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In this week's issue... Lots of questions after a busy NAB - Big shifts at KDKA - WEEI's Dennis in rehab - CBC still reeling from Ghomeshi - NY FM leader dies - New England FM donated

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nabshowlogo*Anyone who came home from this year's NAB Show with any sense of certainty about any of the big issues on the table must have been at a different set of sessions from the ones we attended. It was a very busy (and incredibly windy) week in the desert, and aside from a nasty head cold, here's what we brought back as the big items from Las Vegas:

Voltair: Massachusetts-based 25-Seven Systems is now part of the larger Telos Alliance, and its new box was the talk of the show on the radio side in a way we haven't seen in years. If you work in a PPM market, you already know what's going on here: after years of concern that Arbitron (now Nielsen)'s proprietary encoding system wasn't able to work as well with some formats and voices as others, 25-Seven's Dr. Barry Blesser began researching the subject.

blesser-nabThe result was the Voltair, a "watermark monitoring and enhancement" device that's designed to process station audio to provide the PPM encoding with more to work with (in Blesser's words, a bigger "blanket" under which the PPM encoding can hide what are supposed to be inaudible tones). The boxes have been out there being tested for several months now, with more than 300 already in the field, and the ball is now in Nielsen's court to figure out what to do about it. (We'll be writing much more about this topic in the weeks to come, we're sure.)

AM improvement: There was a healthy FCC presence at this year's NAB Show, but the commissioners weren't always saying what broadcasters wanted to hear. That was especially true when it came to AM improvement, that contentious issue that's now been percolating at the Portals for more than a year with no clear results from last year's flood of comments. While nearly all of the commenters (present company included) supported the idea of a filing window specifically to allow AM-only operators to file for new FM translators, that doesn't appear to be in the cards; instead, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler stirred up ire with a Monday blog post in which he said he wouldn't approve an AM-specific window, hinting that the eventual plan for filling remaining gaps in the FM spectrum will focus on additional diversity in ownership and content.

What will AM'ers get when the FCC does move forward on whatever remains of an AM improvement plan? Few hints have emerged so far, though Wheeler says action is coming soon.

Repacking: TV transmission vendors on the floor knew they weren't going to be doing much business domestically in the near future, at least not until the FCC has more clarity about what will happen in the great spectrum auction and repack that's still looming on the horizon. There, too, certainty was in short supply and tempers were running relatively high with billions of dollars potentially at stake. (One session moderator we know literally lost control of a repacking session during a heated Q&A event, and that's not a normal thing at NAB.)

Drones: This was the year of the unmanned aerial vehicle at NAB, with huge crowds every day at the Drone Pavilion and busy traffic at all the vendors showing off their wares. Here, too, uncertainty was the order of the day: for now, it's still illegal to use drones for commercial purposes, but TV stations, video producers and even some radio stations are eager as can be to get ready for the FAA's eventual new rules that will make commercial drone operation legal within some fairly strict limits.

There was other new tech, too, of course: we've seen microphones with built-in SD card recorders for years now, but this year's models included built-in WiFi so a reporter can use a smartphone to control a mic on a podium and even retrieve and edit audio to send back to the newsroom. Water-cooled transmitters have been the norm in TV for years, and have been used here and there in FM applications as well, but this year there were more of them on the FM side, including a new GatesAir offering. The processing companies didn't have anything new at the top end of the market, but there were some attractive new units lower on the price chain. Interconnectivity was the order of the day for studio gear, too: the Dante standard is becoming increasingly common for allowing units from different manufacturers to communicate with each other for audio and control.

And while we were busy out at NAB, there was plenty making news back home, too...

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*Radio People on the move at both ends of PENNSYLVANIA: in Pittsburgh, CBS Radio sends Ryan McGuire packing for warmer weather, as he departs the PD chair of KDKA-FM (93.7 the Fan) after two and a half years to take that same post at new sister sports station WQAM (560 Miami), effective May 4. Jim Graci, who's PD down the hall at news-talk KDKA (1020), will take over McGuire's duties on the sports FM side, with KDKA news director/executive producer P.J. Kumanchik stepping up with added duties on the AM.

kdka-manginoduffyThose duties will include overseeing a new afternoon block on KDKA: after former afternoon anchor Bill Rehkopf departed in February to go to CBS all-newser WNEW-FM in the Washington market, KDKA is pulling longtime FM morning host Shelley Duffy in as the new co-host of "KDKA Afternoon News" alongside current KDKA evening talker Robert Mangino. Their new show debuts next Monday, April 27.

