FCC Denies Translator Interference Petition on Technicalities

Submitted by Todd Urick on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 17:56

For station licensees attempting to rid a FM translator that takes out some of its fringe listener area, Section 74.1204(f) of the FCC affords a broadcaster a way to petition against the facility to force it off the air.  In the case of WDNC-AM's new translator in Durham, NC, Radio One filed a Petition to Deny claiming multiple listeners would now receive interference to WFXK(FM).  However, Radio One's petition provided inexact listening locations per each of the aggrieved listeners, and even one with direct affiliation to the station.  The Commission surprising denied the complaint on these technicalities.  The letter decision can be viewed here.