Re: New translator W292GB approved
Posted by RYO on November 4, 2018, 3:21 am, in reply to "Re: New translator W292GB approved"
This one is going to hamper to WSRB, which I never had a problem listening to in the car in places like Hinsdale, Oak Brook and others. |
WSRB has been fighting against this CP from when it was first introduced to The FCC. If you go to the FCC website you can see the protests.
This is unfortunate for stations like WSRB, WRXQ, WERV and many other suburban stations. They all keep losing viable listening areas to these translators. The FCC does not care, they give out CP's for translators because it brings money into their coffers, sad but true.
The contours on paper don't mesh with real world conditions and all the variables that go along with that. Could you imagine 20 or 30 years ago if an AM station was allowed to broadcast with 250 watts at night from Indy or St. Louis on 720 or 780? They would never have gotten approval and if they did, WGN and WBBM would have gotten them kicked off the air in a day, for knocking out their skywave.
The FCC should go back to protecting primary stations, that is their job.
About 2005 or so there was a pirate operating on 100.7 from an apartment building near 63rd and Kedzie on the south side, a couple miles east of Midway Airport. The station was obsene, it was hardcore, with some of the most vile language you could hear. It even had a couple of local ads for stores in the neighborhood.
It was on for months, and I was able to locate it just by driving around one day. At it's location, it knocked every station off the air from about 99.5 to 101.9, for almost a mile around on a car radio. The FCC could've had this off the air in an hour if they actualy looked for it. When it was finally taken off the air I got reception of WRXQ 100.7 back,many miles south of the pirate.
XRQ had been complaining, on air, online and to The FCC since the day it started, yet it tooks months to take down. Fast forward a couple of years or so and guess what? Something was once again messing with RXQ well down into the Oak Forest/Orland Park area, but, this time it was a 2 watt translator from The Sears Tower approved by The FCC.
No matter how much RXQ protested it didn't matter, the station even got a CP to boost power to 10 watts. After years of trying and ownership changes RXQ has been forced to give up. The FCC made the translator drop to 6 watts about a year or so ago and said it's not causing a problem to WRXQ.
WSRB already dealt with a translator stepping on them in 2015. It was playing smooth jazz when it started. I believe this translator license eventually became "The Hound" which found it's way to 95.1FM, now "Club Steppin'".
It was a 250 watt non directional signal which caused WSRB to fade in and out as you were driving, way down south in their primary coverage area. When it was turned off, WSRB was like a local again.
That translator was much farther north than this CP for WMBI in Lisle, directional or not, this will hurt WSRB. It should not be allowed.
Another proposed CP I noticed the other day is for WBGX in Harvey on 95.9FM. They want to put it up on a tall communication tower in Chicago Ridge, just east of 294, south of the 95th St. exit,(101st and Southwest Highway for those that know the area).
If approved this will completely wipe out "The River" for me. The River is not a perfect signal here, but, it's fine 90% of the time. It's also a decent suburban station which I listen to in the car often.
Oh well, the great translator invasion will probably go on unstopped. It's to bad though, "The River" is already knocked out by another translator up north so I guess most of 294 will no longer be "River Rock n' Roll"