The title of my post pretty much says it all. I noticed KUAO is off the air during an FM band scan this afternoon. I don't see a request for silent authority posted at the FCC's web site, so I'm assuming it's either a power outage or equipment issue(s) that has knocked the station off the air.
When I saw this my suspicion was that it was more likely due to the construction permit moving KUAO to Tremonton/Logan with a transmitter near the Idaho border. It is, but it's more than that. KUAO is now running a loop announcing that 88.7 (KNKL) is picking up the Air1 programming on August 1. Currently 88.7 is running K-Love but so is 107.5 KKLV-FM, and there's a fair amount of overlap between those two. Air1 is also on the K209CJ 89.7 translator in the Oquirrahs and combined with 88.7 should give good coverage with not as much overlap. I would speculate that when KUAO lands up north it will be K-Love, though much harder to pick up in Ogden.
The next pieces are in. 88.1 and 88.7 have swapped callsigns. Mark down KNKL for 88.1 Tremonton and KUAO for 88.7 North Ogden. That seems to confirm that 88.1 is going to be K-Love now. The new KNKL is also now listed as testing and awaiting license to cover for the new facility, so it's probably gone forever from the Ogden area without a good antenna.
The next thing I'm going to be keeping an eye out for is to see if KCPW-FM takes advantage of the loosened restrictions to the north and increases power in that direction.
I've already noticed that KCPW is much easier to receive in Ogden since the transmitter for 88.1 was moved further north. 88.3 is a little scratchy at my location, but if KCPW boosted its power or set up an Ogden booster, they'd have a pretty broad coverage area.
KCPW isn't getting an Ogden booster without upgrading the main first so that's the only option open right now. Remember that a booster by law CANNOT increase a station's predicted coverage area. The only thing it can do is compensate for areas that should be covered by the main but aren't due to obstruction (for example the Humpy rimshots.) KCPW's service area doesn't come close to Ogden. They already have a directional array, so increasing power to the northeast seems reasonable and would be what I'd be trying to do. Finances are another matter entirely.
As for Utah County, I don't think there's much they can do with KPGR sitting one channel over. A lot of colleges have given up and sold their stations in recent years, and a high school seems even more likely to bail, so maybe KCPW could buy KPGR to take it silent? That's a whole 'nother topic though.