Moving to 95.1 would create a new set of problems, most notably the first-adjacent signal of WHRB 95.3 Cambridge, the Harvard University station that recently went through a major signal upgrade. It could also open up 94.7 for use somewhere around southern Rhode Island, if in fact there's a spot sufficiently far from 94.5 in Boston, 94.7 in Springfield MA, 95.1 in Brookfield CT, and the new WXTK. Or, now that the WVZC 94.9 construction permit in eastern Long Island has been cancelled, that channel could perhaps be reused somewhere in southern New England.
If approved, by the way, this would be WXTK's second frequency change. Under its heritage calls of WOCB-FM, the station started out in the 1940s as a class A on 94.3.
The new station will be on 89.9 with 340 watts from 762 feet AAT. The owner? Sound of Life, Inc...which also owns WFGB 89.7 Kingston, WLJP 89.3 Monroe, WPGL 90.7 Pattersonville (which serves very much the same area as the new FM will, and which has translators in Troy and Albany), and WRPJ 88.9 Port Jervis.
Talk about lots of religion in one market...here's who's doing it now in the Albany area: 1330 WHAZ Troy, 1540 WDCD Albany, the new 89.9, 90.7 WPGL Pattersonville (with translators on 93.9 and 97.1), 96.7 WDCD-FM Clifton Park, 97.3 WMYY Schoharie (// WHAZ), 97.5 WNGN Hoosick Falls, 101.9 WJIV Cherry Valley, translators on 104.9 and 105.3 for Family Radio's WFME (along with a CP for 93.7 in Albany to translate religious WMNV 104.1 Rupert VT). Oh, and the 89.9 will also step on Schenectady's WRUC 89.7, the 100-watt voice of Union College. Progress marches on!
Also happening in Eastern New York: Starview Media of York PA is paying $450,000 to pick up a third FM in the Glens Falls area, north of Albany. Country WZZM 93.5 Corinth will join Starview's country WSTL 1410 South Glens Falls, talk WBZA 1230 Glens Falls, ac WENU 101.7 Hudson Falls, and hot ac WHTR 107.1 Hudson Falls (ex-WMJR). About the only stations in the market Starview doesn't control are Normandy Broadcasting's talk/standards WWSC 1450/country WYLR 95.9 Glens Falls, William Walker's oldies WCKM 900 Saratoga Springs/WCKM-FM 98.5 Lake George, and Fair Way Communications' WJKE 101.3 Stillwater.
And the usual jeer towards "Broadcasting and Cable" for blowing it again. The July 29 issue contains a moderately well-written (if somewhat technically clueless) article about the efforts of WTVJ Miami and WCPX Orlando to reduce co-channel interference on channel 6. And just how do both stations get their signals locked on-frequency perfectly? Why, by using "the National Bureau of Standards' WWJ signal transmitted by government satellite"! NERW wonders: Does that mean WWV is now the all-news station in Detroit on 950? And when did NIST go back to its old name, anyway? What an embarrassment...I think I'll go tune in 15000 kHz and check out the latest headlines from the Motor City!