Shirley Knott

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  • in reply to: Southern Oregon Radio Happenings #48880
    Shirley Knott
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    I see no place for KRRM to move that would allow them full coverage of the Rogue Valley. Not eve a C3 upgrade.

    Current channel is out because of KTEE, a cochannel C1 at North Bend almost on their current Class A contour.

    Moving to 92.9 as a C3 might work, but there would have to be a transmitter site available in a very small quadrant in the mountains about 12-15 miles south of Grants Pass. No stations are out there now.

    Odds are small that there’s anything there that would work as a real world solution thanks to shortage of electricity on mountain tops.

    in reply to: I-Heart layoffs hit PDX (and everywhere, I suppose #48765
    Shirley Knott
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    Would it be rude to suggest that iHurt’s new FCC approved 78% foreign ownership might be behind the McDonaldization of U.S. radio?

    Or should I say the continuing McDonaldization of U.S. radio.

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    in reply to: FCC OKes full time HD #48539
    Shirley Knott
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    it might work or become the proverbial “lipstick on a pig”!

    True to the HD radio tradition, this will probably be another question of which comes first, the egg or the dinosaur?

    in reply to: FCC OKes full time HD #48532
    Shirley Knott
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    Full digital is for AM only. It might help a few operators who have a second analog signal of some kind. Say, an FM translator or even a second AM station, thanks to the recent AM simulcast rule change.

    It’s going to be a slow change, but there are probably a handful of operators who want to experiment a bit and have little to lose.

    I’d be surprised to see anybody switch over to full digital AM without having a second station to pick up the analog listeners though. But who knows?

    in reply to: Northern OR Coast TV CP’s & Lic #47634
    Shirley Knott
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    FCC gives you 3 years to build a station. Then the CP expires. Tell them you built it, even if you didn’t, and you get a license. They will probably never check to see if a translator is really on the air.

    It allows whoever applied for the CP to hold the property until they either build it or sell it to somebody. Quite immoral and even illegal, and therefore done all the time.

    You can’t sell an expired CP without a lot of fancy legal help.

    in reply to: Eugene Radio Happenings #47631
    Shirley Knott
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    Selling the towers at a radio station is pretty much the same as selling the cars at a taxi company. Looks good for a couple of years but the next manager has to eventually figure out how to pay the rent on those towers they used to own.

    Typical radio management mindset. Grab the gold today and let the next poor fool figure out how to keep the company in business as the revenues have continued to slide and the tower rent keeps going up.

    Blessed be those who own their own license, equipment, towers and land for they shall still be here next year.

    in reply to: Northern OR Coast TV CP’s & Lic #47630
    Shirley Knott
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    If you’re ready to play TV, get in touch with one of the individual owners of a licensed but never on the air station. If you can afford to build, you can probably come to an arrangement with them.

    in reply to: KBZY Sells to local guy #47582
    Shirley Knott
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    I stand by my disquoted statement that a Kintronics array beats the heck out of a rusting 200 foot tower.

    Since a station that would choose a Kintronics antenna has a major need to have a short antenna, this meets that requirement. Whether it’s NIMBYs on the planning commission refusing a taller tower, or the ongoing expense of maintaining a 200 foot structure, it’s often the choice between having a station or not having a station.

    Reduced radiation is preferable to no radiation. And finding affordable, insurable tower climbers has become extremely difficult, should you need to paint it or, God forbid, replace the light bulb because the airport is too close to turn it off for good.

    Not for everybody, but with AM in the shape it’s in, a Kintronics antenna is a good alternative to the good old fashioned 1/4 wave. And it’s fairly unlikely that somebody who has had to choose a Kintronics is going to be screwing around with digital anyway.

    in reply to: ATSC 3.0 Around the Northwest #47577
    Shirley Knott
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    So maybe everybody on this board could pool their beer and pizza money and we could start another TV network.

    Maybe 24 hours a day of Northwest Beavers at Work.

    in reply to: KBZY Sells to local guy #47576
    Shirley Knott
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    It beats the heck out of a 200 foot tall rusting tower.

    in reply to: KBZY Sells to local guy #47562
    Shirley Knott
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    FCC docs say site is leased. Kinstar antenna has five 80 foot wooden poles

    in reply to: KBZY Sells to local guy #47559
    Shirley Knott
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    My question, which I haven’t been able to answer with online searches is Who is NCJ Enterprises. Is this a former shareholder in Capital Broadcasting or who. Why do Risewicks owe them $250K. Just curious to know where the money went and why it was needed by the station.

    Did they pay a whole boatload more for the station somewhere in the past that was never repaid?

    We know station values are sinking annually, and I’m guessing that KBZY was a victim of inflation. BUT I WANNA KNOW!

    in reply to: Coastal Radio Happenings #47346
    Shirley Knott
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    It’s a mix. Satellite is still more reliable than Internet. Other than predictable solar outages for a few minutes a day for a few days a year, Satellite is always there.

    Internet signals tend to fade out for a lot of reasons like car/pole collisions, errant backhoes, the occasional flash flood or just because it’s (your Internet Provder Name here).

    But with FCC selling cellular half of the C Band satellite channels radio and TV have used for years, we can expect Internet to take up more slack as prices go up for the use of the remaining C Bandwidth.

    Also, it’s harder and harder to find a spot for a 6-10 foot satellite dish to live at a station anymore.

    in reply to: Coastal Radio Happenings #47266
    Shirley Knott
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    I drove through in mid June and the AM was off then too.

    I blame the coronavirus. No ad money, no fix the AM.

    Sometimes you do what you have to do to ‘serve the community,’ even if it twists the FCC’s panties a little.

    My belief is that it’s better to be kind of illegal keeping the FM on while the AM takes a little time out than to be off the air completely. But them I’m not a rules freak.

    in reply to: Northwest Hispanic Radio Happenings #46973
    Shirley Knott
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    “mainly a local group who initially relayed KGHO-LP into the South Sound on 101.1 /104.1 (but recently switched their feed to cross-service KGTK-AM Olympia, the same folks behind KBNP). “

    They just want to keep KXL from reaching the Puget Sound. 🙂

    Seriously, That translator starts tearing up KXL around MP 70.
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    FCC is apparemtly onto KGHO-LPs little game on 101.1 in Olympia. They have asked the licensee to state which station the translator actually rebroadcasts and at what power. If rebroadcasting KGHO-LP from Aberdeen, max translator power is 10 Watts as a non-fill in.

    If broadcasting KGTK 920 om 101.1 as they claim, max power is 250 Watts as a fill in. At 2500′ from Capital Peak, that can make a very large difference in coverage area as well as interference to neighboring stations such as Bustos.

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