Saturday, July 26, 2008

AM frequency change in American Samoa

Leone, American Samoa:720KHz:
WVUV granted move from 648KHz.
Power reduced from 10,000 watts to 5,000 daytime, 2,000 nighttime, non-directional.
New site 14-20-24S/170-46-22W.

New AM stations (on Guam)

Agana, Guam: 1017KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
4,000 watts fulltime, non-directional.

In a new-station application, the applicant is required to demonstrate they comply with regulations limiting how many stations a single owner may control in a given market. This application contains this interesting answer:

"Neither Powell Meredith nor any individual or entity having an attributable interest in the applicant has an interest of any kind in any other station or application in the Agana, Guam market other than the pending AM application herein, much less anything else in the Eastern Hemisphere. Therefore, Powell Meredith complies with the Commission's multiple ownership rules."

Agana, Guam:1170KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
250 watts fulltime, non-directional

Saturday, July 19, 2008

What some people will try to do...

So, there's a radio station in Michigan. Their license was to expire on October 1, 2004. They never filed for renewal.

So, in June 2006, the FCC sends their owner a letter warning them their license is expired & they aren't authorized to operate. A month later, an agent visits and finds that this station is in fact operating, even though its license expired almost two years ago. A month after that, agents spoke with the station's owner, informing him personally of the unlicensed status of his station.

The owner said he didn't file a renewal because it has to be done electronically and his station doesn't have a computer.

In August 2007, the station is still operating. FCC sends them a Notice of Apparent Liability for $10,000. They respond that they did not "willfully" violate the part of the Communications Act that requires stations to have a license, and that they could not file a renewal application because they don't have a computer. They claim to have filed a request for Special Temporary Authorization to continue operating and, "...since that time, it has assumed that the request would be answered by the FCC."

Uh, yeah.

1. It's 2008. You're in a city of 53,000 people. You can't find an Internet-connected computer???

2. You didn't think to call the FCC (the inspector gave you the number) who would have told you they would consider waivers to the requirement to file electronically?

3. You think asking for special temporary authority automatically gives you that authority?

The fine stands.

Oh, and we should note that as recently as this Monday, the station in question was still operating - without a license.

See the original FCC document.

AM changes granted

Piedmont, California: 1510KHz:
KPIG granted nighttime power increase
from 230 watts to 2,400.
Requires KGA make the change below:

Spokane, Washington: 1510KHz:
KGA granted nighttime power decrease
from 50,000 watts to 15,000.
Necessary for co-owned KPIG to upgrade.

New AM stations (and not)

Englewood, Colorado: 1550KHz:
Application for new station reinstated.
50,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Different directional patterns day & night
Hill & Glover Broadcasting

Golden, Colorado: 1550KHz:
Application for new station reinstated.
5,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
Directional at night only
Advanced Modulation Broadcasting

The above two applications are mutually exclusive.

Blanchard, Louisiana: 1550KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
Different directional patterns day & night
Word of Life Ministries

Catalina, California: 1450KHz:
Application for new station dismissed.
Mark C. Allen

Thursday, July 17, 2008

AM call changes

The following AM stations have changed calls recently:

Alexander City, Ala. 1050 WBNM from WRFS
Anniston, Ala. 1490 WSYA from WANA
Irondale, Ala. 1480 WQOH from WRLM
Seward, Alas. 950 KSEW from KSWD
Palo Alto, Cal. 1220 KDOW from KNTS
Colorado Springs 1300 KCSF from KKML
Smithville, Ga. 1230 WUCN (new station)
Elkhart, Ind. 1270 WCMR from WFRN
New Albany, Ind. 1570 WNDA from WWSZ
South Bend, Ind. 1620 WPNT from WWLV
Georgetown, Ky. 1580 WGVN from WXRA
Stanford, Ky. 1520 WKFO from WRSL
Pocomoke City, Md. 1070 WCRW from WBEY
Austin, Minn. 970 KQAQ from KNFX
Dilworth, Minn. 1100 WZFG from WZFN
Wilton, Minn. 820 WBKK (new station)
Brandon, Miss. 970 WJFN from WZQK
Neosho, Mo. 1420 KBTN from KQYS
Newton, N.J. 1360 WTOC from WNNJ
Rochester, N.Y. 990 WRCI from WLGZ
Spring Lake, N.C. 1450 WFBX from WCIE
Rossford, Ohio 1520 WNWT from WDMN
Roseburg, Ore. 1490 KSKR from KRNR
Johnstown, Pa. 850 WNTJ from WPRR
Walhalla, S.C. 1000 WJTP from WWOF
Rockwood, Tenn. 580 WYHM from WOFE
Manor, Tex. 1120 KTXW from KRAU
Seattle, Wash. 1680 KNTS from KDOW
Dunbar, W. Va. 1450 WLUX (new station)

Monday, July 14, 2008

AM frequency change in Georgia

Ellijay, Georgia: 1580KHz:
WPGY changes frequency from 1560:
WPGY has changed frequency from 1560KHz to 1580, and reduced power from 1,000 watts to 500. Tower location remains unchanged, and WPGY remains a daytime-only operation.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New AM stations

Whitefish, Montana: 1450kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
420 watts day & night, non-directional

Bandon, Oregon: 800kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,500 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Major AM change granted

Memphis, Tennessee: 830kHz:
KOTC granted move from Kennett, Mo.
Power will remain 10kw, daytime only, non-directional.
Tower will move to 35-15-12N/90-02-51W.

Thursday, July 03, 2008