Sunday, December 25, 2011

Can you identify *too often*?

Apparently so.

See Regulation #6 on page 19 of the 1947 Canadian Radio Annual.

This requires that each station announce its call letters at least once, but not more than four times, an hour.

(edited to fix boldface tags)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

AM stations deleted

The FCC has been doing some housecleaning. They've also deleted a stack of inactive LPTV licenses/permits, and a number of idle LPFM stations.

This is also renewal time for most stations in the South, with hundreds of renewals going on Public Notice.

Aberdeen, North Carolina: 1350KHz:
WQNX deleted.


Wilson, North Carolina: 590KHz:
WGTM deleted.


Newberry, South Carolina: 1520KHz:
WKMG deleted.

Application for new AM station dismissed

San Angelo, Texas: 1500KHz:
Application for new station dismissed.
700 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns night & day.
31-29-55N/100-24-18W

Later amended slightly to 600 watts daytime and 31-29-58N/100-24-22W.

Cleo Broadcasting

Monday, December 05, 2011

Permits granted for new stations

Paukaa, Hawaii: 1400KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,500 watts day & night, non-directional
19-50-19N
155-06-43W
Murphy Broadcasting System

(this is the second new Class B station to be granted in Hawaii on a "local" channel)


Village of Superior, Wisconsin: 1560KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
4,000 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night
Kermit Carlson



(DS: edited to note Village of Superior is in Wisconsin...)

Friday, December 02, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Hilo, Hawaii: 1450KHz:
Permit granted for new station
5,000 watts day & night, directional, same pattern.
19-42-34N/155-06-35W
Mark C. Allen

This is authorized as a Class B station. Usually, only Class C stations (with a maximum power of 1,000 watts) are authorized on 1450KHz.

Indeed, FCC regulation 73.27 flat-out states that Class B stations are not permitted on 1450 in the Lower 48. However, they are allowed in Alaska and Hawaii. (and the territories)

Within the conterminous 48 states, the following frequencies are
designated as local channels, and are assigned for use by Class C
stations: 1230, 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450, and 1490 kHz


To my knowledge this is the only Class B authorized on a Class C channel.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

AM station call changes

The following AM stations have changed callsigns recently:

Wasilla, Alaska 1430 KWAP from KMBQ
Dover, Delaware 1600 WRJE from WAMS
Lake City, Florida 1450 WJOE (new station)
Toccoa, Georgia 1420 WHTD from WEJY
Philadelphia, Penna. 1480 WDAS (back) from WUBA
Auburn, Washington 1210 KMIA from KTBK

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AM station going away

Kispiox, British Columbia: 990KHz:
CBTD requests move to FM.
The station plans to move to 91.3 FM at a different site.

Friday, November 25, 2011

New stations, and not

Calgary, Alberta: 1670KHz:
Application for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
51-06-26N/113-58-11W
Ethnic
(Punjabi-World Network)


Ottawa, Ontario: 1630KHz:
Application for new station.
1,000 watts day & night
45-24-45N/75-37-41W
Ethnic
(Papoo Holdings)
(would displace low-power station CHYW on the same frequency)


Montevallo, Alabama: 880KHz:
Application for new station dismissed.
(Scott C. Cinnamon)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Application for new AM station amended

Walsenburg, Colorado: 1180KHz:
Application for new station.
20,000 watts daytime
300 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night.
37-40-03N/104-50-13W
(Mainstreet Broadcasting)
Amendment from 1,700 watts daytime/350 watts nighttime, directional only at night.

New AM station on the air

Garden City, Kansas: 1340KHz:
New station KGGS on the air.
1,000 watts daytime
880 watts nighttime
non-directional
37-58-08N/100-55-56W
Country music, farm information.

Applications to amend existing AM stations

Sylva, North Carolina: 540KHz:
WRGC has refiled to move from 680.
5,000 watts daytime
140 watts nighttime
non-directional
This station is reportedly off the air.


Memphis, Tennessee: 830KHz:
KOTC has refiled to move from Kennett, Missouri.
3,500 watts, daytime only.
34-48-22N/89-59-47W

Permit granted for new AM station

Mississauga, Ontario: 960KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,000 watts daytime
280 watts nighttime
The decision doesn't say, but it's probably directional day & night with different patterns.
To be local news/talk for Mississauga.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New stations granted in Montreal

OK, we have the winners...

Montreal, Quebec: 690KHz:
CKGM granted move from 990.
50,000 watts day & night, probably non-directional.
English-language all sports.


Montreal, Quebec: 940KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts day & night, directional status unknown.
French-language news/talk.


Montreal, Quebec: 990KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts day & night, directional all hours, different patterns day & night.
(will use the former CKGM facility)
French-language LGBT-oriented station.


The stations that were granted 940 and 990KHz had both requested 690, but the CRTC felt CKGM could make best use of the channel.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

AM station deleted

Young Harris, Georgia: 770KHz:
WYHG deleted.
License surrendered to FCC for cancellation.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AM station format change

I don't normally report on format changes, but this station has been the first New Mexico logging for quite a few people..

KCKN-1020 Roswell, New Mexico has been sold to Radio Vision Cristiana. This is a Hispanic religious group responsible for stations like WWRV-1330 New York City and a station on 530 in the Caribbean.

New stations: one permit granted, and one on the air

Winterville, North Carolina: 1570KHz:
WECU new on the air.
8,000 watts daytime
200 watts nighttime
Non-directional all hours.
35-32-15N/77-25-06W
Winterville is in Pitt County near Greenville.
(CTC Media Group)


Reno, Nevada: 1180KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
7,500 watts daytime
950 watts nighttime
Directional at night only
39-34-05N/119-45-12W
(Eastern Sierra Broadcasting)

AM stations going away

Pemberton, British Columbia:1240KHz:
CBXK proposes move to 91.5 FM.


Atikokan, Ontario:1240KHz:
CFOB-1 proposes move to 95.9 FM.
This is currently an AM station relaying an FM...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

National EAS Test

Early reports suggest Wednesday afternoon's national EAS Test didn't fare very well.

