If you bet that the next new station on the air in Salt Lake would be the flip of 107.9 to BYU Radio, it looks like you lost. ESPN 700's translator on 92.1 is on the air. It's a 99 watt directional signal pointed northeast from just south of Farnsworth. (Is that Little Farnsworth?) The signal is pretty weak in central Davis County, but they may not be up to full power yet. There was no mention of the new signal on the air that I heard.
I know the radio consultants seem to think being on FM is a big deal, but I'm not sure this is going to make too much of a difference. The areas that will get a very strong signal for the translator already can probably pick up 700 on their teeth. Maybe the millenials that supposedly can't find the AM button on their radio will benefit, but I'm not convinced yet.
Post by oldiesfunhouse on Aug 10, 2018 7:34:18 GMT -7
Regarding the importance of being on FM, I've heard that some cell phones have chips in them that allow them to pick up FM signals but not AM. There's a reversal. When I was a little kid I remember radios that only had AM. Also, for those of us that like to go to a Utes game either at the Huntsman Center or Rice Eckles and bring a portable radio to listen to the play by play (yes, there are a few of us who still do that, mostly blind guys) the FM signal MIGHT do better inside the arena or stadium than the AM. I know 97.5 does better at Vivant Arena than 1280. Being a translator, they can't ever split the siganal, right? Sometimes local games preempt some national ESPN radio ones and it would be nice if they had a separate signal to air those like the Zone does.
You are correct. Translators cannot originate programming. Plus, since the translator move was part of the "AM revitalization" it's obligated to carry KALL for 2 years.
I may have spoken a little too soon on this being a permanent thing though. Further research shows that the silent STA was set to expire today (Aug 10) so it may not be on long. If you care check it out while you can.