10.28.2013 02:31 PM
U.S. Broadcast Stations Tops 30,000
Radio has over 22,000 stations
The FCC has released its numbers on official licensed broadcast stations. According to the agency there were 30,367 as of Sept. 30.


Rough totals are over 22,000 radio stations of some kind. That total includes translators, boosters and LPFMs. That number could pop when LPFM licensing gets into full swing.

For television the number is 8,194 — including Class A, translators and LPTV stations.

Here’s the breakdown:


AM Stations                                                 4,728
FM Commercial                                           6,613
FM Educational                                            3,989
Total:                                                        15,330


UHF Commercial                                         1,029
VHF Commercial                                         358
UHF Educational                                          289
VHF Educational                                          107
Total:                                                        1,783

Class A UHF                                                380
Class A VHF                                                52
Total:                                                         432

FM Translators and Boosters                        6,055
UHF Translators                                          2,911
VHF Translators                                          1,133
Total:                                                         10,099

UHF Low-Power TV                                     1,547
VHF Low-Power TV                                     388
Total:                                                         1,935

Low-Power FM                                            788
Total:                                                         30,367


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