Legal IDs and shared-time stations

Wed Oct 5 08:57:36 EDT 2011

Hi, Scott: Thanks! Doug Broda had informed me yesterday of the
continued existence of the Chicago and Decorah pairs. Doug's message
said not to reply to him because he rarely looks in the mailbox from
which he sent the message. So I wrote the attached reply and took care
to address it to the entire list. Alas, however, after I dispatched
the message, I checked my own copy and discovered that, somewhere
along the line, my instructions to send it to the list apparently
disappeared, leaving the message to flow only to the mailbox that Doug
almost never opens. Some of what I learned is interesting,
particularly in view of KWLC's very limited operating hours. Unless
the college that owns KWLC maintains or leases the 410' (186-degree)
tower to also host an FM signal, the use of such a tall tower by a
noncommercial Class C AM that is licensed to a small agricultural
community and that operates only about 40 hours per week seems truly
bizarre. In fact, KDEC's use of a 93-degree tower, which requires
illumination, is also bizarre when a 199-foot tower would normally not
require illumination and would provide coverage so close to that of
the 205' tower that the difference would be essentially unmeasurable.

Anyhow, I received the calendar yesterday. Thanks. NICE JOB!!!

Dan Strassberg (
eFax 1-707-215-6367

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Fybush" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 10:37 PM
Subject: Re: Legal IDs and shared-time stations

> On 10/3/2011 6:30 AM, Dan.Strassberg wrote:
>> I believe that the US AM band has seen (heard?) the last of the
>> shared-time stations. I think it left the air two or three years
>> ago.
>> It shared time with WIBW Topeka KS, but I can't remember the calls
>> (KFKU?). There are now one or two such on FM, however, including
>> one
>> four-way time-share that was authorized in the last year or two.
> There are at least two remaining AM share-times that I know of.
> In Chicago (technically, Cicero IL), 1450 is shared by WCEV
> (multilingual ethnic, mostly Eastern European) and WRLL (Spanish).
> This is actually a relatively recent share-time, created in 1978
> after then-WVON 1450 bought the better 1390 signal (ex-WGES, WNUS,
> etc.) and surrendered the 1450 facility. WFMT, the commercial
> classical station, became the interim licensee to keep the signal
> alive, but a comparative hearing process eventually yielded two new
> licensees for 1450.
> And in little Decorah, Iowa, commercial KDEC shares 1240 with Luther
> College's KWLC. KWLC operates from 10 PM-1 AM weeknights and all day
> on weekends. KDEC apparently had a never-built CP to move to 1200 by
> itself in the early 1980s.
> s

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