FCC Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake Declares AM Revitalization FM Translator Filing Windows 'Resounding Success'
November 3, 2016 at 6:08 AM (PT)
FCC Media Bureau Chief BILL LAKE has termed the AM Revitalization filing windows for FM translators a "resounding success" in a blog post following the closing of the second filing window on MONDAY (10/31).
LAKE noted that 671 relocation applications were filed in the first window for Class C and D AMs and 90% have already been granted, whole an additional 420 were filed in the second window open to all AM stations, with 265 granted thus far. And 776 translators were sold or transferred in the two windows, with 631 already granted.
"Allowing FM translators to be moved to where they can be most useful to an AM station was a good idea. But a good idea needs good implementation," LAKE wrote, praising the Audio Division’s engineering and legal staffs and managers. "Their exemplary work provides relief to AM broadcasters as the Commission continues to revitalize the AM broadcast band."