FCC Applications 6/22: Translator Continues On Its Path To Washington

Translator Moves

FCC Update Translator Construction Permit ApplicationsClear Channel’s move of 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD towards Washington, DC will get an assist from Salem Communications. With the translator operating under an STA with 25% of its licensed power due to an interference claim from Red Zebra Broadcasting’s WWXX Buckland, VA, Clear Channel has applied to shift the translator to Rockville, MD on 104.9 with 250 watts at 112 meters rebroadcasting Salem’s 105.1 WAVA-FM Arlington, VA (Coverage Map). With 104.9 being well within WAVA-FM’s coverage area this will simply be a quick step before Clear Channel shifts it again to either 104.5 or 104.7 in Washington proper.

Aleluya Christian Network’s 101.5 K268CJ Livington, TX seeks to relocate to the northern suburbs of Houston with a COL change to Conroe where it will rebroadcast Spanish Christian 880 KJOZ Conroe with 250 watts at 144 meters (Coverage Map)

Radio Assist Ministry’s 93.3 W227CW Lexington-Fayette, KY has applied to adjust from 86 watts at 178.3 meters to 99 watts at 160 meters. The translator will rebroadcast Christian Broadcasting System’s Southern Gospel 770 WCGW Nicholasville (Coverage Map).

GEOS Communications seeks to relocate 104.5 W283BJ Mountain Top, PA to Hazleton with 80 watts at 156 meters. W283BJ will rebroadcast GEOS’ 1490 WAZL Hazleton (Coverage Map).

Equinox Broadcasting has applied to relocate its just acquired 98.7 W254BH Binghamton, NY to Endwell with 130 watts at 75 meters. The translator will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of 100.5 WDRE Susquehanna, PA (Coverage Map).

Michael Piazza’s 100.9 K265CI Prescott, AZ is proposing a shift to 103.9 with 250 watts at 440 meters due to interference it is causing to 101.1 KNRJ Cordes Lakes (Coverage Map). The translator will continue to rebroadcast GuyAnn Corporation’s “Fun Oldies” 1450 KNOT.

Way Media’s Construction Permit for 106.3 W292EI Warrior, AL proposes an upgrade from 10 watts at 134.7 meters to 250 watts at 278 meters (Coverage Map). The translator will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of Summit Media’s 95.7 WBHJ Birmingham.

Berkshire Broadcasting’s CP for 103.3 W277CJ Pittsfield, MA applies to increase from 50 watts at -71.9 meters to 100 watts at -60 meters (Coverage Map). W277CJ will rebroadcast Classic Hits 1110 WUPE.

Great Plains Christian Media’s CP for 96.9 K245BQ Emporia, KS seeks an upgrade from 170 watts at 69.8 meters to 250 watts at 171 meters. The translator will rebroadcast Emporia’s Radio Stations’ Full Service 1400 KVOE Emporia (Coverage Map).

Educational Media Foundation proposes changes for a pair of translators on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 106.1 W291CJ Marquette will go from 55 watts at -17 meters to 250 watts at 260 meters (Coverage Map) rebroadcasting of Great Lakes Radio’s 101.9 WKQS-FM Negaunee, while 99.9 W260AG Ishpeming seeks a boost from 5 watts at 148 meters to 99 watts at 267 meters rebroadcasting Great Lakes Radio’s 103.3 WFXD Marquette (Coverage Map).

EMF’s 104.1 K281BS Hiawatha/Cedar Rapids, IA applies for an increase from 88 watts at 106.1 meters to 250 watts at 107 meters rebroadcasting their 89.1 KXGM-FM Hiawatha (Coverage Map).

Station Moves

Clear Channel Rhythmic AC “98.1 Kiss-FM” KISQ San Francisco seeks to modify its booster in Pleasanton, CA. KISQ-FM2 will relocate to a facility it will share with KIOI-FM2 and operate with 4.5kW at -53 meters (Coverage Map).

New England Public Radio Foundation’s CP for 98.9 WNNI Adams, MA has applied for and already gained approval for a minor modification for 630 watts at 116.6 meters after its planned tower collapsed in March (Coverage Map).

Three Eagles Communications (Soon To Be Digity Media’s) 104.3 KKSD Milbank, SD seeks to drop its antenna height from 299 to 254 meters following a series of antenna system failures. The station will continue to operate with 100kW (Coverage Map).

Georgia-Carolina Wireless’ CP for 95.9 WLTE Pendleton, SC proposes a new tower site for the station where it will operate with 4.1kW at 121 meters (Coverage Map) where it will just miss reaching Greenville from the west.

