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KWEE & KBFF digital “noise” is apparent on KXL also. All are owned or operated (KWEE) BY ALPHA MEDIA. Internet audio seems clean.
Now for Alpha’s “Jammin’ 95.5” resurrection on 96.3. Alpha has always expounded having live performers in the market. Two East Coast hip hop announcers doing voice tracks from New York City in a West Coast rap market is a low cost not. 3 Horizons (3 Cities – Horizon Broadcasting) is licensee. Alpha operates KWEE under an LMA with first option to buy. 3 Cities failed to earn sufficient ratings after a year. With 2.8 3.2 M purchase price, Alpha must establish momentum but it is not being local. That is expensive. What advertising there is after 3 months are media group buys.
There are differences between hip hop and rap. Former being less controversial and having more commercial appeal. But it is boring and exploitative. KWEE does not serve its community. Music mix is too narrow although “monster” contemporary rhythm hits are in rotation. West coast “wiggers” buy and listen to rap. Alpha is playing safe and cheap to see if purchase price is realistic.
A gimmick to increase apparent loudness that did not last. Reverb the announcers but leave the commercials and music alone.
WoW. K287AK. Another frequency to hear Bend Radio Group’s KICE-AM & Fox Sports. ESPN has been losing a lot of customers on satellite, cable and radio. If Disney would stop asking $5.50-6.00 a month per subscriber and Limbaugh syndication rates …
ToolShed PDX antenna height quest may be for the old Horizon Broadcasting Group’s 100 kW KWLZ-FM blow torch. Been over fourteen months since the re-location into Portland from Eagle Butte north of Madras. Besides the microwave link gear, there are two empty spaces when the primary and aux TXs used to be. I believe KWLZ’s antenna is still on the tower. AIR, the permit is for 100 kW ERP but I would invest in a better antenna system.
TSPP is FCC response to litigation by Sinclair and others. Seems the FCC was unclear when and how to move TV channels around and, after the webinar, they still are. Hence, the emergency comment period(s).
The major television O&Os, Sinclair and Belo are negotiating to increase corporate TV station ownership in a market from two to three. Much like what happened to broadcast radio near 30 years ago. Perhaps with the same ‘unintended results’. Look for new regulations after the Presidential election. She owes corporate media big – time.
Another issue is ATSC 3.0. There are three chip sets ready to go. But set – top / box receiver retail is $300+ at the low end. There is a billion dollars legislated for consumer rebates. But its gonna take more money than that. TV Broadcasters lost major market share after the DBS transition almost 15 years ago and they don’t a repeat. Look for new legislation to increase the subsidies after the Congressional election. They owe corporate media big – time.
Wendell Starke still own FM Idaho Inc?
Treasure Valley bought KWEI-AM? Why?
“What a waist.” Agreed. KSRV AM/FM has a strong tradition as a strong local broadcaster. My best to Jack Armstrong, The All-American Boy.
Horizon Broadcasting Group CEO and Washington State Association of Broadcasters President Keith Shipman has made an offer to purchase the Bend radio cluster and real properties as well as HBG KWEE-FM ownership portion perhaps before 3 Horizon / Alpha Media puchase. I have a hard time believing the reported sale price.
FCC forward Auction 1002 did not go well. There is no FCC price disclosures which may alter bid ask process. But scuttlebutt is $28B by 6 bidders for major metro markets only. While FCC prepares secondary reverse and forward auctions, at least three WADC broadcast law firms are preparing briefs. Expect more trouble in 2 – 3 months.
With secondary channel spacing, in at least three major markets there are more full and low power stations than UHF 14 – 36 will allow. FCC prefers no VHF or perhaps LPTV only. Interesting if public and education will be in low VHF 2 – 6.
Not all 600 MHZ has been cleared. Frankly, this repack is far superior than the 700 and 1900 MHz repacks. Perhaps the best attempt at anything the Commission has done for decades (700 MHz was a cluster#$%@). However, Commission relies on dated forecasts by economic PHDs and lawyers and under/over estimates bid/ask prices. Four cable television corporations with towers and two broadcasting companies benefit.
As with anything Fedzilla does, this could take years. Too bad. There are small start-ups popping up developing technologies and products right now.
“SEEMS”. SunRiver Broadcasting did approach Horizon Broadcasting and several California based radio broadcasters with the CP.
SunRiver is Field Ponds Group, Marietta – GA. Family member was Sunriver GM during construction and resigned very soon after FCC New Station is finally granted. Was majority owner until 1 July 2016 80% ownership transfer to another family member whom resides near San Diego – CA.
What I find no longer surprising, GCC (Bend Radio Group) is over its market station operation allotment while Alpha Media gets all types of FCC scrutiny with the KWLZ LMA. It ain’t illegal if no one complains and you don’t get caught doin’ it again.
Unfortunate for 3 Horizons. No buyer after 9 months. No LMA disclosures.
With the 2 year Agreement, Alpha Media now has a full allotment without a purchase. Alpha certainly does better at marketing and promotion. Seems Jammin’107.5 18-35 demos are vulnerable. Won’t wish 96.3 luck…WE don’t need any.
