I think some ought to write a book about this bogus series of allottments. The KMCQ series involved 24 different communities in Oregon and Washington, not counting KASB, KMIH and the Fall City LPFM. Besides the Dalles, Or to Covington move, another outrageous move was from KAST, Astoria to deep in the heart of the Portland, Oregon market. Check this antenna pattern out, orginating from Gladstone, Oregon, 11 miles away from downtown Portland and many more miles away from Astoria, Oregon: http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/FMTV-service-area?x=FM1110784.html
The Commission has rules against blatent attempts to move rural stations to urban areas, but the Commission took a blind eye towards these rediculous moves. But if First Broadcasting won the battle, it most certainly is losing in the war. This audacious "daisy-chain" series created such a political firestorm, it ignited both the Low Power movement, educational institutions, and some academics. In point of fact, in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, professor Alan G. Stavisky at the University of Oregon wrote a piece highly critical of these moves herehttp://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/print/162470377.html
Dr. Stavisky's point is that localism is not fostered by these types of moves, and Congress should reject any efforts to continue along this path. And that is exactly what is happening, to the detriment of groups such as the National Associations of Broadcasters (NAB) and stations wishing to modify their facilities by moving to an urban location. Even the FCC has policy, now affirmed, that actually protects against an LPFM (giving them primary rights.....unable to be bumped) that is a co-channel or 1st adjecent channnel to a station wishing to modify that full-power stations facilities. This affirmed policy just came down in June of this year, and the NAB lost big time in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Furthermore, the FCC is now limiting station moves to just under locations that provide 50% or less of additional urban-area populations. In other words, the KMCQ move could not have been possible now.
So I say, they won the battle but are losing the war. And that is just fine with me.