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Chapter 36 Survey: What Your Friends Think About Us

A few developments about SBE tend to alarm those of us involved in the organization’s leadership:

  • Chapter 36 SBE member count has reduced from 57 two years ago to 39 this year—a 30% drop.
  • Last week’s Chapter 47 meeting in Los Angeles was canceled due to lack of reservations. Only four people from a chapter with 197 members bothered to RSVP for their dinner meeting.
  • Chapters in Philadelphia, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Honolulu no longer hold meetings at all.

So what’s going on?

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Venture Applies to Add Franken FM to San Diego

Venture Technologies, operating KRPE-LP channel 6 on Palomar Mountain, filed with the FCC in late September to install a translator on Mt. San Miguel with 3 kW ERP non-directional. Venture operates several channel 6 transmitters as FM audio stations with analog aural carriers on 87.75 MHz, capable of locking in on a car radio. XETV had occupied channel 6, but the FCC no longer lists a transmitter in Tijuana, perhaps meaning Mexico has relinquished the channel reservation.

Venture has also been granted a construction permit for channel 17 UHF on Mt. Woodson. The city of license is listed as South Park, CA. Channel 17 in this area will be relinquished to KNSD-TV when they switch from Channel 40 in phase two of the current UHF channel repacking.

Entercom to Sell KSOQ Escondido

As part of their deal to take over CBS Radio, Entercom announced on September 26 they are divesting three radio stations nationwide, including KSOQ (FM) 92.1 Escondido, KSWD (FM) 100.3 Los Angeles, and WGGI (FM) Benton (Wilkes-Barre market), PA for $57.75-million to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation (EMF).

KSOQ has served as a simulcast outlet for KSON, quite effectively boosting the country-format station’s signal to North San Diego Country.

EMF currently operates these FM transmitters in San Diego County:

  • KYDO 96.1 Campo
  • KYDO-FM1 96.1 San Diego (Mt. San Miguel booster)
  • K253AD 98.5 Oceanside
  • KPRI 100.1 Julian
  • KLVJ 102.1 Encinitas (Mt. Soledad)

The divestment was fully anticipated after the three stations were put into a divestment trust this March.

If the FCC approves the CBS/Entercom merger, the successor company Entercom will own KBZT94.9, KYXY 96.5, KSON97.3, KXSN 98.1, and KEGY 103.7 MHz, all of San Diego.

Interestingly, the Entercom has leased property for new studios directly across the street from iHeartMedia and KNSD/NBC on Granite Ridge Drive, but can’t build out the facility in concert with the CBS stations involved in the proposed merger due to SEC rules governing collusion during a significant transfer of assets.

October 18th Meeting: Wheatstone HD Audio Alignment and Other Tricks

Keeping your FM station’s IBOC digital audio time-aligned with your analog audio has been a source of frustration since digital was introduced. At one time, this meant manual adjustments until you could no longer perceive the difference, perhaps using a headphone with one stereo side in digital and the other in analog. Then along came separate boxes to attempt alignment, but that introduced another single point of audio failure into your system.

Wheatstone’s Mike Erickson, one of the country’s most renowned processor experts, comes to Chapter 36 to talk about the AirAura processor and how it addresses HD time alignment and other FM challenges with a correction input from a Belar monitor. He can also answer some of your processor set-up questions.

Join us Wednesday, October 18th at noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego for lunch courtesy of Wheatstone and a presentation. Lunch and learn with us.

About Mike Erickson

Since 2010 Mike Erickson has been Wheatstone’s system and support engineer for their line of broadcast and studio processors. Before working at Wheatstone, Mike spent 15 years at CBS New York, the last 4 years as the chief engineer of WCBS FM.

KFMB-AM Restores 50 kW Nighttime Power

Making Waves – Commentary 

In case you missed it, the FCC last week dismissed KFMB-AM San Diego’s FCC application to decrease its nighttime power to 10 kW.

Say whaaaat?

KFMB-AM went from 5 kW to 50 kW nighttime power on 760 kHz in 1992 when state highway 52 was built between its towers and the station could leverage the Caltrans displacement funds to up its power. They tightened their peanut shaped antenna pattern with the third tower in order to continue to protect co-channel WJR Detroit. The lower daytime power is a rare case in the U.S. , but with KBRT Avalon short spaced at 740 kHz, KFMB wasn’t allowed to increase its daytime power past 5 kW. In most U.S. locations, stations either lower power at night or change to a directional pattern to protect the signals of stations that came before them.

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