97.9 Portland

97.9 KXPC Portland Signs-On

EMF Broadcasting has closed on its $6.8 Million acquisition of 97.9 KXPC Aloha/Portland and launched the station as part of the “K-Love” Christian AC network. The station, which previously served the Eugene market as Rock KNRQ, gives EMF a full-market signal for its programming. K-Love had been available in Portland on rimshot 88.7 KLVP Sandy and translators 95.9 K240CZ Tigard and 96.3 K242AF Portland. EMF has applied to change the originating stations for a number of its Portland area translators, which will likely see some of them switch to their “Air1” Christian CHR network. 92.7 K224DL Portland will shift from Clear Channel’s 103.3 KKCW-HD3 to EMF’s 88.1 KGRI Lebanon, 95.9 K240CZ from KXPC to 88.7 KLVP, 97.5 K248BS Newberg from KKCW-HD3 to KLVP, and ...[Read More]

EMF Acquires Cumulus’ Portland Move-In

EMF Broadcasting has filed to purchase Portland, OR move-in 97.9 KXPC (formerly KNRQ) Aloha from Cumulus for $6.8 Million. EMF will utilize the station to give its flagship Christian AC “KLove” a full powered signal in the Portland market. It’s programming is currently heard on rimshot 88.7 KLVP Sandy and 96.3 K242AF Portland (which has a displacement CP on file to relocate to 103.7). EMF will begin programming the station once it signs-on via a Time Brokerage Agreement. The station changed its application in Mid-July to build at the Skyline tower site in order to file for a license before August 1. The companies have agreed to file to relocate the station back to the originally planned Stonehenge tower site where the station’s permanent facility will be built. Addi...[Read More]

KNRQ Eugene Moves To 103.7

Update 7/28: KNRQ made its move to 103.7 at 12am this morning. The KXPC call letters made the move with 97.9 up to Aloha in the Portland market, which was testing earlier this morning in order to file for its permanent license. Original Report 7/25: With its 97.9 signal about to be moved into Portland, Cumulus Rock 97.9 KNRQ Eugene, OR will move its programming to 103.7 on Sunday, July 28. Cumulus acquired 103.7 KXPC-FM Harrisburg, OR from EMF Broadcasting last year to replace the 97.9 facility in its Eugene cluster. When it signs on around midnight on Sunday it will finalize its move to the current 97.9 facility with 100kW at 310 meters. It has already applied to move the KNRQ call letters to 103.7. KNRQ flied an expedited application to complete its move to Aloha in the Portland market b...[Read More]

FCC Update 7/16

Cumulus’ 97.9 KNRQ-FM Eugene, OR has filed a request for expedited approval to shift its pending move into Aloha in the Portland market to a new tower site. Claiming that it needs to be built before August 1 in order to close on its swap with EMF Broadcasting of 97.5 KYGA (was KRUZ-FM) Goleta CA and 103.7 KXPC-FM Harrisburg OR before the California license renewal deadline. If approved, KNRQ will now be built as a C1 with 9.7kW at 472 meters from the KGW-TV owned tower (instead of 50kw at 387 meters from a different location). Cumulus states it can build the new facility quickly, but if the new application is not approved before the August 1 deadline it will delay construction until at least December. Bible Broadcasting has applied to move 103.3 W277AM Biddeford, ME north into the or...[Read More]

KNRQ Portland Move Delayed

Cumulus’ move of 97.9 KNRQ-FM Eugene, OR into the Portland market has been delayed. The station has held a CP to change city of license to the Portland suburb of Aloha where it was to operate as a Class C1 with 10kW at 470 meters. That construction permit was set to expire on January 16, 2013. In its new application Cumulus states it was unable to build at that tower site in the remaining time allotted and has located a new location where it can build within a few months of being authorized. The new application seeks to operate the station with 52kW at 387 meters. The station would transmit from the “Stonehenge” antenna site utilized by eight other Portland area FM’s and is the planned location of KWLZ-FM when it moves into the market on 96.3. Cumulus recently acqui...[Read More]

Portland Indie Rocker In Development

Common Frequency Inc.’s 97.9 KRRC Portland, which has been silent for much of the past year since the group acquired the station from Reed College, has found a new frequency to return to the air. The low powered Class D, which was to be displaced by the imminent move of Cumulus’ KNRQ from the Eugene market into Portland, has applied for a move to 91.1. On its new frequency the station will operate with 60 watts at -25.8 meters above average terrain. Reed College shut down operations of the station in November 2011, and after first planning to turn in the license of the station to the FCC later donated it to Common Frequency. When the station returns to the air, it will be a new locally focused Indie Rocker led by former Portland Mercury editor Phil Busse. Busse, the Executive D...[Read More]

Cumulus & EMF Swap Stations

Cumulus Media and EMF Broadcasting have agreed to swap a pair of stations on the west coast. AAA 97.5 KRUZ Santa Barbara will go to EMF and join its “K-Love” network in exchange for EMF’s 103.7 KXPC-FM Lebanon OR. EMF will begin programming KRUZ via Time Brokerage Agreement as soon as Cumulus completes the move of Classic Rock “106.3 The Surf” KRRF south from Goleta in the Santa Barbara market to Oak View in the Oxnard/Ventura market. Cumulus will also retain the rights to the KRUZ call letters. KXPC-FM has a pending Construction Permit as well that will move the station from Lebanon, midway between Salem and Eugene, to Harrisburg OR directly in the center of the Eugene market. That 103.7 signal will give Cumulus a replacement in the market for 97.9 KNRQ, whic...[Read More]

Is Rock About To Return To Portland?

As part of our report about the then upcoming launch of Hot AC “Live 95.5” KBFF Portland, we noted that Alpha Broadcasting had registered a few domains for the pending move of 97.9 KNRQ Eugene, OR into Portland. Those domains, 979TheVibe.com and Arrow979.com were registered in April for what is now Cumulus’ Active Rocker in Eugene. Since then a number of other domains have appeared. At first all of these had a splash page for “PDX Rock Fest“, but now redirect to GoDaddy’s site. These domains are 98RockPortland.com, 979ArrowFM.com, 979Rocks.com, 979SamFM.com, 979TheArrow.com, 979TheMix.com, 979TheSpot.com, 979YourFM.com, and 979KUFO.com. A number of these are similar to the decoys registered prior to 95.5’s format change. How does this PDX RockFest ...[Read More]