August 3, 2020 at 10:01 pm #47327
Subaru Starlink (kind of a p.o.s.) radio goes to 87.5.August 9, 2020 at 11:45 am #47381radiogiantParticipant
This from radio-locator.com. Who know when they will be back on the air
Station Status Currently Off the Air FM Station
Digital Status Transmits in digital [Help]
Horizontal Effective Radiated Power 100,000 Watts
Vertical Effective Radiated Power 43,000 Watts
Height above Avg. Terrain 333 meters (1093 feet)
Height above Ground Level 129 meters (423 feet)
Height above Sea Level 525 meters (1722 feet)
Antenna Pattern Non-Directional
Transmitter Location 44° 00′ 03″ N, 123° 06′ 49″ W
License Granted September 18 2012
License Expires February 01 2022
Last FCC Update July 17 2020August 9, 2020 at 4:41 pm #47383BroadwayParticipant
From the FCC database…for KZEL…
XTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH WARRANT TEMPORARY OPERATIONS
CUMULUS LICENSING LLC (‘CUMULUS’), THE LICENSEE OF STATIONS KZEL-FM, EUGENE, OREGON, RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS A SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION, PURSUANT TO SECTION 73.1635 OF THE RULES, TO PERMIT KZEL-FM TO OPERATE AT REDUCED POWER AFTER A FIRE DAMAGED ITS ANTENNA.
KZEL-FM IS LICENSED TO OPERATE WITH AN EFFECTIVE RADIATED POWER (‘ERP’) OF 100 KW, 43 ERP KW VERTICAL WITH AN ANTENNA HEIGHT ABOVE AVERAGE TERRAIN OF 333 METERS. ON JULY 28, 2020, CUMULUS NOTIFIED THE FCC THAT AN ANTENNA FIRE CAUSED KZEL-FM TO SUSPEND BROADCAST OPERATIONS. IT’S REGIONAL ENGINEER VISITED THE SITE TO ASSESS THE SITUATION AND, ON AUGUST 5, 2020, WAS ABLE TO GET THE STATION BACK ON THE AIR UTILIZING ITS LICENSED ANTENNA SYSTEM, WITH AN ERP OF 4.87 KW HORIZONTAL, 2.1 KW VERTICAL, UNTIL LICENSED OPERATIONS CAN BE RESTORED.
THUS, UNTIL CUMULUS IS ABLE TO DEVELOP A TECHNICAL PLAN TO RETURN KZEL-FM TO LICENSED OPERATIONS, IT RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS A SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION TO PERMIT OPERATION WITH REDUCED POWER. THIS ACTION WILL BENEFIT ITS LISTENERS IN EUGENE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.August 9, 2020 at 5:40 pm #47384
KZEL became listenable again a few days ago but it’s definitely at reduced power.August 10, 2020 at 2:49 pm #47387radiogiantParticipant
From Inside Radio
On Friday, Cumulus signed a deal to sell its entire tower portfolio for $213 million, the company said Monday, which it plans to use to bolster its bottom line and to continue paying down debt. Back to its Q2 financials, same-station net revenue declined 46.6% to $146.0 million. The company posted same-station earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA, a measure of cash flow) of negative $6.3 million and adjusted EBITDA of negative $6.4 million for the three months ended June 30.
I hope they signed long term agreements with the new tower owners. They would be totally screwed if the new owners sold the land and bulldozed the towers…just sayinAugust 10, 2020 at 7:28 pm #47388BroadwayParticipant
Great so now they lease/rent…hope someone sharpen their pencils on this deal.August 10, 2020 at 7:48 pm #47389
AFAIK KZEL was never literally silent. It could be picked up but the signal was extremely weak. Is it possible that was the exciter still working?
Disclaimer: I may not know what I’m talking about. But the station was not totally silent.August 10, 2020 at 9:51 pm #47390paulwalkerParticipant
I don’t pretend to understand the ins and outs of this, but it sounds like Cumulus wants to sell this signal for what they can get for it. I’m not even sure they can break it off as part of their holdings. I worked for this outfit briefly in Eugene in ’02, and they seemed a bit lost then. Hopefully things have improved, but Cumulus, as I understand it needs cash. Someone correct me here, please.August 30, 2020 at 2:13 pm #47627russell-curryParticipant
How does the timeline for the KOCF cp look?August 30, 2020 at 8:16 pm #47628
Cumulus is not selling the signal. Just the land and the tower(s) that they own and maybe keeping the building(s). Cumulus will continue to own the transmitters and depending on the situation the FM and other ancillary antennas on the towers. Long term lease from Vertical Bridge. There’s also a tax benefit doing this.August 30, 2020 at 9:15 pm #47631Shirley KnottParticipant
Selling the towers at a radio station is pretty much the same as selling the cars at a taxi company. Looks good for a couple of years but the next manager has to eventually figure out how to pay the rent on those towers they used to own.
Typical radio management mindset. Grab the gold today and let the next poor fool figure out how to keep the company in business as the revenues have continued to slide and the tower rent keeps going up.
Blessed be those who own their own license, equipment, towers and land for they shall still be here next year.August 31, 2020 at 11:17 am #47636
Nothing really new about not owning the land or tower(s) you use, Around Boise only 10 of the 27 FM signals (that’s correct 27) actually own or co-own the tower & building they’re using. Of the dwindling number of AMs around here 4 on on land owned by someone else and several are on towers they don’t own. Go outside the US and you’d be hard pressed to find privately owned broadcast transmit facilities.
August 31, 2020 at 12:53 pm #47639Andy BrownParticipant
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 4 days ago by boisebill.
AM (horizontal growth called sprawl): It’s been going on since at least the 1950s when acquiring large parcels of land for development of housing, shopping malls and infrastructure ramped up as part of the post WWII boom. Legacy stations sitting on large parcels of land at locations once considered the outskirts of town found themselves sitting on proverbial gold mines. The owners would sell off chunks of their real estate and pare down their acreage to the size of the ground fields.
FM/TV (Urban vertical growth): Eventually the land in higher elevations became more densely developed and even small footprint parcels commanded big prices encouraging licensees to sell and jump to space on the bigger towers or jointly build combined antennae facilities.August 31, 2020 at 1:03 pm #47640Andy BrownParticipant
Then the consolidation of ownership coupled with advances in radio electronics allowed using one set of towers for multiple installations. This has further reduced the amount of individual broadcast sites both for AM and FM.
One owner can sell off a lot of land and operate all their AMs from one multi tower site and their FMs from one tower.
The huge amounts that the sale of land generates is part of their plan and why they bought the group of stations that they did.
That’s what has become of broadcasting. It’s about liquidation of real estate assets and minimalist operations.August 31, 2020 at 2:32 pm #47641
Anyone seen the movie about Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s, called appropriately enough “The Founder”? Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc.
A fortuitous intervention by Harry Sonneborn, another fast food executive, steers Kroc in the more lucrative direction. “You’re not in the hamburger business, you’re in the real estate business,” Kroc is told. (Michael) Keaton’s monumentally expressive face registers the logic, and he pivots into buying up the real estate which he leases back to the franchise.
Blanton Heights in Eugene is a very upscale neighborhood. It’s kind of strange to see a bunch of transmitter towers in the same place.
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