Perry, Tyler Square Off Over 103.7 Translator

KVSP-1037-translator map
Tyler Media provided this map to the FCC of their new translator’s coverage area compared to KVSP.

Perry Broadcasting, owners of 103.5 KVSP (Power 103.5) are at odds with Tyler Media over Tyler’s move-in translator (Yes, another one!) at 103.7 FM.

The “Kings of OKC Radio’s Great Translation Invasion” plan to move the newly-christened K279CR from being licensed to Coweta (where it was at 107.5) to Oklahoma City.

At 103.7, that puts it right next door to KVSP and they’re not happy about it.

Translators can not interfere with full-power FM stations. However, it appears K279CR doesn’t encroach on KVSP’s 60 dBu contour. That is normally the standard when it comes to a station’s “protected contour.”

Perry halfheartedly admits that Tyler’s translator doesn’t overlap with their protected contour, but takes the argument a step further saying that the new signal should not “overlap a populated area already receiving a regularly used off-the-air signal of any authorized co-channel, first, second or third adjacent channel broadcast station . . .” Perry cites FCC regulations in their filing.

Tyler, on the other hand, says Perry’s technical “is erroneous.” They also question the handful of listeners that complained about the interference, saying the affidavits were turned in late in the game, making it unfair. They also point out how far each KVSP listener lives from the 103.5 transmitter site, implying that the signal would be weak in homes and buildings where they live.

Tyler also requests that the commission “not grant KVSP the unique privilege of a protected contour of 48 dBu while all other similar stations have a 60dBu protected contour.”

It’s not surprising that KVSP doesn’t want a neighbor which could give it interference issues in northeast Oklahoma City. That part of town is important to Perry and KVSP’s urban format. However, whether that’s actually KVSP territory is up for debate. KVSP’s weakness has always been being so far out from Oklahoma City proper and being on the wrong side of town, covering listeners who might not be in tune with their format.

Tyler, in essence, is saying “This isn’t your territory.” They’re probably right.

 

 

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