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FCC Report 8/13: Brian Can’t Dodge FCC Any Longer

After misrepresenting himself to the FCC with multiple pseudonyms for nearly three decades, Brian Dodge entered a Consent Decree with the FCC last fall where he admitted that he was the operator of two AMs, nine translators, and two LPFM's. As part of the deal with the FCC Dodge was allowed to complete the sale of three translators for a combined $225,000 but had to pay a $100,000 civil penalty and surrendered the license of 560 WCKL Catskill NY and the two LPFM's which he was ineligible to own. The rest of his licenses were granted one year renewals on the condition that they were all operating in compliance with the FCC rules within 180 days. That 180 day period ended on April 25 with none of the necessary documentation asked of Dodge filed with the FCC. With Dodge failing to comply t...[Read More]

K-Love Enters Nashville

Update 7/15: EMF took over 97.1 WRQQ at 12am this morning as Blood, Sweat & Tears “You Make Me So Very Happy” gave way to K-Love and Michael W. Smith’s “Breathe”. New WLVU calls, which had been in use at EMF’s 88.5 in Halifax, PA are now in use. Original Report 7/10: The deal to bring WABD Mobile to 97.5, will also bring K-Love programming into Nashville. EMF Broadcasting is swapping the license of 97.5 WLVM Mobile to Cumulus for “Classic Hits 97.1” WRQQ Belle Meade/Nashville. WRQQ is one of two Nashville stations Cumulus was required to spin-off in order to complete its merger with Citadel Broadcasting last year. EMF will begin operating WRQQ via a Time Brokerage Agreement by Monday, July 16. It will join a crowded Christian music battl...[Read More]

While We Were Out

Here’s a quick rundown of the format flips to take place last week while we were away: 97.1 WRQQ Nashville segues from Classic Hits “97.1 The Tower” to Classic Rock as “97.1 RQQ“. Jacksonville Smooth Jazz combo 105.3 WSJF and 105.5 WJSJ flips to Rhythmic AC as “Coast 105.3/105.5”. The Smooth Jazz format continues online at smoothjazz1053.com. Vox Communications Classic Hits WBOP “Magic 95.5” Staunton, VA shifts to Country as “Rebel 95.5” paired with sister Classic Country 96.9 WSIG. 107.5 KHYT Tucson makes the opposite shift as “Rock 107.5” brings back its heritage “K-Hit 107.5” branding with its shift to Classic Hits. KKSJ Lafayette, LA drops Smooth Jazz for Hot AC as KYMK “106.3 The MonkeyR...[Read More]

Random Labor Day Ponderings

We’ve been sitting on a few of these domains wondering what use they may have. Maybe you can assist us: We’ll start with an easy one. Cumulus has registered 971eagle.com. Currently pointing to the corporate site, we’ve also noticed that WRQQ Nashville’s site is “Under Construction”. Looks like an easy match. What’s CBS Radio doing with hearphilly.com and herephilly.com? Is Clear Channel planning something in Cincinnati? radio941.net is redirecting to WVMX’s website. CC also has registered 925fmthebeat.com with a matching logo. The site currently doesn’t respond and we don’t know where this one could be headed. Going to try something new on this post and the Houston one below, as we’re allowing comments here in addition to th...[Read More]