Dates To Remember

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by

August 1, 2017 AM & FM Stations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois & Wisconsin: 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. AM & FM Stations in California: if five full-time employee threshold is met, complete EEO […]

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Cross-Service FM Translator Filing Window Ends August 2nd

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by

Class C and D AM stations have until 6:00 p.m. EDT August 2, 2017 to file for new FM translator permits.  The filing window opened on July 26, 2017 and has been designated Auction 99.  To be qualified, stations are reminded that both the technical portion of the Form 349 must be filed in CDBS, […]

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Post-Incentive Auction Update for TV Stations

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by

July was a whirlwind month for TV stations. Nearly 1,000 stations filed for their assigned post-auction repack channel by July 12, 2017, with most of those also filing a Form 399 cost estimate by that same date to establish a baseline amount that it will cost the government to repack stations into channels 2-36. The […]

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EAS National Test Set For September 27th

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by

The latest EAS National Test public notice is an important one, setting pre- and post-test deadlines and establishing September 27, 2017 as the scheduled test date. Every broadcast station must participate. In addition to checking your equipment and getting set for the test, three separate filings must be made for each encoder. First up is […]

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Ownership Report Delay?

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by

Several months ago, the FCC made the decision to have every broadcast station file biennial ownership reports on the same schedule – every two years by December 1st. They also decided to migrate the ownership reporting forms to the License Management System, and tweak the form in other ways. We’ve been concerned for some time […]

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FCC Field Offices Active

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by

We mentioned it in last month’s newsletter, and want to stress it again here. The FCC’s Field Office personnel have apparently been given an enforcement directive, and based on the number of actions being taken against rule violators, they are quite active in certain areas of the country. So that old assumption that it is […]

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Dates To Remember

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by

July 3, 2017 Deadline to file initial comments in Main Studio Rule Elimination proceeding. July 5, 2017 Deadline to file initial comments in Modernization of Media Regulations proceeding. July 10, 2017 TV, Class A, AM & FM Stations (commercial & noncommercial): complete 2nd quarter 2017 issues/program reports. TV & Class A stations post the report […]

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Can Stations Remove Letters from the Public from Their Public Files Yet?

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by

The short answer to the question from the headline above is yes. The FCC adopted an order much earlier this year eliminating the public file requirement for broadcast stations to place letters and emails from the public about station operations in their public files. That order had to be reviewed by the Office of Management […]

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Post-Auction Television Repack Important Deadlines Near

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by

A critically important post-auction television repack deadline is right around the corner. Specifically, July 12, 2017 is the deadline for all repacked and voluntarily relocating stations to file a construction permit application for their allotted facilities. This application is filed on FCC Form 2100 in the Licensing Management System. Many stations have already filed this […]

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New NCE Fundraising Rule Effective Date

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by

Remember earlier this year when the FCC adopted an order allowing NCE stations to conduct fundraising for third-party 501(c)(3) non-profits for up to 1% of their airtime per year? Well, we’ve been waiting for that rule change to go into effect, and most of it will actually become effective July 5, 2017. We know your […]

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