KOHI was the first station I remember DXing, as I recall completely by accident. I was tuning around on a crappy Rat $hack SW100 and came across this very faint sounding station at the top end of the dial. Having a huge fascination with the coast at the time (I think I was maybe 10 or 11) I had come under the impression I was DXing Astoria!
Of course years later I did end up DXing Astoria when I got my first real stereo receiver (a 1980s Sony) and was pulling in KAST on 92.9. This was a couple years before the bible thumpers on 92.7 started jamming it. I think I also discovered KXXO kind of around that same time.Andy BrownParticipant
They moved there to eliminate the need for a D.A. They are 73.215 to Olympia KXXO already. Since there were three station changes to get to this point, it probably is just TFE to move anywhere and go back to a D.A. Not to mention they are also short spaced to KZEL. They only have about 3 km wiggle room north and south without going D.A., not enough to move to Sylvan.washnotoreParticipant
I heard KXXO in the North Side of Vancouver today. More like Salmon Creek, Hazel Dell Area.
Anyway KXXO has a web promo going on it’s boosted signal. If you could call it that.cbaravelliSpectator
The 3 element JAMPRO active performance specifications are attached to the 5 May 2015 FCC 302 which identifies the -1 degree electrostatic beam tilt. However, Section III.2 beam tilt antenna box is checked Not Applicable. Hence the 15 September 302.
The 2.8 kW total ERP reduction to 2.7 kW total ERP is due to the JAMPRO being so darn efficient.
KXXO has its own issues. Circular polarization has unique reflection and refraction properties. With center antenna height at 828 Meters (2,700+ feet) HAAT and with normal Puget Sound temperature inversion marine layer patterns, KXXO is either in or above the clouds. More absorbing and refracting. There is no beam tilt I can detect.
Given more time, I am sure 3 Horizons will work out program element timing issues and base audio levels. IP audio needs level tweeking as well. Conservative format is in line with corporate market strategy and values. Gray hairs listen longer to broadcast radio and have more money.
Format selection is not my preference (don’t like vanilla ice milk) but there is an open hole in the market which can be filled. This is a flip. 3 Horizons has retained a broker. Let the next owner make noise in a clown suit to attract attention. Horizon Broadcasting has also retained a broker and will be for sale soon.
HBG & CEO Keith Shipman should receive congratulations and respect for their persistence. https://www.facebook.com/SeattleRadioGreats
That grinning smile is priceless.BroadwayParticipant
From James Boyd Facebook posting…
—from Keith Shipman
I’ve been very fortunate to be in the broadcasting business since I was 17 years old and I’ve realized many dreams in this industry. It’s not often you have the opportunity to construct and sign on a brand new radio station, and I’ve had the pleasure to be involved with three of these projects over the past 16 years at Horizon Broadcasting Group – KWPK-FM Bend, OR (The Peak 104.1) in 2001, KBNW-AM Bend, OR in 2008 and yesterday, KWLZ-FM in Portland, OR. The KWLZ-FM journey was most interesting, and took 11 years to complete. Seven radio stations were reassigned frequencies in the state of Oregon, and another in Washington to accommodate KWLZ-FM’s relocation from Warm Springs, OR to Portland – the last major market move-in project in America. We turned the new station on at 12 pm on Friday, September 18, 2015 – Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits 96.3 KWLZ – playing 25,000 Classic Hits in a row. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible efforts of an army of pros, all of whom I can’t list here, but I wish to recognize some of them for their outstanding efforts. The engineers: James Boyd, Rick Olson, Ernie Hopseker and Tim Vik. The programmers: Jay Kelly, Dave Clemens, Eric McKaig, Reel World and Randy Lundquist. The legal team: Henry Solomon, Melodie Virtue, Matt McCormick, Brian Madden and John Sorlie. Our project design advisors: Erik Swanson of Hatfield & Dawson, Marty Chase of KPFF and Madison Batt of Tower Engineering Company. The project contractors: WC&T Construction, SeaComm Tower and Radio Tower Company among many others. A humble tip of the cap to the entire Horizon Broadcasting Group team, led by Business Manager Regan Brick; our partners at KXXO-FM/3 Cities Inc (David Rauh and Toni Holm) and finally, the gentlemen with whom I co-founded Horizon Broadcasting Group – Bill Ackerley and Dan Walker. Congratulations everyone on a job well done! You can listen to Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits 96.3 KWLZ at http://www.963kwlz.com or on the TuneIn Radio app.Alfredo_TParticipant
I stand corrected: I can still receive KZEL and KXXO when I point my antenna south and north, respectively (nulling out adjacent KWLZ).Alfredo_TParticipant
Likely, I must now say, “Goodbye KZEL and KXXO reception.”
