How can a station be listed as licensed and newer come on the air. I can understand a CP takings its’ time, but here on the North Coast, there are several that are listed as “Licensed” and yet are not on.
4 K04PH Analog Kenneth Lewetag (Lic since 2005, but never came on)
5 K05LE Analong Michael Mattson (Lic since 2005 but never came on)
FCC gives you 3 years to build a station. Then the CP expires. Tell them you built it, even if you didn’t, and you get a license. They will probably never check to see if a translator is really on the air.
It allows whoever applied for the CP to hold the property until they either build it or sell it to somebody. Quite immoral and even illegal, and therefore done all the time.
You can’t sell an expired CP without a lot of fancy legal help.