FMs for sale: FCC Auction No. 91 slated for March 2011


The FCC has announced that 147 FM CPs will be on the auction block in a proceeding scheduled to kick on 3/29/11. Will there be takers for all of them? Good question, since 37 of them are leftovers from Auction 79.

Each stick comes with a minimum bid, the highest of which is $100K. That figure applies to seven of the CPs: A C1 licensed to Palmer AK and Class As located in Coosada AL, Coachella CA, Waterford CA, Daytona Beach Shores FL, Ferrysburg MI and Lawrence Park PA.

A quick down-and-dirty unofficial RBR-TVBR tally produced the following results: Texas leads all states with 27 sticks on the block, followed by Oklahoma with 12, California with nine and Michigan with seven. Colorado and Nevada each have six; Arkansas, Montana, Oregon and Wisconsin have five apiece; Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and North Dakota have four each; and Alabama, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and Wyoming each have three.

States with two CPs include Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico and Tennessee.
States with one include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia. The territory of Guam also has one.

States shut out of the proceeding include Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah and Virginia.

The FCC’s spread sheet detailing the available sticks is available here.