Proposal To FCC Would Start Pre-Sunrise AM Authority At 5a
April 7, 2010 at 5:01 AM (PT)
The FCC has posted for comment NEW JERSEY engineer RICHARD F. ARSENAULT's petition for rulemaking asking for a change in pre-sunrise authority rules for AM stations whoch would allow Class B and D AMs to sign on with up to 500 watts into their daytime antennas at 5a rather than 6a as presently allowed.
"Restricting PSRA commencement until after 6a restricts service from AM broadcast stations, a disproportionate number which serve smaller communities with limited local radio choices," writes ARSENAULT. "For example, an individual waking up to a clock radio at 5:30a would unlikely set the clock radio to a Class D AM station because of the off-air status or substandard power prior to 6a, making reception difficult or non-existent. This problem is magnified with consideration that "morning drive" is the most important time slot for many stations, the time when radio listenership is maximized and of greatest importance and service to the general public."
The comment period for the proposal, RM No. 11599, began on MARCH 26th and runs 30 days from that date.