Friday, February 27, 2009

Michigan station gone

You may remember the tale of WOLY-1500, Battle Creek, Michigan?

This station's license expired in October 2004. They never filed for renewal.

After a tip, FCC agents from Detroit visited Battle Creek in July 2006 - and found WOLY still operating. They spoke with the station's owner in August and informed him his station was operating without a valid license. He told the agents the station wasn't able to file its renewal application electronically. (most broadcast-related forms are required to be filed via a secure area of the FCC website)

Agents checked again in March and August 2007 and found WOLY still operating, despite being without license for nearly three years. In August, the Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for $10,000.

In response, the station stated they couldn't file their renewal electronically as they had no access to a computer. They said they'd requested Special Temporary Authority to operate until a renewal could be filed, and assumed it would be granted. (in fact, no action was ever taken. The FCC releases don't say whether the Commission received the STA request.)

The Commission didn't buy the argument, but they did accept that the financial record showed the station couldn't afford the $10,000 fine. It was reduced to $5,000.

Finally, in January of this year, the station filed for renewal. They also filed for Special Temporary Authority to continue operation until their renewal was acted on.

Yet again, the FCC didn't buy it. A February 23rd release says the station's request that the Commission reconsider their notice of license expiration is untimely. Such requests must be filed within 30 days -- in this case it was years before any response was received. They also indicated there was no basis for Temporary Authority to continue the license of a station whose license has been expired for years.

Monday, February 23, 2009

New AM stations

Dalton Gardens, Idaho: 1490KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
810 watts day & night, non-directional

Dalton Gardens is just across I-90 from Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho, near Spokane, Washington.

Central Point, Oregon: 1400KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts day & night, non-directional

Central Point is near Medford in southern Oregon.

Friday, February 13, 2009

AM call changes

The following AM stations have changed calls recently:

ALAB Priceville 1310 WKZD CC from WQAH
CALI Bakersfield 1410 KERI CC from KERN
CALI Lompoc 1410 KSMA CC from KUHL
CALI San Diego 1240 KNSN CC from KSON
CALI San Francisco 1550 KFRC CC from KYCY
CALI Santa Maria 1440 KUHL CC from KINF
CALI Wasco-Greenacres 1180 KERN CC from KERI
COLO Keystone 1320 KWLW CC for NS
COLO Silt 1490 KNAM CC for NS
FLOR Dunedin 820 WWBA CC from WHBO
FLOR Pinellas Park 1040 WHBO CC from WWBA
KENT Cannonsburg 1080 WYHY CC from WOKT
MICH Greenville 1380 WGLM CC from WSCG
MICH South Haven 940 WCSY CC from WHIT
NEBR Bellevue 1180 KOIL CC from KYDZ
NEBR Plattsmouth 1020 KMMQ CC from KOIL
NEWH Exeter 1540 WXEX CC from WGIP
NEWY Middletown 1400 WYNY CC from WMJQ
NEWY Ontario 1330 WMJQ CC from WYNY
NORTHC Fair Bluff 1480 WWKO CC from WSRC
NORTHC Jacksonville 910 WAVQ CC from WSTK
OREG Salem 1390 KVXX CC from KKSN
WEST Hurricane 1110 WIHY CC from WOKU
WISC Madison 1550 WHIT CC from WTUX

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Congress delays DTV transition

Congress has passed legislation which will delay the forced shutdown of analog TV until June 12th. It has not yet been signed by President Obama but the President has called for the legislation so I think you can assume he'll sign it.

The legislation permits stations to leave their analog transmitters on past February 17th. It does not require them to do so. Nearly 700 stations have already filed notice of intent to shut off their analog transmitters on February 17th regardless of this legislation.