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Possible development: http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/netgnomes/93268/a-fourth-country-for-portland/
There is no way that “3 Horizons” is going to run this station as a stand-alone operation in Portland. It’s just not economically viable to do that against the big cluster owners. Chances are very high that the signal will be sold to one of these entities:
– Alpha Broadcasting, since they are one FM short of the market ownership cap, and own one less station than Entercom and iHeart.
– Salem Communications (they are also under the cap) and Salem has been buying stations lately.
-EMF, parent of K-Love & Air1, to rebroadcast Air1.
When the stations signs on, expect a predictable format that never catches on.
Their Facebook page says they are signing on Friday. Tonight’s broadcast may have just been a test. I think the test we heard several weeks ago was with a borrowed transmitter, so they would have had to test their permanent transmitter before an official publicized sign on.
From my observation, it also appears that KINK morning host Dan Merchant and KUPL evening host Sparx are both out.
“the move to the new site could take up to a year yet.”
Interesting, since their CP at the new site expires this August 31st. I feel like KWLZ will never move to the metro on 96.3 unless more money starts changing hands to grease the wheels a bit more.
I would say the main rule keeping 107.1 from a power upgrade is that fact that it is a non fill-in translator, and thus is limited to 28 watts as per FCC 74.1235.
If they found a way to become a fill-in translator (likely by leasing HD-2,3,4 space on a local station), then they are limited by proximity to KLVU. A directional antenna with a null to the south would be needed. Andy has done the research and knows the exact limitations. It has already been discussed a few times on this forum, in fact.
“Learn from other people’s mistakes. You will not have time to make them all yourself.”
KBFF should ask Entercom how well it worked to blow out a local morning show to bring in a Seattle one. Within 18 months, KWJJ begged their local show to come back. Portland listeners don’t want what Seattle has. We don’t want to live in Seattle’s shadow. Portland is original and it’s radio listeners deserve live, original content.
So much for “LIVE 95.5”. They should change the name to “Out-of-town Voicetracked 95.5”.
Interesting. I would assume that site would be worth more than $10 million.
By the way, KYSR is not on Mt. Wilson. They have a 5kW aux at that site, but the main signal is from a tower near West Hollywood.
I get very weak reception in Tualatin, using my Technics SA-AX720 with just a simple indoor wire antenna. Not bad, considering the distance and terrain between my receiver and Benson! For a while I thought I was getting KODZ instead, but I verified that was not the case.
The station Andy and Smoochie are talking about is KBFF. It appears that Alpha has plans to build their own multiple use antenna at Stonehenge. In addition to this application to move KBFF down the tower a bit to the new antenna, there are also applications for auxiliary stations for both KXL and KUPL from this same antenna. I have no inside information on the stations or Stonehenge, so this is just a reasonable guess based on the information at hand. Putting KBFF on a new antenna might also be part of a plan to add HD, as Alpha recently upgraded KINK to HD.
The Salem re-branding of stations to the “Answer” moniker is for their conservative talk stations. KPDQ is NOT a conservative talk station, it is a Christian talk station. Salem tried their conservative talk format in Portland back around 2006 (remember KTRO?) but it didn’t stick. So, unless they do a full format change on 93.9 or 800 AM, don’t expect a name change.