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PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2011
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

NOTE 3—PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

Property, plant and equipment consists of the following:

 

     September 30,  
     2010     2011  

Buildings and leasehold improvements

   $ 31,374      $ 32,965   

Furniture, machinery and equipment

     122,615        115,223   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     153,989        148,188   

Less accumulated depreciation

     (118,721     (114,702
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     35,268        33,486   

Land

     2,147        2,147   

Construction-in-progress

     1,079        2,601   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 38,494      $ 38,234   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization expense was $9,629, $8,876 and $9,500 for the years ended September 30, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.

The FCC granted to Sprint Nextel Corporation (“Nextel”) the right to reclaim a portion of the spectrum in the 2 GHz band from broadcasters across the country. In order to claim this spectrum, Nextel was required to replace all of the broadcasters’ electronic newsgathering equipment using this spectrum with digital equipment capable of operating in the reformatted portion of the 2 GHz band retained by the broadcasters. This exchange of equipment was completed on a market by market basis. As the equipment was exchanged and placed into service in each of the Company’s markets, a gain was recorded to the extent that the fair market value of the equipment received exceeded the book value of the analog equipment exchanged.

During the years ended September 30, 2009 and 2010, the fair market value of the equipment received and placed into service was $779 and $2,591, respectively. These amounts have been recorded as additions to property, plant and equipment, but they are not included in capital expenditures in the accompanying consolidated statement of cash flows as no cash was involved in the exchange. The excess of fair market value as compared to the book value of equipment exchanged and placed into service of $767 and $2,591 for the years ended September 30, 2009 and 2010, respectively, was recorded as a non-cash gain in other, net nonoperating income in the accompanying consolidated financial statements. There were no exchanges during the year ended September 30, 2011.