September 12, 2019 at 9:47 am #42428
WAY-FM is on a commercial frequency and have a commercial license. They, therefore, are allowed to run commercials. The originating station (KFBW-HD2) is commercial, and 104.5 is in the commercial band. That’s what you’re missing.
Just because a station is religious doesn’t automatically make it a non-comm.September 12, 2019 at 2:10 pm #42429
According to FCCinfo.com, KXXP is a commercial station. However co-channel K283BL (the translator heard in Portland) is:
Facility Type: FM TRANSLATOR
Class: D, A Noncommercial educational operating with no more than 10 W
I don’t know whether these announcements are being run by the parent network (in which case, they would be playing on some non-commercial stations, such as WAYM) or if individual stations are inserting them into the programming.September 12, 2019 at 4:30 pm #42430
But according to the FCC site they run 99 watts and are listed as relaying a commercial station.September 12, 2019 at 9:24 pm #42431
Seems like that reference is an old record from back when 104.5 K283BL relayed WAY-FM’s non-commercial station from Longview.
According to the FCC database, K283BL is actually currently silent.September 13, 2019 at 12:08 am #42432
I just heard the legal ID, which included KFBW-HD2, K283BL, and (I think) KXXP. Immediately following that was an announcement that stated that 104.5 is not as strong as it used to be in West and Southwest Portland. I assume that this means that the translator is off the air (although I am receiving a fairly good signal in Hillsboro).September 13, 2019 at 1:09 am #42433
They have pledge drives, in fact, they’re having one right now! It’s non-commercial. That’s actually what I was going to talk about: I thought they would have “raised heaven and earth”, so to speak, to get onto 96.3 before the pledge drive started! They were authorized by the FCC on July 22nd. They have 90 days from that date to finalize the transaction.September 13, 2019 at 10:29 am #42435
According to Wikipedia, the Way-FM organization is non-profit. Funding itself through a pledge drive is acceptable. Way-FM doesn’t own all of the stations that carry its programming. The FCC’s site shows that K283BL is owned by Way Media, but KXXP (the commercial station) is owned by Jackman Holding Company, headquartered in McLean, VA. The main studio address for KXXP is in Mclean.September 13, 2019 at 11:46 am #42437
Under current operation, Way-FM Portland is legally a commercial station so can run traditional, “hard sale” advertising. Now when the 96.3 transition happens, the question will be will they go Non-Comm when they own the main frequency. In which case, they would need to pull all “hard sale” advertising.September 14, 2019 at 1:26 am #42438
They already put that in the application. This is not a local operation. The ads are coming from the program source, in Franklin TN, a non-comm operation, that seems awfully liberal with its underwriting announcements!September 14, 2019 at 10:37 am #42440
Way-FM Portland has a studio in Vancouver complete with automation and local drop-ins. So while yes, most programming comes from the network out of Franklin, they can drop in local commercials.September 14, 2019 at 10:57 am #42442
Would it be a conflict of interest? Look what happen to Cesar Chavez Foundation radio stations. They sold 2 of their non commercial radio stations in Phoenix and vasilia Ca and move their signal to the commercial band because they got a heavy fine from fcc for running commercials instead of underwriters.September 17, 2019 at 1:02 am #42469
As has been noted elsewhere, the 102.9 translator is now rebroadcasting We96.3. There was an on-air announcement saying that 96.3 was about to become a Christian station and We was moving to 102.9. If they hadn’t announced it, I would consider it to be possible misdirection but WITH the announcement, that would be hard to explain to their listeners. I suspect that the simulcast will remain for a couple of days and be replaced by a continuous loop on 96.3, directing people to 102.9. I still think they should have moved to either 101.1 or 101.9. They’ll still have to address those issues in a few years.September 17, 2019 at 4:36 pm #42473
I should have applied Occam’s razor. Putting “We” on 102.9 as a simulcast of an HD-2 program on a different station seems like the logical choice to me.September 17, 2019 at 5:16 pm #42474
I heard KXXP all the way down to Salem yesterday. It has quite the signal.September 18, 2019 at 1:17 am #42479
Alfredo, my issue is that there appears to be more future in We than either KXL or KINK. KXL seemed to be the obvious choice by moving it back to AM and also use the translator. KINK has spent quite a few years promoting itself as Kink.fm and encouraging people to listen online. It isn’t that much of a stretch. Both stations have age issues that need to be addressed soon, if it’s even possible. We has none of these problems, only the weakness of its signal, which will apparently be even weaker.
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