FCC: FM Translators Aren’t AM Substitutes


The motto of a radio station with an FM translator serving a rural part of Arizona is, with grammatical errors, “80’s, 90’s & Whatever We Want.”

It turns out that the punctuation of ’80s and ’90s wasn’t the only thing wrong with this statement. The owners wanted experimental authority to keep the FM translator on the air while taking its main “feeder” station, a Class D AM, off the air under an STA.

The FCC just said no to that idea.

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