FCC LPTV Analog Shutoff Proposed For 2012, Endangers Channel 6 'Radio' Stations
September 20, 2010 at 4:52 AM (PT)
The FCC has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish an analog shutoff date for low-power television stations sometime in 2012, with stations operating "out of core" in channels 52-69 making the change by DECEMBER 31st, 2011 to clear out the 700 mHz band for wireless use. LPTVs have been allowed to continue broadcasting in analog mode after full-power stations made the final transition to digital last year.
The move would bring to an end the use in some markets of the audio carrier of low power TV stations on VHF channel 6 for virtual FM radio stations on 87.7 FM. Stations in NEW YORK (Variety WNYZ-LP), LOS ANGELES (Spanish Religion KSFV-CA (GUADALUPE RADIO)), CHICAGO (Smooth Jazz WLFM), WASHINGTON (Spanish WDCN-LP), and DENVER (Sports KXDP-LP (FRONT RANGE SPORTS RADIO), among others, have taken advantage of the LPTV stations' adjacency to FM to serve as commercial radio stations, a situation that will end when analog transmission ceases.
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