WWKT has spacing issues with WKXC, WBT-FM Chester and 99.1 Barnwell. It cannot get close enough to throw a City Grade over Columbia.
With the promulgation of the new LPFM regulations implementing the removal of the 3rd Adjacency protection requirements, WXRY applied to change to 99.5 in order to improve our coverage.
WXRY is not afforded protection against a move-in other than Commission Policy that would deny a move-in if it would put an LPFM off the air.
I don't see how moving to 99.5 will improve coverage at all.
At 99.3 they are at only 17 watts, and moving to 99.5 will drop them to 16 watts.
The coverage maps (CP & Current) look the about same, however to try to improve coverage they'll need more power...
LPFMs can go up to 100 watts, I think XRY should apply for more watts so they can be better heard near Irmo, Lexington, Blythewood
and even the main stretch of I-20 where it fades out almost completely at times between exits 68 & 71.
BTW 99.5 is likely a worse choice than 99.3 in Columbia due to the Very close proximity to WKXC right in Aiken.
Without XRY on the air, WKXC would likely be stronger in Columbia than WBT.
I say apply to keep it at 99.3 with a null to the north and east (protect WBT & WWKT) from a power of at least 50 watts.