Home Login RADIO ONLINE RSS Facebook
Advertisement

NAB Says New New Class of LPFM Would Congest FM Band


National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed Tuesday with the FCC regarding a Petition for Rulemaking to create a new class of 250-watt low-power FM radio stations. The trade group is opposed to the move and writes the petition is at least the fifth or sixth bid, and the third by REC Networks, to allow LPFM stations to more than double their maximum allowed power.

NAB notes that the Commission has repeatedly rejected all such proposals on both technical and policy grounds, and the Petition at hand fails to present any new information or circumstances, "especially that justifies such a radical change." Although REC claims to have addressed the FCC's objections to earlier requests, NAB says the petition does not, writing, "Even under REC's latest approach, authorizing LP250 service will: (1) risk significant over-crowding of the already congested FM band; (2) impede other radio services at a critical time when local FM broadcasters are still recovering from the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; and (3) violate the intent of both Congress and the Commission for LPFM service by altering the fundamental hyper-local, simple nature of the service."

Moreover, the trade group claims that it's simply unnecessary as the FCC has already improved LPFM service coverage by permitting the use of translators, boosters and other measures. "Essentially, LPFM advocates are asking that LPFM stations be permitted to enjoy the same (or even greater) coverage as full-service Part 73 FM stations, but without the same public interest and regulatory obligations," wrote the NAB.

Advertisement

Latest Radio Stories

ESPN Wisconsin Shows Expand to 1430 ESPN Beaver Dam
Good Karma Brands
Good Karma Brands
Good Karma Brands and ESPN Wisconsin announce that "Wilde and Tausch" and "Scalzo and Brust," which currently air in both Madison and Milwaukee, will soon expand to WBEV-AM (1430 ESPN) in Beaver Dam, WI. Beginning Monday, August 22, listeners in the More

Jacobs Media Released Air Talent Survey 2022 at MSBC 34
Air Talent Survey 2022
Air Talent Survey 2022
Jacobs Media released its Air Talent Survey 2022, entitled "Radio Talent in the Post-Pandemic Era," on Thursday at the 34th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp -- which also began Thursday at the Swissotel in Chicago. The survey, which included 750 total More

WSB/Atlanta Names Charles Dir./Branding and Programming
Ken Charles
Ken Charles
Veteran programmer Ken Charles joins Cox Media Group's News/Talk WSB-AM and WSBB (95.5 WSB)/Atlanta as Director of Branding and Programming, beginning September 12th. Most recently, he was Program Director of News KNX-AM & FM/Los Angeles and More
Advertisement

Triton Digital Releases July 2022 U.S. Podcast Report
Triton Digital
Triton Digital
Triton Digital has released its July, 2022 U.S. Podcast Report. Stitcher Media remained in the #1 spot on the Top Sales Networks Report for the month of July with 55 million Average Weekly Downloads and 13.9 million Average Weekly Users. NPR came in More

Andrew Williams Named Brand Manager of BetQL Network
Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams
Audacy appoints Andrew Williams as Brand Manager of the BetQL Network, the company's network of sports betting content. He'll be based in Washington, DC and will oversee all producers, talent and audio content for the network's 100 hours of original More

WOFX/Cincinnati Names Sean Kelly as APD/Afternoons
Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly is named Assistant Program Talent and afternoon host for Classic Rock WOFX-FM (92.5 The Fox) in Cincinnati. He'll be heard weekdays from 2-7pm. A veteran Rock radio personality, Kelly was previously morning host on WEBN-FM in his hometown More

Return to Menu

Advertisement

Subscribe to our Newsletter
Radio news and headlines delivered right to your e-mail box -- and it's free.

Quick Snaps
Radio Advertising Bureau: The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), in conjunction with BMI and Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) have completed the 14th annual Rising Through the Ranks program, which began with a virtual session on August 2, and continued with in-person meetings on August 9-11. Pictured: 2022 Graduates and Speakers with BMI songwriter and Recording Artist Lauren Alaina.

Advertisement

Advertisement