WOHO wrote: ↑
Tue May 26, 2020 12:54 am
So you're saying 1520, WPAY could have kept Toledo as their COL instead of stinkin Rossford when they upgraded their facilities from the Jackman Rd Michigan Daytime tower and the half dozen in Perrysburg Township at night before the Turnpike bulldozed them?
At the time WPAY was moved, a major facility change required that the station would be obligated to "serve" a community that had no radio station.
Toledo already had WSPD (and a few others), so the owners chose Rossford, since they had 5mV/m daytime and 20:1 NIF over all of Rossford.
All in all, the restrictions on having more than one station in a given COL, an FCC mandate to support more service in rural areas, and to further the introduction of FM service in cities, seems silly today.
The comparison to TV service is quite different. In that case, the all-channel rule was put into effect, providing all television sets made after 30 June 1964 for sale in the USA will be equipped with 82-channel tuners*
(* For all receivers sold in interstate commerce. I guess, theoretically, that Magnavox could have made UHF-only sets for their South Bend and Fort Wayne markets, and Packard Bell could have also made UHF-only sets for the Bakersfield and Fresno markets. I have no knowledge of either company using that loophole.)