FCC Releases Broadcast Station Totals For Q2 2023

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The second quarter of 2023 saw an increase in the number of FM noncommercial radio stations in the U.S., as the total number of commercially licensed FMs declined — as did the number of AM radio stations in the U.S.


Meanwhile, there was growth in the LPTV arena during the second quarter of 2023, new FCC data show.

 

 

As of June 30, there are two more broadcast radio stations in the U.S. But, the bigger headline is the growth in noncommercial facilities, as pressure on commercially licensed stations continued across the months of April, May and June.

There are six fewer FM commercial radio stations, and nine fewer AM radio stations.

The other big takeaway is that the FM translator boom appears to be over, as the total number of translators and boosters on the FM dial decreased again. This could be tied to translator and/or boosters that have either ceased transmissions or were replaced by full-power facilities in their signal contour area.

The television industry’s key learnings from the latest broadcast station totals is that the hot low-power TV sector, after gaining 48 stations in Q4 2022, added 20 to the total number of facilities after seeing 29 facilities disappear in Q1 2023.

Lastly, the LPFM count experienced another decline.


BROADCAST STATION TOTALS AS OF JUNE 30, 2023
(Compared to March 31, 2023)

TOTAL BROADCAST STATIONS: 33,462 (up 7)

All comparisons below to the end of Q1 2023

AM STATIONS 4463 (minus 9)
FM COMMERCIAL 6675 (minus 6)
FM EDUCATIONAL 4236 (plus 17)
TOTAL 15,374 (plus 2)

UHF COMMERCIAL TV 1011 (plus 1)
VHF COMMERCIAL TV 364 (minus 1)
UHF EDUCATIONAL TV 264 (unchanged)
VHF EDUCATIONAL TV 119 (unchanged)
TOTAL 1,758 (unchanged)

CLASS A UHF STATIONS 351 (unchanged)
CLASS A VHF STATIONS 30 (unchanged)

FM TRANSLATORS & BOOSTERS 8,935 (down 4)
(up from 7813 as of June 30, 2018)

UHF TRANSLATORS 2457 (down 4)
VHF TRANSLATORS 666 (up 8)

UHF LOW POWER TV 1580 (up 20)
VHF LOW POWER TV 322 (down 5)

LOW POWER FM 1,989 (down 10)