WVLK Translator Forced Off
Cumulus News/Talk 590 WVLK Lexington has lost its FM signal for the second time.
The FCC has ordered Cumulus to take 101.1 W266AN Lexington dark following the 51 interference claims brought upon it by Mountain Broadcasting Service’s Country 101.1 WSGS Hazard. In April the FCC gave Cumulus thirty days to resolve the interference complaints or suspend operations. Cumulus followed in May with an Application For Review asking whether an interference claim can be brought upon by a station operating via STA from an auxiliary site for prolonged period of time, whether the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 requires a translator to remedy interference claims from a station over 100 miles away, and whether the LCRA required the FCC to assess translator interference equally to how LPFM’s are. Cumulus argued that those points should be resolved prior to having to address the interference complaints.
As Cumulus was not granted a waiver to continue to operate until the agency acted on its questions and none of the interference issues were addressed, W266AN was required to cease operation until it resolves the interference and applies for Program Test Authority.