In this week’s issue… Claims, counterclaims fly in LI AM dispute – Buffalo TVs plan signal swap – Leadership shuffles in the North Country – Another new FM in Toronto? – Remembering Kaolian, Durian

By SCOTT FYBUSH

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*For most listeners in and around NEW YORK, the year since WTHE (1520 Mineola) went dark has passed without notice. The little 1000-watt daytimer in Nassau County only reached a small part of Long Island even when it was on the air, and its clear-channel neighbor WWKB from Buffalo puts a powerful skywave signal into the area that has long caused WTHE significant interference during “critical hours” after sunrise and before sunset.

WTHE's studio

So when Universal Broadcasting took WTHE silent on January 25, 2018, it wasn’t at all obvious that the station would ever return to the air. At the time, Universal’s brief filing with the FCC said the station had been “evicted” from its transmitter site. Eleven months passed without much visible action – and it wasn’t until after the FCC reopened last week that we saw WTHE’s filing stating that it had returned to the air under Special Temporary Authority with reduced power from a temporary site.

But there’s much more to the story than that, it seems – not to mention a fight brewing between two rival broadcasters. Read on…

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