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From CommLawCenter: By Scott R. Flick and Jessica Nyman May 4, 2016 The FCC released the tentative agenda for its May 25 Open Meeting today, and topping the agenda is an item that could lift a burden that has been on the shoulders of commercial broadcasters for half a century.  The FCC will vote on adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain ...Read More
From CommLawBlog:   If you participate in the Emergency Alert System, it’s time to get out your calendars and circle Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – because we now know that that’s the day on which our friends at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are planning on conducting the second-ever nationwide test of the EAS. We don’t know the time of day yet or a number of other details that will ...Read More
Commercial radio stations located within the Top 50 Radio markets that have five or more employees per station employment unit will be required to begin placing public file material in an FCC-hosted online public filing system as of the effective date of the order (which will follow Office of Management and Budget approval of the new rule).  All other stations, including both commercial and noncommercial stations in markets of any ...Read More
The FCC has announced filing dates and clarified procedures for the two upcoming windows during which an FM translator may file as a minor change to move up to 250 miles and to a different channel in order to serve as a fill-in translator for an AM station.  There are to be two windows: a “First Window” from January 29 through July 28, 2016 and a “Second Window” from July ...Read More
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From CommLawBlog:  It’s official! Last fall’s overhaul of the rules governing licensee-conducted broadcast contests has finally become effective. According to a notice in the Federal Register, our friends at the Office of Management and Budget gave the new rules the big thumbs up last week, and the rules have now taken effect as of February 12, 2016. This means that, among other things, stations are now able to post their ...Read More
In July 2014, the FCC adopted new rules that require video clips delivered by Internet Protocol (IP) to be captioned if the clip is from video programming that was shown with captions on television. The rules and standards for captioning such IP clips are the same as those for regular full-length programming, if the clip is posted to a station’s website or app after it was shown on television with ...Read More
The MBA is taking part in a pilot project for the Radio Preservation Task Force. This group has been tasked by the Library of Congress to assemble a national radio air check database. