FCC Grants New L.A.-Area AM After Objection Rejected
November 7, 2016 at 12:19 PM (PT)
LEVINE/SCHWAB PARTNERSHIP has been granted a construction permit for a new AM in CULVER CITY, CA, near LOS ANGELES, after an objection by ONTARIO BROADCASTING, LLC, licensee of first-adjacent KSPA-A/ONTARIO-SAN BERNARDINO, was rejected by the FCC. The new station will run 120 watts daytime and 150 watts nights from the old KFAC site (now used by LOTUS Spanish Sports KWKW-A/LOS ANGELES and HK MEDIA Korean KFOX-A (RADIO SEOUL 1650)/TORRANCE and planned as the new site for CUMULUS News-Talk KABC-A/LOS ANGELES).
HOWARD J. LEVINE and WILLIAM J. SCHWAB won the bidding for the allocation in AM Auction 84 and filed its proposed facility in 2014; ONTARIO complained that the proposed facility would not adequately cover its community of license, would cause overlap with RINCON Spanish Hits KSPE-A (LA PRECIOSA 1490)/SANTA BARBARA over CATALINA ISLAND, would have contour overlap with RADIORAMA Regional Mexican XEEBC-A/ENSENADA (which has migrated to FM as XHEBC), and would create nighttime skywave interference with MULTICULTURAL Vietnamese KSJX-A/SAN JOSE, after which the applicant changed its nighttime parameters. But the Commission noted that covering 80% of the community of license in the daytime is now acceptable, the XEEBC signal is not detectable in the U.S. and any overlap is due to the long saltwater path between the points and deserves a waiver, and the overlap with KSPE in CATALINA, also due to the long saltwater paths between the stations, is de minimus, since the population of CATALINA -- 4,090 -- is much smaller than the population to be served by the new station, 5.245,191.