AM revitalization “a resounding success.”

That’s the word from FCC Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake, who wrote in a blog post that 671 relocation applications were filed in the first window for Class C and D AMs, and 90% have already been granted. In the second window, 420 relocation applications were filed, and 265 have been granted so far. Lake wrote, “Allowing FM translators to be moved to where they can be most useful to AM stations was a good idea. But a good idea needs good implementation.” In that light, Lake had high praise for the Audio Division, saying, “Their exemplary work provides relief to AM broadcasters as the Commission continues to revitalize the AM broadcast band.”

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