Per All Access and the FCC database, Cumulus has sold KRUZ-AM to the Pentecostal Church of God for $55,000, so it looks like Salt Lake will be getting another religious station on the AM band in the near future. No word on what the new owners will do for a transmitting site, since the old tower collapsed in March of 2015:
I think everyone knew the station was for sale, though that price seems pretty low. I'm not surprised that Cumulus keeps the KRUZ callsign. That's pretty valuable and not really relevant to a church station.
Given the lack of viable choices for a graveyard AM station this seems like as good a choice as any. The graveyard nature of it shouldn't be too bad for this church. I have no knowledge of them but does anyone know if they really have much influence outside of their local area?
Taking into account that KOGN (also a 1 KW graveyard station) sold for only $25,000 in 2013, $55,000 seems about right for KRUZ. Although it was later discovered that the KOGN transmitter had suffered lightning damage which had to be repaired before the station could go back on the air, Cumulus isn't exactly giving away the license considering that the new owners will have to purchase a transmitter and some type of antenna system at minimum. At least KOGN came complete with a studio building and tower.
A Google search turned up the following web site for the Pentecostal Church of God in Salt Lake. They are apparently affiliated with Radio Vision Celestial Internacional, or VCI for short. I'm guessing that's going to be the format for 1230 AM. Realistically, it's got to be hard for any church but the LDS Church to have much influence in Utah, although KANN and KUTR seem to do OK.
The KRUZ call is now deleted from the FCC database, and the new call sign for the station on 1230 is KRRF. An application has also been filed with the FCC to relocate the transmitter and antenna site for KRRF in a church building at 6180 S 4590 W in Kearns, the location of the Pentecostal Church of God. You can read all the technical details by clicking on the link below:
Actually the KRUZ callsign went to a Cumulus station near Oxnard CA. Makes sense. That callsign is too valuable to just give up. That's how it ended up on 1230 in the first place. The KRRF callsign that's now on 1230 is what used to be in Cali, so that may not be the final callsign when it hits air.
The application you pointed to is much more interesting. They want to put a whip antenna on the roof? 1230 had enough trouble getting out (especially at night) when it had a real antenna with a ground system. I have the feeling this configuration isn't going to get out for squat. Then again, maybe they don't care and only want to reach a very localized audience. It'll work, but probably not very well.
It should also be noted that the coordinates given actually put the antenna in some guy's yard, not the church. But who's counting?
Last Edit: Feb 22, 2017 6:22:43 GMT -6 by CAwasinNJ
The FCC must have updated the listing for KRUZ after I did my research yesterday morning. When I tried searching for KRUZ around 10 AM, the server responded with a "0 records retrieved" message, so I assumed the call had been deleted. I had to search by frequency and state to access the information on 1230. I think the FCC database was still a little flaky Tuesday morning because of being offline for the President's Day weekend.
I've got a feeling that the antenna setup on the roof of the church might be just a temporary setup until the new owner can find a more suitable location for the antenna and transmitter. If a media conglomerate like Cumulus couldn't find a new location for an antenna almost two years after the old tower collapsed, a church is probably going to have a harder time locating a suitable plot of land. With the ridiculous amount of land being used for new housing developments in Utah and some people's fear of RF exposure from radio towers, high voltage power lines and the like, I think it's becoming increasingly harder to find good locations for transmitting facilities. On the other hand, Cumulus may not have really tried to find a new location for a tower because they were planning on selling the license all along, and the Pentecostal Church of God is probably cash poor after spending $55 K for the license plus a transmitter and antenna. I don't think the deal with Cumulus included a transmitter, did it? In any event, the church may just be looking to get the word out to their congregation and a little beyond, in which case 1 KW and an antenna 75 feet above ground should do the trick. On a good day I can hear KRUZ with their flea power 20 watt transmitter and wire antenna in Ogden on the radio in my 2012 Toyota, but just barely.
Unless you know of a search I don't, the FCC's searches are individual by band. The new home for KRUZ is an FM station so an AM search would come up with 0 records. (I get the same results now.)
I'm absolutely sure that Cumulus was just avoiding having to make the investment in a station they didn't care about anyway. I'm not an engineer but I would be shocked if they couldn't have engineered a diplex at KFNZ or KKAT that would cover Murray. They just didn't want to. We'll have to wait and see how well the roof antenna works and then speculate on the future. Who knows, maybe they'll still end up diplexing off a Cumulus station in an amendment to the original deal.