KKOB Gets ABQ Buzzing Over 'Power Cut'
March 28, 2008 at 5:30 PM (PT)
CITADEL Talk KKOB-A/ALBUQUERQUE has locals and even the ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL biting for its assertion that the station has been ordered by the government to "drop power from 50,000 watts down to 1,000 starting TUESDAY to accomodate other growing markets that have stations on the same 770 Frequency." PD and morning fill-in host PAT FRISCH announced the "order" FRIDAY morning, and the station's website sprouted an online petition to "save" the station from having to cut power.
But no such order is in the FCC database; the FCC generally doesn't order stations to abruptly cut power to make room for other, unallocated stations with a few days' notice and no appeals process, and the fact that TUESDAY is APRIL FOOL'S DAY apparently escaped the JOURNAL when it posted the "news" on its website early FRIDAY. The paper has now appended a note that indicates that TUESDAY is indeed APRIL FOOL'S DAY and that TUESDAY just happens to be the day morning man BOB CLARK returns from vacation.