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    Mighty 1090 Leaves The Air

    Sports Radio Mighty 1090 (XEPRS-AM-1090 Roarito, Baja California, Mexico)
    has left the air as of approximately 11:30 AM-Noon on Wednesday 4/10/2019.

    It has been replaced with a simulcast of "Ultra 104.9" KJAV-FM-104.9 / KVJY-AM-840 Alamo/McAllen, TX.

    The owner of the Texas stations (BiMedia, LLC) is the same Bichara family that was leasing 1090 to BCA.

    This is related to the disappearance of XEPE 1700 and XEPRS-FM-105.7 due to missed payments on the lease agreements.
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    Darren Smith Show podcast recorded around Noon PT on Wed. 4/10/2019:

    https://www.mighty1090.com/episode/a...en-smith-show/

    and https://omny.fm/shows/darren-smith-s...ren-smith-show
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    Twitter video of Scott Kaplan shortly after 3 PM PT:

    https://twitter.com/ScottKaplan/stat...99156961927168

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    It appears that Kaplan is trying to form a media group to possibly take over the lease for 1090 from BCA.
    Non-disclosure agreements prevent Kaplan, Darren Smith and other show hosts from discussing much in detail.
    Kaplan will try to do a live show on Thursday 4/11/19 via the Mighty1090 app, Twitter, YouTube or other streaming means.

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    The station has flipped to Spanglish Dance/Top 40AJ, simulcasting KJAV Ultra 104.9 in the Rio Grande Valley Texas. Most of the commercials I have heard are in English and are Texas based. The On Air DJ is welcoming all the new San Diego and LA Listeners. So this was....planned at one end at least?

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    This is too bad. Those times I tuned in, I thought XEPRS 1090 was a good sports station with a good local staff. Despite losing the Padres to Entercom's 97.3 KWFN, and being on AM, it has more than double the ratings of The Fan. (Wow, KWFN's ratings are really bad!) ESPN now has no outlet in Market #17. XEPRS ran it late nights and weekends. Co-owned 1700 XEPE ran it most of the day, with some paid business programming in the daytime.

    I wonder if someone will acquire the rights to 105.7, 1090 and 1700, and put some decent programming on them? Or is it too late for AM radio, even a 50,000 watt Class A, as 1090 is, or non-directional 10,000 watt XEPE? And while 105.7 has a good signal, with its tower in Mexico, it is not going to get much coverage in Northern San Diego County, putting it at a disadvantage. It runs 8,200 watts from a tower 1000 feet taller than the Empire State Building. That's good but it doesn't have the reach of 90.3 XHITZ, 91.1 XETRA-FM or 104.5 XHLTN.

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    Linked below is an article from the San Diego Reader dated 12/14/2018 -
    regarding the pulling of programming from Max 105.7 XHPRS-FM and XEPE-1700.

    https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/...-cut-max-1057/

    Apparently the same fate has met with Mighty 1090: delinquent lease payments.
    According to the story, a buyout of 1090 for $11 million was being offered by
    owner Andres Bichara in lieu of paying $100,000 per month in rent/transmitter fees.
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    Afternoon host Scott Kaplan took to Twitter with live video shortly after 3 PM PT on Wed. 4/10
    to address the situation and the future of the sports programming.
    Despite there being non-disclosure agreements signed, Kaplan inferred
    that he has been in the process of trying to put together a media company
    that might be capable of purchasing 1090.

    Kaplan video: https://twitter.com/ScottKaplan/stat...99156961927168

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    Darren Smith Show ~20 minute podcast recorded on Wed. 4/10/19:

    https://twitter.com/DSmithShow/statu...79607852101632

    or https://omny.fm/shows/darren-smith-s...ren-smith-show

    or https://www.mighty1090.com/episode/a...en-smith-show/

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    The Ben + Woods Morning Show says via Twitter they will be available
    via the station's stream on Thu. 4/11 from 6-10 AM PT.

    https://twitter.com/BenAndWoods/stat...19886525128707

    Station stream link: http://player.listenlive.co/27031

    (has been playing the ESPN Network feed since the switchover around Noon-time on Wed. 4/10/2019)

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    As does Scott Kaplan, at 3 PM PT on Thu. 4/11/19 via Twitter Live, Instagram Live, YouTube Live:

    https://twitter.com/ScottKaplan/stat...64076730630144

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    Very sad. I feel horrible for those who worked at the mighty 1090. I hope times don't get too financially awful for them.
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    MaxFM managed to stumble on for another couple months streaming via their website and app. Who knows how much money is left in the bank to try and do the same for 1090.

