Second FM Translator Window for AM Stations Remains Open

Posted on August 25th, 2016 by

The second FM translator filing window for AM stations originally opened on July 29th, but applications may continue to be filed in the window until it closes on October 31, 2016. All classes of AM stations are eligible to file applications in the window seeking to relocate non-reserved band translators up to 250 miles for use with an AM station.

The FCC has already begun processing and granting singleton applications (i.e., those that are not mutually exclusive with others filed on the same day). If an application is mutually exclusive with another same-day filed translator application, the FCC looks to the filing parties to both determine and resolve the mutually exclusivity. Agreements to dismiss and modify are permitted, as are payments to incentivize a party to dismiss or modify, provided that appropriate disclosures are made to the FCC.