July 22, 2021 at 5:15 pm #51198
MCH Enterprises posted this listing at their website today:
NEW! WEST-CENTRAL OREGON. NON-COMMERCIAL FM: Great growth area and in demand among younger generationals. Good local economy. The Station is already set up for remote operation. Small city or big town; depends on your perspective. Population 197,000 in the metropolitan area. Asking price is $295,000 and Seller may consider terms from a qualified Buyer.
(Bend or selected parts of the Willamette Valley might meet that population figure .)July 22, 2021 at 7:56 pm #51200
In other Central Oregon NCE news, on 2 July, the FCC granted KPOV’s petition to reduce their power from 3.8kw ERP to just 1kw ERP , thus reducing offical 60dBu coverage to just 91% of Bend’s population.
KPOV’s tower site is located on Pine Mountain in the Deschutes National Forest. The US Forest Service, like the Bureau of Land Management, imposes power restrictions on the companies that manage leased tower spaces on these federal lands. Typical power limits are 500 to 1000 watts. A site has to be designated a “broadcast location” to exceed these limits. KPOV thus was forced to power down a bit – (Don’t want to damage that astronomy equipment at nearby Pine Mountain Observatory – right?)
Central Oregon’s Grizzly Mountain site also imposes that 1kw ERP limit, limiting coverage into Bend.July 25, 2021 at 5:55 pm #51205
The KEOL La Grande license was cancelled on 19 July by EOU officials. A sad ending…July 25, 2021 at 8:39 pm #51206BroadwayParticipant
Think this was just their aux facilities?July 26, 2021 at 4:13 am #51208
The new callsign is “DKEOL”… That says it all… Gone.July 26, 2021 at 11:14 am #51209
I was and still am unsure whether Broadway’s comment from post #51206 was in reference to KPOV Bend or KEOL La Grande. If it was in reference to the latter, I feel like an old geezer because when I was in college in the 1990s, stations like these were still considered an important music discovery tool, despite music videos having become entrenched in youth culture. Since then, the following nails have been pounded into the student-run radio coffin:
1) Young people who were cash-strapped, who had extremely demanding/eclectic tastes, or who lived outside the coverage areas of university radio stations became able to access music not played on commercial stations through unofficial Internet downloads and file sharing, starting in the late 1990s.
2) Circa 2004-2005, fear regarding FCC indecency crackdowns caused administrators at some schools to remove student leadership roles and replace student produced-programming with programs sourced from veteran community programmers or from public radio organizations.
3) Band websites and later MySpace became the preferred method for young people to find out about new music during the time period starting around 2005 (in my recollection).
4) Pandora and similar services gained popularity from about 2007 because they offered largely uninterrupted music that listeners perceived as being tailored for their tastes.
5) As smartphones dropped in price and mobile phone carriers continually tried to outdo each other with inexpensive data plans, it became feasible to listen to the customized offerings of Pandora and the like on-the-go.
6) As radio lost importance in the lives of young people, keeping student stations staffed became increasingly difficult. The profiles that I found on the KEOL staff page were last updated between 2015 to 2017. In KSLC’s last days as a student-run station, I recall hearing airstaff very infrequently. Most of the timeslots were filled with automated music.July 26, 2021 at 12:29 pm #51210Andy BrownParticipant
A younger generation of college and university administrators are also without much regard for radio broadcasting as an asset, preferring to categorize it as a liability both fiscally as well as socially.July 26, 2021 at 5:51 pm #51211lastdayParticipant
UO’s station KWVA 88.1 seems to have no lack of student participation. When the UO EMU was remodeled a few years ago, KWVA got a new studio with SOTA everything (except HD). I don’t know the details of who approves the show content etc but they go far outside the programming lines of most any other station in Eugene except for a couple of the newer LPs.
College radio isn’t dead yet.July 27, 2021 at 11:42 am #51213
The KWVA people are lucky. I was never able to figure out all the factors that drive student radio participation.
One station in a small market had virtually all of its time slots filled; I only remember them occasionally having to sign off late at night (say, at 1:00 AM). This was during 1990-1993.
A station in a much larger market consistently had all of its time slots filled during the mid-late 1990s, despite the fact that the day slots were not broadcast over-the-air due to this station being in a share-time agreement with a community station. The university station’s daytime programming was only available via a cable system.
A station in Rochester, NY, on the other hand, had problems throughout the 1990s with staffing. The schedule was always sporadic, with mid-day sign-offs and sign-ons during the middle of the day.August 24, 2021 at 11:57 am #51449boisebillParticipant
Not so fast!
FM STATION APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSE TO COVER APPLICATION REINSTATED
KEOL 54806 EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY LIC TO COV. (BPED-791231BY AS MOD) OR CHANGES
91.7 MHZ OR, LA GRANDE License and callsign reinstated 8/18/2021 per request of licensee – no letter sentAugust 24, 2021 at 5:20 pm #51450
We won’t see an EOL for KEOL? Shango066 is not impressed.August 25, 2021 at 8:41 pm #51454Randy_in_EugeneParticipant
Maybe we’ll soon see an app to transfer to EMF.August 26, 2021 at 2:45 pm #51457
Yes, an amazing turn of events. The LMS system simply “dismissed” the “cancellation” request – Hey! That’s a double-negative!September 3, 2021 at 4:15 am #51496
OpenSky Radio, the people behind KJIV-FM (Madras) and KJYV-FM (The Dalles) actually have two TV translators- K22LE-D and K24KX-D licensed to Cedarville in the High Desert of northeast California. It turns out KJIV-LP (analog channel 6), licensed to the sister group “Surprise Valley TV Club, was deleted back in June during the analog sunsetting process. OpenSky also runs KDUP-FM in Cedarville at 88.1 with 270 watts.
Not sure yet if the mystery Oregon station currently for sale is KJIV or another outlet though…September 12, 2021 at 7:58 pm #51544
On 8/24, Xana HD filed for the 94.1 FM frequency in Boardman that they won in Auction 109. Instead of a full C3 buildout (such as at Golgotha Butte) the proposal calls for a downgrade to Class A at 4.8kw ERP in Washington state directly, on a low tower across from Boardman.
The engineering write-up is here;
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