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  • #42119
    chessyduck
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    It has even become more apparent why NSPR made the move.. JPR is increasing its local presence in Redding having just filed to buy KWCA 101.1 in Palo Cedro for a cool $263K per Deal Digest. The JPR folks must have a decent money behind their buying spree,

    #42207
    chessyduck
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    Apparently KORJ 97.7 in Butte Falls puts out some listenable tunes… The signal contour reaches Medford but not Ashland. Not bad for a Class A.
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    They have a CP for an on-channel booster in Medford… still no web presence but the company’s Modesto stations do stream online.. Some mentions in the Medford Mail-Tribune but the rest of the operation is “below the radar”…

    #42797
    chessyduck
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    A call today to KRRM (94.7 Class A) in Rogue River resulted in some sad news. A synthesized voice on the telephone mailbox said the station stopped broadcasting on September 30 and will not resume broadcasting in the future. The recorded message said both Herb and Shirley had developed serious health issues and then thanked the listeners for their many years and wished them “Happy Trails.”

    A similar message appears at the KRRM.com website. The station, mainly covering Grants Pass played classic country and late-night talk.

    #42823
    Randy_in_Eugene
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    “The Cream of the Country” was fun while it lasted, but was automated with most of the songs not IDed, a less than full-market signal, and a niche format. It would be nice if new owners could keep it some variation of Americana, but not likely. Medford/Ashland/Grants Pass is an over-radioed market with 3 CHRs, 2 Classic Hits, 2 mainstream country and and 8 Christian broadcasters on multiple frequencies.

    #43400
    chessyduck
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    The FCC approved JPR’s purchase of 101.5 KWCA in Palo Cedro, a nice C2 station covering Redding and Red Bluff.. Not sure what program stream it will carry but definitely anchors JPR’s presence in the Redding market. Approvsl date was 22 Nov.

    #43535
    chessyduck
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    An STA to remain silent has been filed by the current owners of KRRM, the Bells. It was filed on 17 December. According to the request the station is in the process of being sold..

    #43615
    chessyduck
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    The FCC approved the sale of KWCA to SOU/Jefferson Ñublic Radio several weeks ago.
    The Palo Cedro, California station likely will carry JPR’s News and Classics format.

    An observation: The State of Oregon owns property in California… several JPR stations a matter of fact.

    #45043
    chessyduck
    Participant

    KORJ in Butte Falls now has a website with streaming audio. It is http://www.thebreeze977.com . Besides the Butte Falls outlet Threshold has a booster in Medford to fill in the coverage gaps.

    #45051
    chessyduck
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    https://www.ijpr.org/post/jpr-announces-new-full-power-classics-news-station-shasta-county

    It’s official. KWCA 101.1 Palo Cedro is now fully integrated into the Jefferson Public Radio’s News and Classics stream. The protected contour reaches down to Red Bluff, California but focuses on the Redding area.

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by chessyduck.
    #46031
    chessyduck
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    The Grants Pass RF design firm “Radio Design Group” is featured in a Radio World article about potential marketing of a Part 15 AM transmitter for parking lots, a growing market in this Covid-19 era.

    https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/radio-design-group-parking-lot-radio

    The project’s website is https://parkinglotradio.com

    • This reply was modified 6 months ago by chessyduck. Reason: typos
    #46048
    Shirley Knott
    Participant

    Thanks for the excellent links. I’ve always loved low power radio.

    #46125
    chessyduck
    Participant

    Must have missed this earlier posting from KAJO.COM … Still no substantive paperwork noted at the FCC concerning this transaction,

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    HEADLINE: Grants Pass Broadcasting Corporation Hopes to Add KRRM-FM to Local Radio Station Family

    The Grants Pass Broadcasting Corporation has long been known for operating two radio stations — KAJO and KLDR. The company is now pleased to announce the proposed addition of a third station which has been off the air since last October 1st.

    Over the weekend, State Representative Carl Wilson — who is the majority owner of the company — made the trip home during a break in the legislative session to sign an agreement to purchase KRRM-FM, known locally as “The Cream of Country Music.”

    KRRM 94.7 FM was established in 1992 by Herb and Shirley Bell who worked through the process of building a station with no prior radio background. With lots of encouragement and guidance from professionals and friends in the industry, it all came together as a popular country and western station in Southern Oregon for 27 years.

    Unfortunately, the Bells were forced to stop broadcasting and shut down their business in October due to an abundance of health issues. Shirley passed away peacefully on December 27th after retiring from her work at KRRM in 2017. She is survived by her husband Herb — who along with Wilson — signed the agreement to convey the license to the Grants Pass Broadcasting Corporation last weekend, pending FCC approval.

    Wilson said the purchase agreement is part of the application for assignment of license by the Federal Communications Commission. He said it is impossible to forecast the timeline on approval, but hopes it will happen within 120 days.

    Wilson said he commends the Bells’ dedication to a classic country format that honored the founders of traditional country and western music — a format their dedicated audience was devoted to.

    Soon, it is hoped — KRRM 94.7 FM will be coming back and will be a big part of the Grants Pass Broadcasting family, operating from Grants Pass Broadcasting Corporation studios at 888 Rogue River Highway.

    Posted on 2/11/20 7:02AM by Sam Marsh

    #47288
    chessyduck
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    From the FCCDATA.ORG data base..

    Herbert Bell has filed paperwork with the FCC to sell KRRM 94.7 in Rogue River. The buyer is Grants Pass Broadcasting who currently owns KLDR (FM) in Harbeck-Fruitdale and KAJO (AM) in Grants Pass. (Grants Pass Broadcasting is a local company with deep roots in the community.)

    The sales price is $150,000 but excluded are the computers and the (probably very good) CD library. KRRM is currently silent, waiting an extension on that soon-expiring STA. The Class A FM facility is on 94.7 MHz with 130 watts from Fiedler Mountain giving it an HAAT of 623 meters.

    So what about station valuation?. Not counting real estate (if any) this was probably on the high side. The official FCC-pop count for the 70dBu/60dBu contour is 64,814/126,045. The 60dBu protected contour covers Grants Pass, Central Point and touches northern Medford proper, a highly saturated radio market. Using a more conservative Longley-Rice (Radio Module) algorithm saw the numbers fall to 10,543/51,222, a driver behind why many FM stations run boosters and translators down there.

    More details at: http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/prefill_and_display.pl?Application_id=1814249&Service=FM&Form_id=314&Facility_id=60215

    Finally, my suggestion for new call letters – Bring back the original KGPO-FM call sign which was Southern Oregon’s first FM station in 1948.

    #47785
    chessyduck
    Participant

    Jefferson Public Radio’s AM 1230 KSJK (Talent) was destroyed by the Almeda Fire.

    More details here with photo:

    https://www.ijpr.org/listener-announcements/2020-09-08/service-alert-jackson-county

    KSJK carried JPR’s News and Information Service. The cross-service translator remains active on 102.3 FM.

    #47786
    chessyduck
    Participant

    The Sacramento Business Journal has an article about North State Public Radio management changes. I suspect JPR’s growing footprint in the Redding-Red Bluff area took a bite out of Chico State’s broadcasting future.

    North State Public Radio has full-power outlets in Chico and Redding but their translator coverage extends to Yreka.

    https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2020/09/09/capital-public-radio-to-manage-chico-operations.amp.html

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