In Philadelphia, veteran WIP sports talker Anthony Gargano debuted this morning as the new 6-10 AM host on Greater Media's WPEN-FM (97.5 the Fanatic). The new show, co-hosted by Jon Marks, displaces ESPN's "Mike and Mike," which will now be cleared in the market on Beasley's leased-time/sports WTEL (610).

Over at Radio One, Al B. Sylk is the new assistant PD and afternoon jock at WPHI (Boom 107.9). Sylk moves north from Atlanta, where he'd been on Cox's WALR (Kiss 104.1).

*A follow-up to to that bizarre March story about the woman who drove a car into the front of iHeart Media's Williamsport studios: police have now arrested 30-year-old Crystal Glantz of Lock Haven, charging her with arson, criminal mischief and drunken driving in connection with the incident that did nearly $20,000 in damage. Investigators say Glantz had been repeatedly calling a DJ at one of the iHeart stations, though he no longer worked there. Glantz is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Up above Williamsport, Family Life Ministries has completed a big translator upgrade: its former 10-watt signal, W277BJ (103.3 Garden View), has moved to 103.1 as W276CU and is now running 250 watts from up on Skyline Road. It's carrying FLN programming via a subchannel of commercial station WILQ (105.1 Williamsport). FLN also has a translator upgrade pending in Erie: it's applying to move W254AJ (98.7) from its present downtown location up to a 250-watt signal on the WICU-TV (Channel 12) tower south of town, where it would be fed by a an HD subchannel of WRTS (103.7 Erie).

wikz-rotemanWe send our best wishes to Jeff Roteman, our fellow broadcast historian and longtime music director/midday jock at WIKZ (95.1 Chambersburg). Jeff has been with that station group since 1997, when he started as "JP McCartney" at WCHA-FM (94.3). Last week, he stepped down from his post at the Alpha station as he continues his recuperation from a minor stroke he suffered last fall. He'll continue to be active in radio with his network of tribute sites, including those for Pittsburgh's KQV, 13Q and ABC Radio News, and we hope to see him at a Pirates game again before long, too.

*Kristin Cantrell's Southern Belle/Seven Mountains Media group continues to grow in central Pennsylvania: last week, the daughter of Forever honcho Kerby Confer closed on her $650,000 purchase of WJUN-FM (92.5 Mexico)/WLZS (106.1 Beaver Springs) from Starview Media, and now she's also adding two Forever stations to her portfolio. Cantrell will pay $100,000 for WHUN (1150 Huntingdon) and WHUN-FM (106.3 Mount Union); the AM does sports and the FM is oldies as "Hunny 106."

*And as we note High School Radio Day on Wednesday, we salute a college station in Reading on an anniversary and a big move: Albright College's WXAC (91.3) celebrated its half-century mark earlier this year, and it celebrated in a big way over the weekend with a party at its brand-new studio home in the former College Relations Building, a space it shares with Berks Community TV.

*In MASSACHUSETTS, longtime WEEI-FM (93.7) morning co-host John Dennis has checked into a rehab facility, taking a leave of absence from the "Dennis and Callahan" morning show as he deals with a drinking problem that he says flared up at the Red Sox home opener last week.

Down the street at WGBH (89.7), another former commercial talent has joined the news staff: Henry Santoro, who spent nearly three decades doing news and public affairs at the old WFNX (101.7), takes over midday news anchor duties during WGBH's "Boston Public Radio," hosted by fellow commercial radio veterans Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Santoro had spent the last three years as news director and morning host at RadioBDC.com, the Globe-owned alternative streaming station that absorbed much of the old WFNX staff.