Sta Sof Fro!
FCC “reverse” Auction 1001 last month nets $89 billion for television broadcasters and licencees. FCC “forward” Auction 1002 for this soon to be vacant 600 MHz Spectrum is scheduled for this week. Expected $120 billion bids. That’s approx. $625 total per POP. Now y’all know why yer cellphone service bills are so expensive.
A new Full Power FM radio station, Sunriver Broadcasting Group KCOE-FM, Terrebonne – OR, begins broadcasting in September last year from Powell Butte east of Bend at 94.9 mHz with 2.4 kW (4.8 kW total ERP). 16 September 2015, FCC rescinds original 2012 New Station License to Cover due to carrier signal interference with general aviation which Sunriver appeals. 8 October 2015, FCC grants a Minor Modification to move carrier frequency from original 106.5 mHz to be farther from the 108 – 118 mHz Aeronautical Radio-navigation Band. However, at 94.9 mHz KCOE would swamp Sisters School District Low Power KZSO-FM. FCC mandates a channel substitution and KZSO would broadcast at 106.5 mHz. However, Sisters School District cannot afford to change frequencies and surrenders the station’s license to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 18 March 2016. FCC cancels the license 22 March 2016.
5 August 2016, Sunriver Broadcasting purchases K287AK, a class D FM translator at 105.3 FM licensed to nearby Prineville, Oregon, from Positive Life Radio (Yakima – WA) for $7,000. K287AK broadcasts with 10 Watts (total ERP) from Grizzly Mountain north of Prineville.
This 200 kHz bandwidth is for sale and Horizon Broadcasting Group is the only radio group below the FCC maximum number of radio stations for this market and would regain RF spectrum lead. But signal coverage area is not large and asking price is. June 2012, Sunriver had sold its KXIX, Sunriver – OR, to GCC Bend and KCOE currently rebroadcasts GCC’s KICE-AM (Fox Sports). Seems SunRiver Bend is a ‘flip’.
Broadband antennas have a nasty habit of re-radiation. Your channel 17 signal won’t be messed up by a close (up to 20 miles depending on ERP) neighbor’s tower broadcasting channel 31 but your broadband antenna will concentrate, re-radiate and extend neighbor’s coverage area.
OFDM is resistant to Rayleigh & Rician fade. But to say OFDM is immune or benefits is a myth promulgated by GSM Euro &%#*&@! UHF multi-path is more narking than VHF.
There are good indoor omni-directional UHF-TV antennas in the market now. RCA has a 16x16x1″ black box and claims 30dBi (Only natural phenomenon which may be isotropic is a thermal nuclear expansion in the vacuum of cold space. RF folks prefer dBd for dipole. It’s more accurate power / sensitivity comparison). Leaf also markets a clear plastic flexible sheet which will stick to walls and windows. Both are clever log periodic squares and rectangles. Did see at Fred Meyer another clear plastic curtain dipole array which is bi-directional. Clever.
Went through the exercise of developing 16:9 laptop/ computer monitor size 450 – 800 MHz broadband MIMO TX/RX antenna arrays. Waves too long – antennas too short. Even at 750 MHz half wave size, nasty things happen. So much for a Dick Tracy TV wrist watch.
For when (after) the 90M Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 for viewer ATSC 3.0 migration is exhausted, Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced draft bill “The Viewer Protection Act of 2016” 5 January to allocate another 1B for consumer TV tuner / converter box rebates. Funds will be also allocated for migrating TV broadcasters in special circumstances.
8VSB with 6 MHz was a terrible idea. Co-channel interference is ‘no problem’ due to the dreaded “cliff effect”; now you see a pristine picture, now you don’t. Cellular OFDM offers higher bit rates and works (sorta) for adjacent channel protection because of the two side guard bands within each channel. But this is for mobile wireless channels near and above 1 GHz. Low UHF ain’t smaller millimeter wavelength High UHF RF propogation.
Still, ATSC 3.0 256 PSK offers TV broadcasters 4K and the continous waveband (sorta – CH 37) offers broadcast television and mobile multi-media broadband services on one device. Albeit, it will be a very large cellphone (with a camera). It ain’t Dick Tracy’s TV wrist watch but it’s a step in the right direction.
Auction 1001 began 1 July (finally).
A Quick Poll.
Listening to KWLZ and KLTH simultaneously via the web while doing homework. Both are tagging the same audience. Both have plus’ and minus’. Being broadcast radio veterans and enthusiasts … which do forum members prefer and why?April 13, 2016 at 1:36 pm in reply to: Radio Pig Gone Bankrupt: Limbaugh's Contract Ending: Who Will Pay Him Now? #19370
Wow. Just Wow.
Limbaugh is a loss leader. Groups will build on the audience the program generates or lay off live hosts and go total syndi depending on market and management. Renog contracts may be less expensive porque the industry is broken again.
iHeart Media / CC Media Holdings / Clear Channel has been broken before. While it does own broadcast properties, IHeart is now content distribution (a different business model).
Rush will continue to maintain the biggest audience and the best Q ratings in the world’s largest radio market a while longer.