Channel 6 radio stations in the United States

This is a list of low-power television stations in the United States that operate on VHF channel 6 as radio stations. This is because the audio on NTSC-M channel 6 can be picked up on 87.75 FM on the radio dial; as the FM radio bandplan is separated by odd-numbered 0.2 MHz intervals, these stations, also colloquially known as "Franken-FMs" (in analogy with Frankenstein's monster)[1] usually market their radio frequency as "87.7". These stations are still required to play some sort of video signal to comply with FCC regulations; it does not specify what kind of signal it must be, and thus the video usually consists of still frames, test patterns or unrelated silent films (such stations can still carry audio programming through their SAP feeds, although none do as of 2019). As low-power stations, they are excluded from educational and informational programming mandates and are thus (unlike full-power stations, Class A stations and their digital subchannels) not required to interrupt their program schedules for three hours of educational children's programming per week.

Until the 2009 digital television transition in the United States, full-power stations on channel 6 could also be heard on the same frequency. Digital television's format, in contrast, is incompatible with both U.S. analog radio and the U.S. digital standard (the in-band on-channel HD Radio). Low-power broadcasters face a deadline in July 2021 to convert to digital, which will end the stations' operations on radio.[1]

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TexasEdit

  • KFLZ-LP in San Antonio, Texas
  • KFMP-LP in Lubbock, Texas
  • KZFW-LP in Dallas, Texas
  • KJIB-LP in Houston, Texas
    • KJIB only broadcasts on audio at 87.9 because of interference from other channel 6 low-power stations. The station was in fact licensed only to channel 5, and its license surrendered in 2014, but a local church has tried to modify the terms of license to allow its operation. The FCC in 2018 submitted a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to the station.
  • KIPS-LD in Beaumont, Texas

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