If 1230 returns to the air with its licensed power of 1 KW before the end of 2018, it will be nothing short of a miracle. Radio License Holdings a/k/a Cumulus has filed another 180 day STA extension request to continue broadcasting at 20 watts until the deal with Kona Coast Radio can be consummated. Cumulus' bankruptcy and Kona Coast's uncertainty as to how the bankruptcy would affect Radio License Holdings is cited in the STA extension request as one of the factors for making the request, which might explain why the license for KWDZ hasn't yet been deleted by the FCC.
IMO, the first thing Kona Coast needs to do now that the transfer is complete is ditch the 20 watt pea shooter and wire antenna that Cumulus has been using for the past couple years. I can't even hear 1230 in Weber County unless I get past the Roy exit on I-15. I believe the signal strength aspect will be covered by diplexing 1230 and 1320 off the new tower, however.
I think a 1960's to early 1970's oldies station would be a good fit on AM in the Salt Lake/Ogden/Provo area. KDYL was reasonably successful with their "real oldies" format before CRI/G&E Studio took over 1060, and I know that Kona Coast has applied for FM translators for 1230 & 1320. Based on the reports I'm reading in my AM radio Facebook group, there appears to be an increasing number of AM stations in the U.S. flipping to music formats when they acquire FM translators. If 1230 does go with an oldies format, it would be best if they stick with pre-1975 music to avoid overlap with 800 pound gorilla KODJ. There's not many format "holes" left on AM along the Wasatch Front. Talk is covered by KLO, KKAT, and KBJA. KOVO, KZNS, and KALL have sports yak; KSL and KNRS dominate the news/talk format; and there are Spanish language stations on 730, 1490, 1550, and 1600. I wouldn't go with classic country on AM in this market either, especially since newcomer KWLO (1580) covers the area that KSOP-AM doesn't reach. Stay tuned for the next chapter! ☺
They could lease airtime to the operators that briefly programmed the India format on KDYL.
I'm not sure that would work out. Another member of this board indicated that Radio Desi got booted off of KDYL for not paying the LMA fees to James Su. And as far as I know, KDYL is still available for LMA, and KDYL has a 10 KW daytime signal versus 1 KW for KRRF. From what I've seen, Kona Coast is only interested in selling 1320 (KNIT), although 1230 may soon be listed for sale now that the transfer to Vic Michael has been completed.