NERW arrives in your mailbox a day early and a few dozen lines short this week, as we present an early holiday edition:
Elsewhere in NEW YORK, there are some strange goings-on at Newburgh's WGNY (1200). It seems that even though WGNY moved from a daytimer on 1220 to a fulltimer on 1200 back in 1993, it's been operating under a construction permit on the new frequency the whole time. And now, the FCC has cancelled three of those construction permits. We're still trying to sort out what it all means, and we'll have much more on this next week in NERW.
Up in Plattsburgh, the SUNY station on 93.9 has applied to change calls from WPLT to WQKE. Another Syracuse note: NERW drove past the WOLF (1490) tower on W. Kirkpatrick Street over the weekend, and while the old flagpole-style antenna was still standing, the pieces of the new steel tower are on the ground and ready to go up any day now.
And the FCC has dismissed the translator application of Pensacola's WPCS for 88.1 in Middletown NY.
As things get back to normal at Derry's WNDS (Channel 50), would-be station owner Global Shopping Network is getting to know the US Bankruptcy Court all too well. GSN filed for Chapter 11 last week, after defaulting on the purchase of several TV stations including WNDS. Channel 50 has returned to independent programming, and while GSN claims it still intends to buy the station, NERW's highly doubtful. By the way, GSN headquarters in New York were the target of a picket line a few weeks back, as employees protested after going without several paychecks.
Up in Millinocket, there are differing stories about why WSYY (1240) is dark. A WSYY receptionist says vandalism was to blame, but editors at the local newspaper tell NERW correspondent Gavin Burt they've heard no reports of vandals out at the 1240 transmitter.
No more sports on WBPS (890 Dedham-Boston); the last broadcast of "Sports Court" aired June 22. The station is now all leased-time, including Boston Chinese Radio, which celebrated its fifth anniversary last week with a simulcast on WBPS and WJDA (1300 Quincy).
The FCC complaint against Brian Dodge is now available on-line. Dodge still has not returned NERW's phone calls.
And the Global Broadcasting Company has put in a new application for KF2XBF, the "experimental" station that operated from several US airports, including Boston's Logan, a few years ago. The KF2XBF transmitters operated on noncommercial frequencies (88.5 in Boston), running ads for Avis car rental.
Till then, a happy, safe Fourth to our US readers; the NERW staff will be enjoying a tower-hunting vacation north of the border in southern Ontario. Look for the photo album in the Boston Radio Archives in a few weeks.