Report: KPFT Transmitter Woes Delaying License Renewal
May 20, 2014 at 4:42 AM (PT)
Another PACIFICA station is facing troubles, as transmitter woes at noncommercial Variety KPFT/HOUSTON have led the station to request a third STA from the FCC to operate at half power and to prepare a request for a third extension of time to file its license renewal application, according to CURRENT.ORG.
The station has been running at half power since MARCH 2012 and says that it does not have the money at present to replace the transmitter; GM DUANE BRADLEY added that not only would the transmitter cost $200,000, close to the $280,000 the next pledge drive must raise just to cover regular operational costs, but the national PACIFICA woes have affected the station as well.
“It’s been difficult in the PACIFICA world of political shenanigans to affect a campaign locally... We’ve done everything we can at the local level, and we’re effectively being hamstrung by our sister stations... who have not responded to the request for information for us to get CPB funding," BRADLEY said, noting that the CPB has frozen funding for PACIFICA stations.
Communications attorney ERNEST SANCHEZ told CURRENT that the FCC is less willing to allow stations to broadcast under reduced power for several years "if it’s not caused by some kind of natural disaster and is rather just a matter of not having the money."