The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted changes in its FM translator rules to allow AM stations to use currently authorized FM translator stations to retransmit their AM service within their AM stations’ current coverage areas.
Specifically, AM broadcast stations will be allowed to use currently authorised FM translator stations (i.e. those now licensed or authorised in construction permits that have not expired) to rebroadcast their AM signals, provided that no portion of the 60 dBu contour of any such FM translator station extends beyond the smaller of: (a) a 25-mile radius from the AM transmitter site; or (b) the 2 mV/m daytime contour of the AM station.
In addition, AM broadcast licensees with Class D facilities will be allowed to originate programming on such FM translators during periods when their AM station is not operating. The FCC says it has take these steps to permit AM broadcasters to better serve their local communities and thus promote the Commission’s bedrock goals of localism, competition, and diversity in the broadcast media.
(Source: Federal Communications Commission)