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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Harvey & HCCB

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by

Thanks to many of our clients and readers who have inquired as to whether our firm or its employees were impacted by Harvey. While we did receive some rain and light wind during Harvey’s second and third landfalls, all was well for us in southeastern Louisiana. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Houston; […]

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Regulatory Fees Will Be Due In September

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by

Commercial broadcast stations have long had the middle of September penciled in on their calendars each year as a reminder of regulatory fee payments that must be made to the FCC. As of the publishing of this newsletter, the Commission had not quite issued the order adopting the regulatory fee schedule and filing window, but […]

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Ownership Reporting 2017

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by

Last month, we reported that NAB had filed a request with the FCC requesting that the December 1, 2017 ownership reporting deadline for all AM, FM, TV and Class A broadcast stations be delayed. Since then, we’ve heard nothing. Maybe the FCC is thinking about it. Or maybe they are scurrying about, trying to get […]

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New Cross-Service FM Translator Update

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by

The FCC’s first filing window for Class C and D AM stations to file for new cross-service FM translator permits closed on August 2nd, with over 1000 applications filed, exceeding most expectations. In the few days following the end of the window, the FCC staff did some digging and dismissed a small percentage of the […]

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Post-Incentive Auction – What’s Happening?

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by

Deadlines and filing requirements. That’s the best way to summarize the Post-Incentive Auction landscape for television stations. In the past few weeks, several repacked TV stations that filed an estimate of their expenses on Form 399 have received requests from the FCC for additional clarifying information, quotes, or support/justification for certain expenses. These have typically […]

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September 27th National EAS Test – What’s Next?

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by

By now, all broadcast stations should have filed their EAS Form One in advance of the scheduled National EAS Test. The date for doing so was August 28, 2017. If stations did not do so by the deadline, they should do so now. Plus, if any information on a station’s EAS Form One changes before […]

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Underwriting 101 – Via Consent Decree

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by

Most noncommercial stations have, over the years, carefully honed the process of preparing underwriting announcements in a way that meets the FCC’s standards, even though the minutiae of how to keep those legal is embodied in numerous FCC decisions over the last three decades. Notably, the frequency of FCC enforcement actions and published decisions about […]

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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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