Nearly everyone is reporting spurious audio. At our station it sounded like "printthru" on analog tape. (you could hear weak data bursts, alert tone, and voice message several seconds before the "real" data, tone, and voice happened)

At least at our station (in Nashville) the voice message was fully intelligible and of decent quality. I have heard from several parts of the country where the message was distorted or noisy to the point of being unintelligible. In other parts, the message was completely non-existent.

Reportedly the test didn't happen at all in Oregon and in several other smaller areas.

I suspect we will be seeing a repeat of this test early next year.

Please chime in with your observations.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

AM station call changes

The following stations have changed callsigns recently:

Haleyville, Alabama 1230 WWWH from WJBB
Dover, Delaware 1600 WAMS from WMHZ
Waukon, Iowa 1160 KFXE from KSFF
Corbin, Kentucky 1600 WRSL from WKFO
Marysville, Ohio 1270 WQTT from WUCO
Berwick, Pennsylvania 1280 WBWX from WFBS
Pottstown, Pennsylvania 1370 WBZH from WPAZ
Hope Valley, Rhode Isl. 1180 WCRI from WCNX
Paris, Tennessee 1000 WRQR from WMUF

AM station changed frequency

Kalamazoo, Michigan: 1440KHz:
WKPR moved from 1420.
Power to 2,700 watts daytime; 24 watts nighttime, non-directional.

Permits granted for new stations

Wasilla, Alaska: 880KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
210 watts day & night, non-directional
61-36-14N/149-26-46W
Steve King (yes, I'm pretty sure this is the same Steven King who writes horror stories)


Fritch, Texas: 1570KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
12,000 watts daytime, directional
1,000 watts nighttime, directional, different pattern
35-37-26N/101-37-38W
La Promesa Foundation

Applications for new AM stations

Tyonek, Alaska: 1360KHz:
Application for new station.
20,000 watts day & night, non-directional.
60-59-08N/150-26-54W
Radio 786 Inc.


Star, Idaho: 1020KHz:
Application for new station.
10,000 watts daytime, non-directional
460 watts nighttime, directional
43-43-01N/116-34-04W
Automated Business Services Inc.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Midland, Texas: 1550KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
300 watts nighttime
directional day & night, different patterns.
32-05-48N/101-59-08W
(Bret D. Huggins)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

FCC doesn't buy smartphone as interference solution

The FCC has refused to allow the licensee of an FM translator to offer smartphones as a solution to interference to FM radio reception in Michigan.

A new radio station was launched in Detroit in April. Smooth jazz station "Oasis 104.7" broadcast over the HD2 subchannel of WGPR-107.5 -- and in analog over translator station W284BQ.

FM translators are not allowed to cause interference to full-power "regular" FM stations. Even if the normal engineering methods suggest no interference should occur, if complaints of actual interference are received, the translator must either make technical changes to eliminate it, or cease operations.

Translator W284BQ operates on 104.7 in Detroit. When it began operation this spring, listeners in Ypsilanti, Belleville and Taylor, Michigan contacted full-power station WIOT, on the same frequency in Toledo, Ohio 50 miles to the south, complaining of interference to WIOT's signal.

In July, the owners of W284BQ modified its antenna to reduce signal to the south, in the direction of the complainants. This seems to have resolved five of the 28 complaints. Another thirteen could not be contacted or refused to cooperate; and one doesn't listen to WIOT anymore & doesn't care about the interference.

W284BQ offered the remaining nine complainants free smartphones with the iheartradio.com application. This can be used to listen to participating radio stations online; WIOT is one of the stations that participates in this program. The translator agreed to pay both for the smartphone hardware, and the airtime charges. Eight of the nine accepted the offer.

However, WIOT doesn't buy in to this plan. They gave the FCC several areas of concern:
- WIOT may discontinue participation in iheartradio.com;
- The wireless network may fail;
- Smartphone listeners won't hear unstreamed content; (some material may not be licensed for broadcast over the Internet, where it may be heard in other markets where someone else has the rights)
- It's not entirely certain W284BQ would continue to pay the airtime fees indefinitely.

WIOT also mentioned 58 additional complaints. While they didn't explicitly say so, it would seem the smartphone solution doesn't do anything for listeners who might not listen to WIOT now, but who might hear the station & decide to listen to it in the future -- unless they can't receive it due to interference from W284BQ.

The FCC raised three additional issues:
- WIOT only forwarded complaints from listeners living within the station's "protected contour". The translator is responsible for resolving all complaints. (and given the densely populated area in which such interference is likely to occur, there are likely to be many such complaints.)
- Who's responsible for maintenance? If one of the smartphones is damaged or lost, will the translator pay for its repair or replacement?
- How can a cash-strapped FCC monitor & enforce compliance with such an unusual solution?

=====================================

The Commission has decided W284BQ's solution is not workable. Pursuant to regulation 74.1203, a translator that interferes with a "regular" station must be shut down -- and the FCC has so ordered.

Friday, October 14, 2011

New AM station on the air

Garapan, Saipan: 1440KHz:
New station KKMP on the air.
1,100 watts day & night, non-directional.
15-09-28N
145-43-05E

Application for new AM station

Grants Pass, Oregon: 830KHz:
Application filed for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
directional at night only
42-26-26N
123-17-35W
Grants Pass Radio Co.

Friday, October 07, 2011

AM station deleted (eventually)

Droitwich, England, U.K.: 198KHz:
(does the BBC *have* callsigns?)

As part of a large round of budget cuts, the BBC has announced they will not maintain their longwave transmitters on 198KHz. The move "...will lead to the end of Radio 4 on LW in the long term."

BBC Local Radio on AM will also be closed, where it duplicates FM coverage. I believe that would involve the following frequencies:

* BBC Radio Cumbria - 756, 837, 1458
* BBC Newcastle - 1458
* BBC Radio Lancashire - 855, 1557
* BBC Radio Merseyside - 1485
* BBC Radio Leeds - 774
* BBC Radio York - 666, 1260
* BBC Radio Humberside - 1485
* BBC Radio Nottingham - 1584
* BBC Radio Gloucestershire - 1413
* BBC Somerset - 1566

Transmitters in Guernsey (1116) and Jersey (1026) are reportedly exempt and will continue. None of these frequencies are particularly powerful; only the most well-equipped American DXers would stand much chance of logging any of these.

