Here’s an update on what we published late last year.
The FCC on November 15, 2021 published a list of applicants for the latest non-commercial educational FM station filing window, and San Diego County was well-represented. It appears as though some applicants failed to take into account Mexican signals, and those applications were dismissed. Keep in mind, too, that some applicants get cold feet after considering the time and money commitment of a radio station, or may have requested more stations than they can outfit, or may have not yet negotiated to occupy the space they have applied for. Any of these filers may ask to have their applications canceled. Here’s a list of San Diego County applications with their status as of April 1, 2022:
Mt. Laguna, 88.1 MHz, Calvary Chapel of Pearl Harbor, HI. Religious broadcaster. Granted CP on 3/4/2022 for modified application to move north after application for Descanso site was rejected due to proximity to Mexican allocations. 18 W each Hpol and Vpol with directional antenna that reduces southward radiation.
Dulzura, 89.1, Activist San Diego. Granted CP on 3/4/2022 for 300 W at Gaskill Peak east of El Cajon, highly directional southwesterly to protect existing Monument Peak KNSJ. You might remember this group as the ones who gave up their KUMI (FM) license when the FCC questioned their facility after John Fox of KPRI (FM) Pala complained that KUMI had never been constructed at its licensed location.
Warner Springs, 89.9 MHz, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association. This is on Hot Springs Mountain in the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation near where Activist San Diego had said they constructed KUMI by the group that said they hadn’t. Mutually exclusive with the following app.
Romona (Warner Springs), 89.9 MHz, Center for Economic Justice. Mutually exclusive with the previously listed application up the mountain. Presumably serves a higher pop count with the higher power and directional antenna, so this app could have an advantage in competition. The SCTCA filed an opposition to this application.
San Diego (KGB site), 90.3 MHz, Mocha Cares Foundation “supporting organizations working to improve the lives of women and their families.” Dismissed 2/11/2022 due to short spacing with co-channel XHITZ Tijuana and alternate channel XHTIM 90.7.
Escondido (Mt. Woodson), 90.3 MHz, Community Public Radio, a Christian media organization in Athens, GA. Dismissed 2/11/2022 due to short spacing with co-channel XHITZ Tijuana.
San Diego (KGB site), 91.1 MHz, Mocha Cares Foundation. Still pending. Co-channel with XETRA Tijuana. Chance of success: 0%.
Carlsbad (Black Mountain), 91.1 MHz, Community Public Radio. Still pending. Co-channel with XETRA Tijuana. Chance of success: 0%.
La Jolla (Parsa Peak, Lakeside), 91.7 MHz, Community Public Radio. Still pending. Co-channel with XHGLX-FM Tijuana, which the FCC appears to be unaware of itself. Chance of success: near zero.