FCC Actions iHeartMedia Classic Rock "Cool 102" 101.9 WCIB Falmouth MA has been issued a Notice of Violation for "generating spurious emissions in the 72 MHz band that were not sufficiently attenuated to meet the required emission limits."
FCC Decisions Cesar Chavez Foundation's Farmworker Educational Radio Network has entered into a Consent Decree with the FCC and agrees to pay a $20,000 fine over issues in its 2005 and 2013 license renewal applications for Regional Mexican "La Campesina" 93.9 KRIT Parker AZ. The agency made multiple inspections of the station between 2004-2006 and found the public file was incomplete and missing certain required issues/programs lists and had provided written and oral notices to staffers, yet it was not disclosed in its 2005 renewal application. The group then failed to file Silent STAs for three periods between 2008-2013 when it was off the air for more than 30 but less than 365 days. TEA-VISZ LLC has been fined $4,000 for multiple violations at 102.3 W272AY Park Falls WI stemming from...[Read More]
iHeartMedia has completed its first round of upgrades for Country “101.7 The Bull” WBWL Lynn/Boston and has applied for a second, bigger upgrade. The first series of moves saw WBWL eliminate its directional antenna at One Financial Center in Boston with 1.7kW at 191 meters, while sister 101.5 WWBB Providence, RI dropped from a Class B with 13.5kW at 290 meters to a directional Class A with 4.9kW at 110 meters and 101.9 WCIB downgraded from 50kw at 146 meters to 13kW at 145 meters with a directional notch away from Boston. With those changes now built out, iHeart is now proposing a bigger upgrade for WBWL. WBWL will relocate to the Medford, MA tower it abandoned nearly a decade ago, but upgrade to a Class B1 with 13.5kW at 138 meters. This move will strongly increase WBWL’...[Read More]
Clear Channel has applied to downgrade a pair of signals in New England to upgrade one in Boston. As first outlined by Northeast Radio Watch, Country “101.7 The Bull” WBWL Lynn/Boston will remain at its current location at One Financial Center in Boston with 1.7kW at 191 meters, but convert to a non-directional antenna to increase its coverage of the southern suburbs of Boston (Coverage Map). To make the upgrade of WBWL happen, two stations will make significant downgrades. Classic Hits “B101” 101.5 WWBB Providence will drop from a Class B with 13.5kW at 290 meters to a directional Class A with 4.9kW at 110 meters from the tower of sister News/Talk 920 WHJJ (Coverage Map). On Cape Cod, soon to be acquired Classic Hits “Cool 102” 101.9 WCIB Falmouth will ...[Read More]
CodComm Soft AC “Koffee 98.7” WKFY East Harwich, MA has added an additional signal to expand its coverage on Cape Cod. WKFY’s programming is now also heard on 100.5 W263CU Hyannis, following the translator’s move from Harwich Port and upgrade to 250 watts at 144 meters (Coverage Map). The translator is still owned by Nantucket Public Radio, but rebroadcasting CodComm’s 102.9 WPXC-HD3. The addition of W263CU gives WKFY additional coverage in the Mid-Cape communities of Barnstable and Hyannis. Another CodComm property, Variety Hits “93.5 Frank-FM” WFRQ Harwich Port will also soon be enriched with additional coverage. Nantucket Public Radio’s 93.9 W230AW Centerville is now rebroadcasting WFRQ. It holds a Construction Permit to upgrade from 38 wa...[Read More]
Update 5/27: The sale has been filed with the FCC showing that Connoisseur Media will pay $50 million for 1370 WALK/97.5 WALK-FM Patchouge. Additionally, one of the Qantum stations will be sent to the Brunswick Divestiture Trust. Urban “B92.7” WBGA St. Simons Island, GA will be spun-off to keep the cluster under the ownership limits as it loses its grandfathered status. The trust will be run by Jeannette Tully, who also operates the Aloha Stations Trust. Original Report 5/15: Qantum Communications, Clear Channel, and Connoisseur Media have announced a three way deal involving 31 stations. Qantum, led by Frank Osborn, will swap its 29 stations in five markets to Clear Channel for the Aloha Station Trust held Standards 1370 WALK and AC 97.5 WALK-FM Patchouge, NY. Qantum will then...[Read More]
Boston University’s 90.9 WBUR-FM Boston continues to grow its network in Southeastern Massachusetts. 89.1 WBUH Brewster, MA will sign-on today as a 24/7 simulcast of WBUR-FM bringing the station’s programming to Cape Cod around the clock. Boston University acquired the Construction Permit for the station earlier this year from Home Improvement Ministries for $7,500 and just beat the three year deadline to build the station before its CP would expire. WBUH will operate with 42kW at 55 meters covering much of the Cape (Coverage Map). WBUR’s programming is heard on parts of Cape Cod on a part-time basis on a pair of high school stations: 90.3 WCCT-FM Harwich and 91.5 WSDH Sandwich. The WBUR network also includes 92.7 WBUA Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard.
