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FCC LPFM Updates & Renewals

The mandatory 11-step License Renewal process (REN) started Sunday, December 1, for all radio stations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi with pre-filing announcements. If you have a station in another state and have not filed – contact me – there is still time to get your renewal filed. Even if you are not currently on the air. Don’t risk losing your license.

Another 3 stations were lost this month, as one station in North Carolina and two in South Carolina did not file a timely license renewal with the FCC.

The affected stations include:

  • WPRG-LP, 102.7, Greensboro NC
  • WIAR-LP, 100.5, Hilton Head Island SC
  • WYLA-LP, 97.5, Charleston SC

Florida LPFM stations expiring in February if a late filing renewal is not filed prior.:WCFQ, WEKJ, WHTR, WIBE, WMBT, WORZ, WPRD, WRIA, WXEI

Currently only 90 of the 114 license renewals have been filed. In Georgia:

WATB, WBHS, WDVL, WESI, WHNL, WJGG, WLVN, WLWV, WMKP, WNIZ, WNRE, WNRF, WSEF, WWSV, WWXR, WWZR, WXNV.

In Alabama:

WWFC, WHMZ, WPMR, WIZD, WJSD, WJXI, WOXI.

Last month the FCC finally finished the 2013 LPFM filling window! This after six years since the filing window close they processed the final application. Once we get through the renewals it will now be possible for the FCC to open a new filing window. That could occur as early as the Fall of next year or 2021. But we are much closer to that new window now.

I can help your station with the entire “REN” process. I work with all broadcast station classes. Full power AM, FM, TV, LPTV and LPFM. My fee starts at $150 for early license renewals. $200 for late filings for stations with no previous violations. I accept PayPal (even if you don’t have a PayPal account). Contact me through the website form at https://mutualbroadcast.com/contact/

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Congress Explores Tools for Shutting Pirate Radio

Boosting FCC fines to as much as $2 million, penalizing building owners and stepping up raids in major Radio markets are among the options Congress is considering for combating illegal broadcast operations under legislation unveiled last week in a House Telecommunications Subcommittee hearing. The measures are intended to protect against interference with licensed broadcasters, the Emergency Alert System and airport flight controls, as well as radiation exposure to nearby residents and workers.

 

The bipartisan PIRATE Act, co-authored by Reps. Leonard Lance, R-NJ, and Paul Tonko, D-NY, would employ a combination of heightened penalties to stem the growing spread of pirate radio operations in communities throughout the country. Illegal operations are being found on the AM and FM bands alike, with FCC enforcement officers discovering transmitters operating from rooftops, balconies and other properties.

 

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Special Translator Window Open – Now

As announced in October 2015 in the AM Order the commission had opened a special filing window for FM translators for use with AM radio stations. This is a two part window, with the first part open now for the next six months – ending July 28, 2016. The second window will be for three months opening July 29th and closing October 31st, 2016.

 

The current window is for Class C and D AM licensees only. The second round in July will be for AM stations of any class. Applications are processed on a first come first serve basis. So timing is of the essence. It is important to get started immediately.

 

During the window periods AM stations or permittees are being given the opportunity to acquire and relocate one FM translator station in the non reserved band – 92.1 – 107.9 Mhz. The translator may be relocated up to 250 miles. Only one application may be filed by the AM station and may only be listed as the primary input on a single translator application.

 

If you have an FM translator license that you would be interested in selling or have an AM station seeking an FM translator, it is imperative that you begin now. Call us or use the contact form below to get started. 903-270-1500

 

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