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FM “C4 Class” Petition Gains Steam

SSR says variety of FM owners support concept

SSR Communications CEO Matt Wesolowski has passed the 100 mark on the number of broadcasters who have signed his petition to the FCC to create a “C4” FM Class.

SSR owns WYAB(FM), a 5 kW Class A in Flora, Miss.

In a proposal co-authored by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, SSR Communications had petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to create a new FM class that they say would enable many Class A facilities to upgrade to a maximum effective radiated power of 12 kW from a reference antenna height of 100 meters above average terrain. We recently wrote about his renewed push for the proposal. The FCC had received 15 comments on the petition as of mid-April.

Wesolowski notes there are various station operators who have signed on, including owners of some 400 AM, noncommercial FM and low-power FM facilities. “I would like to think that they are ‘joining the cause’ to show that a grassroots effort, composed mainly of smaller broadcasters, can be a useful tool when trying to effectuate policy change at the FCC,” he tells Radio World.

Wesolowski plans to speak at several upcoming broadcast conventions about his proposal.