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Released: June 13, 2014


Media Bureau, Audio Division, June 13, 2014


LPFM Order

LPFM Fifth Order on Reconsideration and Sixth Report and


Set LPFM window target date of October 15, 2013

6350 pending translator tech box applications

“…to maximize LPFM filing opportunities, it is critical for the

Media Bureau to complete substantially all of its processing of

the pending FM translator applications prior to the opening of

the LPFM window.”

Translator processing

1725 FM Translator grants

About 250 remaining tech boxes


Low Power FM Window

After delay, window Opened October 17th – November 15th

2826 applications filed

2805 New station applications

21 Major modification applications

Most applications filed in:

Texas (303), California (285), Florida (276), Oregon (91)


Low Power FM Team


Gary Loehrs

Khoa Tran

Frank Takacs


Parul P. Desai

Amy Van de Kerchove


Processing Milestones

November 15, 2013 – window closed

November 22 – first singleton applications accepted

December 16 – Bureau released MX PN – DA 13-2397

1267 applications in 406 groups

60 day settlement/amendment opportunity

January 16 first grants

February 21 – over 1000 grants

Today – over 1220 grants


LPFM Window Comparison

2000/2001 LPFM windows (4 separate filing windows)

3250 applications filed nationwide

First Grant – 10 months after first window

First Tentative Selectee PN – 2.5 years after first window

1200 Grants issued – 4 years after last window

Total Grants – 1325

2013 LPFM window

2826 applications filed nationwide

First Grant – 2 months after window

First Tentative Selectee PN – 7 months after window

1200 Grants issued – 6 months after window

Total Grants – 1500-1800?


LPFM Licensing in

Major Markets

Market Prior Licenses Recent Grants Pending

1-10 17 8 164

11-20 12 15 120

21-30 24 21 67

31-40 13 14 76

41-50 15 18 56


Friends of the Colonial Theater

WZNC-LP, Bethlehem, New Hampshire

Big Bear Broadcasting

KVBB-LP, Big Bear Lake, California


Passionist Nuns of Whitesville

WJOR-LP, Whitesville, Kentucky

Harvey-Brewers Protection Association

WXFR-LP, Benton, Kentucky


LPFM Granted Permits

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