WASHINGTON, DC -- Contrary to a report CNYRadio.com published on January 25, it looks like Cranesville Block Company isn't ready to give up on plans to bring a new AM station to St. Johnsville. Cranesville has filed a "petition for reconsideration" with the FCC, likely blaming the non-launch of WKAJ on factors beyond the company's control.
According to the FCC website, "deleted facilities cannot be reactivated. Interested parties must file an application for construction permit during the approprate AM application filing window." But the FCC website also says a petition for reconsideration was filed on January 27.
While the petition itself isn't viewable on the FCC website as of Tuesday morning (unless your editor missed something), Cranesville ops manager Joe Isabel explained in a comment to our earlier story:
We have experienced severe weather delays in the construction of WKAJ. In addition, Preferred Tank and Tower was paid and left us without the completion of work. We were forced to obtain Northeast Tower to complete the job, which they did a fine job by the way. Construction is 98% complete.
CNYRadio.com did not previously have contact information for anyone at Cranesville; the only email addresses we could find within FCC filings belonged to the lawyer and engineer who assisted in filing FCC application documents. While CNYRadio.com had contacted both parties and asked if they or anyone else involved could answer questions, we never received any responses. Isabel's comment was the first time we heard directly from anyone at Cranesville.
The construction permit shows WKAJ's community of license would be Saint Johnsville -- in the Albany market, beyond our normal coverage area. However, we've been keeping an eye on developments since WKAJ's 10,000-watt daytime signal is expected to reach Utica. The signal is expected to be strong enough that longtime Utica-area personality Hank Brown, sidelined since April 2011, has announced plans to revive his show on the station.