With The FCC’s Blessing, A Noncommercial TV Station Is Born


A noncommercial broadcast television station licensee has been given an affirmative nod from the FCC to have the Table of Allotments amended by adding a digital channel on the VHF band to the city of Alamogordo, N. Mex.

For Vision Broadcasting Network, it’s a victory that allows it the creation of VHF channel 4 as the city’s first local television service — at least its first full-power service.

At present, translator and repeater stations bring channels from Portales, Roswell and distant Albuquerque to Alamogordo, famed for its proximity to the White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base. It is just far enough away from El Paso where over-the-air reception of stations from the Texas market cannot be had.

Then, there is Vision itself, as it is the owner of KVBA-LD, which airs religious programming. Its holdings include K14QG-D in Alamogordo. As such, a new facility on VHF Channel 4 would present an upgrade of facilities.

No comments were received by the FCC aside from those from the petitioner, Vision.