FCC Report 12/2: Family Stations Loses Baltimore Translator Application


Family RadioMultiple interference objections have led to the demise of Family Stations’ application for a new translator in Baltimore MD.

Family first sought to place its translator for 750 WBMD Baltimore on 103.1 with 99w/155m. That led Empire Broadcasting AAA 103.1 WRNR-FM Grasonville MD to file a complaint indicating it had multiple listeners within to projected contours of the translator (which was the second attempt by a Baltimore AM to operate a translator on 103.1). An amendment with lower power (20w horizontal/155m) was dismissed this week due to further objections from WRNR-FM demonstrating at least 20 listeners plotted in a map of the translator’s contour. A complaint from Hubbard Radio’s 103.5 WTOP-FM Washington DC was dismissed for using Longley-Rice coverage area predicted interference instead.

In 2016, American FM Associates was granted a CP to move 94.3 W232CL Roxana DE to 103.1 in Baltimore where it would rebroadcast Christian Talk 1230 WRBS with 99w/49m. After Empire’s complaint, the translator would eventually make it into Baltimore on 94.3

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