A short column this week, in part due to a slow week (you don't suppose the nation had something else on its mind, do you?) and in part because we're busy getting the Tower Site 2002 Calendar ready for your holiday enjoyment (more on that in a bit). So what is going on?
In Syracuse, all the overlaps of signal between the Syracuse and Utica radio market mean WIXT (Channel 9) actually overlaps no fewer than six Clear Channel AM stations and ten FMs. Within the Syracuse TV "Designated Market Area" (DMA), that number drops to two AMs and five FMs, out of which Clear Channel will have to sell one station.
Over in Utica, expect some AMs to get spun, as Clear Channel shrinks the radio cluster that's joining with WUTR (Channel 20) down to six stations from the present ten.
In Binghamton, WIVT (Channel 34) joins a radio cluster of two AMs and four FMs, which will have to shrink to four radio stations total to meet the FCC caps. And in Rochester, one station out of Clear Channel's two AM and five FM cluster will have to give way to accomodate WOKR (Channel 13).
Of course, this all assumes two things: first, that Clear Channel really intends to keep the TV stations it's buying from Ackerley (which include a big regional group in California and Oregon and a few stations in Washington state and Alaska) and second, that the FCC doesn't revise its ownership caps within the twelve months Clear Channel has requested to make the spins. We'll keep you posted...
We hear WNEZ (1230 Manchester) has dropped its simulcast of Spanish all-news WNNY (1380 New York) in favor of Spanish-language music.
And congratulations to Peter Delloro, who takes the "interim" away from his PD duties at oldies WKHL (96.7 Stamford), where he's also the afternoon jock. Delloro is a former WHCN (105.9 Hartford) PD, among other things...
The Cape Cod Times says president/GM Rodney Rainey (former GM of KTJM in Houston), VP/sales Dan Endom (formerly sales manager at Hartford's WTIC) and VP/marketing Dale Pierce (formerly director of marketing at Clear Channel/Austin) all parted ways with Boch after being ordered to make deep cost cuts at the cluster, which includes market leaders WXTK (95.1 West Yarmouth) and WCOD (106.1 Hyannis).
Boch himself is running the stations for now; Rainey says he'll stay put in the Bay State while he and Endom look for new ventures together.
(NERW wonders if this explains the strange format progression that took Boch's WDVT (93.5 Harwich Port) from alternative to sports-talk to silent to alternative over the last few weeks...)
Look for C|Net Radio to land on WBPS (890 Dedham) beginning November 5; the tech-talk network (currently heard only on KNEW 910 in the San Francisco market) will take over programming 24/7 on the Mega Broadcasting station, putting an end to the "romantica" music now running there as "Amor 890."
Moving west, the word from a recent visitor to the WCAT (700 Orange) transmitter site is that the station is indeed silent (and on the verge of losing its license November 1 if it doesn't return.) The old AM tower at the site has been replaced with a fatter communications tower.
And our condolences to WBCN (104.1 Boston)'s longtime PD, Oedipus (aka Eddie Hylton); we're told his father died on Thursday (Oct. 18).
Up in Jackson, the 97.3 LPFM application from the Jackson Ski Country Radio Association was dismissed.
Down in Philadelphia, WMMR (93.3) is moving up, just a bit. The station has been granted an increase from 252 meters above average terrain to 264 meters, still on the same Center City office tower. Power will drop slightly, from 18 kW to 16.5 kW, when the new antenna goes up.
And on the TV front, Dawn Stensland will soon move her desk a block east along Market Street. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Gail Shister says the KYW-TV (Channel 3) anchor is about to cross Fourth Street to take over the anchor desk at Fox's WTXF (Channel 29).
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