Non-commercial stations not allowed to air commercials

The FCC has denied a petition to waive the underwriting rules for non-commercial FM stations, to allow five stations owned by Network of Glory, Inc. to air commercials. Network of Glory claims that the poor economy has made it difficult to obtain grants and underwriting for the operation of their stations.

FCC regulation 73.503 allows non-commercial stations to acknowledge contributions on the air -- so-called "underwriting" announcements. This page explains what's acceptable in an underwriting announcement. Basically, non-commercial stations may identify their contributors, indicate where contributors' businesses are located, and indicate what type of business the firm conducts. They may not compare their contributors' products/services to those of other firms or issue a "call to action", asking listeners/viewers to buy something from contributors.

Network of Glory apparently feels these regulations are too restrictive, are making it difficult for them to obtain enough support to continue operation.

The Commission disagrees. Firstly, they state that Section 399B of the Communications Act prohibits the broadcast of commercials by non-commercial stations. The FCC cannot waive the Communications Act; only Congress can do that. The Commission also notes that having difficulty raising funds is hardly unusual among non-commercial stations. Network of Glory's situation is hardly unique; the right place to address their issues would be in a request to amend the FCC Regulations. (and before that, to amend the Communications Act)

The five stations involved are:
KEJA-91.7 Cale, Ark.
WAKP-89.1 Smithboro, Ga.
KEIS-90.3 York, Nebr.
KJOG-91.1 Cleveland, Okla.
WGBQ-91.9 Lynchburg, Tenn.

All five are fairly recent stations.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

New look of this blog

Blogger kept bothering me about upgrading my template, so I upgraded my template. I don't expect much else to happen with that, although I do intend to try to find a more relevant background. Would love to have a decent shot of an inline array of AM towers, if I can find one that's photographable and not too horribly far from Nashville. (I drive past one every day, but there's no publicly-accessible location from which it can be photographed!)

AM station (permit) deleted

Casa Grande, Arizona: 650KHz:
Permit for new station expired.
(no call letters had been assigned)

Friday, September 30, 2011

AM station call changes

Call letter changes released today.. Note the disappearance of the legacy KFRC San Francisco calls from AM. They will live on on KFRC-FM 106.9, although it's my understanding the calls are almost never used on FM. (the station relays KCBS 740 AM)


ALAB Eufaula 1240 WNRA CC from WULA
CALI San Francisco 610 KZDG CC from KFRC
COLO Denver 1340 KVOQ CC from KCFR
GEOR Toccoa 1420 WEJY CC from WLET
MINN Bemidji 1300 KPMI CC for NS
MINN Minneapolis 1130 KTCN CC from KFAN
MINN Rochester 1270 KFAN CC from KTCN
MISSO Waynesville 1270 KIIK CC from KOZQ
OHIO Columbus 820 WVSG CC from WOSU
PENN Connellsville 1340 WBGI CC from WYJK
TEXA Pearsall 1280 KMFR CC from KVWG
TEXA Stockdale 1520 KQQB CC from KHLT

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

AM station (permit) deleted

Easton, California: 1150KHz:
KWDO deleted.
This was not an operating station, but a permit for a new operation.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FCC authorized "Controlled Carrier" AM

FCC DA-11-1535A1:

Some hams may remember something called "controlled carrier". ISTR this feature was installed in my Heathkit DX-60 ham transmitter.

The idea was to adjust the level of the AM carrier signal dynamically, as the level of the modulating audio changed. If your 500-watt AM transmitter is only being modulated 50%, you only need 250 watts of carrier to avoid overmodulation; the remaining 250 watts are essentially wasted.

Apparently this feature has been available in broadcast transmitters for some time, and used by high-powered stations overseas. It's also been tested domestically on KOTZ-720, Kotzebue, Alaska.

The FCC has now authorized its use in general by U.S. AM stations. Stations wishing to use it must request a "MDCL Waiver" of 73.1560(a).

("MDCL" = "Modulation Dependent Carrier Level")

(I gave up on AM phone with the DX-60 & went back to Morse Code when I got a 5 by 4 report from a station six miles away...)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Applications for new AM stations in Montreal

As you may remember, a few months ago proposals were filed for new AM stations to occupy the clear channels 690 and 940 in Montreal. These are going to a hearing on October 17. The following applications were filed:

690: Dufferin Communications, for a LGBT-oriented station, in French.
CKGM, to move their English all-sports station from 990 to 690.
7954689 Canada Inc., for a French news/talk station.

940: Metromedia CMR, for the originally-planned English-language traffic station.
7954689 Canada Inc., for an English news/talk station.

Metromedia CMR dropped their application for a new French traffic station on 690; they have instead converted their existing French news/talk station CKAC-730 to an all-traffic format.

CKGM's application is a bit of a surprise; can't say I'd expect the CRTC to approve an application that would involve changing the language of the big 690 signal.

I'm not entirely sure whether there's a well-known company behind "7954689 Canada Inc.". The email address on the application is that of a Nicholas Tetrault, who comes up on Wikipedia as a BQ candidate for Parliament in the 2000 election.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

AM station going away

Grande-Anse, New Brunswick: 540KHz:
CBGA-1 going away.
This 10,000 watt AM relayer of FM 102.1 from Matane, Quebec is to be replaced by four FM transmitters in Quebec.

AM station call changes

The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:

Sacramento, California 1240 KCVV from KRJY
Boise, Idaho 950 KMHR from KNJY
Glencoe, Minnesota 1310 KTWN from KGLB
Rochester, Minnesota 1270 KTCN from KWEB
Middletown, New York 1400 WMJQ from WYNY
Berwick, Pennsylvania 1280 WBWX from WFBS
Milford, Pennsylvania 1450 WYNY from WMJQ
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania 1240 WVSL from WYGL
Shiremanstown, Pennsylvania 720 WHYF from WWII
Beaver, Utah 1230 KBEV (new station)

Friday, August 26, 2011

KXEL-1540 off

This 50,000-watt station in eastern Iowa suffered transmitter damage as the result of a July windstorm. There is no timetable for returning to the air.

