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FCC Report 11/6: The End Of The 250 Mile Translator Waiver

FCC Juan Alberto Ayala Translator AbuseThe two waiver periods to move a translator up to 250 miles have come to an end.

The RadioInsight AM Translator Tracker currently shows the following statistics for the two filing windows:

Total Applications: 1047
CPs Granted: 860
Dismissals: 35
Applications Replaced With Another Station: 7
Pending Applications: 145

Among those 145 pending applications are five pairs of mutually exclusive filings (107.5 Austin TX, 107.5 Minneapolis, 106.3 Portland OR, 103.3 San Diego, and 95.9 St. Louis).

Coming up in 2017 will be an open filing window for AM stations that did not participate in the 250 mile waiver window. These stations will be offered available frequencies on a first-come first-served basis. The FCC has not yet announced the full specifics of this filing window or when it will take place.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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