Fact Sheets

Full Power FM Radio Licenses

Fact Sheet

In 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave away hundreds of full power non-commercial educational (NCE) licenses for any qualified nonprofits. The FCC announced that applications would be accepted for these valuable licenses by the FCC between October 12 and October 19, 2007. For ten years, no new licenses had been given out. If you had ever dreamed of starting your own radio station, this was likely to be your last chance before all remaining FM spectrum was given away. This fact sheet covers some of the basic questions that came up during the Full Power window process. read more

HD Radio

Friday, April 25, 2008
Fact Sheet

Terrestrial radio is currently undergoing a major transformation. Using a technology called In Band, On-Channel (or IBOC), thousands of broadcasters are transmitting analog signals simultaneously with higher quality digital signals on their existing spectrum. For broadcasters, the transition to HD radio could mean the development of new revenue streams, either through the creation of entire new stations on these side channels, or through the leasing of their digital spectrum for data services. For musicians and listeners, HD radio holds the promise of a wider choice of programming. But will it mean better radio?

HD Radio is a technology that claims to deliver interference-free, near CD-quality sound to radio listeners. But will it mean better radio?

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