At my Nashville-area location, CHIN Toronto will probably be the main beneficiary of KXEL's absence. I would imagine WDCD Albany, NY will the the most heard 1540 station in the east, and ZNS-1 in the Bahamas is another likely target.

Here is a link to KXEL's website.

AM station going away

Atikokan, Ontario: 1240KHz:
CFOB-1 going to FM
This 50-watt station, previously known as CKDR-6, has applied to move to 96.9 FM from the same site and with the same power. Such moves are almost always granted, especially in rural places like Atikokan where there is little risk of technical conflict.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

AM stations deleted

Ticonderoga, New York: 1250KHz:
WIPS license canceled at request of licensee.


Somerset, Pennsylvania: 1330KHz:
WBHV license canceled

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

AM technical changes on the air

Isleta, New Mexico: 1510KHz:
KMYN on air with new facilities.
5,000 watts daytime
4,200 watts critical hours
25 watts nighttime
non-directional all hours.
34-58-46N/106-44-13W

KMYN moved from 1500 at Alamo Community. (where it was replaced with an FM station)
Isleta is just south of Albuquerque.

AM stations deleted

Bald Knob, Arkansas: KAPZ-710;
Blakely, Georgia: WBBK-1260;
Waterloo, Iowa: KXGM-850:

Licenses canceled.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Arkansas station sued for misleading advertiser

A Little Rock radio station has been sued for failing to inform an advertiser of reduced coverage due to a transmitter failure. According to this article on the ArkansasBusiness.com website, KARN failed to inform Custom Satellite Solutions that their transmitter was operating at 2,500 watts, instead of the normally licensed 50,000-watt facility.

(while the article cites KARN-AM 920, that station is only licensed for 5,000 watts. A local DXer says it was KARN-FM, which is licensed for 50,000 watts, that was affected.)

Permit granted for new AM station

Prescott Valley, Arizona: 1330KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
800 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
directional, different patterns day & night.
34-34-14N/112-18-46W
RAMS I

As you might guess, Prescott Valley is just east of Prescott in north-central Arizona.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Montreal 690/940 applications are on again

If you've been following this blog for awhile, you've followed the on again, off again saga of 690 & 940 in Montreal.

- First, these two major stations went silent;

- Then, they surrendered their licenses for cancellation;

- Then, it was announced applications were filed for new stations to take their place;

- and, just a few days ago, that the applications had been removed from the agenda for the next CRTC hearing.

Well, now we know why... and it does not mean the new applications are dead. Rather, after reading interventions filed by third parties, the Commission felt they needed to solicit competing applications for new AM service in Montreal. Only the 690 and 940KHz frequencies are involved.

Recent AM call changes


Birmingham, Alabama 960 WERC (back) from WVVB
Evergreen, Alabama 1470 WEVG from WPGG
Juneau, Alaska 1330 KXXJ from KXLJ
Sacramento, California 1240 KCVV from KRJY
Estes Park, Colorado 1470 KRBR from KEPL
Honokaa, Hawaii 1010 KXFX (new station)
Boise, Idaho 730 KINF from KBSU
Boone, Iowa 1260 KDLF from KTIA
Delta, Utah 540 KYAH from KNAK
Fredericksburg, Va. 1350 WNTX from WYSK
Forks, Washington 1490 KRKZ from KBIS
Durand, Wisconsin 1430 WRDN (back) from WQOQ
Casper, Wyoming 1600 KLNQ (new station)

AM station "undeleted"

Winona, Mississippi: 1570KHz:
WONA license reinstated.

Permit granted for new AM station

Beaver, Utah: 1230KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts day & night, non-directional.
38-12-55N/112-38-45W
Beaver is in southwestern Utah.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cary Grant *sings* FCC regulations

MP3 recording.

background on above recording.


Yes, this *is* exactly what the message subject says it is: a link to a MP3 recording of Cary Grant singing the 1939 legal ID regulations over the NBC network...

Application for new AM station dismissed

Medford, Oregon: 830KHz:
Application for new station dismissed at request of applicant.
(Hill & Glover Broadcasting)

AM stations deleted

Wiggins, Mississippi: 1420KHz:
WIGG license canceled.


Saluda, South Carolina: 1200KHz:
WJES license canceled.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Applications filed for new AM stations (Canada)

Montreal, Quebec: various frequencies:
Four applications filed for new AM stations in Montreal:
1. 600KHz: 250 watts daytime, 50 watts night, South Asian.
2. 1400KHz: 1,000 watts day & night, South Asian. Would go to 1610KHz when existing CJWI moves to 1410. Mutually exclusive with #4.
3. 1530KHz: 1,000 watts daytime only, French contemporary Christian.
4. 1610KHz: 1,000 watts day & night, Spanish. Mutually exclusive with #2.


Mississauga, Ontario: 960KHz:
Application filed for new AM station.
2,000 watts daytime; 280 watts night.
News/talk format.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Coral Springs, Florida: 1120KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
9,500 watts daytime
6,700 watts critical hours
1,100 watts nighttime
Directional, three different patterns.
26-16-54N/80-17-39W
Langer Broadcasting Group

Friday, July 08, 2011

Return of Montreal 690/940 delayed

The applications to reactivate the 690 and 940 frequencies in Montreal have been withdrawn from the agenda for the CRTC hearing on July 18th. At this time they have not been completely withdrawn -- they will be heard later -- so the return of these frequencies is still possible.

AM station deleted

Tulia, Texas: 1260KHz:
KTUE license canceled.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New AM station on the air

Helendale, California: 1450KHz:
New AM station on the air.
KQTE has filed for a license to cover.
250 watts day & night, non-directional from a single tower at 34-44-26N/117-21-50W.
Helendale is near Barstow.

AM stations deleted

DeWitt, New York: 720KHz:
WVOA permit canceled (at request of permittee)
This was a permit for a new station, never built.



Clarksburg, West Virginia: 1400KHz:
WOBG license canceled.
Station had been off the air for more than a year.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

New AM stations; one granted, one applied for

Terre Haute, Indiana: 1230KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts day & night, non-directional.
39-29-21N/87-25-10W
Bott Broadcasting, a national religious broadcaster.

