Thursday, October 14, 2010

Application for new AM station dismissed

Greenville, Georgia: 1560KHz:
Application for new station dismissed.
Williams Communications' application for a new station here has been dismissed, at the applicant's request.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

AM station defunct

Cornwall, Ontario: 1220KHz:
CJUL deleted
(so in a matter of weeks, both stations on 1220 in Southern Ontario have been deleted...)
CJUL has been off the air for some time, but finally got around to surrendering their licence.

AM station granted frequency change

Cornwall, New York: 1150KHz:
WWLE granted frequency change from 1170.
From daytime only to 2,500 watts daytime, 500 watts nighttime, directional all hours with different patterns day & night.

New AM station granted

Alpine, Texas: 1490KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
950 watts nighttime
Non-directional all hours.
Trade Media Corp.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Application for new AM station reinstated

Reno, Nevada: 1180KHz:
Application for new station reinstated.
7,500 watts daytime;
670 watts nighttime;
Directional at night only.

Friday, October 01, 2010

AM station license cancelled, or maybe not

Bristol, Connecticut: 1120KHz:
WPRX license cancelled

Two commercial FM licenses were also canceled today. I cannot remember the last time I've heard of a commercial FM licensee going out of business permanently. I strongly suspect these are administrative issues -- botched renewals. The stations believe they have valid licenses but the FCC believes they have expired.

AM DXers advise WPRX is in fact still on the air.

New AM station granted

North Las Vegas, Nevada: 1430KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime;
370 watts nighttime;
DA-2, directional all hours with different patterns day & night.
Eastern Sierra Broadcasting

I REALLY, REALLY want that translator.....

The FCC has refused to forcibly "un-delete" FM translator W276BX-103.1 Pompton Lakes, New Jersey.

- On November 18, 2008, the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, (NJPBA) licensee of W276BX, asked the FCC to cancel the translator's license.

- On January 16, 2009, the FCC's staff granted NJPBA's request and canceled W276BX.

- On February 17, 2009, WGHT-1500, a daytime-only commercial AM station in Pompton Lakes, filed a Petition for Reconsideration, asking the FCC to not cancel the W276BX license. They argued that cancellation is “contrary to the public interest, and harmful to the welfare and safety of the residents of Pompton Lakes."

The FCC ruled against WGHT's petition, saying:

“...the Commission has no authority to require any party [e.g., NJPBA] to assume a license and the corresponding duties and responsibilities that inhere in assuming the role of a licensee..."

To which WGHT filed another petition, arguing among other things: (quoting the FCC, not the station)

"(1) a party cannot elect to cease being a licensee to the detriment of the public or another licensee, citing Pappamal Wellington Kurian;

(2) it has standing to seek reconsideration as a “local listener, a local resident, a competitor, or the proposed originating station or assignee of W276BX,” because “WGHT(AM)’s authority to utilize an FM translator, and to provide service at night, will be eliminated if W276BX is not reinstated”;9 and

(3) the Commission should “exercise its public interest mandate and facilitate such a service whether it believes Mariana has standing . . . or not.”"

The Commission still isn't buying it. They've dismissed WGHT's second Petition as repetitive. W276BX remains dead, and WGHT remains daytime only...

Reading between the lines... what I think you can reasonably presume is... that WGHT hoped to purchase W276BX and use it to relay their AM station. The translator could operate at night, even if WGHT itself can't.

WGHT cannot license a new translator to relay their AM station -- only existing translators may be used to relay AM stations -- and in any case, it could be many years before another translator filing window is opened -- years before any applications for new translators will be accepted. By canceling the W276BX license, WGHT lost their easiest shot at an FM frequency.

(it would still be possible for them to acquire an existing translator elsewhere and move it to Pompton Lakes. But that would be a lengthy and expensive process.)

(I wonder, had WGHT already asked NJPBA if they were interested in selling the translator? Seems to me it would have been better for NJPBA's bottom line to sell the unused license to WGHT rather than surrendering it for cancellation. But it's possible they didn't know of WGHT's interest -- and once the license was surrendered, it was too late to get it back..)