WXYT -Detroit wants to move their transmitter location

Kevin Vahey kvahey@comcast.net
Wed Jun 3 21:40:55 EDT 2009

The eng at Comerica says it is not a yarn and CBS in NY is scrambling
as the township in Michigan wants them gone over RF issues

Canada offers the best land option he just told me because of a
facilty that lies dormant.

I for one could never see the CRTC going along with this unless there
is a Michigan option that can help an Ontario station

On 6/3/09, Glen Clark <glen@clarkcom.com> wrote:
> As the engineer who picked the present 9-tower site, I have
> to agree with Dan's analysis on several points:
> 	1) due to the fact that the present site has not been
> 		amortized, abandoning it would be economically
> 		tough, regardless of the performance benefit.
> 	2) when working with the FCC International Division
> 		for a different Detroit project, we specifically
> 		asked if a tower site in Canada would be
> 		considered. We were told that the chances of a
> 		US-licensed station with towers on Canadian
> 		soil was zero.
> But the real killer is
> 	3) a tower site in or near Leamington suggests that
> 		the main lobe of the night pattern would shoot
> 		between WMKT(AM) in Charlevoix, Michigan
> 		and WWWI(AM) in Baxter, Minnesota. Protecting
> 		WMKT and WWWI would mandate a thin pencil-
> 		thin night pattern which would miss the northeast
> 		corner of the Detroit market and the southwest
> 		corner of the market, including DTW airport.
> If CBS is prepared to buy out those two stations and take them
> dark, the Leamington option would make engineering sense,
> if not economic sense. However, if taking WMKT dark is in the
> cards, then CBS can modify the night pattern from the present
> towers and save $2 million in construction costs.
> If you can come up with more tangible specifics, like the engineer
> who is allegedly developing the Leamington proposal, I would be
> happy to explore this further. However, my suspicion is that Dan
> is correct, someone is spinning a yarn.
> With best regards,
> Glen Clark
> Pittsburgh, PA
> On Jun 3, 2009, at 8:49 PM, Dan.Strassberg wrote:
> Sounds like someone is pulling your leg! First off, WXYT has been at
> its current site for no more than about five years. It seems
> inconceivable to me that CBS would have spent the millions it cost to
> build the nine-tower site without a much longer lease.
> From: "Kevin Vahey" <kvahey@comcast.net>
>>> was talking before the game to the Tigers
>>> audio man and he told me CBS is putting together the paperwork for a
>>> very oddball request for WXYT
>>> They want to move their 9 towers to a location that will make it
>>> easier for them to serve Metro Detroit at night - Leamington, ONTARIO

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