May 15, 2017 — In 45 days, radio stations around the country will lose all radio network programming from all major companies if they do not re-aim their satellites from AMC-8 to the new AMC-18 at 105 degrees West Longitude.
All radio stations currently receiving programming from AMC-8 will have until June 30, 2017 to re-point their downlink antennas (dishes). At that time, AMC-8 will no longer serve as the radio network “neighborhood,” and there will not be a suitable replacement satellite at the 139 degree position. It has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent C-band satellite at the same location.
The five major commercial radio networks – Learfield, Orbital Media Networks (OMNi), Premiere Networks, Skyview Networks and Westwood One – now have their full complements of satellite-delivered programming available on their new frequencies on AMC-18. This also includes programming from syndicators who lease their satellite time from these five companies.
It is imperative that stations have a plan in place and conversations with their technical teams. Engineers and parts may become scarce as the June 30 deadline fast approaches.
For more information, including satellite vendors, a full list of frequencies for each network, or technical questions about satellite settings, visit http://www.amc8migration.com/docs/RNUG_FAQ.pdf.
Stations in need of vendors to re-aim their dishes can visit http://www.amc8migration.com/Vendors.html.
Jana Polsky, Westwood One, 212-641-2101, email@example.com
Rachel Nelson, Premiere Networks, 818-461-8057, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Hagans, Orbital Media Networks, 303-799-7239, email@example.com
Renee Smith, Skyview Networks, 480-503-8702, firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Williams, Learfield, 573-893-1955, email@example.com