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Pennsylvania College Surrenders Its FM

Class D WKVR(FM) had been licensed to Juniata College

Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., has allowed the license of its FM radio station expire.

WKVR(FM) “Power 92.3” is one of four stations in Pennsylvania that have had their licenses cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission after failing to file renewal applications.

Juniata’s FM was a tiny Class D station with 13 watts of power heard at 92.3 MHz. Noncommercial Class D was created to serve limited areas such as college campuses but the commission stopped issuing those licenses in 1978, the year WKVR went on the air. There are 137 Class D FMs left in the country.

Radio World reached out to the college president to ask for details on its decision and will report what we hear back.

Also cancelled are the licenses of WWSM(AM) in Annville-Cleona, Pa., owned by Patrick Sickafus; WLIH(AM) in Whitneyville, Pa., licensed to Good Christian Radio Broadcasting; and WXSQ(LP) in Pittsburgh, licensed to Pittsburgh Community Radio.

On April 1, radio stations in Delaware and Pennsylvania were required to file applications for license renewal for terms expiring on Aug. 1. The four above failed to file license renewal applications.

[Related: “Why Colleges Should Not Sell Their Radio Stations”]

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