iHeartMedia Performs Double Flip In Spokane

As we first indicated in our 2/4 Domain Insight, iHeartMedia has performed a double flip in Spokane WA. Country “Kix 96.1” KIIX-FM Opportunity has moved to 1280 KZFS/99.3 K257FX Spokane as “Kix 99.3“. That replaces Christian AC “Up! 99.3” on those frequencies. 96.1 KIIX-FM is currently stunting with snippets of Alternative songs promoting the launch of “Alt 96.1” on Monday, March 5 and sweepers from Bobby Bones redirecting listeners of the Country format to the 99.3 signal. KIIX-FM has applied for new KFOO-FM call letters and will feature The Woody Show in mornings. KIIX-FM registered a 1.5 share in the Fall 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings as the third Country signal in the market trailing QueenB Radio’s “Big 99.9 Coyote Country”...[Read More]

FCC Report 6/25

Blue Sky Broadcasting AAA 95.3 KPND Deer Park/Spokane WA seeks to move to the tower of sister Country 102.3 KICR Coeur D'alene ID with 100kW/572m. Following its pending move from 97.3 to 96.5, 1TV.com applies to increase KIKO-FM Claypool AZ from a Class C2 to Class C with 34kW/966m. The move will extend the 60dBu contour of the station into the eastern suburbs of Phoenix. Alpha Media Urban AC "Magic 101.3" WMJM Jeffersontown/Louisville KY seeks to increase from 2kW/59m to 6kW/59m.

Mapleton Launches 94.1 The Bear Spokane

Mapleton Communications flipped Adult Standards “Magic 790” KJRB Spokane WA to Classic Rock “94.1 The Bear” at 7am on Tuesday as it signed on its new FM translator. Launching with the normal 10,000 songs in a row commercial free, the new format is positioning as “The Rock You Know”. The new format goes up against iHeartMedia’s market leading 98.9 KKZX and QueenB Radio “Rock 94.5” KHTQ. Mapleton Spokane OM Greg Tillotson will add programming duties for KJRB. 94.1 K231CU Spokane operates with 99w/408m giving nearly full market coverage.

FCC Report 1/22: Mobile AM Looks To Remove Tower

A slow week for FCC applications sees a Mobile AM look to remove a tower and a Spokane AM on the move.

Oz Brings Classic Rock Duel To Spokane

Thomas Hodgins’ Radio Station KMJY Inc. launched Classic Rock “Oz 95.7” 1330 KYOZ/95.7 K239CL Spokane WA on Friday afternoon. The new launch brings a direct format competitor to iHeartMedia’s 98.9 KKZX, which currently leads the Spokane market with a 8.1 share. Hodgins acquired then 1330 KMBI from Moody Bible Institute in July for $100,000. The translator was moved from Pendleton OR and operates with 172w/443m. Radio Station KMJY also owns Classic Country “104.5 Hank-FM” KNHK Newport in the Spokane market.

KEEH Goes Local As Shine 104.9

Upper Columbia Media Association’s 104.9 KEEH Spokane WA/94.9 K235CP Coeur D’Alene ID has left the regional “Positive Life Radio” network and launched a locally originating Christian AC format as “Shine 104.9“. The station has retained some of the PLR staffers as Dave Arthur remains in mornings now being accompanied by Karrie Stoldt. Weekender Lorenda Rae joins KEEH for middays, while syndicated host Amanda Carroll will host afternoons. The Positive Life Radio network will continue to be heard on 89.9 KPLW Wenatchee WA, 91.1 KYPL Yakima, 91.3 KGTS College Place/Walla Walla, 94.9 KPLL-LP Lewiston ID and a network of translators.

FCC Report 2/21: KRXR Looks For Move Into Boise

An AM seeks to move into the Boise market, power increase in Spokane, and a translator owner in New Hampshire submits a doctor's note.

FCC Report 1/24: Way To Increase Power In Dallas

FM Changes Way Media’s recently acquired 89.7 KAWA Sanger TX seeks to increase its coverage in Dallas by upgrading from a Class C1 to C0. KAWA will increase power from 14 to 45 watts from its current 518 meter antenna (Coverage Map).

Station Sales Week Of 1/22: Lots Of Deals Before Translator Waiver Period

Translator Sales Beasley Media purchases Hope Christian Church’s CP for 97.1 W246CT Salem NJ for $25,000. Beasley plans on moving W246CT to 104.9 in Philadelphia with 99 watts rebroadcasting Brokered Talk 860 WWDB. Priority Radio sells two translator CPs. 104.5 W283BY Toms River NJ goes to World India Radio for $60,000 to rebroadcast 1310 WXMC Parsippany-Troy Hills NJ. 103.7 W279BA East New Market MD is sold to TLBC Holdings for $65,000 to rebroadcast Spanish CHR “La 1320” WVNZ Richmond VA on 101.7. Eastern Shore Radio purchases 96.1 W241BZ Berryville VA from the Sister Sherry Lynn Foundation for $40,000. W241BZ will be paired with 1330 WESR Olney-Onancock in the AM translator waiver period. Priority Communications, Edgewater Broadcasting and iHeartMedia made a three-way ...[Read More]

FCC Applications 7/25: Cracking Down On Temporary Facilities

The FCC appears to be cracking down on stations that build out facilities to beat CP deadlines and then swiftly go silent. CommLawBlog reports that all full-powered licenses granted since July 2 now include this clause: Grant of this license application is conditioned on continuous operations of the licensed facility for the twelve-month period following grant. Failure to do so will result in the rescission of this grant, dismissal of the license application and the forfeiture of the associated construction permit pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 73.3598(c) unless licensee rebuts presumption that authorized facilities were temporarily constructed. The spirit of the move is to prevent licensees to build out a temporary facility and then go silent to extend the three years given to get a new signal o...[Read More]

Fox Sports Returns To Spokane

Mapleton Communications will return Fox Sports Radio programming to Spokane on Monday, June 1. Classic Country “790 The Eagle” KJRB will become “Fox Sports 790“. KJRB will run the national Fox Sports Radio lineup around the clock. While Mapleton previously ran the FSR programming on 1510 KGA before switching to CBS Sports Radio in 2013, the network had been heard on iHeartMedia’s 1280 KZFS until it flipped to Christian AC “Up 99.3” in April.

FCC Applications 5/3: More Baltimore & Atlanta Translator Move-Ins

Translator Moves On the heels of Radio-One taking over the programming of Hope Christian Church’s 106.1 W291BA Baltimore from CBS, Hope is applying to relocate 90.9 W215BY Church Hill, MD across the Chesapeake Bay to 101.5 in Baltimore where it will rebroadcast Radio-One’s “Spirit 1400” WWIN Baltimore. W215BY seeks to operate with 250 watts at 170 meters from the tower of Radio-One’s 92.3 WERQ Baltimore (Coverage Map). Immanuel Broadcasting Network’s 101.9 W270CP Atlanta applies to relocate to downtown Atlanta on 102.1 with 250 watts at 169 meters rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of iHeartMedia’s 94.9 WUBL Atlanta (Coverage Map). Georgia-Carolina Radiocasting’s 99.5 W258CC Athens, GA seeks to modify its CP to relocate to 92.7 with an increase ...[Read More]

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