Licensed to non-actual locations

Kevin Vahey
Fri Feb 1 11:53:04 EST 2008

The FOX44 website is pretty clear on the matter.

Nothing beats 94.7 in Chateaugay NY. Call letters are WYUL ( the
airport code for Montreal )

Look at their website as there is no hint that it is a US based station

On 2/1/08, Scott Fybush <> wrote:
> Doug Drown wrote:
> > <<The FOX station in Burlington/Plattsburgh has used Montreal in the ID
> > from day 1.>>
> >
> > I was curious about whether that could be done, given CRTC regulations.  I
> > think it was because of the CRTC that RKO General was forced to sell CKLW a
> > short time before the company itself disbanded: an American company couldn't
> > own a Canadian broadcasting station.  I wondered whether CKLW could continue
> > to brand itself "CKLW Detroit/Windsor" after that, and whether, conversely,
> > American stations that are adjacent to the border can include the names of
> > Canadian communities in their ID's.
> The CRTC has no regulatory authority over US stations, so if WFFF wants
> to call itself "Burlington/Plattsburgh/Montreal," what could Canada do
> about it? (Other than pull it off cable, but that would be a nuclear
> attack on a gnat, in terms of proportional response.)
> There are a handful of US radio stations that target primarily Canadian
> audiences - WTOR Youngstown NY, a daytimer on 770 directly across Lake
> Ontario from Toronto, is one; WCHL 760 Champlain NY, south of Montreal,
> is another - and as long as they meet their US regulatory
> responsibilities (main studio, public file, EAS, legal ID), the FCC
> doesn't care where their programming is aimed.
> s

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