This is one of the frequencies silenced when the FCC revoked three Terre Haute licenses when the owner was convicted of serious crimes in state court. (the other AM frequency, 640, was recently awarded to an ethnic broadcaster)


Reno, Nevada: 1180KHz:
Application filed for new station.
7,500 watts daytime;
950 watts nighttime;
directional at night only.
39-34-05N/119-45-12W.
Eastern Sierra Broadcasting

Friday, June 10, 2011

New AM stations: one granted, one dismissed

Olivehurst, California: 890KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
350 watts daytime, 250 watts night, directional day & night with different patterns.
39-03-28N/121-34-38W.

Competing application at Chico, California dismissed.

AM station deleted

Haines City, Florida: 930KHz:
WLVF license canceled.

Application for new AM station amended

Prescott Valley, Arizona: 1330KHz:
Application for new station amended.
From 1,000 watts non-directional day & night on 1340,
to 800 watts daytime, 250 watts nighttime. Directional day & night, different patterns. Frequency amended to 1330, and site changed slightly.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

AM station major change on the air

Isleta, New Mexico: 1510KHz:
KMYN moved from Alamo Community
Frequency changed from 1500.
New tower site 34-58-46N/106-44-13W;
power to 5,000 watts daytime, 25 watts nighttime, non-directional day & night.
4,200 watts critical hours. (2 hours after sunrise, and 2 hours before sunset)

The operation at Alamo Community has been replaced with KABR-FM 88.1.

Isleta is an Albuquerque suburb.

Monday, June 06, 2011

AM station deleted

South Bend, Indiana: 1490KHz:
WPNT deleted.

This is (was) the standard-band side of expanded-band station WDND-1620.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Chattanooga's oldest station gone

WDOD-1310, the first radio station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has permanently left the air. The transmission facility has been sold to a local school; the towers will be removed.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

WDAY-970 Fargo off

One of your better opportunities to log North Dakota is temporarily off the air.

The Upper Midwest Broadcasting website reports the station's three towers in West Fargo suffered serious damage in a Memorial Day storm. Photos on the station's blog show at least one tower collapsed completely, and the upper portion of another tower bent over.

WDAY radio programming is being temporarily broadcast over subchannels of WDAY-TV (channel 6.3) and its relay station WDAZ-TV Devils Lake. (channel 8.3)

The blog says
...we’ll be back on 970 WDAY earlier instead of later… perhaps much earlier!
, whatever that means...

Friday, May 27, 2011

AM call changes

The following stations have changed calls recently:

Dover, Delaware 1600 WMHZ from WAMS
Boone, Iowa 1260 KDLF from KTIA
Waukon, Iowa 1160 KSFF from KHPP
Ocean City, Md. 1590 WAMS from WMHZ
Rome, New York 1450 WRUY from WYFY

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Rowe, New Mexico: 1420KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,500 watts daytime
103 watts nighttime
non-directional all hours
35-29-51N/105-40-20W, about 25 miles southeast of Santa Fe.

This station must propose a rather unusual antenna system...

The FCC requires new AM stations to have a minimum nighttime power of 250 watts, or a minimum nighttime signal of 141mV/m at 1km from the antenna. This station obviously proposes a lot less than 250 watts, but a signal of 441mV/m. How they are able to do this with a non-directional antenna I have no idea.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Craig, Colorado: 1450KHz:
Permit issued for new station.
250 watts day & night, non-directional
40-32-50N/107-33-39W
Better Life Ministries

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FCC broadcast station totals

The FCC has released a count of authorized broadcast stations as of the end of March:

AM: 4,778 stations (down 4 from the end of 2010)
FM: 6,533 stations (up 7)


non-commercial FM: 3,417 stations (up 106, as the Commission continues to act on a a PILE of applications from a recent filing window. They're not done yet, expect another significant increase next quarter.)


UHF commercial TV: 1,022 stations (no change)
VHF commercial TV: 360 stations (down 8, probably due to deletion of already-defunct stations in the rural West.)
non-commercial UHF: 285 stations (up 1)
non-commercial VHF: 107 stations (no change)


FM translators: 6,141 stations (up 10, they're still working on a filing window for these too.)


UHF TV translators: 3,043 stations (down 30. They've been canceling defunct translators & LPTVs lately.)
VHF TV translators: 1,411 stations (down 43)
UHF LPTV: 1,656 stations (down 11)
VHF LPTV: 516 stations (down 8)
UHF Class A TV: 439 stations (down 2)
VHF Class A TV: 76 stations (down 5)


LPFM: 859 stations (no change)


ALL broadcast stations: 30,643 stations (up 13)

Montreal 690/940 to return

A message on Radio-Info.com quotes a local TV report as stating two new AM stations will launch in Montreal later this year. The former all-news, and before that, CBC, frequencies 690 & 940 will be used. Both frequencies will carry continuous traffic reports.

Looking in the Industry Canada database, both licences were canceled on February 22nd of last year, after their previous owners took the stations silent.

Last Tuesday, May 10th, new technical proposals were filed for use of the 690/940 frequencies.

940 would operate in English, from 45-38-58N/73-42-51W.
690 would operate in French, from 45-30-00N/73-35-58W.

Yes, it's ironic that two different sites are proposed. Neither proposed site is the same as that previously used by the stations, and neither site is the same as any other current or recently-defunct station. No power or antenna pattern is given for either frequency.

(I suspect the 690 site coordinates are a typo. It turns out those coordinates are in Mont Royal Park -- a very suitable location for an FM station (and where most Montreal FMs are) but not so much so for AM, especially at high power.)

On April 14th, another proposal was filed, for use of 1530KHz at the same site as this month's 690 proposal. Again, no power was given, nor is there any indication of who proposed 1530. (whether it was the same group responsible for the 690/940 proposal)

I haven't seen anything clear the Canadian Radio-television and Communications Commission yet. I would expect they will need to sign off on this.

These stations were of course widely DXable in both their previous incarnations. The other side of the coin... is that if you're east of the Rockies, you need to clean up on 690KHz now, while the big Montreal signal is still silent. Real plums like Vancouver and the low-powered station in western Nebraska may be ripe for the picking.

