The disappearance of "MusicAmerica" prompted a storm of protest against WGBH, with several hundred members asking the station to refund their money, and many of them putting in the money into the "Save MusicAmerica Trust." Reaction from the MusicAmerica partisans has been mixed thus far; they're not pleased that the show will be heard only once a week, and there's concern about WPLM's weak signal north and west of Boston.
Say goodbye to WSJR (1230) in Madawaska, Maine. The station has been dark for years, and now its license has been deleted. Sister station WLVC (1340) in nearby Fort Kent still has its license, but it too is designated for license revocation.
On the radio-with-pictures front, Boston's Fox affiliate, WFXT-TV 25, has applied to move from its current tower in Needham (shared with WSBK-TV 38 and WLVI-TV 56) to Boston's tallest skyscraper, the John Hancock Center. It's an unusual move, because there's been no broadcasting from the Hancock since a fire destroyed the WHUE-FM (100.7) transmitter there in the early 1980s. NERW was under the impression that the Hancock management didn't want to deal with broadcasters anymore after that incident. Meantime, word has it that when WRAP-LP moves from channel 33 in Gloucester MA to channel 54 from that Needham tower, it will be switching to a simulcast of WGOT-TV 60 from Merrimack NH. WGOT is an affiliate of Lowell Paxson's "inTV" network, which claims the station reaches Boston. It doesn't now, but it will via the simulcast.
The FCC has rejected Saga's application for a translator on 94.1 in Keene NH to relay its WZID (95.7) Manchester. Goddard College's WGDR (91.1) in Plainfield VT has been granted a power increase to 1700 watts.
More translator activity: According to Bruce Elving's "FMedia!," the FCC has deleted a slew of translators in southern Vermont, southwest New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts. Gone are W240AL and W228AZ Bernardston MA, which relayed WGLV 104.3 Hartford VT (although they were licensed to translate other stations); W240AK Enfield NH, W249AW Lebanon NH, and W240AM West Keene NH, none of which were on the air as far as NERW knows; W261CB and W265AM Norwich VT and W240AE and W288AN West Brattleboro VT, which were supposed to have relayed WGLY Waterbury VT and WBFL Bellows Falls VT; and W259AB Marlboro VT, which was supposed to have relayed WVAY 100.7 Wilmington VT.