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  • #51198
    chessyduck
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    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.

    http://www.mchentinc.com/broadcast-stations-for-sale/

    (Bend or selected parts of the Willamette Valley might meet that population figure .)

    #51200
    chessyduck
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    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.

    New Coverage Map:
    https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/api/download/attachment/25076f9179b50d2c0179b6e7b1db004d

    #51205
    chessyduck
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    #51206
    Broadway
    Participant

    Think this was just their aux facilities?

    #51208
    chessyduck
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    The new callsign is “DKEOL”… That says it all… Gone.

    #51209
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    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.

    #51210
    Andy Brown
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    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.

    #51211
    lastday
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    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.

    #51213
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    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.

    #51449
    boisebill
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    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 sent

    #51450
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    We won’t see an EOL for KEOL? Shango066 is not impressed.

    #51454
    Randy_in_Eugene
    Participant

    Maybe we’ll soon see an app to transfer to EMF.

    #51457
    chessyduck
    Participant

    Yes, an amazing turn of events. The LMS system simply “dismissed” the “cancellation” request – Hey! That’s a double-negative!

    #51496
    chessyduck
    Participant

    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…

    #51544
    chessyduck
    Participant

    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;

    https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/api/download/attachment/25076f917b323188017b3d16a47805a3

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