Two TV Maintenance Engineers have moved to KFMB-TV from XETV Bay City Television just ahead of the closure of the Bay City facility down the street in Kearny Mesa.
Jeff Latimer had served as Broadcast Engineer and Facilities Manager at Bay City Television since 2012. He started March 6 as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer at KFMB Stations.
Mark Goodman had served as Director of Engineering at Bay City Television since 2013. He started March 12 as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer at KFMB Stations. He will continue some part-time work at XETV in the transition period. Mark started with Bay City in January 2006.
KFMB-TV 8 will be taking over the CW Network affiliation contract and the CW6 identity in San Diego from XETV Tijuana, which decided to close its U.S. operations at the end of May. The last day of news programming at XETV was Friday, March 31.
KFMB is also hiring news, operations, sales, and programming personnel in anticipation of the CW affiliation.
KURS(AM) 1040 kHz San Diego is now licensed as a non-commercial station and will be operated as a “satellite” of El Sembrador Ministries station KTYM (AM) Inglewood. KURS operates its transmitter out of the KNSN site just south of San Diego’s downtown at the junction of CA-15 and I-5.
Broadcast contract engineer Gary Stigall at Signal Wiz is teaming up with Wireless Infrastructure Services to provide services for broadcasters who participated in the FCC Spectrum Repacking Auction. WIS is a well-known Corona-based tower installation and services company. Signal Wiz provides broadcast engineering services to California and Arizona broadcasters and offers engineering, project management, installation, and training services for repacking. The partnership is designed to extend the capabilities of each firm.
Contact Gary Stigall at 858-349-9191 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Last week, the FCC recorded Entercom’s applications to transfer several of their stations into a trust for the purpose of divesting them due to exceeding the maximum stations allowed within a given metropolitan market.
Entercom, which owns four FM stations in the San Diego market, announced an agreement to merge with CBS Radio on February 2, 2017. CBS owns two FM stations in San Diego. In order to conform to the FCC limit of five FMs, KSOQ 92.1 MHz Escondido was offered into a divestiture trust for later sale.
Similarly, the new group asked the FCC to put into the same divestiture group KSWD 100.3 and KCBS-FM 93.1 in Los Angeles, though only one will likely sell.
In San Diego, two full-time engineers work for CBS Radio and two for Entercom.