Assess potential market opportunities and track competitive opportunities and threats

BIA Advisory Services delivers a wide range of broadcast engineering and FCC competitive intelligence services. Our services include FCC activity tracking,  “what if” analysis for FM allocation and data services for radio and television and detailed engineering studies.

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BIA performs engineering and FCC competitive intelligence services using both FCC databases and our proprietary databases.

Covering all the technical, operational, ownership and competitive information on local broadcast properties, our databases are the most accurate and dependable sources available for broadcast business intelligence.

FCC Public Notice Monitoring

BIA offers two services to automate the monitoring of FCC activities and applications for station(s) or geographic areas of interest: FLAG and AppTracker.


FLAG automates the work required to monitor a station or geographic area at the FCC. Acting like an alert system, FLAG searches FCC Public Notice items and generates a report detailing all recent activities that impact your monitored station using distance and FCC spacing criteria. FLAG reports are delivered weekly (or on-demand) in an HTML format that is easy to read and share with colleagues or clients.

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AppTracker offers real time by monitoring of FCC activity on applications as it relates to construction permits, license assignments, transfers of control, conversions to digital, allocation conflicts, competitive activities and consummated agreements. When any activity is discovered, AppTracker sends a report, providing timely, accurate and valuable data.

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Who uses FLAG and AppTracker?
  • Broadcasters use these tools to monitor activity affecting their stations and track the competition as they prepare to purchase, sell or upgrade facilities.
  • Law firms rely on these tools for real-time information of client facilities and applications.
Use the information you receive from FLAG or APPTracker to:
  • Meet FCC guidelines and avoid costly mistakes
  • Improve and protect facility signals
  • Manage stations effectively
  • Track competition
  • Find potential allocation conflicts and evaluating changes
  • Detect city of license changes or license cancellations
Searches can be done by:
  • Application number
  • Application contact email
  • Call signs
  • Facility ID
  • Frequency
  • Application service
  • Application status and owner/licensee name

Both FLAG and AppTracker are simple to set up and work continuously to track and report on markets, stations, locations and application filings at the FCC.

Translator Watch

Tracking translators moving into or closer to your markets?

The FCC has relaxed the restrictions around the purchase or modification of FM translators. Now, AM licensees can buy and move translators up to 250 miles away from their primary station to retransmit broadcasts. Subscribe to Translator Watch to automate the work required to track competition or opportunities from new translators in your market.

How Translator Watch Works

Translator Watch service monitors “engineering change” and assignment applications filed weekly at the FCC. The service searches FCC Public Notice items and generates a report detailing all recent activities that impact your monitored station using distance and FCC spacing criteria.

Translator Watch delivers information specific to market station(s):

  1. Adjacencies to a station by a particular application
  2. Required spacing distance and actual distance from a station
  3. Translator licensee
  4. Application purpose
  5. FCC application link

Subscribers receive weekly reports via email.

Engineering Services

BIA can perform any of the following engineering services for stations, law firms or media companies. Click the plus sign to read about each service.

AM Radio

Night Limit Study

Detailed Individual study that calculates the site-to-site night limits and resulting RSS limitation to a given station or locations from all fulltime stations on the specified frequency + or – 3 channels.

Night Protection Study

Calculates permissible radiation toward other co-channel and first-adjacent-channel stations where pertinent.

Daytime Protection Study

Performs an allowable radiation study for a given site based on ground wave contours.

FM Radio

FM Explorer

A graphical allocation tool that allows you to do “what if” analysis for creative FM allocation.

Spacing Study

Test proposed commercial FM facility using FCC Spacing criteria.

Interference (FM)

Feasibility study using Section 73.509 interference criteria.


Call Sign List (AM/FM/TV)

Considering changing your call sign? The Call Sign List service can help you find a new option quickly and efficiently with a list of unused call signs.


FLAG is a comprehensive service for monitoring a station or any geographical areas of interest. FLAG automates a search of records from the FCC website and ensures that subscribers are up-to-date on all recent FCC activities.

AppTracker (AM/FM/TV)

AppTracker monitors new applications under review at the FCC in real time, helping broadcast media and law firms stay on top of developments on construction permits, license assignments, transfers of control and consummated agreements.


Site Check Report

Retrieves all AM, FM, TV and TX records within a given radius of user-supplied reference coordinates. Also, records from the FCC/FAA tower database and airport/heliport database are included.

TERP - Terrain Retrieval

Computes 3-16 kilometer (2-10 mile) terrain averages for any point in U.S.

Terpath Study

Retrieve terrain elevation data between any two points in the conterminous U.S.

Contour Study

Calculate facility coverage areas (50/50, 50/10 or 50/90)


Calculate total or ethnic population within a specified radius or contour by state, county or MCD/CCD


Determines market stations based upon contour overlap or transmitter location – study results can be mapped for inclusion in FCC filing

FCC Database Download

Flat-file formatted databases