Cumulus Sports “SportsRadio 1400/95.3” WHBG/W237DE Harrisburg is on the move to a stronger FM signal. The format has moved to Hope Christian Church’s 96.5 W243BR Harrisburg as “SportsRadio 96.5” via 104.1 WNNK-HD2. W243BR operates with 200 watts at 222 meters from south of Harrisburg covering much more of the market than the 60 watt at 193 meter from northwest of town that 95.3 operates with. The move comes with news that the station and sister 1440 WGLD York will drop play-by-play coverage of the Philadelphia Phillies in favor of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals (and predecessor Montreal Expos) have had their AA affiliate in Harrisburg since 1991. The Phillies in turn will affiliate with Hall’s “ESPN Radio 92.7” WLPA-FM Starview.
Hope Christian Church of Marlton, NJ’s partnership with CBS has already brought Modern Rock “HFS” back to life on 97.5 W248AO Baltimore. Two of Hope’s other Baltimore area translators are making moves to improve their signals in the market. 98.3 W252BR Edgemere, MD has applied to move from the southeastern side of Baltimore to the southwestern side near Ellicot City, MD where it would operate with a directional 250 watts to prevent interference to 98.5 WYCR York, PA. 98.3 will be fed via the currently non-existant HD4 subchannel of CBS’ 101.9 WLIF. Concurrently, 106.1 W291BA Baltimore has applied to move from 98.3’s intended destination to the Television Hill tower site used by many of the market’s FM’s and TV’s. That 250 watt signal fe...[Read More]
The FCC has begun to clear its large backlog of pending translator applications in order to ensure some frequencies remain available for LPFM’s in their respective markets. Over 2000 translators applications were wiped out en masse. Among the markets where the translator applications will still be processed are Charlotte, Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City, and Memphis. This has no bearing on any existing translator on-air or with a construction permit in these given markets, but could result in a slow down of new move-ins. See the list of markets here. Elsewhere there was a ton of movement in the past 10 days, especially in the growing relationship between Clear Channel and EMF Broadcasting. A number of EMF owned tran...[Read More]
And now for this week’s rundown of some of the top stories from around the translator world. Broadcast Towers Inc. signed a consent decree with the FCC to shut down operations in Florida after the company used roadside locations to temporary operate its translators as it attempted to move them from the Florida Keys into the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Five translators have been deleted by the FCC: W224BW Key Largo, W237DK Leisure City, W237CI Miami Beach, W258AQ Homestead, and W296BP Coral Gables. A sixth translator, W285EH Key West must be sold by December 31. More details at RadioWorld. Spanish radio comes to the FM dial in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Beacon Broadcasting has leased 8 watt 99.5 W258BM Easton, PA to Matthew Braccili, owner of “Hola Radio” 1600 WHOL...[Read More]