Patrick Cloonan reported over the weekend that Pentecostal Temple Development Corp. has asked the FCC for a special temporary authority to allow WGBN (1360 McKeesport) to sign off at sundown – effectively making it a daytimer. Renda Broadcasting donated the station to PTDC in 2013 but maintains ownership of the station’s daytime transmitter site near Homestead.
PTDC has had several issues with 1360 including a delay signing on once they took over the station in 2013. Earlier this year, the station was off the air for several months because internet problems could not access either site. (PBRTV suspects that may be due to bad weather and, if the station had such service, Verizon ending its Studio-to-Transmitter Broadcast Circuit Service at about that time which would require the station to use the Internet connection or a standard over-the-air STL to reach the transmitter .)
Now the station will file to temporarily broadcast during the day so that problems connecting to the nighttime transmitter site in Lincoln Boro can be addressed.
PTDC continues to operate WMNY (1150 New Kensington) – their first station. In 2014, the company switched the callsigns of of the two stations.