Don’t Forget the AMC-18 Migration Deadline

Dish transition must be completed by June 30 or stations will go dark
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NEW YORK � Radio stations that rely on network programming soon must re-point their downlink antennas from AMC-8 to the new AMC-18 at 105 degrees West Longitude, Westwood One reminded broadcasters in a press release. The deadline to do so is June 30.

Note that AMC-8 �has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent C-band satellite at the same location� (the 139 degree position).

Learfield, Orbital Media Networks (OMNi), Premiere Networks, Skyview Networks and Westwood One �now have all of their satellite-delivered programming available via AMC-18. This also includes programming from syndicators who lease their satellite time from these five companies.

Westwood One cautioned that �engineers and parts may become scarce as the June 30 deadline fast approaches.�

Stations with questions can visit the FAQ page, and those who need to seek out a vendor can check out this updated list. And here�s more background info on the requirements for repointing your bird.