Observation from Radio Business Report
This is my site Written by Alex on June 18, 2013 – 10:50 am

RBR-TVBR observation: We have always been particularly intrigued by the idea to convert TV channels 5 and 6 to FM  They are not well suited to digital television broadcast, and television operators have been fleeing them if at all possible.

They are right there just to the south of today’s noncommercial band, which extends down to 88.1 MHz Channel 6 runs from 82 MHz to 88, and Channel 5 runs from 76 MHz to 82 MHz.

A large number of new FM stations could fit in there – they could accommodate LPFMs, even in the most crowded media markets in the nation; they could provide opportunities for minorities and women to start their own stations, thus improving diversity of ownership; they could provide a home on the band for highly disadvantaged AM day-timers; and of course, this would help uncrowd the AM band.

We don’t know if channel repacking is going to put the squeeze on Channels 5 and 6, but if not, we think there is a lot to be said to repurposing the 12 MHz of frequency to FM service.

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