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FCC Clears Way for a New FM Station in Wyoming

Skye Media prompted the change and plans to apply for a Class C broadcasting from Cedar Mountain

Coverage contour map from application for new FM station in Ralston, Wyoming, from Skye Media
A coverage contour map from the technical exhibit submitted by Skye Media. Cody is at the center, Yellowstone National Park is to the west and Ralston is to the northeast.

The FCC has opened an allocation for a possible new 100 kW FM station to serve the area around Ralston, Wyo.

Skye Media wants to build a Class C FM facility on 94.5 MHz, broadcasting from the tower farm on Cedar Mountain near Cody. Its transmitter output would combine into an existing eight-bay ERI antenna that serves KTAG.

The company had petitioned the commission’s Audio Division to amend the table of allotments, which it has now done, with no public opposition being filed.

Skye has said it intends to apply for the channel and build a station if granted a construction permit. A window for filing applications for hasn’t opened yet.

This would be a first local service for Ralston, which has a population of only 240 people, according to the FCC summary, though there are a number of local businesses in the area. “Ralston hosts yearly in July the weeklong Jake Clark’s Mule Days that includes rodeo, barrel racing, shooting competitions, a parade and mule sale at Wyoming Heritage Grains, a local family farm established in 1946 that sells retail grains and flours,” the commission summarized in its order.

Perhaps more to the point, the proposed RF site in Cody is at the heart of Park County, an area popular with tourists that includes much of Yellowstone National Park.