Licensed to non-actual locations
Fri Feb 1 03:20:37 EST 2008
Which begs a question I've always wondered...
Are there any Radio Stations in the USA that actually have studios located
where the Over-the-air signal CANNOT be heard?
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Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2008 9:45 PM
To: Doug Drown
Cc: Dan.Strassberg; boston-radio-interest@lists.BostonRadio.org
Subject: Re: Licensed to non-actual locations
Doug Drown wrote:
> This brings up another question in my mind, having to do with broadcasting
> stations that are ID'd in one community yet are actually located in a
> different municipality altogether. I'll use two examples: WTAG and WGY.
> The former used to have its studios in Worcester; they're now in Paxton.
> The latter used to have its studios in Schenectady; they were later in
> Niskayuna, then Colonie (which is in a different county), now they're back
> in Niskayuna. And yet the two stations are still ID'd as WTAG Worcester
> WGY Schenectady, respectively. Is this permitted only because they're
> grandfathered? -Doug
"Community of license" has become a tricky concept since the rules
changed in the 80s.
Until the rules changed, stations had to maintain a main studio in their
community of license (or, alternately, at their transmitter site) at
which the majority of their programming originated.
Today, the only things a station has to do for its city of license are
to provide a city-grade signal over it (and not even all of it, always)
and to provide a phone number that's toll-free from that city.
The actual main studio can be anywhere within 25 miles, or within the
city-grade contour of any station licensed to that community, whichever
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