NEWS


Sioux City:
The broadcaster who's been operating "La Fiesta 97.1" in Sioux City since late 2017 is seeking FCC approval to buy the station outright. The application to transfer K246CJ/97.1 (Sioux City) and its AM originating station, KZOI/1250 (Dakota City, NE), from John Small's Cup O' Dirt, LLC to Joaquin Garza's La Fiesta 971, LLC was filed during the federal government shutdown and accepted for filing this week. The purchase price is $200,000, according to a document filed with the FCC. Garza's Fiesta Radio, LLC has been operating the stations under a time brokerage agreement since November 2017. (2/7/2019)

Omaha/Council Bluffs/Davenport(Quad Cities):
Two more Gray TV stations have added Start TV subchannel network: WOWT (Omaha) and KWQC (Davenport) are both now carrying the network on channels 6.5. As already reported here, WOWT-DT3 switched to H&I last month and Gray's WBAY (Green Bay) added H&I and Start on its DT4 and DT5 channels last week. (2/5/2019)
Omaha/Council Bluffs/Lincoln:
Walnut Radio has received FCC permission to move two Omaha FM translators obtained during the AM revitalization filing windows. K293CJ/106.5, which relays the Christian Talk format of KCRO/660, has received a construction permit to move to Lincoln on 106.7 as K294DJ; 106.5 has already gone silent pending the move. Meanwhile, K281CJ/104.1, which relays the "Boomer" Oldies format from KOBM/1490, has received a construction permit to move to 106.5 and relocate to Council Bluffs. Moving east will reduce overlap with K233CO/94.5, which also relays KOBM in the western part of Omaha. The move will leave KCRO without an FM translator in Omaha unless another one is obtained. (2/1/2019)
RF CHANNEL CHANGES:
The following stations have recently changed RF broadcast channels due to the national spectrum auction repack, but likely remain on their former virtual channel numbers:
Dubuque, IA: KFXB/40.1 moved from RF 43 to RF 14. The Christian Television Network station serves remote parts of the Cedar Rapids and Madison markets. ,
Marshalltown, IA: KDAO-CD moved from RF 44 to RF 17.
Roseau, MN: Five translators owned by Roseau County recently moved to new channels, but programming information is not yet known.
Worthington, MN: KTTW-FOX translator K22HJ moved to channel 18 as K18MO. (1/17/2019)

Rochester/Austin/Mason City:
A southern Minnesota TV general manager is moving to a station in another market. Quincy Media NBC affiliate KTTC/10 (Rochester) announced Friday that Marvin Rhodes has been hired as the station's GM; he will also oversee FOX 47 (KXLT), a SagamoreHill Broadcasting station which Quincy operates through a shared services agreement. Rhodes has worked at United Communications CBS/FOX affiliate KEYC/12 (Mankato) since 2013. (1/12/2019)
Omaha/Council Bluffs:
Antenna TV is off the air in Omaha after an affiliation change. At the start of the year, Gray TV's WOWT replaced Antenna with H&I on channel 6.3. The classic TV network had been seen on KMTV in 2015 before moving to WOWT in 2016. The network responded to a viewer comment on its Facebook page by saying that it's looking for a new Omaha affiliate. (1/7/2019)
NATIONAL:
The non-commercial Air1 network has kicked off the new year with a new format, switching from Christian Hits to Worship music. The new playlist is kicking off with 10,000 songs in a row. Air1 is operated by the Educational Media Foundation, which also runs the larger K-Love Adult Contemporary Christian network. Air1's outlets include KXGM-FM/89.1 (Hiawatha-Cedar Rapids), & KAIP/88.9 (Wapello, IA). (1/1/2019)

Carroll/Iowa City/Waterloo/Cedar Falls:
The following new FM translators have recently signed on:
Carroll, IA: K236CV/95.1, relaying the News/Classic Hits format of KCIM/1380 Iowa City, IA
 K237GD/95.3, carrying Iowa Public Radio's News & Studio One network from KUNI/90.9 (Cedar Falls). (12/28/2018)

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