Since the previous thread on this subject is now locked, I'm posting a new thread. According to an article in today's online edition of the Ogden Standard Examiner, KWCR's license is officially for sale. I'm heartbroken--a portion of my memories of being in the broadcasting program at Weber State is now dead and buried. What I'm wondering is why it took the board of trustees until March to approve the sale of the license when it's been listed for sale on the net since January:
Now that you mention it, you could look at the timing the other way as being a little odd too. It seems strange that Cumulus would shut down a sports station right before The Madness, especially with their connection to CBS Sports Radio. (Who actually carries the games anyway?
According to Google, Westwood One is the network carrying the March Madness games. Their site lists 1280/97.5 KZNS as the local affiliate for the games.
While I see your point, I still wouldn't be surprised if KLO dumps Rome's show after a month or two unless they publicize the show and build an audience. Merrill Cook's show only lasted a month before being cancelled, and Mills Crenshaw was off KLO and back at KTKK after a year. At the very least, KLO needs to advertise the new home of Jim Rome with a few UTA bus boards, perhaps on the routes that go to Vivint Arena and BYU games. That would be the target audience for Rome, and it can't cost all that much to run ads on UTA buses, can it?
It does seem a little coincidental that KLO decided to start airing Rome's program at the height of March Madness. I hope they're successful in picking up some new listeners, but I have my doubts.
What surprises me is that neither KALL nor KZNS picked up Rome's show after KFNZ went dark. IMHO, either one of those stations would be a better fit for Rome's program, but maybe 700 and 1280 didn't have any openings in their weekday schedule. Or maybe KLO is just desperate to pick up some ratings and beat KALL and KZNS to the punch. Whatever the scenario, KLO will have to advertise that they're the new affiliate in Salt Lake for Jim Rome, because most people wouldn't expect his show to be on KLO unless they discovered it during a random band scan.
UPDATE: It appears that KLO mis-read their audience again. Right now the comments on the station's Facebook page are about 3 to 1 against Jim Rome and in favor of bringing Dennis Prager back to his former 10 AM-1 PM time slot. Can you say major screw-up?
With the recent demise of KFNZ, the Jim Rome Show has been added to KLO's schedule from 10 AM-1 PM weekdays, replacing the Dennis Prager show. It seems kind of strange to me for a conservative "world class talk" station to add a sports talk program like Rome's to their line up, but maybe KLO is hoping to pick up some listeners from KFNZ that are die-hard Jim Rome fans. (Rome's web site still hasn't been updated and is showing KFNZ as the Salt Lake affiliate.) I'm wondering if the addition of Rome's show to KLO's weekday schedule is a precursor to a pending format change. Time will tell.
By the way, KFNZ still hasn't been deleted from the FCC's database. If Cumulus plans on turning in the station's license, they're certainly taking their own sweet time notifying Uncle Charlie.
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After doing some further research of the FCC database, it appears my original post was in error. The FCC has only granted Citicasters an additional 60 days extension for KWDZ to remain silent. According to this letter from the FCC to Citicasters, the original silent authority expired March 6, 2017. The new end date for the station's remain silent authority is May 16, 2017 at 12:01 AM. Anyone want to place a bet on whether Citicasters (a/k/a iHeart) will file another request to take the station silent after May 16th?
I'd say your theory might be plausible if Cumulus wasn't selling off tower sites in other markets as well. Legally, I believe that a station has at least 10 days to notify the FCC after going silent before they're in violation of the Commission's rules. Moreover, the FCC has been known to be somewhat lenient in enforcing its own rules. Recall KWDZ being on the air for a weekend in May last year and not notifying the FCC until three months later due to an "administrative oversight", or KXOL 1660 remaining on the air for almost a year after the FCC canceled the station's license. As far as I know, neither iHeart or KXOL was ever fined by the FCC for those violations, and I doubt anything would happen if Cumulus didn't notify the FCC that KFNZ is dark until a few days past the 10 day "grace period" either.
If Cumulus wasn't carrying such a heavy debt load, it might be feasible for them to move the KFNZ towers to a new location or have a developer build around them, but it sounds like they're not in any position to bargain. They either sell off some assets and keep the company afloat or file for bankruptcy, which isn't going to please their shareholders. Ditto iHeart and KWDZ: iHeart's debt load is probably what's keeping them from putting KWDZ back on the air permanently. Moreover, with the public's concern about RF exposure from power lines and radio towers, it would be pretty hard to convince a developer to build on a plot of land with two 5 KW radio towers. Since RF exposure is all about proximity to the source, people are probably at a higher risk of developing health problems from having a cell phone pressed to their ear 10-12 hours a day than living a few hundred feet from a high voltage power line or AM radio tower. But a huge power line or radio tower looks more imposing, so some ideas are hard to dispel with the truth.
I do agree with you in regards to Cumulus surrendering the KFNZ license to the FCC. Now that KRUZ (KRRF) has been sold, why wouldn't they broadcast the KFNZ programming using the same transmitter and antenna with a nominal power increase? That way Cumulus could preserve the license until a buyer could be found. There's still nothing new showing in the FCC database for KFNZ, so I guess we'll just have to wait to see what happens with 1320.
So much for the DOJ and FCC investigating G&E Studios/James Su: Uncle Charlie recently allowed a husband and wife team from Australia to become the first non-U.S. citizens to have a 100% ownership stake in a broadcast outlet. This probably means that China Radio International (CRI) will be able to continue broadcasting on U.S. AM stations even though only a few hundred people are listening. For further reading:
I looked up the address for the KFNZ towers (1181 W Bullion ST in Murray) on Google Maps, and the land looks like a prime site for a housing development. There's a few houses at the far end of the street and what looks to be a farm property, but I'm assuming the land that's surrounded by a chain link fence is where the KFNZ towers are. Unfortunately, the land is worth far more to a developer than Cumulus could ever hope to make by keeping KFNZ on the air. The same encroaching residential development is present on Highway 89 in the Willard-Perry-Brigham City area where the fruit orchards used to be. As long as Utah's population keeps growing, there will be developers looking for land to build on, and we all know how much land is required for AM radio towers.
You can hear it in the original 1965 mono version, but not the 2001 stereo (digitally remastered) remix. In fact, one of the comments for this YouTube video mentions that "KNAK" is edited out of the stereo remix. Listen closely and you'll hear the station's call letters called out right after the line about the "number 1 radio station", and just before the line in the song about Lagoon. Time to search for a mono pressing of the Summer Days LP on eBay?
I can't figure out why Capitol removed the KNAK call on the 2001 stereo remix unless they received a cease and desist letter from an attorney representing the station that's now KYAH (540 AM, Delta). From 1979 until 2011, KYAH held the old KNAK call letters, so maybe the owner of the station in Delta wanted the call edited out of later pressings for some strange reason.
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Call me skeptical but I'm not going to be convinced that the 1320 facility is gone until I see it's been deleted from the Commission database.
I think the FCC only updates the AM and FM databases once a week on Fridays, so I guess we'll see if anything shows up tomorrow. It may be that the rumors of the death of KFNZ have been greatly exaggerated.