KDCQ

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KDCQ
KDCQ-FM logo.png
City Coos Bay, Oregon
Broadcast area Coos Bay-North Bend, Oregon
Branding K-Dock 92.9
Slogan Good Time Rock and Roll
Frequency 92.9 MHz
First air date 1995 (at 93.5)
Format Classic hits
ERP 4,500 watts
Temporarily at 500 watts
HAAT 159.6 meters (524 ft)
Class C3
Facility ID 4086
Transmitter coordinates 43°21′15″N 124°14′34″W / 43.35417°N 124.24278°W / 43.35417; -124.24278
Callsign meaning K DoCQ (Dock)
Former frequencies 93.5 MHz (1994-2006)
Affiliations Citadel Media
Owner Bay Cities Building Company, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website kdcq.com

KDCQ (92.9 FM, "K-Dock 92.9") is a radio station licensed to serve Coos Bay, Oregon, United States. The station, established in 1995, is owned by Bay Cities Building Company, Inc. The station's transmitting facilities were damaged in a March 2008 fire and the station is operating at a reduced effective radiated power of just 500 watts on a temporary basis.

Programming[edit]

KDCQ broadcasts a classic hits music format to the greater Coos Bay and North Bend, Oregon, area.[1][2] Local programming includes the Rock & Rise Show on weekday mornings and "Mike the Bear" on weekday afternoons.[3] The remaining dayparts are covered by the "Classic Hits"-branded satellite-delivered oldies radio network from Citadel Media.[3]

History[edit]

The beginning[edit]

Bay Cities Building Company, Inc., received the original construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission for a new FM station broadcasting with 2,500 watts of effective radiated power on a frequency of 93.5 MHz on September 1, 1994.[4] The new station was assigned the KDCQ call sign by the FCC on December 1, 1994.[5] KDCQ received its license to cover from the FCC on July 31, 1995.[6]

Move to 92.9[edit]

In 2005 and 2006, KDCQ was part of a five-station frequency swap arranged by Salem Communications to allow it move KAST-FM at 92.9 MHz in Astoria, Oregon to sign-on new station KTRO-FM at 93.1 MHz in Portland, Oregon.[7][8][9][10] KDCQ moved down the dial from 93.5 to 92.9 MHz, KKNU moved up from 93.1 to 93.3 MHz, KPDQ-FM moved from 93.7 to 93.9 MHz and reduced its effective radiated power from 100,000 to 50,000 watts, KTIL-FM moved from 94.1 to 94.3 MHz, and KAXQ moved way up from 94.3 to 99.7 MHz.[7][8]

To accomplish its part of the move, KDCQ applied to the FCC in March 2005 for authorization to change broadcast frequencies from 93.5 to 92.9 MHz, relocate its transmitter site, change the antenna's height above average terrain to 160 meters (520 ft), and increase its effective radiated power to 4,500 watts.[11] The FCC granted the station a new construction permit to authorize these changes on July 14, 2005.[11] KDCQ made the switch to 92.9 MHz on January 28, 2006, operating under the program test authority granted by the construction permit.[7] KDCQ received a license to cover these changes on May 2, 2006.[12]

Fire[edit]

A fire broke out in the KDCQ transmitter building at 4:00pm on March 2, 2008.[13] The blaze, which also affected five other local radio stations and a taxicab company, damaged the shared transmitter building, destroyed the phone lines and miscellaneous equipment, and ruined KDCQ's transmitting equipment.[14][13] Engineers restored the station to operation on March 5, 2008, using leased equipment in a temporary building but at a reduced effective radiated power of just 500 watts.[14] Bay Cities Building Company filed a notification of this change with the FCC on March 12, 2008.

On March 26, 2008, the station applied to the FCC for special temporary authority to remain at 500 watts for up to 60 days while issues with their insurance company were resolved and the main transmitter building and its equipment could be replaced.[15] The FCC granted this authority on March 27, 2008, with a scheduled expiration date of June 27, 2008.[15]

Just two days before the original special temporary authority was set to expire, KDCQ applied for an extension.[16] The station told the FCC that little progress was being made with the insurance company and that they were in "a Catch-22 situation".[17] Their engineering consultants advise against repairing the old equipment because of all the smoke and water damage but the station is unable to purchase new equipment without a "coverage reimbursement payment" from the insurance company.[17]

The FCC did not act on this application, allowing the station to continue operating at reduced power under the previous authorization, until May 22, 2009, when they granted the requested extension with a new scheduled expiration date of November 22, 2009.[16]

Facilities[edit]

The original KDCQ radio studios were located on the second floor of the Bay Cities Ambulance building on Ocean Boulevard until January 2008.[18] From there, the station moved into a temporary facility while its new building was renovated for a scheduled January 2009 move-in date.[19] This new permanent studio location on Broadway Avenue had previously been a buffet restaurant called "The King's Table".[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  2. ^ Oregon Radio Stations. Oregon Blue Book. The Oregon State Archives. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Air Staff". K-DOCK 92.9 FM. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BPH-19940107MB)". FCC Media Bureau. September 1, 1994. 
  5. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-19950503KB)". FCC Media Bureau. July 31, 1995. 
  7. ^ a b c Baker, Mark (February 1, 2006). "Oregon radio stations play musical chairs on the dial". Eugene Register-Guard. Changing your frequency is costly, said Stephanie Kilmer, the general manager at K-Dock, Coos Bay's "oldies" station, which went from 93.5 FM to 92.9 FM on Saturday. 
  8. ^ a b Brown, Michael D. (February 2006). "PDX Radio Waves". Water Cooled. Society of Broadcast Engineers - Chapter 124. 
  9. ^ "Five Portland Owners Shuffle Signals to Add KTRO". Radio Monitor. February 2, 2006. 
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (March 2, 2007). "The Big Trip 2006, Part IV: The Northern Oregon Coast". Tower Site of the Week. 
  11. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BPH-20050307ABV)". FCC Media Bureau. July 14, 2005. 
  12. ^ "Application Search Details (BLH-20060208AAA)". FCC Media Bureau. May 2, 2006. 
  13. ^ a b Musicar, Jessica (March 3, 2008). "Fire silences radio transmitter". The World. Southwestern Oregon Publishing Company. 
  14. ^ a b "Engineering STA (BSTA - 20080326AEX)". Federal Communications Commission. March 25, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BSTA-20080326AEX)". FCC Media Bureau. March 27, 2008. 
  16. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BESTA-20080623ABN)". FCC Media Bureau. May 22, 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "Extension of Existing Engineering STA (BESTA - 20080623ABN)". Federal Communications Commission. June 20, 2008. 
  18. ^ Rich, Alexander. "College partners with Bay Cities Ambulance on program". The World. Southwestern Oregon Publishing Company. Excess space was a premium there, as well, until January, when KDCQ radio moved out from its second-floor offices. 
  19. ^ a b "I want to know: What is the King's Table building going to be?". The World. Southwestern Oregon Publishing Company. July 17, 2008. 

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