*On Cape Cod, Matt Pitta returns to his longtime home at Cape Cod Broadcasting Media, where he'd worked until 2002. Pitta's departing WXTK (95.1) to become news director for the CCB Media stations, where he'll host "Cape Cod This Morning" weekdays from 6-7 AM on WFCC (107.5 Chatham) and newscasts on sister stations WQRC, WKPE and WOCN. Pitta's arrival will allow CCB news director Laura Reckford to focus instead on her duties as news editor of sister website CapeCod.com.

wwpv*In VERMONT, St. Michael's College was all set to surrender the license of its full-power signal, WWPV (88.7 Colchester), after winning a construction permit for an LPFM signal on 92.5 that will cover more ground with fewer regulatory responsibilities. But instead of letting the 88.7 signal go, St. Mike's is now donating that license to its neighbor down the street, Vermont Public Radio. The 100-watt/82' facility has a history with VPR, which operated it for several years as the "VPR World Channel" in the early 2000s, carrying BBC World Service and other programming for the immediate Burlington area. St. Mike's will keep the WWPV callsign for its new LPFM, and VPR will assist the college with building out that new LPFM signal, as well as funding the expense of creating iOS and Android streaming apps for the LPFM.

*A long-dead NEW HAMPSHIRE AM construction permit is now really, really, really dead. (We think.) The FCC has finally put a "D" in front of "WTIJ" on its records relating to the long-gone AM 1400 in Roxbury. That southwestern New Hampshire AM was one of the earliest failures in what's turned into a long trail of FCC missteps by Brian Dodge, and while it's been off the air since 1989 and never even received a license to cover, its CP has remained in zombie status on FCC records for more than a quarter of a century.

*Our NEW YORK news begins in middays at Emmis' WQHT (Hot 97), where Megan Ryte starts today as the latest addition to a fast-changing airstaff at a station that's still in the midst of a shift from hip-hop to a more mainstream rhythmic top-40 sound. Ryte has been in Houston for the last few years at Radio One's KBXX and KMJQ - and in today's multimedia world, it's worth noting that she's also been doing TV down the street at Fox O&O KRIV-TV (Channel 26), where she's been both an on-air talent and a digital producer. She's also worked in Miami (WPOW-FM) and West Palm Beach (WMBX). Hot 97 music director TT Torrez had been the interim midday jock.

Down Hudson Street, it's a big anniversary week for CBS Radio's WINS (1010), which marked a half-century with its all-news format on Sunday. WINS' anniversary celebration included on-air vignettes over the weekend and a commemorative lighting of the Empire State Building mast Sunday night.

*It's a sad week here in Rochester for our friends at WDKX (103.9), where they're mourning the loss of general manager Marietta Avery. Avery had been with the locally-owned urban station since its start in 1974, starting off in the accounting department and then serving as vice-president of finance before shifting to sales and then the GM chair.

"She was not an employee, but a member of the Langston family," said WDKX co-owner Andre Langston, son of the late founder Andrew Langston. As with so much else that WDKX does, Avery's role went far beyond radio and deep into the community. She was deeply involved in community leadership, especially in promoting the role of women in greater Rochester. Avery died last Tuesday, at age 65.

*Our news from CANADA begins, much to the CBC's dismay, at the CBC. The Corporation's investigation into former "Q" host Jian Ghomeshi came out last week, and even in heavily-redacted form it was still pretty brutal, portraying the star host as disrespectful and sometimes abusive to colleagues.

cbc-ghomeshi“It is our conclusion that CBC management condoned this behaviour," said the outside investigators the CBC brought in. It didn't take long for heads to roll: as the report was being released, the CBC announced it had terminated the employment of head of radio Chris Boyce and HR director Todd Spencer. Both had been on leave since January as the Ghomeshi scandal deepened. (Ghomeshi himself faces criminal charges of sexual assault and choking, and had already been fired by the CBC.)

The release of the Ghomeshi report coincided (just by chance, the CBC says) with news of more job cuts across the country, 244 in all. It also accompanied news of a rebranding of Ghomeshi's former show: instead of "Q", it will now be known as "q," under new host Shad, who relaunches the program this morning.

Some happier news from CBC: veteran "Metro Morning" host Andy Barrie was back on the air last week, at least briefly, talking about his struggle with Parkinson's disease and the treatment that's helped him find some relief from the symptoms that forced him off the air in 2010. A new documentary about Barrie made its online debut a week ago, and it's well worth taking the 13 minutes to watch his story.

*It's not just CBC making news cutbacks: Global made headlines last week with the announcement that it will shift anchor duties for local late-night and weekend newscasts from studios in Halifax and Montreal to its news hub in Toronto. The move will mean some job cuts in those markets, where Global's newscasts typically trail far behind CTV and CBC stations in the ratings. The Toronto hub, which already handles control-room duties for those local markets, will also take over late-night and weekend anchoring for Global "local" news in Manitoba and Kelowna, B.C.