Friday, May 13, 2011

AM station granted frequency change

Soda Springs, Idaho: 800KHz:
KBRV granted move from 790.
10,000 watts daytime
150 watts nighttime
non-directional

Friday, May 06, 2011

AM stations deleted

The following AM stations have been deleted:

KCLA-1400 & KOTN-1490 Pine Bluff, Arkansas
WDSK-1410 Cleveland, Mississippi
KZEY-690 Tyler, Texas

All four stations were deleted for remaining off the air for over a year. Three of them are co-owned. Seven FM stations, most if not all co-owned with the three AMs, were also deleted for the same reason.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Osceola, Indiana: 1210KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,500 watts daytime
219 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night.
41-38-33/86-03-13
Edwin C. Moore

Osceola is just east of Elkhart in northern Indiana.

AM call changes


Anniston, Alabama 1490 WGBZ from WSYA
Anaheim, California 1190 KGBN from KXMX
Beverly Hills, California 1260 KMZT from KGIL
Notus, Idaho 1450 KWEI from KIOV
Kansas City, Kansas 1660 KUDL from KXTR
Big Rapids, Michigan 1590 WODJ for new station
Pascagoula, Mississippi 1580 WPMO from WPMP
Portland, Oregon 970 KUFO from KXFD
Waldport, Oregon 820 KWDP from KORC
Danville, Virginia 970 WMPW from WVOV
Leesburg, Virginia 1200 WCRW from WAGE
Snohomish, Washington 1520 KKXA for new station

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

AM station deleted

Leone, American Samoa: 648KHz
WVUV deleted.
The strange frequency is not a typo. Stations outside ITU Region II use 9KHz channels - 630, 639, 648, 657, 666, 675, etc...

Friday, April 08, 2011

AM stations: one gone, one new

Winona, Mississippi: 1570KHz:
WONA deleted.


Goodlettsville, Tennessee: 830KHz:
WQZQ returns to the air
This station last operated on 1550KHz from Clarksville. Its transmission facility was destroyed in last May's floods.

They already held a permit for the move to Goodlettsville on 830KHz. That permit has now been constructed.

The AM station simulcasts WPRT-FM (102.5 Pegram, Tenn.) HD2 and its two translators W270BK (101.9 Clarksville) and W271AB. (102.1 Nashville) Format is urban gospel "102.1 The Light".

Power is 2,000 watts daytime only.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

70th anniversary of the Big Shift

Darn, I missed it... [b]Yesterday[/b] was the 70th anniversary of the Big Shift of 1941.

The vast majority of North American radio stations changed frequency, usually in blocks.

540-730: no change
740-780: +10KHz
790-870: +20KHz
880-970: +30KHz
980-1040: +40KHz
1050-1190: varies
1200-1450: +30KHz
1460-1490: +40KHz
1500: -10KHz

A few examples:
WTMJ-620, Milwaukee: no change
WSB-750, Atlanta: moved from 740
WLS-890, Chicago: moved from 870 (and took along timesharing partner WENR)
WHA-970, Madison: moved from 940
WBZ-1030, Boston: moved from 990 (and took along "booster" WBZA, Springfield)
KNX-1070, Los Angeles: moved from 1050
WPHT-1210, Philadelphia: moved from 1170 (and was known at the time as WCAU)
WCLO-1230, Janesville: moved from 1200
KGA-1510, Spokane: moved from 1470
WDAN-1490, Danville: moved from 1500

A few stations, especially in Canada & Mexico, moved "out of pattern".

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Snohomish, Washington: 1520KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
20,000 watts daytime
50,000 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night.
47-52-32N/122-04-40w, just north of Seattle.

AM call changes

The following AM stations have changed calls recently:


Birmingham, Alabama 960 WVVB from WERC
Gadsden, Alabama 1350 WGAD from WJBY
Rainbow City, Alabama 930 WJBY from WGAD
Wetumpka, Alabama 1250 WRBZ from WAPZ
Elk Grove, California 1030 KEGC (new station)
Golden, Colorado 1550 KGCQ (new station)
Bloomfield, Connecticut 1550 WSDK from WDZK
Ridgefield, Connecticut 850 WAXB from WREF
Mims, Florida 840 WPGS from WGRU
Alma, Georgia 1400 WAWO from WAJQ
Toccoa, Georgia 1420 WLET from WVNG
Weiser, Idaho 1260 KTRP from KWEI
Wendell, Idaho 1340 KTFI from KXSL
Neon, Kentucky 1480 WIZD from WGCK
Newburg, Kentucky 680 WHBE from WDRD
Easton, Maryland 1460 WKHZ from WEMD
Ocean City, Maryland 1590 WMHZ from WKHZ
East Grand Forks, Minn. 1590 KGFK from KCNN
Lucedale, Mississippi 1440 WVGG from WRBE
Billings, Montana 1240 KJCR from KMZK
Henderson, Nevada 1280 KQLL from KDOX
Carolina Beach, N.C. 1180 WSFM from WUIN
Warren, Ohio 1570 WHTX from WANR
Portland, Oregon 1150 KXET from KLPM
Lemont, Pennsylvania 1490 WSCE (new station)
Pittsburgh, Penna. 1250 WDDZ from WEAE
Pawtucket, R.I. 550 WBZS from WDDZ
Hilton Head Isl., S.C. 1130 WHHW from WFXH
Salt Lake City, Utah 570 KNRS from KACP
Santa Clara, Utah 1290 KNFC (new station)
Winchester, Virginia 610 WXVA from WLVE
Vancouver, Washington 1550 KKOV from KKAD
Beckley, West Virginia 1070 WBKW from WIWS
Quebradillas, P.R. 960 WDNO from WCHQ

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Application filed for new AM station

Montréal, Quebec: 1400KHz:
Application filed for new ethnic station.
1,000 watts day & night.
Mutually-exclusive with CJWI-1610's application to move to 1410.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

FM translator fined $13,000

Ace of Hearts Disc Jockey Service of Cape Canaveral, Florida has been issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for $13,000 for operating with excessive power.

