United States

Salem Media Group flipped Classic Country “Real Country760 KGU/95.1 K236CR Honolulu to Sports “The Shark” last month.
KGU is carrying programming from SportsMap Radio and all play-by-play for Hawai’i Pacific University.
KGU becomes the fourth Sports station in Honolulu joining iHeartMedia’s “Fox Sports 990” KIKI and Blow Up Inc.’s duo of “ESPN Honolulu” 1420 KKEA/92.7 K224FR and “CBS 1500” KHKA.
KGU Honolulu Flips To Sports – RadioInsight
RadioInsight (2021-05-11)


Yesterday at 5.34 UTC in Gradara location (central Italy), I was able to listen to Radio Prêt-à-porter (Milano/Magenta) on 1602 kHz. Moderate fading with Radio SER.
Alberto V., Pesaro (2021-05-11)

United Kingdom

Renewal of nationwide licences at a nominal amount.
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-april-2021 of 11 May 2021:
„Ofcom has set the financial terms for the renewal of each of the three Independent National Radio licences at a nominal cash bid of £10,000 per annum with a 0% PQR (percentage of qualifying revenue).
Classic FM and Absolute Radio [main frequency 1215 kHz] have accepted these terms, and their licences have been renewed for a further ten-year period commencing 1 May 2021. talkSPORT [main frequencies 1053/1089 kHz]has until 31 December 2021 to accept or reject the new financial terms. If the terms are accepted, its licence will be renewed for a further ten-year period commencing 1 January 2022.“ 
It ist worth while to consult the relevant paper on the „Renewal of the Independent National Radio licences Methodology for a review of financial terms“ at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/209563/inr-licence-renewal-methodology.pdf, page 13:„2.61 The table shows that over time the PQR and Cash Bid associated with the INR licences have reduced, and that each licensee has been making nominal financial payments since the 2010 reviews. This reflects the fact that the profits associated with the right to broadcast nationally on analogue have reduced over time as digital listening has increased and that, in more recent reviews, entry costs for a new entrant were considered likely to outweigh the potential analogue profits available. Consequently, recent reviews concluded that a new entrant would not be prepared to bid for the licence under our methodology and the incumbents could retain their licences in a hypothetical auction for a nominal amount.“ 
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2021-05-11)

United States

WTMP 1150 STEREO TEST TONIGHT— Starting in one half hour (midnight Eastern).
WTMP 1150 kHz in Tampa, FL will be conducting a test in AM Stereo tonight per a post from owner Neil Ardman in the Facebook Group “I Love AM Radio.”
Details are minimal but we assume that the test will commence at the start of experimental hours, beginning at Midnight Eastern Time (0400 UTC)
We can also assume that the test may be at their daytime power of 10,000 watts but this is NOT CONFIRMED.
No information on duration or programming. Some sweep tones, Morse Code IDs, etc. have been e-mailed to Neil but no word on if he received them in time to incorporate them into the test. Fingers crossed.
Best bet is to tune in and record the session, perhaps find an online remote SDR or live stream to verify your reception
Les Rayburn, Maylene, AL, NRC & IRCA Courtesy Program Committee Chairman
via WOR groups.io (2021-05-11)

NO signals audible at 0405 on 1150 at Tampa and Orlando remotes; defective?
WTMP both day and 500 watt night patterns go S/SSE.
Glenn Hauser, WOR groups.io (2021-05-11)


CKDY Digby [Nova Scotia 1420 kHz
„Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2021-153 […] Ottawa, 3 May 2021 […]
The Commission approves an application by Maritime Broadcasting System Limited for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language commercial FM radio station in Digby to replace its English-language commercial AM radio station CKDY Digby. […]
On 26 March 2020, the Commission approved an application by Maritime Broadcasting System Limited (MBS) to amend the broadcasting licence for CKDY Digby, Nova Scotia, in order to add a temporary low-power FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Digby. MBS indicated that the station’s transmitter site had been destroyed due to vandalism and specified that as the only radio station in the community, it was essential for CKDY to be back on air as soon as possible. The applicant submitted that a temporary low-power FM transmitter would be the quickest interim solution to ensure that the station would remain on-air, while full conversion to the FM band would represent the most cost-effective long-term solution. […]
MBS filed an application for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM commercial radio station in Digby, Nova Scotia, to replace its English-language commercial AM radio station CKDY Digby. The station would operate at 99.7 MHz […] with an average effective radiated power (ERP) of 2,390 watts (directional antenna with a maximum ERP of 6,530 watts […]. CKDY has an existing FM rebroadcasting transmitter in Weymouth, CKDY-1-FM. The applicant would continue to operate this rebroadcasting transmitter at 103.3 MHz[…] with an average ERP of 3,000 watts. […].
The applicant indicated that it intends to keep CKDY’s existing AM programming and proposed to continue with its country music format targeting adults in the 18-54 age group. […] CKDY is the only commercial radio station serving the Digby market. The market is also served by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s English- and French-language radio stations. […] no opposing interventions were received regarding this application. […]
MBS is authorized to simulcast the programming of the new FM station on CKDY for a transition period of three months following the commencement of operations of the FM station. […] consistent with the licensee’s request, the Commission revokes the licence for CKDY Digby effective at the end of the simulcast period.“
via Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (2021-05-10)


Migration of some MW stations to FM (extended band) in São Paulo and region, in process:
1040 kHz Radio Capital, to 77.5 MHz;
1200 kHz Radio Cultura, to 77.9 MHz;
1500 kHz Radio Cumbica (Guarulhos), to 84.1 MHz (GRU FM).
This indicates that there are 60 days still for these stations to cut their signals in MW definitively.
Rudolf Grimm (2021-05-07)

United Kingdom

These 3 feeds stopped carrying Radio Foyle and Radio Ulster at 0930 UTC on 6 May
792kHz Sheriff’s Mountain (Radio Foyle)
873kHz Enniskillen (Radio Ulster)
1342kHz Lisnagarvey (Radio Ulster)
Now all carry retune loops. These transmitters will close permanently shortly. 
Services other than Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle from same sites are unaffected.
James Robinson (2021-05-07)