FCC Report 9/23: Arizona AM’s Attempt To Operate Only Via Translator Gets Quickly Shot Down
Casa Pinon’s STA application to take Classic Hits “Rewind 108” 1470 KVSL Show Low AZ off the air while continuing to operate 100.5 K263CA under Experimental Authority was quickly denied by the FCC.
Casa’s request fails to explain how this experiment will aid in the development of new technology, equipment, systems or services. Furthermore, Casa fails to explain why the information it intends to collect about listeners and sponsors cannot be obtained while it continues to operate KVSL(AM). Absent additional empirical or theoretical evidence
warranting testing, Casa has not sufficiently justified the grant of experimental authority.
We also find the request to be facially inconsistent with our FM translator rules. More significantly, the request is completely at odds with the intended goals of the Commission’s ongoing AM Revitalization proceeding. Throughout the AM Revitalization proceeding, the Commission has consistently pursued proposed rule changes and other procedures with the goal of enabling AM stations to improve their service and to provide better service to the public. The Commission has not contemplated allowing AM stations to surrender their AM licenses and use only their translators, as Casa suggests.