Tag Archives: AM Radio

What’s Next for AM Radio?

Late on Friday, October 5, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in a five-year ongoing effort to “revitalize” the AM radio broadcast service.  The new proposals continue a trend toward allowing higher power operation by smaller stations, by reducing nighttime signal protection for some 60 Class A AM … Continue Reading

FCC Eliminates Broadcast Main Studio Rules, Related Staffing, and Program Origination Requirements; Controversial Order Passes Three-Two Along Party Lines

On Oct. 24, 2017, the FCC issued a Report and Order eliminating the Commission’s rule requiring each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to maintain a main studio located in or near its community of license (i.e. the Main Studio Rule). In the same Order, the FCC eliminated existing requirements that are associated with the … Continue Reading

Watts Up, Doc?

Another proposal to help AM stations overcome ambient interference: this one would allow all AM stations to increase their daytime power tenfold (10 dB)!… Continue Reading

Moment Method Modeling: Update V

The Media Bureau has issued a Public Notice clarifying a number of questions that have arisen about who gets to use the moment modeling method (for AM directional proofs) and under what circumstances. If you plan to use that method, you should check the Notice out first.… Continue Reading

FCC OK’s AM on FM Translators

The Commission has changed its rules to permit AM stations to rebroadcast their signals on FM translators under certain conditions. The long-awaited Report and Order - whose release was anticipated last Fall - opens the door for considerable, but not universal, "cross-service translation".… Continue Reading

Moment Method Modeling: Update IV

In September the Commission approved moment method computer modeling for directional AM proofs. According to a notice in today's Federal Register, the forms (and associated rules) are effective as of February 5, 2009.… Continue Reading