StarStation Radio’s 100.7 WLRR Milledgeville, GA has reinstated its application to relocate to Buckhead with 2.5kW at 157.6 meters (Coverage Map). Cumulus had previously filed an informal objection to the move with an argument that the application failed to provide sufficient public interest reasons. The move, if approved, will bring WLRR much closer to Cumulus’ 100.5 WNNX College Park/Atlanta.

Station Sales

The University of Washington is transferring Alternative 90.3 KEXP Seattle to Friends of KEXP for $4,001,100 worth of promotion over ten years. KEXP will identify at the top of the hour as “An affiliate of The University of Washington”, have a similar banner on the station’s website and start of the station’s webcast, while giving the university 35 underwriting announcements per week for 20 weeks per year, 250,000 online ad impressions per quarter, and 138,888 stream pre-roll announcements per quarter.

Highland Community Broadcasting is selling Classical 91.5 WCNH Bow/Concord, NH to New Hampshire Public Radio for $75,000.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sells 90.7 WMHD-FM Terre Haute, IN to Indiana State University for $16,465. WMHD-FM has been off the air since last September after converting to an online-only operation. ISU already owns Alternative/Rhythmic CHR 89.7 WISU Terre Haute. It has concurrently applied to relocate WMHD-FM to the tower of WISU with 860 watts at 69 meters (Coverage Map).

Curtis Media’s Eastern Airwaves acquires the CP of 93.5 W228CV Briarcliff, NC from Radio Training Network for $160,000. Eastern has applied to relocate the translator to near Chapel Hill where it will rebroadcast an HD subchannel of Curtis’ 94.7 WQDR Raleigh with 100 watts at 214 meters (Coverage Map).

VSS Catholic Communications sells 94.9 K235CA Sioux City, IA to KSUX/KSCJ Radio Broadcasting Company for $64,2000. The translator will rebroadcast News/Talk 1360 KSCJ.

WRVM, Inc. has sold 98.7 W254AX Merrill, WI to Results Broadcasting for $22,500. Results has concurrently proposed relocating the translator to Antigo where it will rebroadcast its Standards 900 WATK with 250 watts at 82 meters (Coverage Map).

104.7 W284CF Jonestown, PA goes from Mary Medicus to Family Life Ministries for $14,000. Family Life will rebroadcast 91.5 WCIM Shenandoah on W284CF.

FCC Orders

Despite agreeing with The University of Missouri’s petition that it failed to afford proper consideration for its waiver to have the vacant 98.3 allocation in Columbia, MO reserved for non-commercial use, the FCC has stated the University has not demonstrated special circumstances or a public interest benefit that would justify such waiver and will keep the allocation’s status as Commercial. 98.3 has been vacant in Columbia since Michael Rice lost all his licenses in 2001.

The FCC has dismissed Chicago Public Media’s Petiton For Reconsideration over the grant of 88.5 WSFI Antioch, IL over CPM’s mutually-exclusive application for a new FM in Kenosha, WI.

FCC has dismissed an Application For Review by Smile FM over the dismissal of a new non-commercial FM in Yates, MI.

An Application For Review by Totally Jesus Network over its inability to properly timely file an application due to issues with the FCC’s CDBS has been dismissed.

Dr. Glenn W Cherry and Charles Cherry II’s Petition For Reconsideration over the sales of the former Tama Broadcasting stations in Jacksonville and Savannah out of receivership has been dismissed.

Call Letter Changes

930 WAUR Sandwich, IL -> WKBM
96.7 WMQX Alexandria, IN -> WBKQ
96.9 New Reynolds, GA -> WFVS-FM
97.7 WZOW Goshen, IN -> WSSM
102.9 WGL-FM Huntington, IN -> WJCI
103.9 KGLU Gideon, MO -> KMIS-FM
104.5 New Blunt, SD -> KCCR-FM
107.7 WMQT-FM Ishpeming, MI -> WMQT

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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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  1. In Terre Haute, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of 89.7 or 90.7 goes NPR news, since Terre Haute doesn’t have any access to NPR news programming over the air as of now. There is a WFIU translator on 95.1, but WFIU is mostly classical.


  2. It was an incalculable loss to the nation when WSUX-AM in Seaford, DE ditched those call letters! Nobody since they did that has so far has seen fit to pick up the WSUX calls; it’s good to know that a station with the KSUX calls exists.

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