LPFM stations are not obligated to appoint a chief operator as per FCC regulations. Specifically, §73.801 of the rules, which outlines the requirement for a designated chief operator, does not apply to LPFM stations. This rule, §73.1870, primarily pertains to full-power AM, FM, and TV stations, and it specifies the necessity for these stations to have a designated chief operator. However, LPFM stations are exempt from this requirement.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not have specific regulations that mandate fencing for LPFM (Low-Power FM) or other FM broadcast towers in the same way it does for AM towers. However, there are still considerations and best practices that station operators should be aware of regarding tower safety and security:
No, it is not required.
However, it’s important to note that organizations established less than 2 years (720 days) before the LPFM window’s closing date will not be eligible to claim the “established community presence” point. Consequently, their application will only be able to earn up to 4 points, putting them at a disadvantage compared to the 5-point applicants.