The Federal Communications Commission has released a compendium of 79 Mutually Exclusive (MX) application groups for Low Power FM radio stations for states on the western side of the country. There are 248 applications all told. The FCC will now apply its points system for deciding which applicants among these clusters will actually get an LPFM license. Groups can unite for time sharing arrangements to improve their chances.
The states on the list include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Oregon, and Washington.
Not surprisingly the biggest cluster is in Los Angeles. There are ten MXers mentioned, and they have all scored the same number of points (5) for “established community presence,” “local program origination,” “diversity,” and other positive attributes. Ditto for San Francisco, where four MX applications have reached the five point plateau for one MX group. There’s a big cluster in Washington state, too.
A 30-day petition-to-deny period now commences, along with a 90-day window to file voluntary time-share proposals and “major change amendments.” The agency has also released a list of second-adjacent waiver requests.