A Collection Of AM Licensees Want All-Digital OK


Communications law attorney John Garziglia of Womble Bond Dickinson has taken a key role in the push to get the FCC to move forward with a proposal that would bring all-digital AM radio signals to life.

He’s working with a group of 25 AM broadcasters who on Monday filed Joint Comments in the FCC’s AM All-Digital Broadcasting [https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-19-123A1.pdf] proceeding (MB Docket No. 19-311) [https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?q=19%5C-311&sort=date_disseminated,DESC] to “highly encourage” the Commission to adopt the proposed rule changes.

What this will accomplish is giving AM broadcasters the green light to broadcast an all-digital signal using the HD Radio in-band on-channel mode known as MA3.

The Joint Comments noted that for AM stations, “with robust and consistent day and night signals that cover their market area and that have complementary FM translators for the analog audience, AM all-digital operations may accomplish bringing back radio listeners to AM, a feat not accomplished for decades.”

They also urged that the FCC not stand in the way of all-digital AM but should enable as quickly as possible those broadcasters who wish to lead, aiming for an affirmative decision adopting the rules as proposed in the All-Digital AM NPRM no later than the end of 2020.

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“I welcome any questions,” says Womble attorney John Garziglia, who is based in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at 202-857-4455 or at [email protected]