NAB Comments Support FM Translators For AMs
January 8, 2008 at 11:38 AM (PT)
The NAB filed its comments MONDAY with the FCC in support of allowing AM stations to use FM translators, asserting that such a move "would provide listeners improved AM programming (and) fill-in coverage holes, so they can better serve their local communities, and in turn help ensure the continued viability of the AM radio service."
"(P)ermitting AM stations to operate FM translators would further the Commission’s policy goals of promoting competition, diversity and localism," wrote the NAB, adding, "Allowing AM radio stations to use translators will help AM stations deliver free, clear and consistent service within their coverage areas throughout the day and during the very important early morning and late-evening drive-time hours, which will foster competition by helping to ensure the continued viability of AM radio service."
The NAB also cited the ethnic and gender diversity of AM station ownership and the benefit to those owners of allowing improved coverage, but also said that it supports allowing any AM station, regardless of ownership, to get FM translators where feasible, with the only restriction supported by the NAB being WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO's suggestion that translators in the noncommercial FM band be limited to noncommercial AM licensees.
Read the filing by clicking here.