United Kingdom

Imminent closures – Recorded this evening:

1170 kHz – GHR Greatest Hits Radio Staffordshire and Cheshire – Stoke on Trent

1170 kHz – GHR Greatest Hits Radio Tesside – Stockton on Tees

1530 kHz – GHR Greatest Hits Radio West Yorkshire – Huddersfield

Absolute Radio (re-newed version “on this Fridays”):

Horst (2023-01-17)

United Kingdom

The four greatest hits stations  1170 in Stoke on Trent and Stockton on Tees. Plus the two in West Yorkshire are now transmitting a loop announcing the imminent closure of these services.
My understanding this will be tomorrow.

David Thorpe to mwcircle iog  (2023-01-17)

I can hear the loop announcement on 1530 from West Yorkshire here on the south coast of Ireland tonight around 2213 UTC, propagation conditions varying quite a bit not to mention lightning strikes but here’s a sample of the loop for those interested and who may not have caught it..

Tony to mwcircle iog  (2023-01-17)

United Kingdom

Greatest Hits Radio have their closing down notification loops running now, I’m picking them up tonight on 1170KHz, 1278KHz and 1530KHz in Co Antrim.
Eddystone EC10 and random wire antenna.

Patrick Wylie to mwcircle FB group (2023-01-17)

United States

In addition to shutting down Sports 1360 WYOS Binghamton NY in late 2022, Townsquare Media has turned off two other AMs.

Oldies/Standards “Kool AM1490 WTVL Waterville ME has signed off. The 1kW AM operated out of the company’s nearby Augusta cluster along with CHR “92 Moose” WMME, Country “B98.5” WEBB, and 1400 WJZN/95.9 W240DH which is part of the company’s regional Alternative “WCYY” brand based in Portland.

In Danbury, 940 WINE Brookfield CT has turned off its transmitter. WINE has been simulcasting sister Classic Rock “I95” WRKI in recent years. WRKI and sister Country “105.5 The Wolf” WDBY remain.

In both cases, Townsquare told the FCC in an STA filing, “Due to economic conditions in the market, the licensee was forced to take the station off the air temporarily. The licensee respectfully requests special temporary authority for the station to remain silent. The licensee will promptly notify the Commission when it is able to resume station operations.”

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2023-01-13)

United States

License cancelled 1/10/2023: WKPR-1440 Kalamazoo, Michigan

“WKPR (1440 AM) was a radio station that had served the KalamazooMichigan area.
WKPR Kalamazoo began its broadcast life in 1960. An unusual result of the FCC hearing ahead of its creation was that two radio station licenses were granted at the same time: WKPR (1420 kHz), Kalamazoo, and WDOW (1440 kHz), a new service to Dowagiac. Both stations were constructed in 1960. They remained affiliates for many years. WKPR programming was a mix of Christian music and Bible teaching. WDOW programming was similar, but did have secular music segments at some times of day. In the late 1990s, WDOW (by then an AM/FM station) was sold, and by 2012, WDOW and WDOW-FM had different owners.
At the same time, WKPR had been looking for a way to increase in power. This was not feasible at 1420 kHz. However, a substantial power increase would work at 1440 kHz. The engineers found that the former affiliate WDOW (1440 kHz) would need to be moved to Kalamazoo. Overtures were made to the owner of WDOW (1440 kHz). A sale agreement was made. Upon FCC approval, WKPR relinquished 1420 kHz and began broadcasting on 1440 kHz at the Kalamazoo location. Early in 2012, power went from 1000 watts to 2700 watts. Late in 2012, WKPR extended its programming further through the purchase and construction of an FM translator. The system was engineered so that the translator could be located at the WKPR site. The FM translator (w286au) located at 105.1 FM simulcasts 24 hours a day with WKPR.
WKPR and its FM translator continues to offer Christian programming to the Kalamazoo Area. WKPR has always been a sister station to WFUR in Grand Rapids.
As of late July 2022, the 105.1 FM simulcast was broken, and a small country music station out of Grand Rapids called “Jethro FM” began broadcasting on it. As of early August 2022, WKPR-AM was reported as being silent.
The license was cancelled on January 10, 2023.

Dennis Gibson to irca iog (2023-01-13)

United States

Townsquare Media turned off “CBS Sports 1360WYOS Binghamton NY on December 28.

WYOS had featured a Sports format since 2006, originally carrying ESPN Radio programming until switching to CBS Sports when that network launched in 2013. The station’s website redirects to sister News/Talk 1290 WNBF/92.1 W221EJ with a message stating, “We’re glad that you’re here and we’re happy to tell you that here is where you will now be able to keep up with not only all of the local, regional, and national sports that you love, but also community news and the issues that are important to you.”

Townsquare Binghamton GM Mary Beth Walsh told WIVT-TV that the station was not supported by local advertising. In an STA filing with the FCC, Townsquare stated “Station WYOS(AM) has been off the air since December 28, 2022 due to an auxiliary transmitter failure.  Station personnel have been working diligently to return the station to air.  In the interim, Townsquare respectfully requests special temporary authority for WYOS to remain silent.  Townsquare will promptly notify the Commission when WYOS is able to resume operations.”

The sign-off leaves iHeartMedia’s “Fox Sports 1430” WENE as the only Sports station in Binghamton. WENE had a 1.0 share in the Spring 2022 Nielsen Audio ratings, while WYOS had a 0.5 share.

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2023-01-10)


CBT 540 update.
Further to my e-mail to this group of 7th January, CBC have written in an e-mail to me today:

CBC Newfoundland is currently testing a new FM antenna that will replace the AM service from Grand Falls.
The AM service will be turned off when the transmission department is satisfied that the new equipment is running smoothly.
The shut off date has not been confirmed, and will be adjusted as necessary.”

A reminder that the CRTC decision 2022-14 says “”The licensee is authorized to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CBT Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operations of the FM station”. It is reported that the FM station began on 3rd November 2022. The station was to discontinue operations on 31st December. The link here is courtesy of Dan Sys rwcrn.

Andrew Brade to mwcircle iog (2023-01-10)