NPR: The ‘Franken FM’ Foe

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In exactly three months, listeners of audio facilities that most think are radio stations could be left scrambling, due to a “sudden” loss of an over-the-air signal they’ve tuned to for years.


That’s because these FM choices aren’t licensed as radio stations, but are analog TV stations using VHF Channel 6 — and benefiting from old-school transponding audio at 87.7 MHz.

On July 13, this is scheduled to end. While there’s chatter among the licensees that this won’t happen, a notable foe of these so-called “Franken FM” facilities has emerged.

It’s NPR.


Could there be new life for the ‘Franken FM,’ despite the long-known shutdown date of July 13 for analog VHF Channel 6 facilities? The RBR+TVBR Spring 2021 Special Report, distributed April 26 to all subscribers, offers an exclusive look at what’s predicted in three months’ time.

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