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Wow. Just wow.
Among the four PDX metro majors, Alpha Media – Portland is the most ‘local’ radio broadcaster. There are other fine local rad station in the market (KUIK_AM for example), but Alpha ownership and management live in today’s world. Hiring a flame thrower attracts attention and creates excitement. Y’all are talkin’ about it. Don’t know if Costa is ‘local’ or is still satellite from far away. KWEE-FM has more local content although the two ‘live’ shows are from New York City.
I like Alpha Media. They do ‘old time radio’ better than anyone else in the market. KINK-FM made changes too. All this is a big gamble. We’ll see if 750 “The Game’ makes money again.May 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm in reply to: Sinclair approaches Tribune Media about possible deal #29036
Yes. Both. KOMO-AM has the second most expensive rate card in the area behind KIRO_FM. Former owner Fisher Flour Broadcasting was also ‘conservative’ (whatever that means in Seattle).
KBNW is single owner who also is CEO/GM/GOD of sister Horizon Broadcasting Group.
Actually, Central Deschutes River Valley population growth is an interesting demographic study. Since 2008, half of all immigrants are from the Late Great Golden State and half of those are Latino. Parts of Redmond, Madras and all of Culver are like Guadalaraja on a Saturday night.
“La Bronca” KRDM-AM does have plenty of ‘spots’ but not much rotation. Best to say station management is ‘very relaxed’.
Yes, 1340 KHz is a ‘graveyard frequency’. But 150 FM Watts from Aubrey Butte may have a signal as far as the Redmond Airport southeast of town going downhill on a clear day with a tail wind. Recall KBNW format is ‘hate talk radio’ and Bend is very progressive. Core audience are ‘rednecks’ with real property and real jobs living out in the hinterlands beyond the FM translator signal coverage area. Not that KBNW’s AM coverage WAS large.
A rock and a hard place.
Still, for Deschutes County to lose two AM radio stations in one month with a third (KRDM-AM / Redmond) struggling …
BoiseBill – Dang, yer good!
Summit had two when Horizon owned 50 kW ERP KWLZ-FM simulcasted KBNW-AM then moved from Warm Springs to West Linn, Alpha Media LMA, new call sign (KWEE-FM) and 3 Horizons FCC Aux Permit Application approval to change out H/V antenna system for an ERI Circular at same 1.35 kW ERP and at same Stonehenge Tower.
At 150 W ERP, K283BH ain’t gonna cover much. Although, tower location does have HAAT.
Summit Broadcasting has two FM translators. I believe this requires some kind of AM station on air.
Plenty of side lobes for all to enjoy. Matching T network makes little sense.
Television broadcasters should consider this business model carefully. 6 MHz ‘downlink’ channel is broader than the 5 MHz cellular 600 MHz block enjoys. There is enough TV spectrum in most markets for the FCC to allocate / auction a 6 MHz uplink channel as well.
Deschutes County annual population growth is the best in the nation. Bend is surrounded by National Forest lands. Bend annual property valuation growth is third or fourth best (depending on source) in the nation (9.5 -9.8%). According to the Summit Broadcasting STA filing with the FCC, KBNW-AM is requesting to broadcast full power 1 kW day and .5 kW night from a 100′ long wire strung from the Horizon Broadcasting Group office studios to a conifer on the property at 75′ elevation. Wouldn’t want to work under this RF environment. Not if I want to have a brain or have children in the future.
“They still can only have 4 FM stations. Total of 5 stations combined AM & FM. Max of 4 in the same service.” – boisebill
Learn something new every day.
Do know Horizon Broadcasting Group informed shareholders their K-1s will be a little late this year. Ownership is in transition and 2016 non-audit Consolidated Financial Statement has issues.April 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm in reply to: Former KKEY tower site to be dismantled by the end of April #28558
No es buena idea. Latino market norte beyond Redmond and KCOE would be a rim shot. Thinkin’ Bend Radio Group will buy the frequency.
What is fun for me is to see who spent how much for 600 MHz spectrum. $1.31 per MHz/pop in major metros and 93 cents everywhere else. T-Mo spent $1.2B but it ain’t the largest. Eventual transition from TV to Cell will take more than a year or two.
KICE-FM is Sunriver Broadcasting’s old 94.9 MHz KCOE-FM. Bend Radio Group’s KICE-AM has been simulcasting on 94.9 MHz for over a year. Now that KICE-AM is dark and Bend Radio Group is below the five station market limit …
Electrical noise hash filters do work. I’ve been building and installing them for decades. But pi or T filters in the milli-farad and milli-henry sizes are big and expensive from manufacturers’ point of view. De-contenting little things like radio antennae happened before (remember windshield antennas).
The 1.15 MHz medium (ground wave) band is not worth re-purposing except for aviation. Besides, FCC 600 MHz re-pack ain’t goin’ that good and the EU has been know to make a few mistakes.
Digital FM works but as with digital TV the bit curtain (coverage area) can hurt.January 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm in reply to: Alpha CEO Blames iHeart, Cumulus for Industry Stagnation #25986
Gotta agree with Mr. Wilson. Clear Channel and Cumulus have been here before. Internal gripes were too much control and money at the top.
Gotta disagree about 2016 revenues and earnings. They were both good for most, returning to 2008 levels. However, this year may be a one trick pony. But, who knows.
Broadcast, period. Doing the same things again and again and expecting different results is the layman definition for being stupid. Local news and content has never been better considering over half of staffs in front of and beyond the camera don’t get it and the near half who do are about to leave or retire from the industry.