FCC engineers found the station, authorized for 61 watts of transmitter output power, to be operating at 172 watts. During the inspection, the station promptly reduced its power to the licensed 61-watt figure.

Seven months later, in September 2010, the Commission received another complaint of interference, allegedly from W277AN. They found the station's field strength was again at levels significantly higher than should have been measured if the station was operating at licensed power. They inspected the station again, and found the transmitter operating at 140 watts, not 61 as authorized.

They also observed the station using a two-bay antenna, instead of the authorized single-bay unit. This means that while the transmitter power was roughly twice what was authorized, the effective radiated power (and thus, the interference potential) was considerably more than twice authorized.

FCC regulation 1.80 establishes "base forfeitures" for specific violations. The base forfeiture for excessive power is $4,000, and that for "unauthorized equipment" (the 2-bay antenna) is $5,000. The base forfeiture may be adjusted upwards (or downwards) as circumstances require. For example, the fine may be reduced if the station has no previous record of violations. In this case, because the station increased power back to 140 watts, after being informed that powers of more than 61 watts were unauthorized, the fine was adjusted upwards from $9,000 to $13,000.

The licensee has also been directed to submit a sworn statement confirming that W277AN has been adjusted to its authorized power level and antenna system - or, to describe steps the station will take to come into compliance. (I might presume one such step will be to suspend operation until the proper antenna can be installed! -- or to request modification of the W277AN license to specify a transmitter power sufficiently lower than 61 watts that the station's coverage -- and interference potential -- are no greater with the unauthorized antenna than they would be with the correct unit.

AM station deleted

Canton, Ohio: 1520KHz:
WINW license canceled.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

AM station granted move to new city

Lobelville, Tennessee: 1570KHz:
WNKX granted move from Centerville.
Power to be decreased from 5,000 watts day/77 watts night to 1,000 watts day/66 watts night.
Tower to move to 35-46-01N/87-49-52W, a move of roughly 22 miles due west.
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This move was required to allow FM station WFGZ 94.5 to move from Lobelville to the Nashville neighborhood of Bellevue. The FCC does not allow deletion of a town's only radio station; moving WNKX to Lobelville replaced the lost FM service. WNKX-FM continues to operate in Centerville, so that town does not lose its only station.

Permit granted for new AM station

Big Rapids, Michigan: 1590KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
920 watts nighttime
Directional with different patterns day & night.
43-39-49N/85-28-54W

Monday, March 07, 2011

Applications for new AM stations amended

Anchorage, Alaska: 1310 & 1470KHz:
Applications for new stations amended to specify new site.
61-29-06N/149-45-46W.
1310 also amended to reduce nighttime power to 8,100 watts.
(from 10,000. 1310 remains 10,000 watts daytime, and 1470 remains 10,000 watts day & night.)

Friday, March 04, 2011

Canadian AM station granted frequency change

Wainwright, Alberta: 1080KHz:
CKKY granted move from 830KHz.
Daytime power to remain 10,000 watts but to go from non-directional to directional.
Nighttime power to increase to 9,000 watts.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Terre Haute, Indiana: 640KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
250 watts day & night, directional at night.
39-29-21N/87-25-08W.

AM station frequency changes requested

Soda Springs, Idaho: 800KHz:
KBRV requests move from 790KHz.
Power to 10,000 watts daytime, 150 watts nighttime, non-directional.
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Burns, Oregon: 1210KHz:
KBNH requests move from 1230.
Power to 12,000 watts daytime; 600 watts nighttime.
Directional, different patterns day & night.
Move to 43-33-53N/119-03-37W.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

AM station moved to new frequency

Daphne, Alabama: 540KHz:
WASG moved from 550KHz.
Power to 2,500 watts daytime, 19 watts night.
30-44-44N/88-05-40W.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

AM call changes

The following AM stations have changed callsigns recently:

RHOD Pawtucket 550 WBZS CC from WDDZ
CONN Ridgefield 850 WAXB CC from WREF
ALAB Rainbow City 930 WJBY CC from WGAD
CALI Fresno 940 KYNO CC from KWRU
ALAB Birmingham 960 WVVB CC from WERC
_PUER Quebradillas 960 WDNO CC from WCHQ
CALI Elk Grove 1030 KEGC CC for NS
WEST Beckley 1070 WBKW CC from WIWS
OREG Portland 1150 KXET CC from KLPM
NORTHC Carolina Beach 1180 WSFM CC from WUIN
NORTHC Carolina Beach 1180 WUIN CC from WMYT
MARY Annapolis 1190 WCRW CC from WBIS
MISSI Bay St. Louis 1190 WMEJ CC from WJZD
MASS Newton 1200 WXKS CC from WKOX
PENN Pittsburgh 1250 WDDZ CC from WEAE
NEVA Henderson 1280 KQLL CC from KDOX
UTAH Santa Clara 1290 KNFC CC for NS
CALI Fresno 1300 KWRU CC from KYNO
IDAH Wendell 1340 KTFI CC from KXSL
ALAB Gadsden 1350 WGAD CC from WJBY
GEOR Alma 1400 WAWO CC from WAJQ
GEOR Toccoa 1420 WLET CC from WVNG
MASS Everett 1430 WKOX CC from WXKS
KENT Neon 1480 WIZD CC from WGCK
WASH Vancouver 1550 KKOV CC from KKAD
OHIO Warren 1570 WHTX CC from WANR
MINN East Grand Forks 1590 KGFK CC from KCNN

Permit granted for new AM station

Fultondale, Alabama: 1520KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
6,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night
33-39-35N/86-47-39W

Fultondale is a Birmingham suburb.

Friday, February 18, 2011

AM station granted frequency & location change

Jeffersontown, Kentucky: 1200KHz:
WGRK granted move from 1540 Greensburg.
Power from 1,000 watts to 2,500. (remains daytime only, non-directional)
From 37-15-34N/85-30-57W to 38-11-04N/85-29-57W, a move of 103km/64mi. almost exactly due north into a Louisville suburb.

Move granted over the objection of WAMB-1200 Nashville.

