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FM Translator ‘Open Window’ Fetches $4M So Far

by | Aug 17, 2016 | BIA, Blog, Broadcast, Radio

On July 29th, the FCC opened a window for FM translator sales. Each week, we will report on activity throughout the open window period that ends in late October. More details and analysis are here.


Since the July 29th window opening for FM translators, there have been a flurry of sales. In just the last week (August 5-12), we have monitored 11 more FM translators sales filed at the FCC for a total value of $357.5 thousand. This brings the total to date 88 sales of nearly $4 million in value.

We expect that the sales activity will continue to be strong as there is a tremendous opportunity for AM stations to improve their service (especially at night) utilizing these FM translators. In fact, According to BIA/Kelsey’s Media Access Pro™, as of August 15th, there are 1,727 AM stations utilizing 1,961 FM translators.