is 96.4km from WCVQ’s, so they’ve got 26.4km (about 15 miles) to work with.

    Assuming they would put the FM antenna at the top of the existing AM tower.. the HAAT would be 115 meters.. and the power would be limited to 25 watts. If WCVQ is the only problem, they could use a directional antenna & get more than 25 watts in other directions. (I didn’t work the numbers against any other station but can’t think offhand of anything other than WCVQ that would be an issue)

    Doug Smith W9WI
    Pleasant View (Nashville), TN


    Member
    #145774

    I’m still curious as to how WQKR 1270 Portland simulcasts on 91.5. Commercial AM. Non commercial FM frequency.
    IIRC…running about 1kw on 91.5. Did I miss a rule change somewhere?


    Member
    #145780

    Yeah, really. It’s a full-license non-commercial FM station. (WBGB) Licensee is Southern Wabash Communications of Middle Tennessee — same company as WNSR 560 and its 95.9 translator. But *not* the same company as WQKR. (Venture Broadcasting. No apparent cross-ownership in the FCC reports.)

    I don’t normally receive it over here in Pleasant View. Last time I was up that way I never heard any mention of the WBGB call letters, only WQKR. Don’t recall if I heard any out-and-out ads. (a creative writer can come up with something that sounds an awful lot like an ad but for NCE regulation purposes isn’t)

    It’s a weird situation.

    Doug Smith W9WI
    Pleasant View (Nashville), TN


    Member
    #145790

    Yeah, really. It’s a full-license non-commercial FM station. (WBGB) Licensee is Southern Wabash Communications of Middle Tennessee — same company as WNSR 560 and its 95.9 translator. But *not* the same company as WQKR. (Venture Broadcasting. No apparent cross-ownership in the FCC reports.)
    I don’t normally receive it over here in Pleasant View. Last time I was up that way I never heard any mention of the WBGB call letters, only WQKR. Don’t recall if I heard any out-and-out ads. (a creative writer can come up with something that sounds an awful lot like an ad but for NCE regulation purposes isn’t)
    It’s a weird situation.

    WBGB is being identified with the AM at the top of the hour now.


    Participant
    #146351

    105.1 W286CN, Bellevue; WMOT-89.5; Sawyer Brown Road, across from Bellevue Mall. Has applied to move to Channel 2 tower, OHB, Brentwood.

    Mall has since been demolished, as part of Bellevue Center area redevelopment project. Not sure how that would affect any tower locations in that immediate area.


    Member
    #174586

    Is 98.3 a low power translator or what?  The Gerry House morning show starts (returns to the air) May 26 on that freq.  Is that original programming or a simulcast of an HD2 signal.  Is it still the 105.9 HD2?

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