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    As poster "philosofy" mentioned in the previous post re: how long could they last just streaming - we just found out:

    Similar to the fate of 105.7 Max FM, 19 days after the transmitter plug was pulled, the streaming plug was pulled
    at 2 PM PT on Monday 4/29/2019 in the middle of the Darren Smith Show.
    The www.Mighty1090.com website has a message posted that they have ceased operations, thanking the fans for their support.

    Afternoon host Scott Kaplan has posted two Periscope videos (also linked to his Twitter account) recorded on Monday afternoon at the Mighty 1090 studios:

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1MYxNdvagMvGw

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ynJORnnQBXGR?t=20

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    Darren Smith has changed his Twitter account description to "radio free agent".

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjc1961 View Post
    As poster "philosofy" mentioned in the previous post re: how long could they last just streaming - we just found out:

    Similar to the fate of 105.7 Max FM, 19 days after the transmitter plug was pulled, the streaming plug was pulled
    at 2 PM PT on Monday 4/29/2019 in the middle of the Darren Smith Show.
    The www.Mighty1090.com website has a message posted that they have ceased operations, thanking the fans for their support.

    Afternoon host Scott Kaplan has posted two Periscope videos (also linked to his Twitter account) recorded on Monday afternoon at the Mighty 1090 studios:

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1MYxNdvagMvGw

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1ynJORnnQBXGR?t=20

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    Darren Smith has changed his Twitter account description to "radio free agent".
    This is a very sad development and a sad day in radio now that the Mighty 1090 is officially dead. What is going to happen to all the on-air hosts? All of them were the highest rated sports shows in the San Diego market. What stinks is that 97.3 The Fan is severely signal limited and the station doesn’t even come in up in the North county area. 1090 AM had the advantage of being one of the strongest signals in the San Diego area. My hope is that 97.3 The Fan improves their signal, gets some translators and picks up all these now unemployed Mighty 1090 personalities. Sad day for radio in San Diego!

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    Quote Originally Posted by asugeorge1 View Post
    What stinks is that 97.3 The Fan is severely signal limited and the station doesn’t even come in up in the North county area. 1090 AM had the advantage of being one of the strongest signals in the San Diego area. My hope is that 97.3 The Fan improves their signal, gets some translators...
    I wouldn't say 97.3 The Fan is severely signal-limited. It's a 50kw Class B, on the same towers as KLNV -- and not far from KGB's tower. Both those stations have strong ratings, so clearly those are viable transmitter sites. Yes, they're not as good as Soledad for North County reception, but The Fan can be heard up there. Also, nobody has mentioned that Mighty 1090 had signal issues in San Diego as well. True, they blast up the coast, and come in clearly in most areas of Los Angeles and even as far north as Santa Barbara. However, Mighty 1090 was/is highly directional, with a far weaker signal towards inland San Diego County. 1090 tried to compensate for that years ago, with a simulcast on 105.7 FM, which does a better job in far East County. I believe they also simulcasted some shows on co-operated ESPN 1700, which is 10kw non-directional and provided better coverage inland than 1090.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asugeorge1 View Post
    My hope is that 97.3 The Fan improves their signal, gets some translators and picks up all these now unemployed Mighty 1090 personalities. Sad day for radio in San Diego!
    93.7 is very tightly limited by same channel, adjacent channel and second adjacent protections.

    And a translator can not be used to extend the 60 dbu of a station, only to fill in deficiencies.
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