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Non-comm licensees are allowed to own and operate non fill-in translators. Commercial stations cannot. All non fill-in translators in the non-reserved band (92-108 MHz) must be fed over the air. Other translators can be fed by other means, such as Internet or satellite.
The restructuring means that longtime KINK personality Steve Pringle has been let go. The Sunday Night Blues Room on KINK was not on the air this past Sunday, and I presume that it has aired it’s last broadcast on KINK with Steve’s forced departure. Also off KINK is Sheila Hamilton, but she is still at Alpha doing KXL afternoons. Cort Johnson is also off KINK, but I don’t know his status with Alpha.
“Nice bump for The Buzz in the latest ratings release…wonder why?”
Two things come to mind:
1. People who don’t want Christmas music have come over from K103 and Charlie.
2. They removed Daria, Mitch & Ted from afternoons in October, which was a very talk-intensive show. Listeners have responded positively to having music in the afternoon (and thus, consistently all day).
KINK will indeed be airing the full version at noon and 6PM today, according to announcements on their Facebook page.
Molly Paige is gone from Portland’s Afternoon News on KXL. I just heard Lacey Evans back in the afternoon slot today, and I’m wondering if that’s permanent.August 2, 2016 at 10:30 am in reply to: Translators To Broadcast KPDQ, KDZR & Translator Sold #22260
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.August 2, 2016 at 10:23 am in reply to: Translators To Broadcast KPDQ, KDZR & Translator Sold #22259
W7PAT: “Salem” in this case means Salem Media, owner of KPDQ-AM and KDZR-AM in Portland, not the city of Salem.
Alpha really could have kept the Classic Hits format. It would have fit nicely into their cluster. They could have improved on it a bit, adding personalities and updating the presentation a bit. I’m surprised they didn’t see that as an option. I guess they just want to reach younger listeners.August 2, 2016 at 7:25 am in reply to: Translators To Broadcast KPDQ, KDZR & Translator Sold #22251
Salem has applied for 106.3 and 94.3 for these translators. Both are highly directional to avoid overlap with KLOO and KZZR, respectively.
Alpha missed their chance to grab 97.9. At least they now have 5 FMs like their two closest competitors.
How well can urban do in Portland though? And doesn’t this format threaten their own Live 95.5 somewhat?August 1, 2016 at 7:42 am in reply to: KKPZ 1330 AM "The Truth" Buys FM Translator Station #22190
They filed their changes on Friday, and the frequency they are trying for is 97.5. The application specifies a highly directional antenna at the KKPZ site pointed SE. The 250-watt facility would put some signal in Clackamas, Oregon City, Sunnyside, and Happy Valley, but not any at all in the core of Portland. They have to dodge the 97.5 LPFM CP in Vancouver, and a 97.5 translator in Newberg. I haven’t run any maps to see what else they are having to protect.
Of course, their game is probably to get a signal on the air, and then hope that some of the LPFMs in the Portland area don’t make it to the air before expiration (namely, that 97.5 in Vancouver).June 20, 2016 at 7:56 am in reply to: Alpha Media Names Kelsey McDaniel Director of Marketing #20939
Also… “Seven station cluster”? Alpha has six.June 7, 2016 at 7:39 am in reply to: IHeart Radio Switches San Francisco Station to All 80s #20422
This is the first time iHeart has placed one of it’s existing iHeart Radio channels on a full-power broadcast signal, and they’ve done it in a major market. I’m really concerned that this is a sign of the direction that iHeart is taking to slash costs even further.
I imagine that they would really like to just have a single “feed” for each format, and just push that to their FM stations, all with iHeart branding. Every market would have an “iHeart Hits”, “iHeart Country”, “iHeart Classic Hits”, etc. with the only local content being the spot breaks they can sell. No more local personalities (which are already getting scarce), no local connection, and not even local branding. Just imagine the cost savings!
This format change in SF is a horrible sign of what’s likely to come.
I would personally love to have a classic-leaning country format on the air in Portland. I’ve wished that one of the AMs would adopt the format. That doesn’t mean that I think it will be a ratings winner – just that I would enjoy it.
Of course they program radio for demographics. That’s how they ensure they are going to get the best audience to sell jewelry and appliances to.