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Current data is derived from the FCC's Centralized Database System (CDBS) for radio, the FCC's Licensing and Management System (LMS) for television records and the International Bureau Filing System (IBFS) for International High Frequency (shortwave) broadcast stations and to track Section 325(c) authorizations on Mexican stations near the border. Data from CDBS is updated Monday through Friday prior to the start of the day in the Eastern time zone. LMS data is updated 7 days a week also prior to the start of the day. IBFS and HFCC (HF Coordination Committee) data does not change that frequently and will be updated every week. In addition to the live CDBS and LMS databases, FCCdata includes extensive content that is exclusive to REC including for AM stations, data from the Radio Service Bulletins dating from the 1920s to 1932 and data manually entered from FCC History Cards in major markets which highlights history between the 1920s and 1979. For all station classes, electronically gathered historical information has been added from BAPS and FCC public notices to cover from 1978~1999 prior to the implementation of CDBS. Learn more about the ongoing project to restore historical broadcast data into FCCdata by visiting
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File numbers from CDBS consist of a prefix (such as BNPH) followed by a dash and then a suffix that is 10 or 11-characters long (such as 20140124AAA). In this field, you only need to enter the suffix. LMS uses 10-digit file numbers that are all-numeric and zero-filled. To enter an LMS file number just enter the file number either with or without the leading zeros.
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