Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Application for new AM station

On July 29th, I reported the rights to AM 640 in Terre Haute, Indiana were awarded to Birach Broadcasting after they bid $53,000.

Winning the auction earned Birach the right to apply for the channel - they have now done so. They've requested 250 watts day & night, directional at night only. Tower coordinates are 39-29-21N/87-25-08W.

Assuming these parameters would not cause interference to any other station, this application will almost certainly be granted. (I'm pretty sure these are the same facilities as the old WBOW-640 - the revocation of whose license opened up 640 for auction - so this is likely to be technically acceptable.)

There has been some speculation on Radio-Info.com to the effect that Birach might not actually plan to build a station at Terre Haute. They already own another station on 640, WMFN in Zeeland, Michigan. The 640 assignment at Terre Haute limits the ability of WMFN to expand coverage. By taking out the Terre Haute permit -- and then surrendering it -- they may be able to improve WMFN's coverage.

It's too early to tell if that's in fact what is planned...

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