The following information is provided by REC Networks to assist LPFM stations that may have concerns or may experience actual issues related to FM translators, especially in light of the announcement by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that the first of two filing windows for new FM translators will be held "sometime this summer".
I am disappointed but at the same time understanding of the recently announced statistics related to the participation of LPFM stations in the 2016 Emergency Alert System (EAS) test and the subsequent reporting using the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS). In the Commission's report, they claim that only 61 percent of LPFM stations participated in the testing.
A Petition for Rulemaking has been filed by Aztec Capital Partners, Inc. Aztec is the licensee of WHAT-AM, Philadelphia and is the permittee of a translator W221DS, which was moved to the northwest during the 2016 AM Revitalization "250-mile" move window of 2016. This translator has been faced with numerous informal objections by Clear Communications (not iHeart), licensee of WVLT, Vineland, NJ, a class A FM station located to the southeast of Philadelphia towards Cape May, NJ.