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  • #49533
    chessyduck
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    KSJK status from JPR:

    “The KSJK site rebuild is in progress and nears completion. 1230 AM should be back on the air in February 2021.

    Update 1/11/21 — The utility hook-ups for the facility are being finalized and finishing work is in progress.”

    (JPR is also having microwave issues into the Redding area but that’s a long-term project.)

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

    #49665
    chessyduck
    Participant

    JPR’s KSJK AM 1230 has returned to the air after the Almeda fire destruction. Story with photos at:

    https://www.ijpr.org/listener-announcements/2021-02-03/ksjk-returns-to-the-airwaves-in-jackson-county

    (Published February 3, 2021 at 2:34 AM PST)

    #49669
    chessyduck
    Participant

    Well, on the mass-fire front KWAX was not so lucky… This STA was approved by the FCC on 7 January for its Glide translator, “FM Translator Station K287BF, Glide, OR (Facility ID 17417):”

    “The University of Oregon, licensee of FM Translator Station K287BF, Glide, Oregon, respectfully requests Silent Special Temporary Authority (“STA”) in order to maintain the station’s off-air status for more than thirty days.
    The University previously notified FCC media bureau staff by email that K287BF has been off air since around September 11, 2020 when the translator facility was completely destroyed in the Archie Creek fire. It took several weeks for the University to learn of the extent of the damage. As there are no plans to rebuild the destroyed tower, the University now intends to seek a modification of license for K287BF to relocate the translator facility to a new tower structure, and is currently working towards site access and technical plans. As a result of the fire damage beyond the University’s control, and the steps needed to relocate and rebuild the translator facility, it is expected that the station will need to remain off-air until at least sometime in early 2021. Accordingly, the University now seeks STA for the silent status and submits that it will serve the public interest by authorizing the station’s off-air status following the destruction of the station due to fire and until such time as plans for a permanent restoration of service are finalized and implemented.”

    #49670
    chessyduck
    Participant

    Dove Media also lost their K300BE translator (Ashland) in the Almeda Fire but they already had a CP to move to much higher the KCMX site at 40 watts. (They may have been co-located at the KSJK site ut the coordinates slightly disagree.)

    “THEDOVE MEDIA INC. (‘THEDOVE’), LICENSEE OF FM TRANSLATOR K300BE LOST THE TRANSLATOR IN THE ALMEDA FIRE THAT RECENTLY RAVISHED ASHLAND, OREGON. AT THIS TIME, THEDOVE DOES NOT KNOW HOW LONG IT WILL BE BEFORE IT WILL BE ABLE TO START REBUILDING. THEDOVE RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS STA FOR THE TRANSLATOR TO REMAIN SILENT WHILE IT EVALUATES THE DAMAGE AND OPTIONS FOR REBUILDING”

    #50415
    chessyduck
    Participant

    Headline: Radio evangelist Roy Masters dies at 93
    By Nick Morgan, Medfoed Mail-Tribune

    Updated: Apr 23, 2021 04:30 PM

    Radio evangelist Roy Masters dies at 93

    Story Text:

    Radio evangelist and longtime Southern Oregonian Roy Masters died Thursday at the age of 93, according to a public Facebook post issued by Masters’ son and corroborated by reports in the Grants Pass Daily Courier and radio trade publications.

    Masters founded the Foundation of Human Understanding in Southern California in the early 1960s, which mixed religious messages with Masters’ experience as a hypnotist, and moved to Josephine County in the late 1970s, according to past Mail Tribune reports. In his radio programs at the time he recommended that his followers join him in Southern Oregon.

    After a prolonged tax battle, Masters’ foundation was declared a church in 1986.

    By the early 1990s, Masters launched the talk radio station KOPE-FM in Central Point, and the related Talk Radio Network, which nationally syndicated radio programs, such as the paranormal themed “Coast to Coast AM“ with Art Bell, and shows hosted by Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham, to hundreds of stations across the country.

    The Central Point business was active until late 2017.

    Masters was born Reuben Obermeister in England, and emigrated to the United States in 1949.

    “Following a storied American tradition, Roy was an immigrant who fell in love with this country from afar. Looking across the ocean from war-torn Britain, he was determined to make the ’land of liberty’ his home,” son Alan Taylor posted on Facebook.

    Masters leaves behind five children, 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, according to Taylor

    ———— end of news item ——–

    Note: The KOPE-FM mentioned in the news item is now Bicoastal’s KLDZ in Medford

    #50416
    paulwalker
    Participant

    I remember this talk show host from some decade, not really sure which one. I thought he had a somewhat cool voice and some somewhat odd views about life. But he was indeed a radio performer for sure. Didn’t know of his connection with Art Bell.

    #50417
    chessyduck
    Participant

    Wikipedia offers a substantial write-up about TRN. Apparently at one time it was indeed a heavy-hitter in radio syndication. At NAB one year I did run into one of their engineers – hard to imagine but the Rogue River Valley once was a hub of US radio syndication.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk_Radio_Network

    #50419
    semoochie
    Participant

    KKEY ran the show for quite awhile.

    #50422
    semoochie
    Participant

    test

    #51034
    chessyduck
    Participant

    KCMX in Ashland-Medford fired up HD on May 27th. The paperwork specs as seen by the FCC are:

    ERP Analog: 42 kilowatts
    ERP Digital: 0.42 kilowatts
    Transmitter Power Output:
    Combined (for low-level combined systems): 21.42 kilowatts

    Not sure what they’re now programming on the new HD channels.

    Of course, if you are in the market for a new 2021 Silverado truck you won’t be able to hear it – thanks to the ongoing chip shortage.

    #51070
    e_dawg
    Participant

    Is KTMT-FM 93.7 (93.7 NOW-FM)changing their formats?

    Stephens Debuts Hits 93.3 Medford

    #51071
    chessyduck
    Participant

    No change in KTMT. K227AA is an HD2-fed translator of KTMT. SMG gets a chance to generate a new income stream with distinct programming on the translator as permitted by FCC rules. The 250-watt translator where it’s located will give coverage roughly equivalent to a full Class A FM. The transmitter is co-located with KCMX-FM.

    #51088
    Randy_in_Eugene
    Participant

    Let’s see, they have KTMT, KIFS “KISS”, KRVC “Hot 98.9 The Party Station,” and now this. Medford-Ashland is just over-radioed, with two classic hits stations, and two classic country stations as well. I’m sure the smooth jazz and AAA stations go over well in redneck country.

    #51093
    Broadway
    Participant

    How does a college town always have the number one station be country? Just asking for a friend 😎

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    #51102
    Randy_in_Eugene
    Participant

    As I was climbing Spencer Butte in south Eugene this morning with a radio I heard KTMT playing a loop telling their listeners to move to 93.3. Something else is apparently in store for 93.7.

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