Interference in Palm Beach County

By on Mar, 25 2014 with Comment 1

Reach Communications filed a request for an STA for translator W262AN (100.3) Tamarac, FL (suburban Ft. Lauderdale), the simulcast of CCME’s WIOD-AM Miami (CCME is leasing he translator). It is asking to reduce power from 198 watts to 138 watts to lessen interference to Robinson Entertainment’s new Adult Standards WLML-FM West Palm Beach. Reportedly, that wasn’t enough, as W262AN turned off on 3/21—Robinson said the 138 watts didn’t alleviate the problem.

Dick Robinson (host of American Standards by the Sea) recently launched WLML, licensed to Lake Park, FL with 4-kW @ 377 feet HAAT.

In September the station was granted the calls, which are meant to help brand the station as “Where Legendary Music Lives“. The station should cover the market well, as the closest co-channel other than W262AN is CCME’s WRUM-FM Orlando and WCTH-FM Plantation Key, FL.

See WLML-FM’s coverage below. W262AN, while licensed to Tamarac, is actually situated well to the south on the Dade-Broward County line. Nonetheless, there have to be large swaths of northern Broward and southern West Palm Beach counties that had nothing but a mess of interference on the 100.3 frequency. They should try for 92.7 mHz. There are a couple of CPs approved for Miami Beach and North Miami Beach, so they might be willing to sell.

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About The Author: Carl has been with RBR-TVBR since 1997 and is currently Managing Director/Senior Editor. Residing in Northern Virginia, he covers the business of broadcasting, advertising, programming, new media and engineering. He’s also done a great deal of interviews for the company and handles our ever-growing stable of bylined columnists.

  1. “Leasing” the translator? Unless I’m off the mark, financial consideration to a non-owned translator with the exception of certain technical support, is not allowed under the rules.