Dates To Remember

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

October 1, 2017 AM & FM Stations in Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Iowa and Missouri: if five full-time employee threshold is met, complete EEO public file report and post same in public file as well as post on station website. NCE Stations in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Only: […]

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Ownership Reporting 2017 (now 2018)

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

Citing the need to finalize the new form and make it available for electronic filing for the first time in the License Management System, the FCC has announced a two-month extension of the deadline for all broadcast stations to file their 2017 Biennial Ownership Reports. As a result, reports that would have been due by […]

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Ongoing Broadcast Deregulation Is Here

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

We’ve seen plenty of rules and policies affecting broadcasters find the trash bin at the FCC since Chairman Pai became chairman in January 2017. But apparently, they’ve only just begun. At the recent NAB Radio Show, Chairman Pai highlighted some of those deregulatory actions, but then announced a new effort to double down with cleaning […]

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New Cross-Service FM Translator Update

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

Almost two months have now passed since the close of the FCC’s first 2017 filing window for Class C and D AM stations for new cross-service FM translator permits. The Audio Division has kept pretty quiet on the processing timeline for applications filed during the window. We do know that over 1000 applications were filed, […]

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Post-Incentive Auction – 2nd Priority Window Announced

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

The FCC has announced a second priority filing window for all stations making a post-auction channel change. Eligible stations may make pattern changes and increase power in this window, subject to the interference rules. In addition, stations that were not re-packed to different channels have an opportunity to make a filing to modify their facilities […]

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First TV Repack Transition Progress Quarterly Report Due October 10th

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

All repacked TV and Class A stations, and those that voluntarily changed from the UHF to VHF band, have yet another quarterly report to add to their to-do list. The FCC had previously announced but recently issued a notice reminding those stations to file the transition progress reports no later than October 10, 2017. Stations […]

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National EAS Test Update

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

The National EAS Test took place as scheduled on September 27, 2017. All stations were required to file EAS Form Two with the FCC no later than midnight that day (except for those in Hurricane-affected areas, who have more time). The final filing requirement for this year’s test is for each station to file EAS […]

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FCC Overnight Delivery Address Change

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

The FCC has announced a change in the filing location for all documents and packages sent to FCC headquarters via UPS, FedEx, Freight, or any overnight mail other than USPS Express Mail). The new address is 9050 Junction Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701. The address for US Postal Service deliveries has not changed, and remains […]

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AM Revitalization Rumbles On

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

The FCC has adopted the latest Report & Order revitalizing the AM broadcast radio service. While mostly technical, this order relaxes several FCC rules related to how stations prove the performance of their stations with authorized patterns. Specifically, the order relaxes the rule for partial proofs of performance on certain directional AM antenna systems, eliminates […]

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Dates to Remember

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by

September 8, 2017 Post-Incentive Auction First Priority Filing Window Closes September 27, 2017 EAS National Test date; midnight deadline for all broadcast stations to file EAS Form Two. October 1, 2017 AM & FM Stations in Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Iowa and Missouri: if five full-time employee threshold is met, complete EEO […]

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