AM station to shut down at end of May 2019

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After Tom, I believe Clif Mills was taking care of it for a while, and I believe Ryan Kurpa(?) is now doing it.
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Clif and Ryan took care of WQUN-AM. Tom and I did WQAQ-FM. Totally independent operations. I don't know who it taking care of the FM these days. The FM was/is student run. The AM was/is a paid commercial business operation.

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I believe Ryan was doing WQUN up until the end, as I know he and fellow broadcast colleague Bob Gilmore were also working together at ESPN in Bristol. Here's a link to my forum post when four years ago (and 50 pounds heavier) I toured the station's transmitter site:

WQUN Transmitter Site Tour 2015
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As far as I know, the site is unchanged except for a very expensive Kintronic notch filter to get rid of an intermod product detected a few years ago. They were also running the stock C-QUAM stereo built into the BE transmitter.

Ryan inherited WADS from Clif. I don't know if he inherited any others.

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Apparently they filed a "Silent STA". I don't know if that's the same as surrendering the license. I also heard that they inquired about taking the towers down. That pretty much means they'll be selling the equipment and property pretty soon afterward.

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From https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.ex ... _num=42658:
Exhibit 1
Description: REASON FOR NOFICIATION OF SUSPENSION AND REQUEST FOR SILENT STA

WQUN(AM)WENT OFF THE AIR AT 6 PM ON MAY 31, 2019.

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY REQUESTS SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO CONTINUE TO SUSPEND STATION OPERATIONS OF WQUN(AM). THIS REQUEST IS BASED ON FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS (I.E., THE STATION HAS EXPERIENCED DECLINING REVENUES) AND A REASSESSMENT OF STUDENT NEEDS BASED ON THE UNIVERSITY'S STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS. THE UNIVERSITY WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE WQAQ(FM), HAMDEN, CT, A STUDENT-RUN RADIO STATION.
This form is for a temporary silence. You're supposed to file it if you expect to be off for more than 30 days, and it's valid for up to 180 days.

I don't believe there's a form for surrendering a license. Note this letter attached to the record of deleted station WDOD-1310, Chattanooga:
http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/prod/c ... r_id=26766
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I have had a few AM's go totally dark over the years and IIRC, they just had their attys send the FCC a letter saying that they were turning in the license. I think that they also included a copy of the original license and received a letter from the FCC giving them something like 30 days to reconsider and it was done.

I don't recall them requesting an STA of any type.
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There is no STA for surrendering the license since it is not "temporary". The station just submits a letter with the license (or a copy of the original) and requests that it be cancelled.

In this case it appears they're still hoping that someone will buy it if they are filing for STA to remain silent, but the 12 month clock started the day they notified the FCC of the station being off-air.
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Deep Thought wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:13 pm
There is no STA for surrendering the license since it is not "temporary". The station just submits a letter with the license (or a copy of the original) and requests that it be cancelled.

In this case it appears they're still hoping that someone will buy it if they are filing for STA to remain silent, but the 12 month clock started the day they notified the FCC of the station being off-air.
That is precisely the situation with my old client and friend that took his station dark in June. They have a silent STA AND have basically given the station to a local church AND are working thru the transfer/assignment process BUT nobody is sure if they can find money to get it back on before the STA expires.

They were planning on putting the TX at either the studio or either of a couple 2-way towers but that has apparently fallen by the wayside. I haven't had contact with anyone from the potential new owners for over a month, so not sure if the deal is still on or not.
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As Gomer Pyle would say, "Well, surprise, surprise!" A couple of weeks ago when I was looking for a decent news station to listen to at night, I tuned my radio up the band and heard the unmistakeable mechanical voice of the National Weather Service station on my AM radio, right about where this station would have been, and certainly as strong as the station used to be. My guess is they were doing some equipment or program tests and needed some audio, so they chose to rebroadcast the weather station.

I did a quick lookup earlier this week and discovered that they've got a new callsign (not sure what was wrong with the old one) yet the info claims it was filed for back in 1980, which seems very odd, since the station underwent several changes of ownership and callsigns in its history, including several in the last 40 years.

I don't know when they will officially be back on the air, nor with what format. Ryan is listed as the engineer who filed at least one of the forms I saw on-line.

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Interesting, as I heard them pop on which I presumed was to keep the license in active status. Would be interested in knowing if QU is keeping the station or it's something they're arranging for a sale / transfer.
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kcbooboo wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:00 pm
I did a quick lookup earlier this week and discovered that they've got a new callsign (not sure what was wrong with the old one) yet the info claims it was filed for back in 1980, which seems very odd, since the station underwent several changes of ownership and callsigns in its history, including several in the last 40 years.
Probably because Quinnipiac wants nothing to do with it anymore, hence why it's for sale. They probably instructed the broker and Ryan to change the calls to disassociate with the college, would be my guess.

Also the calls were filed on 05/27/2020.
https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.ex ... lsign=WATX
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As well, an STA request was filed that same day to “return” to silent status, so they claim to have been on the air for some short space of time before the end of May, which at that time would have been the license saving maneuver, since it was due to expire May 31st.

Anyways, it looks like there are signs of life.
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If they were signs of life, it wasn't a very long life. Perhaps we were just lucky to hear the NWS being broadcast as fill-in programming.

The one application I saw mentioned the "new" callsign had been applied for back as far as 1980, which seems quite odd, as Ryan was not even alive back then.

With no one on campus anyway, there's no one to actually run the station and they probably aren't going to waste money setting up remote studios wherever people are hiding in this Covid-19 era.

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kkiddkkidd wrote:
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That is precisely the situation with my old client and friend that took his station dark in June. They have a silent STA AND have basically given the station to a local church AND are working thru the transfer/assignment process BUT nobody is sure if they can find money to get it back on before the STA expires.

They were planning on putting the TX at either the studio or either of a couple 2-way towers but that has apparently fallen by the wayside. I haven't had contact with anyone from the potential new owners for over a month, so not sure if the deal is still on or not.
It is very ironic that this thread resurfaced today. I think that I have written about the above situation on other threads. The deal with the church fell thru late last year but a local, retired, non-radio guy decided to give it a go. We got an STA, moved the TX and put it back on the air in late February (just in time for license renewal but well short of the STA expiration) on a wire antenna supported by 3 convenient trees. It is only running 500w but covers the area nicely.

Today, I will be finishing their new studio and move the automation system from the TX enclosure back to that studio.

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