A group of 24 broadcast licensees owning 108 radio station and 85 FM translators, represented by Womble Bond Dickinson attorney John Garziglia, hopes to receive Federal Communications Commission approval to use FM boosters to diversify their content offerings and better serve listeners.

Garziglia, on behalf of 24 radio station licensees known as Broadcasters for Limited Program Origination, formally filed the petition with the FCC. The FCC is seeking comment on the petition.

The Broadcasters for Limited Program Origination petition builds upon a proposal previously filed by GeoBroadcast Solutions, LLC that would allow FM booster stations to broadcast different or original content, rather than simply rebroadcasting the station’s main signal. The petition from the Broadcasters for Limited Program Origination asks that such opportunities be likewise extended to FM translator stations. 

Giving radio stations the ability to offer different programming on their FM translators as well as FM boosters would allow radio broadcasters to provide targeted and diverse programming that meets the needs and interests of local listeners.

The petition received media coverage in articles published at: Radio World, Radio + Television Business Report and Communications Daily (subscription required).

Also, click here to read, “John Garziglia Talks Geotargeting with Communications Daily”.

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.