KCMI loses frequency fight
The FCC has rejected local Christian Radio Station KCMI's arguments to keep its 96 point-nine frequency. Christian Media Incorporated General Director Gary Almquist says even though KCMI has used the frequency for many years and fought the change for five years, the FCC still decided that KCMI must move.
The matter came before the FCC because Appaloosa Broadcasting Company, a large media owner, applied for a frequency in Colorado 's Front Range that would conflict with KCMI's current frequency of 96 point nine.
Almquist says KCMI fought the change because technical studies show that if KCMI does change frequencies, interference from other stations would cause KCMI to lose many thousands of potential listeners in outlying areas. Almquist says no further appeals are likely and it's not known what KCMI's new frequency will be.
Even though this FCC decision could mean that some current listeners will not be able to receive KCMI because of conflicting signals between two stations, Almquist says there are others who could receive KCMI for the first time. The change could be weeks or months away, as there are many technical changes needed for such a move.
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