Article in today's broadcasting trade press:
FCC deals AMs a setback on translator moves.
Waivers won’t bring relief for AMs after FCC rejects Tell City plan. It may have been the most closely watched waiver request in a generation because of its potential impact on AM radio. But despite popular support among broadcasters, the FCC has rejected the so-called Tell City waiver request that would potentially have given AM operators more flexibility in buying FM translators and moving them into their markets.
Please. Tell me how it helps to:
- Put current programming that is already being ignored on AM in a simulcast on FM. So much of what passes for programming down there is stations simply riding syndication from a satellite.
- Put more translators on an FM band that is already becoming cluttered due to all those "digital 2" translators, low-power FMs, and a serious lack of FCC enforcement of first-, second-, and third-adjacent channel protection for existing signals.
- Give AM operators something else they can't sell to advertisers because there are no listeners to respond to their ads.