Skywave — Time to Stay Or Go?


FCCdoorAs two Class A heritage AMs launch online petitions to protect their skywave coverage, the issue of whether such protection should be retained, relaxed or eliminated altogether is rearing its head at the FCC and beyond.

In its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on AM revitalization, the commission proposed changing the formulas for protecting nighttime and critical hours protections to Class As in order to allow more stations to remain on the air at night or increase their power.

The idea is controversial and promises to turn into a pitched battle of wills between the heritage AMs and smaller watt and smaller market station owners.

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