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    Here is the Radio and Television Business Report from November 2, 2016 spoken/referenced/linked in this thread (above) in full . . . . great history on WFLL and their translator troubles to get you up to speed.

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    That was not to last, as a growing region led Arbitron to combine the Miami and Fort Lauderdale ratings surveys as listeners found stations with larger AM signals and greater choices on the FM dial.

    By 1986, the station lingered in the mid 1-share range. By the mid-2000s, it took on a Caribbean format. It was then a short-lived ESPN Radio affiliate, and also aired Classic Country and Brazilian programming before going dark.

    Now broker Mark Jorgenson is celebrating Día de los Muertos by bringing a dead station back to life, as he’s just paid for an FM translator that will more than “revitalize” a station that signed on in 1946 from a houseboat on the New River.

    The station is WFLL-AM 1400 in Fort Lauderdale, which boasted the WFTL call letters until 2013, when they shifted to AM 850, then WDJA in Boca Raton, Fla.

    In the mid-1970s, as Full Service WFTL, the station dominated Broward County with a 1kw signal covering what was then the metropolitan area.

    The addition of W223CB will help return WFTL to serving all of Broward County, in addition to North Dade communities such as Aventura and Golden Beach.

    The translator is relocating from Sebring, Fla., as Jorgenson’s ACM JCE IV B INC. is acquiring it from Radio 74 Internationale for $45,000. A 10% deposit has been made to escrow agent Donald E. Martin, P.C.

    Jorgenson tells RBR + TVBR that W223CB will take the 100.3 MHz frequency.

    That should make iHeartRadio a bit flustered. From April 2010 through March 2014, translator W262AN held the 100.3 MHz signal from a Broward County-based translator and provided Talk WIOD-AM 610 in Miami with an FM home. It was killed after Jim Robinson complained about interference to his Class A Nostalgia station, WLML-FM in Lake Park, Fla., which serves the West Palm Beach market.

    Asked about potential interference, Robinson said, “We’ll see what works out. Our main focus is just to get our head in the ring.”

    It is also about getting WFLL back on the air, after its tower was destroyed in a hurricane under a previous owner.

    “WFLL has had a history of problems, and we have duplex construction going on right now with a shared tower – Multicultural Radio Broadcasting’s Class B WEXY-AM 1520,” Jorgenson adds. “A new transmitter is on site, and we hope to be back on the air in November.”

    Jorgenson says he is unsure of what WFLL will air but says “at this point Alpha Media is not involved.”

    Alpha Media operates the Jorgenson-owned WFTL-AM 850 and Sports WMEN-AM 640.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southernjock View Post
    The addition of W223CB, formerly W228DO, will help return WFTL to serving all of Broward County,
    in addition to North Dade communities such as Aventura and Golden Beach.
    W223CB, formerly W228DO, will cover Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton.
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