And in the run-up to NAB, we were remiss in not taking note of a big change at the very top: Bell Media's ouster of president Kevin Crull, who took the fall after being forced to apologize for trying to influence coverage on Bell-owned CTV of the CRTC's new cable TV rules. Crull reportedly dictated that CTV newscasts wouldn't be allowed to include video of CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, though top network anchors and producers refused to go along with that dictate. In earlier testimony to the CRTC, Crull had vowed that Bell management would never attempt to interfere with CTV editorial decisions.

ckue-cool*In southwest Ontario, Blackburn Radio flipped formats at CKUE (95.1 Chatham-Kent) and relay CKUE-1 (100.7 Windsor) on Thursday, the second format change at the station in a little over a year. The former rock station went to soft AC in January 2014 as "Lite FM," but its new direction finds it taking a variety hits approach as "Cool FM."

North of Toronto, CFMS (105.9 Markham) has been granted a small power boost from 704 to 981 watts, providing a little more signal into Richmond Hill and Vaughan for its split format: by day, it's in English as "105.9 the Region," while at night it programs to a South Asian audience in the area.

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Yup, we’ve been doing this a long time now, and so we’re digging back into the vaults for a look at what NERW was covering one, five, ten, fifteen and - where available - twenty years ago this week, or thereabouts.

Note that the column appeared on an erratic schedule in its earliest years as "New England Radio Watch,” and didn’t go to a regular weekly schedule until 1997.

One Year Ago: April 21, 2014

*Way back in January 2007, this column noted the inner-city Boston station calling itself "Touch 106" and running without a license, writing, "Its operators claim they can operate legally without one, since they run less than 100 watts. How long until the FCC proves them wrong?"

touch106The answer turns out to have been "a little over seven years." Late last week, federal officials swooped down on a batch of pirate stations in New York City and Boston, including "Touch," seizing equipment and taking them off the air. For most of those stations, including the Boston-area signals on 89.3 and 100.1 that were silenced, it was a relatively low-profile bust - if history is any guide, those stations will lay low for a while and then quietly reappear, if someone else doesn't show up on those frequencies first.

But Touch has played a different game from the start. Helmed by Dorchester pastor Charles Clemons, it's used its perch as one of the few available broadcast voices in Boston's black community to attempt to position itself somewhere above, or perhaps outside, the law. Clemons simply ignored the FCC's $17,000 Notice of Attempted Liability in 2008, and a surprisingly large segment of Boston's power structure has played along. Former mayor Thomas Menino was a frequent guest on Clemons' morning show, and the city openly bought time on the station to advertise events. When Clemons entered the race to succeed Menino last fall, many of the city's media outlets (notably the Globe) glossed over the unlicensed nature of his radio operation, treating him as a legitimate business operator and raising no questions about the enforcement actions already taken against the station. (It didn't help; Clemons finished at the rear of the pack in the Democratic primary.)

After positioning himself as a leader in the LPFM movement, even claiming back in 2009 that he'd walk from Boston to Los Angeles to draw attention the cause (the walk was conveniently "postponed" due to bad weather), Clemons never applied for a signal when the window finally opened last fall.

So when the Feds showed up last week and shut him down, Clemons remained as outspoken as ever, vowing to fight all the way to the White House to keep his station on the air - and drawing support from power brokers as high up the food chain as governor Deval Patrick.

*One of the strangest stories from the recent LPFM windows is the tale of SUNY Oneonta. The first time the FCC opened applications for low-power FM, the state school won a CP on 104.7 for what became WUOW-LP, a small public radio signal that competed against local relays of out-of-town public signals from Binghamton and Albany.

In 2012, SUNY returned the WUOW-LP license and signed on a new full-power signal, WUOW (88.5 Milford), augmented by a translator in Oneonta itself. And then, a year later, SUNY shut down its radio operation and returned that full-power license to the Commission, even though several other broadcasters had offered to buy the license.

wuow-smSo it was curious, to say the least, to see SUNY applying again during last fall's LPFM window for a new 104.7 license - and even more curious last week when the new 104.7 CP, granted just a few weeks ago, was deleted. The FCC says it was "at the request of the applicant," and we're left wondering (especially given that your editor is also a New York taxpayer) just what's going on at the school to underlie all these false starts.

