Friday, January 28, 2011

Canadian FM station going away (maybe)

In a decision today, the Canadian Radio-television and Communications Commission announced the licence of CKLN-88.1 Toronto has been revoked. The Commission cited questions of who controlled the station, which was apparently involved in a tug-of-war between two boards. They were locked out of their studios & transmitter room for several months, during which period the transmitter continuously broadcast a loop of programming hastily switched to air before the lockout.

The loss of licence is to be effective February 12th.

One Commissioner (and outside observers) believe the "death penalty" is somewhat extreme given the circumstances. There's a pretty good chance this revocation will be challenged.

(even if it isn't, or if the challenge fails, I'd be surprised if an FM frequency remains idle in Canada's largest city for long.)

IBOC costs station sports contract?

An article in Radio & Television Business Report suggests WDFN-1130 Detroit may have lost their contract to carry the Detroit Pistons basketball games due to interference from IBOC. The article blames KMOX-1120 and WRVA-1140.

The Pistons' Director of Broadcasting confirmed to RBR that coverage issues -- "...a weak signal..." was the reason for the change -- he wasn't sure whether IBOC/HD Radio was involved or not.

The games ended up on WXYT-1270/97.1, a station owned by a different company. (WDFN is a Clear Channel station; WXYT belongs to CBS)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

AM station frequency change requested

Clayton, Georgia: 830KHz:
WGHC requests move from 1400KHz.
Power to 2,800 watts daytime only, non-directional.

AM station frequency change denied

Pensacola, Florida: 770KHz:
WPNN denied permission to move from 780.
Would have been 50,000 watts daytime only, directional.
WPNN moved only last February from 790.

Permit granted for new AM station

Elk Grove, California: 1030KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
10,000 watts nighttime
DA-2 (directional, different patterns day & night)
Elk Grove is near Sacramento.

Monday, January 24, 2011

AM station moved to new location & frequency

Daphne, Alabama: 540KHz:
WASG moved from 550 Atmore.
Power from 10,000 watts to 2,500 daytime, from 143 to 19 at night. Station remains non-directional.
Site moves to 30-44-44N/88-50-40W, closer to Mobile.

Due to the lower interference level on 540 and the site closer to population concentrations, WASG probably reaches more people on the new facility despite the lower power.

New AM station on the air

Malmstrom AFB, Montana: 1490KHz:
New station KGFR on the air.
1,000 watts daytime
580 watts nighttime
non-directional all hours
Malmstrom AFB is adjacent to Great Falls.

Friday, January 21, 2011

CBC surrenders DAB radio licences

The CBC has surrendered the licences of 14 Eureka 147 DAB transmitters, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has revoked those licences.

There were two transmitters authorized in Windsor, Ontario, and four each in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver. The Toronto transmitters were first authorized in 1998; the Vancouver outlets in 2000; and the Windsor and Ottawa stations in 2002.

They never got much traction. Receivers were few and expensive. Of course, the USA went with a different standard, which eliminated any chance for economies of scale to reduce the price of a digital receiver in Canada.

DAB is still [b]allowed[/b] in Canada, and there are still other-than-CBC transmitters operating. I doubt that will be the case much longer though. IBOC is now allowed in Canada as well. However, I know of no more than three Canadian stations using it.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

AM station frequency change requested

Wainwright, Alberta: 1080KHz:
CKKY requests move from 830KHz.
Transmitter site would not change; neither will daytime power of 10,000 watts. Nighttime power would increase to 9,000 watts.

The 1080 frequency became available when CKSA Lloydminster moved from 1080 to 95.9 FM.

Permit issued for new AM station

Bethel Heights, Arkansas: 1340KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts day & night.
Johnson Communications

Bethel Heights is in extreme northwest Arkansas, just south of Fayetteville.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Another Canadian AM station going away

Prince Rupert, British Columbia: 560KHz:
CHTK granted permission to move to FM.
99.1 with 160 watts at 578m. Same site as the existing 101.9 station there.

AM stations deleted

Daleville, Alabama: 1560KHz:
WCMA deleted.

McComb, Mississippi: 1250KHz:
WHNY deleted.

AM station frequency change on the air

Huntington, West Virginia: 1200KHz:
WNBL moved from 1470KHz.
Power increased to 22,000 watts daytime, 8,000 watts critical hours, 9 watts night.