February 22, 2019 at 3:38 pm #40995
“and perhaps petitioning for a change of status later?”
Conjecture until that happens.
“Perhaps XRAY doesn’t know how to handle the rules for ASCAP/BMI for a commercial station?”
XRAY is not the new licensee. Flying Ant, LLC. is the new licensee. XRAY (CEBS) is run by a lawyer, so I doubt there is any confusion over BMI/ASCAP/SESAC rules. Besides, unless I’m mistaken, the only difference between royalties rules between comm and non comm is the rate that the station is charged, not what you can and can not do. The FCC got out of the riding shotgun over programming position years ago. If you want monkeys banging on pie tins, you can air exactly that.
“if an underwriting statement from a non com plays by accident on a commercial station … is that a violation all by itself?
When Janet Jackson’s boob pops out on national TV, that is an “accident” that might (and did) reach violation status. Generally speaking, accidental airings of possibly misguided information does not rise to that level. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have to put up with FAUX news lying everyday.
“could the underwriting playing by accident also be a mess to deal with?”
No. It’s free advertising. The reverse might be a problem, that is a non-comm playing a spot created for a commercial station.February 22, 2019 at 3:39 pm #40996
When I first heard the tones, I considered the possibility that I might have been hearing some kind of avant-garde noise music. I cannot think of any good reason why they would change from the programming they had before, which might intrigue people who stumbled on it accidentally, to what is on now, which would quickly drive away anybody that found the station. I have not heard any IDs, though when programming was on 1360, the IDs were about 5-10 minutes before the top of the hour, rather than on the hour. I suspect that either the Flying Ant people are not monitoring the broadcast on 1360, or they are unable to correct the problem by themselves (for example, if the programming is being supplied by a computer at the KUIK transmitter site, and they can’t reboot the computer because they are locked out from the transmitter building).
According to a query that I just performed on the FCC’s Web site, KUIK is still operating as a commercial station. They are not breaking any laws by giving away free plugs to businesses that sponsored XRay. They are also not breaking the law by saying XRay or XRay FM on the air. However, giving out the wrong call letters is illegal, even if not in the official top-of-the-hour ID.
EDIT: I saw Andy’s response immediately after I hit the POST button.
The FCC has nothing to do with music royalties on the radio. Those are handled by BMI. The fee structure, in my understanding, is based on the following:
Commercial stations — market size
NPR member stations — negotiated by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
School/university stations — number of students enrolled
I don’t know how independent non-commercial stations would be billed.February 23, 2019 at 8:09 am #41000
Always learning something. I’d hate to see the license pulled from a non profit.
Perhaps something coherent will emerge.February 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm #41004
So “97 point one, K I S N” was illegal to say anytime during the hour on KKSN-FM?February 23, 2019 at 11:13 pm #41005
You’re confusing branding with a legal station id. The only one that matters at all in this conversation is the legal id. The airchecks being played without being edited might have a legal id from the wrong station embedded.
You can say this is XRAY, this is ANT, this is 91.1, this is fun radio Portland, this is my belly button, but say KXRY Portland and it’s now a legal station ID.
Or so I remember.March 10, 2019 at 9:45 am #41152
KUIK still puts out a good signal into the Newport Kiwi WebSDR receiver at http://kiwisdr.smeter.net:8073/ . The looped “performance audio” tends to get boring after awhile. Washington County still needs local radio…March 10, 2019 at 6:58 pm #41154
It exists online broadcasting high school sports at Mixlr.com/westsidemobilemediaMarch 11, 2019 at 1:41 am #41155
I am starting to experience a bit of listener fatigue because I believe that I have heard most of the shows on KUIK’s rotation. A number of the programs are quite interesting, but I wish that they would add some new episodes.March 12, 2019 at 7:04 am #41161
KRLC and KTIK chewing into that local piece of shit this morningMarch 12, 2019 at 1:31 pm #41162
What local piece of shit?March 13, 2019 at 10:38 am #41173
I am in downtown Hillsboro, which is in KUIK’s main lobe. The nighttime signal here is a monster, even stronger than the daytime signal. What boggles my mind is that nighttime reception in Beaverton is good, even though that community is in the minor lobe of the pattern. In fact, once I was at the Washington Square Mall with two friends, one of whom insisted that we had to visit the Tesla showroom. Out of curiosity and to be a smart aleck, I decided to get into one of the cars and hunt around the AM band. To my surprise, I could not receive KPDQ, but I could receive KUIK.March 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm #41177
Minor lobes are smaller in area coverage then major lobes but not necessarily any weaker than the ND signal at that distance. Visualize ND, then grab the circumference at some point and drag it to the center (antenna site). It creates a null. That energy from the null is generally transferred to the opposite side (major lobe). It’s subtle. Grab a balloon and squeeze it in the center. The balloon is removed from your choke off point, and then that air is distributed around the rest of the balloon. The balloon doesn’t get all that much “bigger” since the small amount being “choked” off is distributed over a much larger area. Sometimes barely noticeable when you look at the balloon’s “lobes.”
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