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Another one bites the dust

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:07 pm
by Shane
http://www.northpine.com/blog/2020/01/2 ... at-age-90/

On a happier note, Nebraska’s oldest station will hit 100 in April 2022.

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:37 am
by kkiddkkidd
And a GA AM had it's licensed revoked for non-payment of fees and failure to respond to FCC inquiries... This is NOT the large owner Cox Media but a similarly named company.

https://www.fcc.gov/document/cox-broadcast-group-inc-1


There is also a long list of stations from the last renewal group (mostly FL LPs) who have failed to file a renewal and are about to have their license canceled...

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-82A1.pdf

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:16 am
by TPT
Despite the enthusiasm of the low power community, these stations are very subject to going silent. There were six LP's in my area--only two remain on the air. Two licenses were turned in, a third high school station never filed for renewal last June. The renewal period for the fourth begins in June of this year, it's been off for close to two years, the antenna removed from a tower I manage.

Of the remaining two, I built one of them for a community college (they gave me "the third degree" for doing so--an honorary degree to go with my BA/JD)--and it's very actively programmed by the students. The other is on 40' of tower beside a house, about a half mile from the license coordinates.
It's a "satellator"--we'll see this June if they remember to renew the license.

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:35 am
by NECRAT
Then there are the three LPFMs in Southern New England, which are all running commercially, two of which are "co owned" as part of a four station cluster....

The two which are co-owned, supposidly were reported by another radio owners in the state (who himself is running two translators on two different frequencies without the authorization to do so... :roll: ) to the FCC, who did nothing about it.

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:06 pm
by Deep Thought
A fairly large percentage of those LPFMs were "sold" on the concept by promoters like Prometheus who then literally sold them a bunch of overpriced "consulting" and equipment. The thing these licensees didn't get with that was a clue about what they were getting themselves into. And then there's the guy in the MSP market who has taken five figures in cash to change frequencies twice now but still isn't running any sort of regular schedule.

As for the AMs dying off...the more of these zombies we can get off the band the better.

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:38 am
by Dale H. Cook
There is an LPFM in SW VA that is on the air, sort of - they are not transmitting from their licensed location, and they bought a cheapo Chinese transmitter which is not legal for use in the US (it has no FCC sticker). It is on with dead air 24/7. Early last year they had me come in. I determined that the transmitter was faulty and that the manual did not match the transmitter. I told them to call the manufacturer about getting it fixed and getting an FCC sticker. The station never paid me so they are now on my deadbeat list.

I work with another LPFM here in Roanoke VA where I am the only staff member with broadcast experience, and I helped them to get on the air. Their president/GM/CE is a superb electronics technician and longtime ham operator who firmly believes in operation in accordance with the Rules & Regs. I initially helped the station with things that nobody had experience with, including EAS, processing, automation, and studio niceties such as mike processing. After helping them get set up and on the air (which was not a lot of work as the GM/CE did morst of the work) I am available to answer questions, I serve as the national PSA coordinator, and I do a weekly 3 hour freeform music show which I produce in my home studio. I work for them pro bono publico, in large part because they produce and air a number of public service programs that give community non-profit organizations a voice on the air that they have never had outside of commercial radio "public affairs" programs that air at 6:00 AM Sunday. On our LPFM those programs air afternoons and evenings. This is radio that truly serves the community - radio the way it's supposed to be.

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:16 pm
by kkiddkkidd
I was not a proponent of the LPFM movement as I thought that most of these licenses would fail due to lack of operational attention and revenue. Not to mention that the LP's would siphon off just enough revenue from a small community to possibly kill a local full service station while not providing enough revenue to operate themselves.

I know of a couple LPFM's that as others have noted, are nothing more than an illegal translator for a full power station. I am keeping an eye on one of their renewal applications and nothing is filed yet...

On the other hand, I am doing some work for an LPFM at a church that is doing a pretty good job of serving their listenership while not constantly begging for money.

Later,

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:39 pm
by Dale H. Cook
The only ways for an LPFM to generate revenue are through donations, fundraisers and underwriting because they are non-commercial. Any LPFM that airs actual commercials should be reported to the Commission for violating the terms of its license.

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:49 pm
by NECRAT
Dale H. Cook wrote: Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:39 pm The only ways for an LPFM to generate revenue are through donations, fundraisers and underwriting because they are non-commercial. Any LPFM that airs actual commercials should be reported to the Commission for violating the terms of its license.
Two of the three I mentioned where. Nothing happened.

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:52 am
by BroadcastDoc
Dale H. Cook wrote: Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:38 am I work for them pro bono publico, in large part because they produce and air a number of public service programs that give community non-profit organizations a voice on the air that they have never had outside of commercial radio "public affairs" programs that air at 6:00 AM Sunday. On our LPFM those programs air afternoons and evenings. This is radio that truly serves the community - radio the way it's supposed to be.
I also do that with the LPFM in my village. They actually hold candidate forums and air public hearings. Their door is always open to the community to get out the message. Seeing as the local newspaper left town years ago, it’s pretty much the only way to get local info.

Re: Another one bites the dust

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:44 pm
by kkiddkkidd
kkiddkkidd wrote: Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:37 am And a GA AM had it's licensed revoked for non-payment of fees and failure to respond to FCC inquiries... This is NOT the large owner Cox Media but a similarly named company.

https://www.fcc.gov/document/cox-broadcast-group-inc-1


There is also a long list of stations from the last renewal group (mostly FL LPs) who have failed to file a renewal and are about to have their license canceled...

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-82A1.pdf
And now has unbitten the dust...

The FCC has reconsidered based on a pleading filed prior to the revocation order.

https://www.fcc.gov/document/cox-broadcast-group-inc-2