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    WKDN 950

    It looks like WKDM 950 is going to operate from their present daytime site ,at night too. They have been operating at night from the 860 kHz 4 tower site using 21kw.
    The new operation will keep the 43kw day ( daytime power ) and use 650 watts at night, down from the 21kw they have/had from the 4 tower 860 site.

    My question is ,it seems this daytime site is the original WPEN 950 site back when WPEN was 5 kw days & 5 kw nights ,I think they were Non-DA day and 3 tower DA back then ... both at 5kw.

    Why can't they go with 5kw nights again ,since they operated that way years ago from this site. I know there were some rule changes but a change that would make them have to drop from what was 5kw at this site at night to just 650 watts at night ?

    Anybody know ?


    Al

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    I remember in the 60's when WPEN switched to their night pattern, they were gangbusters going east toward the shore, same with WFIL, great night signals going east, WHEREAS Wibbage was dead. WPEN had old run down towers, with the thicker middle one the omni daytimer and all three at night. When they signed back on in the 70's with the oldies format, all three towers were replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunsmoke View Post
    I remember in the 60's when WPEN switched to their night pattern, they were gangbusters going east toward the shore, same with WFIL, great night signals going east, WHEREAS Wibbage was dead. WPEN had old run down towers, with the thicker middle one the omni daytimer and all three at night. When they signed back on in the 70's with the oldies format, all three towers were replaced.
    Where was WPEN's stick back then?

    ixnay

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    Same as it was for ages, Overbrook section of Philly, right off 77th and Brookhaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alok View Post

    Why can't they go with 5kw nights again ,since they operated that way years ago from this site.
    The reality is listenership at night is pretty low. I suspect they're cutting costs by running low power just to keep the tx warm overnights. Not like there's money to be made by running at 5K.

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    Actually it's a non-commercial religious station, run by Family Radio. The station had been on FM with a full signal at 106.9. But when Family Radio ran into financial problems (after its leader tried to predict The Rapture) it sold the FM and bought this AM.

    So if it goes down to 650 watts at night, that's a real loss from its once full Class B signal as an FM, heard in Philadelphia, NJ and Delaware. I would guess Family Radio listeners have it on 24/7. Family Radio runs a lot of MOR-style religious music but only a bit of instruction or preaching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg. View Post
    I would guess Family Radio listeners have it on 24/7.
    Really? I would think daylight is all they're awake for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg. View Post
    I would guess Family Radio listeners have it on 24/7.
    But there are nearly none of those!

    The station has not showed up in PPM since a couple of 0.1 months in 2014, and has gotten 0.0 since then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg. View Post
    Actually it's a non-commercial religious station, run by Family Radio. The station had been on FM with a full signal at 106.9. But when Family Radio ran into financial problems (after its leader tried to predict The Rapture) it sold the FM and bought this AM.

    So if it goes down to 650 watts at night, that's a real loss from its once full Class B signal as an FM, heard in Philadelphia, NJ and Delaware. I would guess Family Radio listeners have it on 24/7. Family Radio runs a lot of MOR-style religious music but only a bit of instruction or preaching.
    Radio-locator.com shows 21kw night power for 950. Where did you get the 650w figure? The FCC database (speaking of which, do you have the link)?

    ixnay

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    A construction permit for the proposed operation was granted by the FCC on 1/31/2018. Kinda strange they did not go back to the 5KW night pattern that was used at that site for years. Only a guess, but maybe the old phasor was scrapped and/or just a money saving move. You can view the application at FCC AM query.

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