A small Class D FM in New York City is seeking a new dial position. City College of New York’s 90.3 WHCR-FM New York is seeking to relocate to 91.9 in an attempt to find a signal with less interference. With its entire 60dBu coverage area within the 40dBu of WHPC Garden City, WHCR-FM has trouble being heard within a kilometer of the station’s antenna. If approved, which would also require the dismissal of two pending translator applications, WHCR would continue to operate with its current 8 watts at 81 meters. Cesar Guel has been under close scrutiny for a series of LPFM applications. While many of those have been dismissed or are in the process of being modified, Guel’s Hispanic Christian Community Network is purchasing nine translators in California and Nevada from East...[Read More]
Cape Cod Broadcasting continues to bring in Boston radio veterans to pad its staff. Karen Blake, who previously had been hosting mornings at Classic Hits 103.3 WODS prior to its flip to CHR in June 2012, has joined Hot AC 99.9 WQRC Barnstable for mornings. In addition to WODS, Blake has spent time at WXKS-FM, WZOU, WKLB, WQSX and WBMX during her career. Blake replaces Shailene Jackson who has exited the station. Accompanying the addition of Blake, WQRC has rebranded as “99.9 The Q” as it drops all 80s music from its playlist and becomes current/recurrent based. At sister Country “Cape Country 104” 103.9 WKPE-FM South Yarmouth, Ralphie Marino has joined for mornings. Marino, a veteran of stations up and down the east coast, spent many years co-hosting mornings at def...[Read More]
Update 8/19: WKFY debuted its permanent format as “Koffee 98.7” this morning. The station depicts its format as a mix of “oldies, classic album cuts, and modern artists loved by older listeners”. Five of the towns served by the WKFY signal on Cape Cod among the oldest skewing in the northeast. While there is no website yet for the new station, it is streaming here. Original Report 8/16: Codcomm is preparing to launch its new signal in Cape Cod. 98.7 WKFY East Harwich has signed-on with a loop of Patti Page’s “Old Cape Cod”. In between plays of the song, the station is promoting that it will launch its new format on Monday, August 19 as “Koffee 98.7“. The station is promoting its new format as something “not found on any radio dial...[Read More]
Boston University has sold NPR Talk 1240 WBUR West Yarmouth, MA to Langer Broadcasting. Langer will flip the station to a brokered Portuguese format serving the Brazilian and Portuguese populations on Cape Cod potentially simulcasting soon to be sister 650 WSRO Ashland, MA. The 1240 signal became redundant for Boston University when the school acquired 92.7 WMVY (now WBUA) Martha’s Vineyard last year to simulcast its primary 90.9 WBUR-FM Boston signal. The press release announcing the sale follows: Alex Langer, President and Chairman of Langer Broadcasting Group, LLC and Charles Kravetz, General Manager of WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, announced that they have signed a letter of intent for Langer Broadcasting Group to purchase WBUR’s repeater signal, 1240-AM in West Yarmouth, Mass...[Read More]
Update 4/4: “Y101” debuted as expected at 11:00. Branded as “The Beat of Cape Cod“, the station’s launch package was a word for word remake of the 1996 launch of WKTU New York. Listen to the launch of “Y101” at FormatChange.com. As Steve McVie tells us, the launch was a tribute to Steve Rivers, the late WXKS & WZOU Boston PD who later helped launch WKTU as head of Evergreen Media programming. The first hour of “Y101” consisted of: LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem Macklemore – Thrift Shop Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Remix) Fun. – Carry On Ellie Goulding – Lights Pink – Blow Me One Last Kiss Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie Rhianna – Stay Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are Maroon 5 &...[Read More]