Except for AM Daytime Stations, Licensees Cannot Feed Translators When the Primary Stations is not Broadcasting

Many stations feed their primary signal via the internet to translators in their service area.  While this is perfectly fine, you must terminate the feed when your primary station goes off the air.  The only stations allowed to continue using their internet feed to FM translators are AM daytime stations.

Noted FCC Attorney David Oxenford noted the problem involving a station in Chicago:

“The licensee of a Chicago FM translator will pay $9,000 to settle an investigation that found rule violations including that the translator was, for extended periods of time, broadcasting when its primary station was off the air, carrying the primary station’s internet-only feed.  Under FCC rules, a translator should generally not be operating when its primary station is off the air (unless the translator is rebroadcasting an AM day timer, when it can rebroadcast at night only if the primary station has been on the air in the last 24 hours).  The investigation also found that the licensee (1) did not notify the FCC or ask permission for special temporary authority when the translator was silent for almost a year (under the rules, notification is to be made in 10 days and an STA requested if the station will be silent for 30 days), and (2) was not fully truthful and accurate in its FCC correspondence.”

To see the FCC’s decision, click HERE.

 

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