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Places like Hazard,Ky which is the main hub or city of Perry County (6 miles from my location)
has very few stations and for good reason too.
A lot of business has moved to greener pastures, the county is struggling to bring the economy out of a slump that has been a problem for years.
One side of town closest to me is dying faster than the rest. So many business’s have either left, moved to the other side of town or just went belly up.
Coal mining is dying out as well, thanks to the current administration which is ashame since it was a major boon for this counties economy. Some of the bigger coal mines have been sold off to companies over seas while the miners look for work elsewhere.
Some folks have even moved across the state or even out of state just to find jobs.
So is there room for another radio station? Maybe.. but with very little interest in buying air time on a 100,000 watt FM with a hellava reach into three states whats the point of building another commercial station when no one can afford to advertise?
I agree, expanding the band to alleviate the woes of overcoming the increasing noise floor on the AM Band is a good move. But only for larger cities. For area’s like mine and there are more across Kentucky, it will be a waste of spectrum. No one is building new stations here except for a few poorly maintained LPFM’s.
I took screenshots from Radio-Locator, the list of vacant fm channels is for my area 41723.
I actually live in Willard ,Ky. (locals call it Big Willard) Busy,Ky is several miles from here and just happens to be our mailing address. I don’t know why either.
The second picture is a list of currently licensed stations using the Hazard,Ky zip code of 41701. Downtown Hazard is 8 miles from my location.
To view a larger image, right click and select “view image” or the photobucket interface offers a magnifying glass option.