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FM Translator Window Ends With 1,000 Stations in the Game

Chairman Pai called it a success

More than 1,000 AM radio stations participated in the FM translator filing window that concluded before 6 p.m. yesterday.

Beginning July 26, this short period gave some Class C and D AM stations the opportunity to apply for new FM translators.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai declared it a success in statement released today and said this window, in conjunction with the two in 2016, “will help AM broadcasters continue to play a part in our competitive media landscape as the FCC continues to address the unique technical challenges involving AM radio.”

Pai also noted that “These translators will enable many of these AM stations to broadcast local programming to their communities at night for the first time.”

The dates for the next auction have not yet been announced.