WEER (FM)

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WEER
Hamptons Radio logo.png
City of license Montauk, New York
Frequency 88.7 MHz
First air date 2006
Format Community
Language(s) English
ERP 1,700 watts (vertical)
5 watts (horizontal)
HAAT 91 meters (299 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 91175
Transmitter coordinates 41°01′55.00″N 71°58′33.00″W / 41.0319444°N 71.9758333°W / 41.0319444; -71.9758333
Callsign meaning W East End Radio[1]
Former callsigns WPKM (2004-2011)[2]
Owner Hamptons Community Radio Corporation
Website www.hamptonscommunityradio.com

WEER (88.7 FM) is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Montauk, New York, since 2006. The station's broadcast license is held by Hamptons Community Radio Corporation.

Currently silent, WEER normally broadcasts a community radio format to Montauk and East Hampton, New York.[3][4]

History[edit]

This station received its original construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission on March 21, 2002.[5] The new station was assigned the WPKM call sign by the FCC on November 26, 2004.[2] WPKM received its license to cover from the FCC on August 30, 2006.[6]

In October 2010, license holder WPKN, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Hamptons Community Radio Corporation for $60,000. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 8, 2010, and the transaction was consummated on June 6, 2011.[7] The station changed its call sign to WEER on June 16, 2011, with a swap with the now-defunct WEEG.[2]

Silence[edit]

On October 1, 2011, WEER went dark for financial reasons and the licensee filed a request with the FCC for special temporary authority to remain silent. The Commission granted this authority on January 2, 2012, with a scheduled expiration of July 2, 2012.[8] Just days before that deadline, a new application was filed and silent authority was extended through October 2, 2012.[9] Under the terms of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as a matter of law a radio station's broadcast license is subject to automatic forfeiture and cancellation if they fail to broadcast for one full year.[10]

The station reported that it returned to normal broadcast operations on September 27, 2012.[11] However, power loss and damage from Hurricane Sandy knocked the station off the air again on October 29, 2012.[12] On January 29, 2013, the station was granted a new authority to remain silent with an expiration date on July 28, 2013.[12]

The Hamptons Community Radio website indicates that the group is seeking a buyer for both WEER and another construction permit it holds. As of March 14, 2013, the station remains off the air.[13]

As of October 2013, WEER seems to be back on the air, broadcasting modern jazz (1980's/1990's).

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Reilly, Brendan (November 5, 2008). "FCC approves new East End radio station". The East Hampton Press (East Hampton, NY). Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. June 16, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Young, Beth (May 25, 2010). "New radio station will focus on East End community". The East Hampton Press (East Hampton, NY). Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details ()". FCC Media Bureau. March 21, 2002. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details ()". FCC Media Bureau. August 30, 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BALED-20101021ACY)". FCC Media Bureau. June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20111004ACD)". FCC Media Bureau. January 3, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (BLESTA-20120629AAE)". FCC Media Bureau. September 6, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Silent AM and FM Broadcast Station Lists". The FCC Encyclopedia. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Resumption of Operations". FCC Media Bureau. September 28, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BLSTA-20121107AEG)". FCC Media Bureau. January 29, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ "FM silent stations, silent over 2 months". Federal Communications Commission. March 14, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 

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