Five Years Ago: April 19, 2010

It's never good form to complain about a trip to Las Vegas to commune with the rest of the broadcast world, but now it can be told: the last few years at the NAB Show have been downright depressing. The 2009 show was especially difficult - attendance was sharply down, new products were few and far between, and even if they'd been on the floor in abundance, nobody could have afforded to buy them. So it's with great pleasure that we can report that the 2010 show was a distinctly more pleasurable experience. While attendance was still nowhere near the six-figure peaks a few years back, there were plenty of familiar Northeast radio faces to be seen on the new terrain of the Las Vegas Convention Center's central hall, where radio exhibitors were relocated this year after more than a decade over in the north hall.

Those exhibitors had some neat new stuff to show off, perhaps most notably in the arena of audio processing, where it's been a long time since the "big guys" have had shiny new boxes to offer. Even more heartening than the sight of all that new gear was the good news we heard from many of the exhibitors on the floor: radio companies are once again buying equipment for more than just emergency repairs. On just the second day of the show, we talked to one well-known vendor who reported having already booked orders well into six figures - and you can no doubt imagine how big the smiles were that accompanied that statement!

It's a good thing the vendors and the engineers were smiling, because upstairs in the session rooms, the executives weren't having as good a time, at least not while listening to regulators. Your editor wasn't around back in the sixties when FCC chairman Newton Minow was all but run out of an NAB show after his famous condemnation of TV programming as a "vast wasteland" - but we got a taste of that kind of tension while watching Minow's present-day successor, Julius Genachowski, attempt to triangulate his broadband goals with broadcast industry realpolitik during his Tuesday-morning keynote address. If Genachowski truly believes, as he told broadcasters, that he can free up significant new spectrum for broadband data without forcibly taking it away from TV owners, he was clearly the only one among the thousands in the room who believes such a move is possible. (The challenge, of course, is that the big urban markets where that spectrum is most urgently desired are also the markets where TV stations are already using that spectrum most heavily; in Los Angeles, for instance, where we spent some time before the show, essentially the entire UHF TV dial is already full to bursting.)

Perhaps the more telling statements came later in the day. Genachowski didn't stick around for the "Regulatory Face-Off," bolting back to Washington for a Senate hearing without even taking audience questions, but his colleagues Michael Copps, Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Atwell Baker sat down with the NAB's new president, former Oregon senator Gordon Smith, to debate the issues at greater length.

Meanwhile, there was plenty going on back home, starting in MASSACHUSETTS, where there's a new episode in one of the perpetual soap operas in Boston radio in recent years: the testy relationship between Entercom's WRKO (680 Boston) and its star talk personality, Howie Carr. On Friday, Entercom suspended Carr for a week, citing unspecified on-air comments that have badmouthed the station and the company. "His behavior and his anger at the company is unacceptable because he denigrates the company, the medium, the station, the signal, and he’s a highly, highly, highly paid employee," WRKO VP Julie Kahn told the Globe on Saturday. While this is hardly the first time Carr has sparred with Entercom - there's still plenty of bad blood from his unsuccessful 2007 attempt to break his WRKO contract in order to move to morning drive at Greater Media's WTKK (96.9) - it comes at a particularly bad time for WRKO, just weeks after the station lost much of its syndicated talk lineup, in particular Rush Limbaugh, to Clear Channel's new WXKS (Rush Radio 1200).

Those programming changes left Carr as the highest-profile talk host by far on WRKO, and apparently gave him the confidence to test the boundaries of his contentious relationship with management. Can Entercom afford to keep Carr off the air for more than a week if he doesn't ease up on the criticism - or will the reality of a weakened schedule anchored by Tom Finneran in mornings and Charley Manning in middays force WRKO to give Carr free rein to speak his mind in afternoons, as long as he keeps drawing an audience? As always, stay tuned...

"The Garden Hotline" was a longtime weekend staple on talk radio, and now the man who created it has died. Ralph Snodsmith was an Illinois native, but his radio career began in Rockland County, where he was the Cornell Cooperative Extension agent for many years. Snodsmith did local radio on WRKL (910 New City) before going national by way of WOR and the WOR Radio Network. In recent years, he'd been heard on Rockland's WRCR (1300 Spring Valley). Snodsmith served as director of the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing; he also appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" and wrote several gardening books. Snodsmith died Saturday morning in Virginia after suffering complications from an accident; he was 70.

