Friday, August 29, 2008

New AM station (and not)

Palm Springs, Florida: 1500KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime, directional, 26-45-18N/80-22-00W
250 watts nighttime, directional, 26-37-22N/80-04-20W

(yes, two different sites)

Palm Springs is near West Palm Beach.

Taft, Florida: 1500KHz:
Application for new station dismissed.
I can't find Taft on the map but I'll bet it's also near West Palm Beach...

New AM station on the air

Eureka, California: 1400KHz:
New station KIHH has filed for a license to cover.
790 watts fulltime, non-directional from a single tower at 40-48-09N/124-08-20.
Licensee is IHR Educational Broadcasting, a group owner of Catholic religious stations.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Long-haul FM station moves denied

The FCC has denied Educational Media Foundation's request to move two New Mexico FM stations hundreds of miles to the east.

Tucumcari's KVLP proposed to move to Brewster, Ohio, southwest of Massillon in the northeastern part of the state. The move would include a substantial power increase and a move from 91.7 to 90.1.

Roswell's KQAI proposed to move to Rising Sun, Maryland in the extreme northeastern corner of the state, about 25 miles west of Wilmington, Delaware. This move would have included a significant power decrease and a frequency change from 89.1 to 88.3.

In both cases, the FCC quoted document DA-08-1537 as the reason for denying the requests. This document addresses the ability of various pending FM applications to lead towards a "fair distribution" of non-commercial FM radio service. In both cases, other applications had been filed for completely new stations, and a competing applicant showed their station would do a better job of creating a fair distribution of service.

In KVLP's case, the station didn't claim it would provide a first or second non-commercial service to at least 10% of the people in their proposed service area. (or that that 10% would amount to fewer than 2,000 people) The competing applicant did claim to provide first or second service, and thus won the preference.

In KQAI's case, three applicants including KQAI claimed to provide a first service to at least 10% of their potential audience. However, competing applicant Four Rivers Community Broadcasting proposed to reach 33,000 people with a 1st or 2nd service; KQAI claimed only 26,000.

Educational Media Foundation operates the "K-Love" and "Air1" religious popular music networks.

New AM station on the air

Sweetwater, Florida: 880KHz:
New station WZAB is on the air.
Filed for license-to-cover on August 19th.
4,000 watts daytime; 5,000 watts nighttime; directional all hours, two different patterns. (DA-2)
25-44-56N/80-32-50W, roughly 15 miles due west of Miami.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

AM stations going away in Canada

Four Canadian AM stations have applied to move to FM:

Athabasca, Alberta: CKBA-850: to 94.1FM, 9kw/54m
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: CFDR-780: to 92.9FM, 100kw/196m
Guelph, Ontario: CJOY-1460: to 95.7FM, 30kw/54m
Sudbury, Ontario: CIGM-790: to 93.5FM, 100kw/204m

AM station to be deleted

The FCC has approved Kovas Communications' application to surrender the license of WMCW-1600 Harvard, Ill. and increase the power of co-owned WONX Evanston to 7,000 watts. Two other Kovas stations received permission to change frequency and move to new locations to open space for WONX's increase. But WMCW was the only station licensed to Harvard, and FCC policy prohibited them from moving.

(other stations involved:
WCGO-1600 Chicago Heights: moving to 1020 in Jemison, Michigan.
WKKD-1580 Aurora: moving to Silvis, near the Quad Cities.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Major AM station change granted

Millbrook, Illinois:1480KHz:
WSPY granted move from Geneva.
Power to 400 watts (daytime)/300 watts (nighttime), directional with different patterns day & night.

New AM stations

Jackson, Mississippi: 1440KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
300 watts nighttime
directional, different patterns day & night

Peralta, New Mexico: 700KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
430 watts daytime
220 watts nighttime
directional, different patterns day & night

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Major AM change granted

Aurora, Indiana: 1030KHz:
WGYV granted move from 1380KHz in Greenville, Alabama.
500 watts daytime-only, directional.

Aurora is just west of Cincinnati on the Ohio River.

New AM stations

Pine Bluffs, Wyoming: 540KHz:
New station KJJL on the air.

KJJL-540 has filed for a license-to-cover.
900 watts daytime; 700 watts nighttime.
DA-2 - directional, different patterns day & night.

Pine Bluffs is east of Cheyenne on the Wyoming-Nebraska border.

Maxwell AFB, Alabama: 1030KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
35,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
DA-2 - directional, different patterns day & night.

Maxwell AFB is on the northeast side of Montgomery.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Amendment to application for new AM station

Marquette, Michigan: 1430KHz:
Application amended to increase power
from 250 watts non-directional
to 50,000 watts daytime;
2,000 watts nighttime;
directional at night only.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Various AM changes

Camrose, Alberta: 840KHz:
CFCW applies to move from 790KHz
No technical details given.
Channel became available when CJXX Grande Prairie moved from 840 to 93.1 FM. CJXX operated at 25,000 watts daytime/10,000 nighttime, but since Grande Prairie and Camrose are quite some distance apart, I would expect CFCW's technical facilities to be quite different from CJXX's.

Kenai, Alaska: 980KHz:
Application for new station dismissed
This would have replaced KZXX which previously operated on 980 in Kenai.

Susanville, California: 1490KHz:
Permit granted for new station
1,000 watts daytime
970 watts nighttime
non-directional at all hours
Eastern Sierra Broadcasting