Neighbor Challenges Grant Of New KKOL/Seattle Facility
June 21, 2007 at 11:39 AM (PT)
SALEM's new transmitter for Talk KKOL-A/SEATTLE is coming under fire from its new neighbor, U.S. OIL AND REFINING CO., which is challenging the grant of the 50 kw day/47 kw night facility at the FCC.
RADIO WORLD's SCOTT FYBUSH reports that U.S. OIL, working with consulting firm HATFIELD AND DAWSON, filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the grant on MARCH 1 and has filed subsequent documents claiming that KKOL's daytime signal is powerful enough to draw arcs as workers at U.S. OIL's facility unloaded crude oil from tankers and has also interfered with the refinery's sensors and phone system, and voiced concern that sparks from the radio signal could cause ignition of the oil or fumes at the refinery.
SALEM, which disagrees that the signal poses a hazard and has offered to send engineers to the refinery to fix any grounding issues rhat may exist, has reduced its daytime signal to 25 kw using the nighttime pattern at the FCC's request while the matter is deliberated.