Translators To Broadcast KPDQ, KDZR & Translator Sold

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  • #22243
    Craig_Adams
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    This from All Access:

    COMMUNITY TRANSLATOR NETWORK, LLC, debtor-in-possession, is selling K294CP/ROSEBURG, OR to SALEM MEDIA OF OREGON, INC. for $45,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Religion KPDQ-A (TRUETALK 800)/PORTLAND, OR.

    COMMUNITY PUBLIC RADIO, INC. is selling K276FZ/EAGLEMOUNT, WA to SALEM MEDIA OF OREGON, INC. for $40,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast News-Talk-Business KDZR-A (TALK 1640)/LAKE OSWEGO-PORTLAND, OR.

    THE KBOO FOUNDATION is selling K297BN/SMITHVILLE, WA to KSWB PRODUCTIONS LLC for $10,000. The buyer plans to move the translator to rebroadcast Oldies KSWB-A (840 GOLD)/SEASIDE, OR.

    #22251
    fieldstrength
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    Salem has applied for 106.3 and 94.3 for these translators. Both are highly directional to avoid overlap with KLOO and KZZR, respectively.

    #22254
    W7PAT
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    Interesting, KLOO includes Salem in their ID.

    #22258
    Alfredo_T
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    Oh, brother! Now, there will be even more simulcasts of low-rated AM stations to prevent me from hearing out-of-town stations.

    #22259
    fieldstrength
    Participant

    W7PAT: “Salem” in this case means Salem Media, owner of KPDQ-AM and KDZR-AM in Portland, not the city of Salem.

    #22260
    fieldstrength
    Participant

    IMHO, neither of these translators will work well, as there is too much signal from both KLOO and KZZR in the Portland metro. There will be many areas where neither the translator nor the out-of-town co-channel station will be listenable. This is especially true for 94.3.

    These applications are obviously done by someone outside of the market who is just looking at FCC signal prediction models and is unaware of the actual, real-world signal coverage of KLOO and KZZR. I wonder if they even consulted a Longley-Rice map of each before applying.

    #22261
    mwdxer1
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    This seems to be a trend now. After KXRO 1320 Aberdeen WA and KBAM 1270 Longview both have translators that have better coverage than their AMs. Both are received here at Warrenton OR very good. 50 miles with a 250w translator is better that either AM do, especially at night. A while back KVAS Astoria got their FM translator on 106.3. Covers fairly well. Now KSWB will have their LP translator. The plan is to just put the FM antenna on the AM tower, so not much height, but it will cover the Seaside-Gearhart area well.The FMs also operate in Stereo, which most AMs do not do now and IBOC is beyond what the station can afford.As AMs are losing rating to FMs, the AMs want that boost.

    #22271
    Joe
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    Smithview, WA is in the Gorge so John Chapman must be planning on moving the translator to Seaside.

    #22273
    Alfredo_T
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    I wonder, with both KPDQ-AM and KKPZ (see other thread) having FM translators, will it be a wash for both stations, wherein neither is able to increase what it charges for airtime?

    #22274
    mwdxer1
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    Who knows? They should be able to sell ad time for both AM & FM. The FM’s may be out better than their AM’s.

    #22281
    W7PAT
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    Fieldstrength: KLOO ID’s as KLOO Corvallis, Albany, Salem

    #22282
    W7PAT
    Participant

    Never mind…I misread it (more than once).

    #22315
    Andy Brown
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    There are mutually exclusive AM revitalization translator move in applications on 106.3, plus 94.3 and 97.5 singletons.

    As fieldstrength alluded to, trying to make 94.3 work is a fools errand. ZZR is just too strong. The LPFM CP for 98.3 used to be at 94.3 and ZZR went after them, and that was west of the West Hills. What are these guys thinking?

    97.5 should do well in Damascus and Boring. If they really are hoping 97.5 Vancouver LPFM won’t happen, think again. They’ve gotten a CP Mod accepted, so they are working on getting on air.

    KLOO’s 106.3 60 dBu reaches to Wilsonville. With 40+ dBu in the majority of the Portland metro I don’t know what those guys (either app) are thinking, either. Using deep null DA’s makes it FCC compliant but it doesn’t pass the sniff test IMO, either.

    #22324
    jr_tech
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    I suspect that if either 106.3 or 94.3 *actually* get on the air, a few letters to the FCC from KLOO and KZZR listeners that have suffered interference to or loss of reception of said stations should lead to shutdown or frequency change of these ill-placed translators.

    #22338
    Andy Brown
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    While we’re on the subject of translators:

    In today’s Daily Digest:

    http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db0805/DA-16-859A1.pdf

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