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The FCC's Web site contains extensive information on broadcast radio and television stations. For example, users may generate tailored lists of AM, FM, and TV stations, view electronic applications for construction permit or license as well as EEO and ownership reports, locate some historical documents pertaining to radio stations, find mailing addresses, and read a summary on the process of applying for a radio broadcast station. In this document, we provide short summaries for new users on some repeatedly requested subjects of interest, along with links for further reading or searches. This does not represent a complete list of information available, but it does provide a place to start your research. Please bookmark or print this page and use it as a reference.

Media Bureau

Within the FCC, the Media Bureau is assigned the function of regulating broadcast radio and television. The Audio Division administers broadcast AM and FM stations. The Video Division administers digital television broadcasting.

Radio Broadcasting

  • and allow custom searches by users. Field searches are additive. If you search (for example) for call signs starting with "K" in Pennsylvania in the AM Query, you will only get records for 3 stations, not a list of all the AM stations in the state. If you also change the upper and lower frequency search limits to "1410" in this example, you will only see one station. Different types of output are available - two "list" outputs, good for large lists with one line per record; one "Query" output, with detailed data (AM and FM) and service area/contour maps (FM only); and two "text" one-line-per-record outputs, suitable for importation into a spreadsheet or other application.
  • . General information about the application process for AM, FM, and TV broadcast stations may be found here. Interested persons or groups should be aware at the beginning that an application does not guarantee that a construction permit will be granted. No equipment should be purchased before a construction permit is received. Application processing fees are required for commercial AM, FM, or TV applications (see the Media Bureau Fee Filing Guide).
  • . Low power FM stations may be authorized where the required protection is afforded to FM stations and FM translator (rebroadcast) stations. Power is limited to 100 watts maximum, with a service area approximately 3.5 miles in radius. These stations are only available to noncommercial educational groups (not individuals) or public safety entities. These stations cannot be used for commercial operation. Please see the related information on our Low Power Radio Broadcast Stations page.
  • . Unlicensed operation is generally prohibited, with the exception of some extremely low powered "Part 15" devices which will cover a radius of no more than a maximum radius of a couple of hundred feet. Even unlicensed operation with such low power as 100 milliwatts (0.1 watt) is prohibited. DON'T BUY equipment that claims to allow you to set up your own broadcast station. Penalties for unlicensed operation can be severe (see sample cases).
  • Lists of Radio Stations. The FCC does not publish lists of radio broadcast stations, as station information changes daily. Use the to generate lists. For a list of AM and FM radio stations authorized to transmit a digital signal in addition to the standard analog signal, use the following links. [ AM | FM ].
  • Programming Format. The FCC does NOT collect information on the programming format (country, rock, jazz, talk, religious, ethnic, etc.) of radio broadcast stations, that information not being necessary for the FCC's regulatory functions. There are private companies that compile this information, but you may have to pay for it.
  • Religious Broadcasting Rumor. A false rumor continues to circulate that the FCC is proposing to ban religious broadcasting. This rumor is often (and erroneously) attributed to Madilyn Murray O'Hare. A petition (RM-2493) which had requested the Commission to make licensing changes was denied in 1975. You may read excerpts from that Commission order or view the entire document.
  • Television Broadcasting

    Television broadcast station information may be found on the Video Division website.
    Source: www.fcc.gov
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