DATES TO REMEMBER

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

January 31, 2018 Auction 100 Cross-Service FM Translator Filing Window Closes at 6 p.m. EST. All stations streaming a signal on the internet must file their statement of use and make a minimum payment of $500 per channel to Sound Exchange. February 1, 2018 AM & FM Stations in New Jersey and New York: if […]

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Convention Time!

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

Later this month, Hardy, Carey, Chautin & Balkin’s Managing Partner, Joe Chautin, will be attending the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville from February 25 – March 1. Joe will also be attending the National Association of Broadcaster’s Convention in Las Vegas from April 7-11. He is available to meet with clients at either convention. […]

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Children’s Television Rule Changes Near?

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

When it comes to broadcast deregulation, the past 12 months have been unprecedented, with numerous rules being pared back or tossed out into the abyss of archaic and nonsensical things. Amongst all this deregulatory fever, we think we’ve detected a bit of a pattern, especially when the FCC decides to make major changes to a […]

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30 Days Left for 2017 Biennial Ownership Reports

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

March 2, 2018 is the deadline for all broadcast stations (except low power FM stations or FM translator-only licensees) to file their 2017 biennial ownership reports. No, the 3-day government shutdown did not add additional time to the original 90 day “window” for getting these reports on file. That’s because the FCC’s website never shut […]

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Change at the Media Bureau

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

The FCC has announced two personnel changes in recent days. First up was Sarah Whitesell, named by Chairman Pai as Deputy Chief of the Media Bureau. Pai worked with Whitesell at the Justice Department in the late 1990s and during a pervious stint at the FCC, which was also in the Media Bureau. Whitesell is […]

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Paper Contract Filing by Broadcasters On the Chopping Block

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

Since the 1930s (yes, you read that correctly), the FCC’s rules have required that broadcast stations file certain contracts with the FCC, with any sensitive information redacted. There was never any way to do that electronically, so someone had to hit the print button, black out what was sensitive, and then snail mail the document […]

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Online Public File Deadline Nears For Radio Stations

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

By March 1, 2018, all broadcast stations required to have a public file must have transitioned to the FCC’s online public file system and cease using a paper file for compliance purposes. If you’ve been working on your station’s online file via the FCC’s OPIF portal, don’t forget to take it “live” on March 1st […]

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Cross-Service FM Translator Auction 100 Window Ends Today

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

The last filing window for AM station cross-service FM translator opportunities has a few hours left. The window, dubbed Auction 100 in case there are applicants who must go to auction, opened on January 25, 2018 but will close at 6 p.m. ET today, January 31, 2018. Any Class A, B, C or D AM […]

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FCC Field Office E-Mail Responses

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

It’s never a good thing to receive a “notice of inquiry” or other form of enforcement action from one of the FCC’s Field Offices about your station’s operations, but in case you do, they’ve set up an email address to streamline sending your response. Effective January 9, 2018, responses to filed office enforcement actions can […]

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Auction 83? What???

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by

A long, long time ago, the FCC decided to open a filing window for new commercial FM translator authorizations. They did so on February 6, 2003 and after an extension, closed it on March 21, 2003. That means we are coming up on the 15th anniversary of the window. Why are we mentioning this in […]

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