Recent Releases

March 30, 2016
   AM Revitalization Spring Forward, Blog by William T. Lake, Chief, Media Bureau

December 23, 2015
   Media Bureau Announces Filing Dates And Procedures For AM Station Filing Window For FM Translator Modifications And Availability of FM Translator Technical Tools, Public Notice, DA 15-1491, released December 23, 2015.   [ PDF | Word ].  Announces filing dates for FM Translator modifications; provides information on filing procedures, translator technical tools, and FAQs.

October 26, 2015
   Media Bureau Initiates AM Revitalization Outreach Efforts; Modification Window Procedures and Requirements Announced, Public Notice, released October 26, 2015: [ PDF | Word ].

October 23, 2015
   Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice of Inquiry, MB Docket 13-249, FCC 15-142, released October 23, 2015.  [ PDF | Word ]. Wheeler: [ PDF | Word ].  Clyburn: [ PDF |  Word ].  Ajit Pai: [ PDF |  Word ].  O'Rielly: [ PDF |  Word ].

 

In Docket 13-249, the FCC is making an effort to revitalize the AM broadcasting service through rule changes and the use of FM translator (repeater) stations by AM broadcasters.  Changes already adopted include changes to AM daytime and nighttime community coverage standards, elimination of the AM "ratchet" rule, easier filing requirements for stations using Modulation Dependent Carrier Level (MDCL) technology, and a relaxation of the minimum antenna efficiency standards (see the October 23, 2015 First Report and Order).  Comments and supporting data are sought on additional proposals intended to benefit AM licensees, and we encourage participation in the discussion.

FM Translator Modification Windows for AM Licensees.  The Commission will open two application filing windows for AM broadcasters seeking to relocate or modify an FM translator station, starting < a href='https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-1491A1.pdf'>January 29, 2016.  The first window period will open January 29, 2016 and run through July 28, 2016, while the second filing window will open July 29, 2016 and run through October 31, 2016.  Eligibility may be limited for participation in each of these filing window periods.  Please see the October 26, 2015 and the December 23, 2015 Public Notices for important details for filing and processing of FCC Form 349 construction permit applications.

AM licensees will be allowed to apply to move a commercial band FM translator station up to 250 miles.  To aid in identifying potential FM commercial translators, the Audio Division has prepared the following search to generate a list.  Search either by the AM call sign, or a latitude and longitude.  In the results, click on the translator call sign on the left to reach more detailed information about that translator.
 
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FM Translator Channel Finder

 

FM Translator Auction Windows for AM Licensees.  The Commission has also directed the Media Bureau, in conjunction with the Wireless Bureau, to open two new FM translator application auction windows, beginning in 2017.  These windows will only be open to AM stations that did not file applications in one of the two modification windows identified above.

Check this page every so often for new developments in the AM revitalization effort.

 

Documents relating to the AM Revitalization effort:

March 30, 2016
   AM Revitalization Spring Forward, Blog by William T. Lake, Chief, Media Bureau

December 23, 2015
   Media Bureau Announces Filing Dates And Procedures For AM Station Filing Window For FM Translator Modifications And Availability of FM Translator Technical Tools, Public Notice, DA 15-1491, released December 23, 2015.   [ PDF | Word ].  Announces filing dates for FM Translator modifications; provides information on filing procedures, translator technical tools, and FAQs.

October 26, 2015
   Media Bureau Initiates AM Revitalization Outreach Efforts; Modification Window Procedures and Requirements Announced, Public Notice, released October 26, 2015: [ 
PDF | Word ].

October 23, 2015
   Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice of Inquiry, MB Docket 13-249, FCC 15-142, released October 23, 2015.  [ PDF | Word ]. Wheeler: [ PDF | Word ].  Clyburn: [ PDF |  Word ].  Ajit Pai: [ PDF |  Word ].  O'Rielly: [ PDF |  Word ]. 

February 7, 2014
   Deadline Extended for Reply Comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, Public Notice: [ PDF | Word ].

October 31, 2013
   Revitalization of the AM Radio Service, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), MB Docket 13-249 , FCC 13-139, released October 31, 2013.  [ PDF | Word ].  Clyburn: [ PDF | Word ]. Pai: [ PDF |  Word ].


For more information on AM and FM radio broadcasting, please visit the Audio Division website, and the Broadcast Radio Links page.

FCC > Media Bureau > Audio Division, (202) 418-2700.

 

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