KFAN fiddles with FM signal; The Current powers up in Rochester

A few weeks back, I noted KFAN (AM1130) had added 103.7 FM for office-dwellers who just didn’t want to listen to the station on their computers. As it turns out, the signal didn’t stay up long; it interfered with St. Cloud’s own 103.7, “The Loon.”

Now, according to NorthPine.com, KFAN is seeking the Federal Communications Commission’s temporary blessing to test the signal to 103.5 FM. The application shows the signal butting up against Mankato’s 103.5, country station KYSM, but KFAN says a 50-watt non-directional signal will avoid overlap.

If all goes well, the Fan’s alterna-signal will be best heard in downtown Minneapolis, though some lucky suburbanites might also benefit.

Meanwhile, NorthPine reports that Rochester fans of The Current will be denied the dulcet tones on Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The sacrifice will be worth it: The MPR music service will be boosting its local signal from 250 watts to 850.

[Hat tip: Steven Moravec.]

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