Friday, February 11, 2011

FCC broadcast station totals

See the original here:


Category 12/31/2010 12/31/2009 change
AM 4,782 4,790 -8
FM commercial 6,526 6,479 +47
FM non-comm. 3,311 3,151 +160
total radio 14,619 14,420 +199

FM translators 6,131 6,155 -24
LPFM 859 864 -5

UHF comm. TV 1,022 1,019 +3
VHF comm. TV 368 373 -5
UHF educ. TV 284 283 +1
VHF educ. TV 107 107 0
total TV 1,781 1,782 -1

Class A UHF 441 451 -10
Class A VHF 81 86 -5
total Class A 522 537 -15

UHF translators 3,073 2,925 +148
VHF translators 1,454 1,434 +20
total xltrs. 4,527 4,359 +168

UHF LPTV 1,667 1,862 -195
VHF LPTV 524 524 0
total LPTV 2,191 2,386 -195

total BC stns. 30,630 30,503 +125

AM station deleted

Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands: 1290KHz:
WRRA license surrendered for cancellation.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

AM station granted frequency change

Kalamazoo, Michigan: 1440KHz:
WKPR granted move from 1420KHz.
Goes from 1,000 watts daytime/15 watts nighttime directional to 2,700 watts daytime/24 watts nighttime non-directional. No change in site.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Golden, Colorado: 1550KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
directional at night only.
39-43-46N/105-14-09W
Advanced Modulation Broadcasting

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Permit granted for new AM station

Shawano, Wisconsin: 1460KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
620 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different directional patterns day & night)
44-46-51N/88-37-52W,
same transmission facility (and ownership) as existing Shawano AM station WTCH-960.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Application for new AM station reinstated

Midland, Texas: 1550KHz:
Application for new station reinstated.
50,000 watts daytime;
300 watts nighttime;
DA-2 (different directional patterns day & night)
32-05-48N/101-59-08W

Friday, January 28, 2011

Canadian FM station going away (maybe)

In a decision today, the Canadian Radio-television and Communications Commission announced the licence of CKLN-88.1 Toronto has been revoked. The Commission cited questions of who controlled the station, which was apparently involved in a tug-of-war between two boards. They were locked out of their studios & transmitter room for several months, during which period the transmitter continuously broadcast a loop of programming hastily switched to air before the lockout.

The loss of licence is to be effective February 12th.

One Commissioner (and outside observers) believe the "death penalty" is somewhat extreme given the circumstances. There's a pretty good chance this revocation will be challenged.

(even if it isn't, or if the challenge fails, I'd be surprised if an FM frequency remains idle in Canada's largest city for long.)

IBOC costs station sports contract?

An article in Radio & Television Business Report suggests WDFN-1130 Detroit may have lost their contract to carry the Detroit Pistons basketball games due to interference from IBOC. The article blames KMOX-1120 and WRVA-1140.

The Pistons' Director of Broadcasting confirmed to RBR that coverage issues -- "...a weak signal..." was the reason for the change -- he wasn't sure whether IBOC/HD Radio was involved or not.

The games ended up on WXYT-1270/97.1, a station owned by a different company. (WDFN is a Clear Channel station; WXYT belongs to CBS)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

AM station frequency change requested

Clayton, Georgia: 830KHz:
WGHC requests move from 1400KHz.
Power to 2,800 watts daytime only, non-directional.
34-56-16N/83-23-27W

AM station frequency change denied

Pensacola, Florida: 770KHz:
WPNN denied permission to move from 780.
Would have been 50,000 watts daytime only, directional.
WPNN moved only last February from 790.

Permit granted for new AM station

Elk Grove, California: 1030KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
10,000 watts nighttime
DA-2 (directional, different patterns day & night)
38-16-01N/121-06-44W
Elk Grove is near Sacramento.

Monday, January 24, 2011

AM station moved to new location & frequency

Daphne, Alabama: 540KHz:
WASG moved from 550 Atmore.
Power from 10,000 watts to 2,500 daytime, from 143 to 19 at night. Station remains non-directional.
Site moves to 30-44-44N/88-50-40W, closer to Mobile.

Due to the lower interference level on 540 and the site closer to population concentrations, WASG probably reaches more people on the new facility despite the lower power.

New AM station on the air

Malmstrom AFB, Montana: 1490KHz:
New station KGFR on the air.
1,000 watts daytime
580 watts nighttime
non-directional all hours
47-28-45N/111-14-28W
Malmstrom AFB is adjacent to Great Falls.

Friday, January 21, 2011

CBC surrenders DAB radio licences

The CBC has surrendered the licences of 14 Eureka 147 DAB transmitters, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has revoked those licences.

There were two transmitters authorized in Windsor, Ontario, and four each in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver. The Toronto transmitters were first authorized in 1998; the Vancouver outlets in 2000; and the Windsor and Ottawa stations in 2002.

They never got much traction. Receivers were few and expensive. Of course, the USA went with a different standard, which eliminated any chance for economies of scale to reduce the price of a digital receiver in Canada.

DAB is still [b]allowed[/b] in Canada, and there are still other-than-CBC transmitters operating. I doubt that will be the case much longer though. IBOC is now allowed in Canada as well. However, I know of no more than three Canadian stations using it.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

AM station frequency change requested

Wainwright, Alberta: 1080KHz:
CKKY requests move from 830KHz.
Transmitter site would not change; neither will daytime power of 10,000 watts. Nighttime power would increase to 9,000 watts.

The 1080 frequency became available when CKSA Lloydminster moved from 1080 to 95.9 FM.

Permit issued for new AM station

Bethel Heights, Arkansas: 1340KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts day & night.
36-12-43N/94-07-38W
Johnson Communications

Bethel Heights is in extreme northwest Arkansas, just south of Fayetteville.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Another Canadian AM station going away

Prince Rupert, British Columbia: 560KHz:
CHTK granted permission to move to FM.
99.1 with 160 watts at 578m. Same site as the existing 101.9 station there.

AM stations deleted

Daleville, Alabama: 1560KHz:
WCMA deleted.


McComb, Mississippi: 1250KHz:
WHNY deleted.

AM station frequency change on the air

Huntington, West Virginia: 1200KHz:
WNBL moved from 1470KHz.
Power increased to 22,000 watts daytime, 8,000 watts critical hours, 9 watts night.