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It might. This most recent STA did not make reference to the previous Silent STA that you refer to. They are supposed to ask for an extension to the Silent STA, as opposed to/ in addition to the Engineering STA they just were granted. Of course, why they didn’t just ask for the extension, someone else will have to answer…
So I would answer your question “Yes.”
I won’t be up that way until early May, and their signal never reached my Hyde Park home, so I can’t say for certain that WCKL is or isn’t actually on the air. However, on March 10, they notified the FCC, that they had resumed operation on March 9, per the STA granted that same day. That was quick, and just under the one year silent. Although Brian Dodge and company have been umm disingenuous in the past giving the timing , I think it is a safe bet that WCKL is on the air- for now.
The other question does he have a studio and what is he doing for programing. The last time I heard WCKL broadcasting ,which would be 2 years this coming July they were using a simulcast of one of Dodge’s LPFM stations in Massachusetts . Isn’t that illegal ?
Has anyone heard if WCKL went back on, or are they still silent?
I took a pre-season run up to Catskill today, Thursday April 21. Granted it was just one day but WCKL was not on the air . I checked numerous times over about 4 hours.. Perhaps something went wrong today causing WCKL to be off the air, But given his past history, I wonder if it ever was on the air. I past within a mile or two of the location of the transmitter he reported to the FCC.
I am not going to belabor this thread pointlessly. However, my last post about WCKL not broadcasting was only for a few hours on one day.
This past weekend I spent the first of I hope many weekends/days off at a campground in the Catskill area. I checked numerous times and I can now say definitely that WCKL is not on the air. My report on April 21 was not just a one day thing.
I will post again only if this changes.
It is interesting that WCKL’s latest request for a STA comes one month after the expiration of the last one allowing it to operate from a different location.
Although I didn’t actually drive down route 385 to look- I doubt it would have been obvious anyway- I question it ever being built.
I frequent the Catskill area often from mid April to early October. I check every time I am up there for 560 WCKL being on the air. To this date including this morning there has been nothing on 560.
So this request for STA silent is an attempt to make legal what has been fact all along ; WCKL is not and has not been on the air. The last time I heard them- and I can’t pick them up from home- was two years ago.
When will the FCC see through his BS and do an inspection to see what is actually occurring here.
Given WCKL’s flaky behavior, I am really surprised that someone from the NY field office has not driven up there to do an inspection. I have a feeling that if this were to happen that would put an end to all of the games they have been playing. I did do a trip up there about two months ago; they were not on the air, and I could not find the temporary emergency antenna. (I even rode onto the property). I agree: they have probably not been on the air for at least two years. Whenever I have checked, or have had someone in the area check, there has been no sign of them.
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The last time I have heard that signal on the air was in October 2013, when he was operating a long wire from a farm at the end of Hill Road in Hudson, NY. There was also a random J Pole FM antenna up there as well. In my frequent trips to the area, I have never heard 560 on since then, although I know someone did report them on at least once. Really wish the FCC would just kill this one already.
Well there is no way WCKL is coming back to their licensed facilities anytime soon. The two “non FM” towers were razed within the last two weeks. I guess it was real challenge for the tower crews, as the guy wires were very interleaved. Also after Dodge acquired the license, he removed the AM transmitter and phasor. So any AM signal you heard after his purchase, was not from the 560 site. (Not surprisingly).
I drove past the former WCKL studio/transmitter site yesterday ( now used by I-Heart Media). Tower 3 was gone, but the other two remained. I figured the other tower not used by WCTW and the WHUC translator will be coming down soon. It is nothing but a liability that must remain lit.
Speaking of WCKL I noticed the FCC once again granted WCKL’s application for STA -silent dated back to June 9. So, this sorry saga will continue at least until then.
I have to think the FCC’s comments in dismissing another stations STA silent in a different situation applies here. “Transmitting briefly once a year does not serve the public interest , as nobody knows to tune to this frequency”. Of course the fact the WCKL has not actually been on the air in over two years, and Brian Dodge flat out lied to the FCC is another matter.
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