REC advises Southern CA 105.5 LPFM applicants and licensed station KWBB-LP of a major encroachment

Minor change by KXRS Hemet puts 105.5 out of business.

On February 11, 2004, the FCC has accepted for filing an application by KXRS in Hemet that is making a minor change that will move the transmitter location significantly closer to San Bernardino as well as change the channel from Ch 289A (105.7) to 288A (105.5).

This minor change will have a significant impact on FCC MX Group #8. The new city grade contour of KXRS will create significant overlap to the service contours of all 7 proposed LPFM stations in San Bernardino. By law, these stations will cause and receive harmful interference to and from KXRS. Pending the grant of this Construction Permit, REC advises these applicants to not consider building on this channel.

The following applicants are impacted:

Statement of REC Networks regarding FCC Report to Congress on LPFM Interference

Statement in support of the FCC report to Congress.

REC supports the FCC's report to Congress today stating that LPFM stations can safely operate on third adjacent channels utilizing the interference resolution procedures established in the original LPFM rules.

REC agrees with the FCC that the second study on the economic impact on incumbent broadcasters due to LPFM stations is completely unecessary based on the extremely unlikely expected cases of LPFM interference.

REC applauds our own John McCain for embracing the FCC's statement and we hope he will help expedite legislative relief of the third adjacent channel restriction.

300th LPFM Station On The Air

The number of stations is growing slowly.

REC congratulates Transformation International, permitee of KRAD-LP, Lebanon OR for being the 300th on-air LPFM.

An on-air LPFM is considered as a station who's license to cover has been accepted for filing with the FCC.

Hardcore J announces air times for year end countdown shows.

The Hardcore J Top 100 of 2003 and the Hardcore J "It's So Cute!" Countdown.

REC Networks has announced the times that Hardcore J's year-end programs will be aired.

THE HARDCORE J TOP 100 OF 2003
The year-end countdown of the Top 100 J-pop singles based on overall chart statisitcs throughout the year.
First airing:
Wednesday 12/31 - 2PM PST
Wednesday 12/31 - 5PM EST
Wednesday 12/31 - 2200 UTC
Thursday 1/1 - 07.00 JST (Japan)

Second airing:
Thursday 1/1 - 1AM PST
Thursday 1/1 - 4AM EST
Thursday 1/1 - 1200 UTC
Thursday 1/1 - 21.00 JST

Third Airing:
Thursday 1/1 - 12 Noon PST
Thursday 1/1 - 3PM EST
Thursday 1/1 - 2300 UTC
Friday 1/2 - 08.00 JST

THE HARDCORE J "IT'S SO CUTE" COUNTDOWN.
A fun countdown featuring the novelty and "cute" J-pop songs.

Pascua Yaqui finally gets CP two years too late - Commentary on the slow handling of LPFM applications and NCE ownership issues.

After several years of waiting, Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson finally gets their CP.

The FCC today has issued a Construction Permit to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. A federally recognized Native American community located south of Tucson.

The application was "held back" by two LPFM applications filed by an individual, Michael Krueger. Krueger actually filed 7 LPFM applications in the Tucson area.

FCC rules prohibit LPFM applicants from filing more than one application in the same area. They also prohibit applications from individuals.

Both REC and the Pasqua Yaqui filed informal objections with the FCC regarding the Krueger applications and how they were impacting the Pascua Yaqui from being able to construct their station.

WXGR-LP Destroyed by Fire

Fire in wood stove takes NH microcaster off the air

The studio and transmitter of community broadcaster WXGR-LP Dover NH (http://www.recnet.com/cgi-bin/lpfm/fmq.cgi?input_type=facid&facid=126947) was destroyed by a fire.

WXGR-LP, operated by an organization called "Gritty" (as in "nitty-gritty") was only on the air for about a month playing music as well as international programming from World Radio Network.

The fire was caused by a wood stove in the building that was provided at no charge to Gritty. The loss was uninsured. Gritty is funded to recover the costs of the equipment lost but the loss of the donated building is estimated at $80,000. The organization is trying to raise funds to recoup the loss.

Photos of the fire can be found at http://www.wxgr.org

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