106.7 has an IF conflict with 96.1 which will limit where it can move.
WYAY, WKLS and WSBB are all pre-1964 spaced FMs which means they were shortspaced prior to the FM allotment system being enacted by the FCC and can therefore ignore each other from a technical standpoint. The 96.7 owned by Clear Channel, originally in Newnan, is also grandfathered as is the 106.1 at Arcade (formerly Toccoa). It can ignore 106.7 but not 95.5. So 95.5 is grandfathered to 96.1 and 94.9. 106.1 is grandfathered to 106.7. 96.7 is grandfathered to 96.1. If this had not been the case, Cox could not have filed to move 95.5 to the WSB-FM site.
The reason 95.5 is not able to complete its move to the central Atlanta location is not because Cox is over their ownership limits, it is due to the FCC cross ownership rule that prevents a company which owns TV-radio-daily newspaper in the same market from adding more stations that provide increased city grade contour service to the county in which the daily newspaper is located..in this case, Fulton. However, the FCC is moving forward a proposal that would exempt the top 20 markets. A previous effort by the FCC was struck down by the federal court system. Most in the broadcast industry expect this will be approved.
A change in facilities absolutely does take into account the affected stations. When a station is "grandfathered" it means their current facility would not be permitted under current rules. I don't think the FCC would approve a new facility request if it creates an IF short spacing between stations.
But then again.....you can put up a translator at 250 watts/1000 feet on a second adjacent. They would have laughed you out of the bureau office 20 years ago if you put that in front of them.....
The 95.5 facility is technically feasible. Art is right regarding the holdup on that one.
As stated above....I would dump the fishwrapper while they (Cox) can still get a few nickles for it. It has historically been a terrible newpaper and has gotten terminally pathetic as of late.
I have not bought a newspaper in over 8 years. The WSJ is the only paper I have even looked at in over 5 years.
After reading part 73.213 which addresses short spacing of grandfathered stations, it shows that there is no second or third adjacent protection for pre 1964 stations. This is the rule used to allow 95.5 to locate so close to 94.9 and 96.1.
IF spacing is not addressed in this. So now I'm not so sure what the rules are for grandfathered facilities regarding IF spacing.
With 73.213, co channel and first adjacent channel spacing may be decreased but it can't create any new interference. But the next clause says it can if it can be shown to be in the public's interest. Geesh......
So Art may be correct here.....as usual! Seems the FCC is willing to ignore the rules and has been doing so for many years....if "it is in the public's interest."