AM-on-FM Translator Issue on FCC July Docket

Commission may soon approve a practice it already allows case-by-case
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The issue of whether to allow AM stations to operate on FM translators as fill-in service in certain cases reached the tentative agenda for the Federal Communication Commission’s open meeting, July 2. RW’s Leslie Stimson reported earlier that issue appears close to a vote.

The commission has been permitting AMs to do so on a waiver basis since 2007.

Also on tap for the next public meeting is an update on the June 12 DTV transition and ongoing DTV efforts and a status report on the commission’s efforts to develop a national broadband plan.


NAB Weighs in on AM Translators

The 1,125 AM stations that operate at secondary, very low power levels at night would be among the beneficiaries if the FCC allows AMs to use FM translators as proposed. That’s according to NAB.