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Letter: What’s the Real Motive Behind These FCC Complaints?

"Who cared enough — and knew enough — about licensed power FCC regulations to actually formally complain?"

In this letter to the editor, the author comments on the Radio World article “Iowa AM Station Faces FCC Fine.” Comment on this or any article. Email radioworld@futurenet.com.


It would be interesting to know just who cared enough — and knew enough — about licensed power FCC regulations to actually formally complain to the FCC about KCLN [in] Clinton, Iowa, on 1390 kHz not powering down at night from 1000 watts to 100 watts.

Could the motive really have been interference objections from co-channel or adjacent stations, or a complaint from a listener somewhere who indeed thought their reception of another station was being compromised because of 1390 kHz in Clinton running daytime power at night?

Or could the complaint to the FCC have come from some competing station that was also trying to sell and produce nighttime programming in the same market and had nothing to do with interference concerns?

It would seem to me to be useful information for AM broadcasters everywhere to be aware of the origination of this and similar complaints to the FCC, and the motives that prompt such complaints.

— Charles Frodsham, Beloit, Kans. (retired AM/FM station owner)

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