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    Culver City's Radio Station

    Will 15~Hundred ever return to the air? The partnership who has the CP for KWIF Culver City was going to tri-plex on KWKW's sticks, but lost out to KABC. Now they want to put up two new sticks and use the existing stick at Montecito Heights (the former 11~Fifty site). The latest application calls for 400 watts day and 1kw at night. Since the frequency went silent in 1984, numerous battles have kept the station off the air. KSPA 15~Ten in Ontario has fought vigorously due to first channel interference issues. And then there was the infamous Ed Stolz. A lot of time and money have been spent trying to get 15~Hundred back on the air. But when you see the coverage map, you'll probably ask "why"?!


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    I’m more impressed there’s a station in LA that has managed to stay dark for 35 years. You’d have figured someone would’ve run a long wire with 250 watts on top of a building down there in south LA...

    Question is: it’s 2019. People are far less interested in AM than they were in ‘84. Especially if it’s a staticky affair. What the heck could they put on the station to make money? It covers a lot of southern/west LA...but that’s it! And good luck trying to pair it with a translator!
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    Quote Originally Posted by seattlesarchiebunker View Post
    I’m more impressed there’s a station in LA that has managed to stay dark for 35 years.
    Ed Stolz had the permit to build the station after it went dark, but never got around to it. FCC said "times up" and opened the frequency for bidding. Ed fought that decision tooth and nail, only to be ultimately turned down. Stolz is best known for his war against Entercom, but that's another story.

    You’d have figured someone would’ve run a long wire with 250 watts on top of a building down there in south LA...
    Before losing the KWKW tri-plex deal, they were going to do just that. But here's the interesting thing about that site - day power of 120 watts and night power of 150 watts!

    Question is: it’s 2019. People are far less interested in AM than they were in ‘84. Especially if it’s a staticky affair. What the heck could they put on the station to make money? It covers a lot of southern/west LA...but that’s it! And good luck trying to pair it with a translator!
    Believe it or not, they have a permit (contested) for a translator licensed to San Fernando. To resolve objections, their new plan calls for a whopping one watt of power (a mile up, though) https://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/CDBS_...um=1&exhcnum=1 Consider that translator their meal ticket if they sell the station!

    These guys like doing things on the small scale!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAkbar View Post
    Ed Stolz had the permit to build the station after it went dark, but never got around to it. FCC said "times up" and opened the frequency for bidding. Ed fought that decision tooth and nail, only to be ultimately turned down. Stolz is best known for his war against Entercom, but that's another story.



    Before losing the KWKW tri-plex deal, they were going to do just that. But here's the interesting thing about that site - day power of 120 watts and night power of 150 watts!



    Believe it or not, they have a permit (contested) for a translator licensed to San Fernando. To resolve objections, their new plan calls for a whopping one watt of power (a mile up, though) https://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/CDBS_...um=1&exhcnum=1 Consider that translator their meal ticket if they sell the station!

    These guys like doing things on the small scale!
    The City of LA might take years to approve new towers at 1050 Montecito Dr. Los Angeles.

    KWIF-AM has until 04/13/2020 to construct the station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAkbar View Post
    Believe it or not, they have a permit (contested) for a translator licensed to San Fernando. To resolve objections, their new plan calls for a whopping one watt of power (a mile up, though) https://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/CDBS_...um=1&exhcnum=1 Consider that translator their meal ticket if they sell the station!

    These guys like doing things on the small scale!
    MEAL TICKET? HARDLY! HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE COVERAGE MAP? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frequency1 View Post
    The City of LA might take years to approve new towers at 1050 Montecito Dr. Los Angeles.
    This is the former site of KRKD which became KIIS-AM and then KEIB when it moved to City of Industry at the KTNQ site.

    There are (or were...I have not been by the site lately) three towers there. One of about 400 to 450' and two that looked right for 1/4 wave at 1150. But the new application has one tower of about 210' and two of just about 100' each. If they take down the big towers to replace them with the little one, zoning should be easy, just as it would be for adding some small towers to already existing ones.

    The facility would only be of value programming to one of the big Asian communities, either Mandarin or Korean speakers.
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    This is the former site of KRKD which became KIIS-AM and then KEIB when it moved to City of Industry at the KTNQ site.

    There are (or were...I have not been by the site lately) three towers there. One of about 400 to 450' and two that looked right for 1/4 wave at 1150. But the new application has one tower of about 210' and two of just about 100' each. If they take down the big towers to replace them with the little one, zoning should be easy, just as it would be for adding some small towers to already existing ones.

    The facility would only be of value programming to one of the big Asian communities, either Mandarin or Korean speakers.

    David, i checked google maps and the co-ordinates come up as Radio Drive in Los Angeles.. the top of a hill.. i see two different towers there, a pole with 4 bays, a tower with 5 bays and then a short metal pole with 2 bays near a fence. who are they?

    But i dont see any am towers there

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    Wonder if they're going to install a cistern up there like the old KBLA 15~Hundred site in the Verdugo Hills? Nothing like moist soil to boost that ground wave when your sticks are on a hill!
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    The outer two (newer) towers for 1150 were torn down a few years back, leaving the original center tower behind. This proposal would rebuild the outer towers, albeit as you noted quite short versions this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeRadioGuy View Post
    David, i checked google maps and the co-ordinates come up as Radio Drive in Los Angeles.. the top of a hill.. i see two different towers there, a pole with 4 bays, a tower with 5 bays and then a short metal pole with 2 bays near a fence. who are they?

    But i dont see any am towers there
    Scott has answered the tower question. The site was also used by KFI for several years when their tower in Buena Park came down in an aircraft accident.

    There was a pair of short (quarter wave at 1150 I believe) towers with the taller half-wave and FM tower in the middle.
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