KKFR Moves Simulcast To 96.1

Power 98.3 96.1 101.9 KKFR Mayer Phoenix Riviera BroadcastingAfter failing to accelerate the move of its east side simulcast of Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Mayer/Phoenix AZ, Riviera Broadcasting completed the construction of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ from Phoenix’ South Mountain and has shut down 101.9 K270BZ Phoenix.

Due to the existence of Sewanee Phoenix’ 96.1 K241CS Phoenix rebroadcasting Christian “1280 The Trumpet” on the west side of Phoenix, the move to 96.1 creates some coverage holes from the station. 96.1 K241BQ operates with a directional 120w vertical/426m as opposed to the 250w/426m that K270BZ was running.

Update 2/13: The FCC has quickly acted on the STA request made by Riviera Broadcasting to accelerate its move of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to Phoenix’ South Mountain prior to the granting of its Construction Permit by denying it.

The FCC states that “K27OBZ’s problems do not justify STA for K241BQ. Nor does the STA request supersede the need for a construction permit before such changes can be made. Finally, we do not consider STA requests made for the convenience of the applicant.”

K241BQ cannot move to South Mountain until the application is granted.

Update 2/12: Riviera Broadcasting is seeking Special Temporary Authority to expedite its relocation of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ to the South Mountain Tower Farm just south of Phoenix. Riviera is in the process of acquiring K241BQ from MKhanGroup for $230,000 to supplant 101.9 K270BZ Phoenix as a simulcaster for Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Mayer via 103.9 KZON-HD3 Gilbert. K270BZ has received interference complaints from 101.9 KQSS Globe AZ and will go silent until Riviera can resolve those complaints. K241BQ seeks to operate with 120w/426m pointed directionally east towards Tempe and Mesa.

Original Report 1/20: After closing on its $175,000 purchase of 96.1 K241BQ Fort McDowell AZ from John Low’s 1TV.com, MKhanGroup LLC. turns around and sells the translator to Riviera Broadcasting for $230,000. K241BQ already holds a CP to relocate to Phoenix’ South Mountain tower farm with 120w vertical/449m rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of Riviera’s 103.9 KZON Gilbert. The sale filing also mentions Riviera needs K241BQ to replace 101.9 K270BZ due to interference complaints filed by “Gila 101.9” KQSS Miami AZ. K270BZ simulcasts the programming of Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Mayer via KZON-HD3 to cover the eastern side of the market.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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