Thursday, December 25, 2008

New AM station on the air

(in Gov. Palin's backyard!)

Wasilla, Alaska: 1430KHz:
New station KMBQ files for license-to-cover.
1,000 watts day and night, non-directional.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Public stations in Maine to suspend operation

The public radio and TV stations in Calais, Maine and the radio station in Fort Kent will suspend operations for six months as a money-saving measure.

The stations affected are WMED-89.7, WMED-TV 13, and WMED-DT 10 in Calais, and WMEF-106.5 in Fort Kent.

Again, the stations will only be off for six months -- except for WMED-TV, which would have gone dark anyway in February as part of the DTV transition. This station obviously won't be returning to the air at all.

The impact will be lessened somewhat by the affected area's location along the Canadian border - the area should receive some service from CBC radio and TV stations in New Brunswick with similar programming formats. I might guess that cable operators in the area may pipe in the MPBN signal from the Bangor transmitter.

The remaining MPBN transmitters will be going off the air for five hours each night.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network press release on budget cuts.

New stations: application reinstated; application dismissed

Santee, California: 1400KHz:
500 watts day & night, non-directional.
Daytime site: 32-53-50N/116-55-34W
Nighttime site: 32-51-12N/116-58-22W
City-of-license amended from Lemon Grove.

If granted this would be the only Class C ("graveyard") station with different day and night sites.

Santa Maria, California: 1320KHz:
Application for new station dismissed. (RAMS III)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Major AM change granted

Sylva, North Carolina: 540KHz:
WRGC granted move from 680KHz.
Power to increase to 5,000 watts daytime, 210 watts night.
Directional nighttime only.
Daytime & nighttime operations are moving to two different sites:
35-23-04N/83-11-11W daytime
35-22-46N/83-09-13W nighttime
(neither site is the same as their current site)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New AM stations - granted & on the air

Evergreen, Montana: 1340KHz:
KQJZ requests license-to-cover -- station is presumably on the air.
1,000 watts daytime; 670 watts night; non-directional all hours.
Evergreen is adjacent to Kalispell in northwest Montana.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas: 1190KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
10,000 watts daytime, non-directional
350 watts nighttime, directional