A Holy Problem For A Heritage Maryland FM
By Adam R Jacobson
RBR + TVBR
A Class C Christian Talk & Teaching AM in Baltimore that was once a Top 40 station featuring the legendary Dick Clark has received FCC approval to gain an FM translator, as part of the FCC’s AM revitalization act.
There’s just one slight problem – the soon-to-be launched facility has been granted approval to use the same frequency as a long-running Class A in the nearby Annapolis, Md., area that has long marketed itself to Charm City.
On August 19, the FCC gave its blessings to the relocation of FM translator W232CL from Roxana, Del., near vacation spot Bethany Beach, to downtown Baltimore, where it will be rechristened W276DE.
Peter and John Ministries is acquiring the facility for a yet-to-be-disclosed price. Once the move is made and the sign-on is made, it will be used to rebroadcast WRBS-AM – a move made through the FCC’s AM revitalization effort.
W276DE will use 103.1 MHz.
That’s why WRNR owner Steve Kingston is steamed.
RBR + TVBR OBSERVATION (full text, for subscribers below): Editor Adam loves WRNR! He’s been fond of the station since the early 1990s, when he wished its signal extended to American University and downtown Washington, DC. But … it doesn’t, because it’s not a DC station. It’s also not a Baltimore station. But, Kingston’s claims just might save it from severe signal incursion.