Benchmarking US broadcast stations
Normally, the station census doesn’t change all that much.
But at this point in time, we can expect the number of low power FMs to increase.
And we can expect to see dramatic decreases in the number of television stations, although the timing of that event will depend entirely on how well the FCC can stick to its proposed incentive auction schedule.
The FCC is aiming for some time next summer. Any time a major event lacks a specific target date, it’s a good reason to speculate on the low odds of hitting the nebulous bull’s eye.
Add in remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly at a recent FCC public meeting, in which he called meeting the deadline a “heavy lift” and you certainly have to wonder.
Here then, without any further chatter, is the census of stations as of 9/30/14.
4,715 AM STATIONS
6,633 FM COMMERCIAL
4,085 FM EDUCATIONAL
1,029 UHF COMMERCIAL TV
358 VHF COMMERCIAL TV
288 UHF EDUCATIONAL TV
107 VHF EDUCATIONAL TV
382 CLASS A UHF STATIONS
48 CLASS A VHF STATIONS
6,186 FM TRANSLATORS & BOOSTERS
2,842 UHF TRANSLATORS
945 VHF TRANSLATORS
1,635 UHF LOW POWER TV
380 VHF LOW POWER TV
873 LOW POWER FM
30,506 TOTAL BROADCAST STATIONS