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WDIS license revoked, calls deleted
Today's FCC actions show the license of WDIS (1170
Norfolk) having been cancelled by letter dated 4/30/99.
WDIS simulcasts WBNW from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM M-F, and
if the station has been off the air, the folks at WBNW
are apparently unaware, because they have been including
WDIS in the IDs all week. Often, the FCC issues these
notices in error, and I think it likely that the
licensee will get this cleared up. However, WDIS is a
station that probably has never made a cent and is
unlikely ever to do so. As Bob Bittner has often
remarked, the station's greatest asset is its call sign,
for which ABC would undoubtedly pay a tidy sum. Perhaps
that IS what happened, but perhaps it's just another in
the never-ending string of clerical errors at the FCC.
If WDIS is dead, I suppose there may be a chance for
WFPB (AM) Falmouth (now owned by U Mass) to go ND. There
is an 1180 in RI, that might suffer interference,
though, and WFPB would have to lower its post-sunset
power somewhat. The current pattern, which protects
WDIS, also protects WWVA.
Could WNFT benefit? Maybe. WNFT might be able to improve
its daytime signal to the southwest a bit. However, WNFT
has to protect WMRD, the co-channel station in
Middletown CT, so it does not appear that the
improvement could be significant.