WCAP On The Move, WLLH Lowell Going Dark?

Mark Watson markwats@comcast.net
Sun Jun 16 18:56:11 EDT 2019

AM radio news from Lowell finds that WCAP is said to be moving it's studios
out of the only place they've been since they signed on in 1951. According
to the landlord, who owns the building and the Cappy's Copper Kettle Bar at
243-245 Central Street, WCAP owner Sam Poulten gave notice of moving out as
the Copper Kettle and the building have been put up for sale. I've heard
from a few folks that they are staying downtown, moving to Market Street.
There are 2 buildings under renovation that have been reported as the new
home of the station. Will work to find out more information on this move and
update as I learn more.


Meanwhile as Scott Fybush reported a few weeks ago, Gois Broadcasting
applied to the FCC to permanently turn off the WLLH Lowell transmitter and
change the city of license to Lawrence, stating they've lost the lease on
the Lowell transmitter site, located on City of Lowell owned property on the
banks of the Merrimack River on the VFW Highway. This would bring to an end
the synchronous operation of WLLH which dates back to 1937. The translator
on 95.1 which was transmitting from the Lowell transmitter site has moved to
Wood Hill in Andover, putting a better signal into Lawrence. I should note
the Lowell transmitter has been off since this past Tuesday. Nothing in the
FCC database stating that the request to shut off Lowell has been granted.


Mark Watson

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