State broadcasters are keeping a watchful eye as the FCC approves new low-power FMs.
The New Jersey Broadcasters Association tells its members that the group is working with Congress and the FCC to make sure any new applications take into consideration any interference issues that “often” accompany the new service when a new LPFM appears within the contour of a full service FM, according to its newsletter.
“Such interference with full service stations could be harmful to the listening audiences served by our full power stations especially during times of severe weather emergency or by interfering with critical news and local information not reaching areas that are very effectively served by our members,” according to the NJBA.
Such interference has long been a concern of existing broadcasters, many of whom resisted the LPFM service and its subsequent expansion.
We reported yesterday more LPFM applications have been dismissed, out of the recent filing window netting approximately 2,800 applications.