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.
East County Magazine reporter Miriam Raftery says that an August 5th weekend thunderstorm caused KNSJ Descanso at 89.1 MHz to go off-the-air until repairs estimated at over $2,000 can be made.
The transmitter and antenna sit atop Monument Peak in the Laguna Mountains, giving the station a strong signal over San Diego and into Imperial County, “but the high elevation also leaves the transmitter vulnerable to extreme weather.”
Continue reading Lightning Strike Knocks Off KNSJ
KSVG, Mettler, CA, is licensed for 1.7 kW ERP (H&V) @ -309 M HAAT on 89.7 MHz with a highly directional Scala antenna. Their theoretical coverage pattern falls far short of reaching any part of Bakersfield. So, the licensee may have thought, “Why not just move the TX to Bakersfield and not tell anybody?” Check this out:
The EchoLink node is now active on the Mt. Soledad ham repeater! Search “KI6KHB-R” on EchoLink and feel free to use the repeater out of the San Diego area. Remember, a valid Amateur Radio license is needed along with an EchoLink registration.
SBE Chapter 36 Gets UHF Amateur Radio Repeater
SBE General Legal Counsel Chris Imlay wrote an excellent article in the June 2017 edition of Signal, the print newsletter of the Society, in which he discusses what spectrum we should expect for wireless microphones after TV stations have moved and mobile carriers like T-mobile have set-up their services. It’s not as bad you might think, but you may have to buy new mics or intercoms.
Continue reading Wireless Microphones After the TV Spectrum Auction