Thursday, February 23, 2012

AM station going away

CKMO-900 Victoria, BC will be going off the air at the end of the month.

The station, associated with Camosun College, started as a low-powered FM operation on 103.1. Ten years ago, commercial station CJVI-900 arranged a frequency swap with CKMO. (the commercial operator was able to significantly increase power on the FM facility) As part of the deal, CJVI agreed to cover the costs of maintaining the AM transmitter for ten years.

That period has expired, and CKMO has determined it cannot afford to maintain the AM facility.

The station will revert to online broadcasting.

AM station going away

Stettler, Alberta: 1400KHz:
CKSQ going to FM.

Monday, February 20, 2012

AM station deleted

Bogalusa, Louisiana: 1490KHz:
WIKC deleted.
Station had been silent since 2009; the Communications Act requires the FCC to delete it.

Friday, February 10, 2012

FM multistep moves: abuse of process?

The FCC has asked Radio Power, the licensee of W250BN West Allis, Wisconsin, to respond to a list of inquiries regarding the station's six-step long-haul move from Beloit. The questions: (paraphrased by me, as the originals are quite lengthy!)

1. When the application was filed for each of the five steps, did Radio Power have "reasonable assurance" that the specified site would be available?

2. How long did W250BN broadcast from each of these sites?

3. Which station was rebroadcast from each site? Did W250BN have consent from the originating station?

4. Was the station silent for more than 30 days when licensed to any of these sites?

5. What city does W250BN ultimately intend to serve, and who does it intend to rebroadcast?

(DS: the obvious answer to half of this last question is Milwaukee. Who they intend to rebroadcast I have no idea.)

The five steps:

- 98.9 Clinton, Wis.: 42-34-26N/88-52-20W, on the premises of Little Limestone Inc., at Exit 6 off I-43

- 98.7 Darien, Wis.: 42-33-44N?88-42-26W, a silo on a farm on Peters Road, Sharon

- 98.3 Como, Wis.: 42-37-05N/88-32-13W, a construction business on Hwy. 67 between Elkhorn and Williams Bay

- 98.1 East Troy, Wis.: 42-44-49N/88-26-22W, a landscape business at Exit 33 off I-43

- 97.9 West Allis, Wis.: 42-54-46N/88-11-15W, a tower on Crowbar Drive, Muskego, about a mile southwest of Exit 54 off I-43. (this tower is tall enough to be painted red & white but is NOT home to any other broadcast station)

They also want to know about "reasonable assurance" for the final step, an application to move to the tower in the Milwaukee tower farm shared by TV channels 10, 24, 30, and 36.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

AM station deleted

Quincy, Florida: 1230KHz:
WWSD license canceled.

Non-commercial stations will continue to be non-commercial

A few months ago, I posted this, about a network of non-commercial FM stations which asked the FCC for permission to air commercials. The network claimed poverty -- inability to land grants and contributions necessary to fund their operation. And the FCC denied them, noting that the Communications Act (which can only be waived by Congress) prohibits the airing of commercials on non-commercial stations.

Network of Glory has now sold the stations. The buyer is American Family Radio, one of the largest (if not the largest) group owners of non-commercial religious stations.

Again, the five stations in question are:

KEJA-91.7 Cale, Ark.
WAKP-89.1 Smithboro, Ga.
KEIS-90.3 York, Nebr.
KJOG-91.1 Cleveland, Okla.
WGBQ-91.9 Lynchburg, Tenn.

EDIT: I forgot to add a subject the first time around.....

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

AM stations deleted

Grenada, Mississippi: 1400KHz:
West Point, Mississippi: 1450KHz:
WYKC and WROB deleted at request of licensees.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Permit granted for new station

Kahului, Hawaii: 1250KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
210 watts nighttime
non-directional all hours.
Kahului is on Maui.

AM station DENIED change to new city

Kanab, Utah: 1560KHz:
WAMI denied move from 860 at Opp, Alabama.
1560 was an amendment; the station had originally requested 1540 at a different site near Kanab.

AM call changes

The following AM stations have changed callsigns recently:

South Tucson, Arizona 1330 KWFM CC from KJLL
Oakland, California 910 KKSF CC from KNEW
Oakland, California 960 KNEW CC from KKGN
Meridian, Idaho 890 KYWN CC from KDJQ
Charleston, Illinois 1270 WRJM CC from WEIC
Denham Springs, La. 1210 WLRO CC from WSKR
Summersville, W. Va. 1230 WSGD CC for NS
New Holstein, Wis. 1530 WLWB CC from WMBE