Ten Years Ago: April 18, 2005

It was probably inevitable that eastern MASSACHUSETTS would see a station flip to the classic hits/hot AC hybrid that's making a name for itself around the country as "Jack," "Bob," "Simon," "Fickle," or what have you. But after Infinity's WBMX (98.5 Boston) and Greater Media's WBOS (92.9 Brookline) showed signs they might be leaning towards flipping, it was Entercom's WQSX (93.7 Lawrence) that beat them to the punch. On Thursday afternoon at 2, Entercom pulled the plug on the dance-top 40 "Star 93.7" format that had occupied the frequency since 1999, replacing it with "93-7 Mike FM," which follows closely in the "We Play Whatever" vein of all the other recent adoptees of the latest big radio fad. PD Jerry McKenna stays in place to program the station, but the morning team of Ralphie Marino and Karen Blake is out, as is middayer Mike McGowan, and "Mike" is running jockless for now.

In NEW JERSEY, it's the end of the line - again - for modern rock WDOX. The calls and format went away a few years ago on 93.1 in Wildwood Crest, where they began, and after being resurrected on the former WJNN (106.7 North Wildwood) in 2001, the new WDOX is flipping formats and calls. It's adding straight-ahead top 40 to its modern rock format and changing calls to WSJQ, we're told.

On the NEW YORK-VERMONT border, Vox is selling another of its rapidly shrinking stable of stations. WZEC (97.5 Hoosick Falls) is licensed to New York but serves Bennington, Vermont, and after beginning life as a religious station (WNGN) in 1991, it's heading back to religion as Vox sells it to Capitol Media for $1.1 million.

Fifteen Years Ago: April 21, 2000

It's always nice to welcome a heritage call back home. It's even nicer when it's NERW's own home town in upstate NEW YORK, and it's nicer still to be able to report that NERW had a hand in making it happen!

You may recall our musing back on April 7 about how nice it would be to see the WMJQ calls return to Rochester after being dropped by Buffalo's 102.5, now "Star" WTSS. The idea struck a chord with station owner George Kimble, who promptly grabbed the WMJQ calls for Brockport's 105.5, the erstwhile WASB-FM. Overly alert readers of NERW might recall that 105.5 had been granted a call change to WRPO last June (and it turns out we weren't off-base in thinking that might have something to do with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra), but that call was never actually used, and 105.5 remained a simulcast of religious WASB (1590 Brockport). We're told the WMJQ calls will be back on the Rochester airwaves on Monday (4/24), with a new tower site for the station to be announced soon as well.

Minor irony here: The original WMJQ in Rochester (92.5, now WBEE-FM) is now owned by Entercom, the same group that dropped the WMJQ calls in Buffalo last month.

Just over the state line from the Catskills, WPSN (1590) in Honesdale PA has been granted night power. WPSN keeps its 2500 watts by day, but builds a second tower for 200 watts directional at night. Down US 6 in the Scranton market, we left out the other adult-standards outlet remaining in the wake of the WEJL/WBAX format change to sports: WEMR (1460 Tunkhannock) added WKJN (1440 Carbondale) to its satellite standards programming when former sister station WKQV (1550 Pittston) went dark a few months back.

Twenty Years Ago: April 24, 1995

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  1. Speaking of Brian Dodge , WTIJ Roxbury NH
    I have not been to the Catskill area since last fall, but I had not heard of WCKL 560 Catskill resuming operations over the winter. The station’s license renewal in limbo since March of last year , due to questions raised as to whether the station was on the air at all, let alone where it is supposed to be.
    In any event “Tim Allen”, (the name that appears on the application) applied and was granted a STA – silent status for WCKL since it allegedly went silent March 10 of this year. It checked technical reasons for the application stating; DUE MANY FACTORS INCLUDING THE HARD WINTER THE GREATEST BEING ELECTRIC FAILURE OF TRANSMITTING UNIT. WE HEREBY REQUEST A STA WHILE ALL THE PROBLEMS ARE WORKED ON.
    Given the recent history of WCKL I don’t believe a word of this.

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