WASHINGTON, D.C.—When the application window opened on July 29th, the FCC received 243 FM translator relocation applications from Class A and B AM stations. This follows an earlier window, in which Class C and D stations sent in 412 applications.
The translator relocation plan is part of the FCC’s AM revitalization efforts. Womble Carlyle Telecom attorney John Garziglia follows these efforts closely, and spoke about the latest developments with Communications Daily (subscription required).
Most of the really good translator frequencies have been taken by C and D stations,” Garziglia said. “I believe that was the FCC’s intent.” Garziglia told Communications Daily that prices for relocated translators vary by region and demand, from $50,000 in the Midwest to $70-90,000 in the Northeast.
John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.
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