I’m a little confused as to why program tests haven’t begun yet on KWLZ. The construction permit states that they can’t commence program tests until KXXO commences them. It doesn’t say KXXO has to conclude them before KWLZ can start. In any event, KWLZ has yet to file the form that indicates program tests will begin.cbaravelliSpectator
As KXXO has been “testing” since 11 August from Capitol Peak almost daily without a CDBS 302; as the ten year twin transition has not been “smooth”; as KXXO now is in the primary partnership position; as KXXO must file a PTA before KWLZ does; as 3 Cities & 3 Horizons must file Licence to Cover simultaneously before FCC drop deadline…
Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.
I think the format speculation can now begin. KXXO is AC so that seems like a possibility but I heard a rumor that they would be the fourth Country station. I’d like to see a Soft AC. Any others?
I know that KWLZ is a special case and I wasn’t referring to them directly although KXXO waited for the last minute also. Reading about them simply made me think of the situation. It just seems to happen an awful lot, just counting the stations here. I thought there must be a reason for it to so often come down to the final days. I didn’t really think there was a tax break but conjectured that it might be something special. Stations used to have one year and they were sometimes up and running in much less time. It just seems odd.mwdxer1Participant
I have been away the FM dial for about a week and here on the Northern Oregon Coast I have noticed two changes from the Puget Sound.
First KXXO 96.1 Olympia is back in full power. Not quite as strong as they were from their old site out by Morton, but still about 70-80% of what they were. easily listenable on a portable in house here near Seaside. They don’t seem to be in HD.
Second KFYQ 91.7 is on. Weak to Fair here on the coast with Rel programming. I guess they run like 4.3 KW.Andy BrownParticipant
“how common it is for stations to wait until the very last minute before filing a 302. Is there a tax break or something? It isn’t like that’s the only way it ever happens but it does occur often enough that I have to wonder.”
No tax break. You are in business already, even if you are new, but it is often about two things: 1. money 2. conditions on the CP.
In this case it is the latter. KWLZ can’t begin program test authority (usually done in the 10 days previous to filing the 302) until KXXO’s new location is up, running and receives their license. Waiting until the last day to file the 302 is in this case, is just to beat the deadline since the FCC won’t issue a license until KXXO’s license is issued. KXXO (according to the 302 form) has begun PTA at half power, so it shouldn’t be too much longer.
Anyway, Portland doesn’t need another corporate hot air balloon and I’m hard pressed to see this as anything else but exactly that.
You know, the great recession hit radio ad revenue pretty hard. It hasn’t yet reached revenue levels from ten years ago. The next downturn in the economy (which by statistics is overdue) is going to be that much more difficult for many broadcasters to withstand. When the going gets rough, ad money dries up first. Most of the stations have been automated and cut to the bone. When the revenue starts to fall, what are they going to do next?Craig_AdamsParticipant
This from All Access:
KEITH SHIPMAN’s HORIZON BROADCASTING GROUP, LLC has closed on the assignment of News-Talk KWLZ-F (simulcast of KBNW-A/BEND)/WEST LINN, OR to 3 HORIZONS, LLC, a partnership between HORIZON and 3 CITIES, INC. (licensee of AC KXXO (MIXX 96.1)/OLYMPIA, WA) at a value of $800,000 credit towards HORIZON’s capital account with 3 HORIZONS. The deal also includes a Joint Sales Agreement between the parties. KWLZ is moving into the PORTLAND market from WARM SPRINGS (southeast of PORTLAND) and its move is being enabled by KXXO’s move to a new site northwest of its previous location.jr_techParticipant
KXXO is now again halfway decent in Hillsboro using a 9 element log-Yagi pointed north connected to a Sony F1HD tuner. I have also heard it (weak) with a small (but very good) Eton E-5 portable by standing on my front (North) deck and adjusting the whip antenna just right.
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