CEOs Of Minority-Owned Stations Ask FCC For AM-Only Filing Window For FM Translators
September 1, 2015 at 1:04 PM (PT)
The CEOs of 50 minority-owned radio stations have sent a joint letter to FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER calling for him to reverse course and restore the provision establishing a filing window for AM operators to apply for FM translators in the AM Revitalization proposal being circulated to the Commissioners.
"As the Commission recognized in the Notice, the best way to help the largest number of AM stations to quickly and efficiently improve their service is to open such an AM- only window," the letter states. "Any other approach will make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for AM stations, including many of our own, to obtain the translators they urgently need to remain competitive and provide our communities with the service they deserve.
"If the Commission truly aims to advance minority broadcast ownership, and to fulfill its goal of revitalizing AM radio, it should promptly open an FM translator filing window that is limited to AM licensees."