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Max Country Debuts In Frederick & Hagerstown

Manning Media has launched Classic Country “Max Country” on a pair of translators in Frederick and Hagerstown MD. Max Country is airing on 93.5 W228AM Frederick and 100.5 W263CR Halfway/Hagerstown, both fed by 106.9 WWEG-HD3 Myersville. 93.5 W228AM currently operates with 30w/151m, but has applied to increase to 150w/182m. 100.5 W263CR operates with 250w/70m. The station is focusing on Country hits from the 1980s through mid 2000s. It gives a direct format competitor to West Virginia Radio Corporation’s “95.9 The Big Dawg” WICL Williamsport in the Hagerstown market.

FCC Applications 5/9

Chicago Public Media’s 91.3 W217BM Chicago has applied to move to 91.1. The translator will continue to operate with 99 watts from the John Hancock Center and rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of 91.5 WBEZ. The translator’s coverage should cover much of the city of Chicago. Radio-One’s 97.5 WUMJ Fayetteville, GA which serves as part of the Urban AC “Majic 107.5/97.5” Urban AC simulcast has applied for a very minor change to its signal. The station will increase power from 7.9 to 8.5kW while dropping antenna height from 175 to 165 meters. No major changes in its coverage as it moves to a new tower less than half a mile from its current one. Clear Channel’s 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD continues its slow move towards Washington, DC. Its newest application cross...[Read More]

WWFD Runs The Gamut

Hubbard Broadcasting’s 820 WWFD Frederick, MD has broken off its simulcast of sister “Federal News Radio” 1500 WFED Washington. The station is now running the Eclectic music programming of “The Gamut” that runs on 103.5 WTOP-HD3 Washington and 107.7 WWWT-HD3 Manassas, VA. DCRTV.com states that WWFD will continue to air Sports programming from WFED including Washington Wizards basketball, Washington Capitals hockey, and Baltimore Ravens football. WTOP’s website describes the Gamut programming such: “The Gamut” is a cross-section of all styles of music, made for lovers of music. Sample artists include Scissor Sisters, Doris Day, Mumford And Sons, Devo, Elvis Presley, Boney M, Johnny Cash, as well as Washington DC area local artists. Current mus...[Read More]

Nassau Broadcasting Auction Results

Update 6/14: Two of the stations that Jeff Shapiro’s Vertical Captial Partners acquired the rights to will be spun off to a third party to keep Shapiro under FCC ownership limits. “101.5 The Fox” WEXP Brandon and “Oldies 104.3” WWOD Hartford, VT will be sold William and Gail Goddard’s Electromagnetic Company. Both WEXP and WWOD have simulcasts that will be staying with Vertical Capital so we will need to wait to see what happens with the programming at the pair. Update 5/23: Bill Binnie’s Carlisle Capital has won the bidding for $12.5 Million. The stations will be spilt upon Binnie’s WBIN Media and Jeff Shapiro’s Vertical Capital Partners as follows: WBIN Media will receive 17 stations: Maine – Talk/Oldies 870 WLVP Gorham and 1470...[Read More]

Nassau Broadcasting To Auction Stations

Nassau Broadcasting has petitioned its bankruptcy judge to allow the company to auction off all of its broadcast assets. Nassau, headed by Lou Mercatanti spread from its base at WPST Trenton, NJ to operate almost 50 stations in seven Northeastern states. If the court approves the liquidation, bids will be due on May 1 with the auction taking place on May 8. Among the larger markets Nassau operates in are Portland ME, Frederick MD, Cape Cod MA, and Allentown PA. The company also owns stations in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Translator Report 1/17: WFLA To Get FM Signal

Another Clear Channel AM News/Talk is making the move to FM via translator. Radio Training Network’s 95.3 W237DI West Tampa, FL has applied to move to 105.9 with a power boost from 115 to 250 watts at 456 feet. The application also shifts the originating programming station to Clear Channel’s 970 WFLA. The EMF/Clear Channel duo are working on an additional move-in in Cincinnati. 96.9 W245AJ Forest Park, OH has applied to move to downtown Cincinnati where it will rebroadcast Clear Channel’s WKFS-HD2. We’ve noticed a trend where translators to be programmed by EMF have their applications prepared by EMF’s engineers and translators prepared by Clear Channel end up being programmed by Clear Channel despite who owns the translator. This application was prepared by ...[Read More]

Translator Report 11/22

Clear Channel continues to be active moving translators into major markets. First in the nation’s capital where they are moving 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD down I-270 towards Washington. The translator has applied to move to Clarksburg, MD where it will operate with 60 watts. The move will place it approximately 30 miles northwest of Washington in what appears to be the first step towards the Capital. In Cleveland, CC has amended its application to move 99.7 W259BI Lorain, OH to 99.1 Cleveland. As Ohio Media Watch stated, there doesn’t appear to be any difference with the previously rescinded. 640 WGST Atlanta has signed on its translator. 92.3 W223AF covers the north and east sides of Atlanta proper with 99 watts. Way Media’s 105.1 W286BK Birmingham, which is leased to Cle...[Read More]

Translator Report 6/29

This past week has seen a lot of moves for translators with Clear Channel making moves to add new programming options in two major markets. In Minneapolis/St. Paul, Clear Channel is teaming with EMF Broadcasting to bring two translators to the top of the IDS Center in Minneapolis. Northpine.com reports 93.3 W227BF Shoreview, MN will upgrade from 10 to 99 watts and rebroadcast 97.1 KTCZ-HD2, while 102.5 K273BH Fridley, MN will jump from 41 to 250 watts rebroadcasting 101.3 KDWB-HD2. Clear Channel purchased 103.5 K278BP Cottage Grove, MN from EMF last year. It is used to rebroadcast Sports 1130 KFAN via 100.3 KTLK-HD2. Clear Channel and EMF are also working in tandem in Detroit. As part of the deal that gave Clear Channel access to 103.5 in Minneapolis last year, EMF gained programming contr...[Read More]

Translator Report 5/4

Welcome to the Translator Report. With all the move-ins and upgrades of translators to bring AM and HD2 formats to the FM dial, the impact of the translator has become more important for broadcasters. We’ll be bringing this report on a regular basis with a rundown of upgrades, sales, and programming changes coming to translators. Liberty University has sold 102.5 W273BU Ashland, VA to Fifth Estate Broadcasting to simulcast News/Talk 1430 WHAN Ashland. W273BU has also been granted a Construction Permit to jump to the translator maximum of 250 watts. World Radio Link has sold 104.3 W282AU Lewes, DE to Delmarva Broadcasting. W282AU has an application pending to upgrade from 18 watts to 145 watts. Following on the launch of its two new translators in Detroit, Radio Power Inc. is inching ...[Read More]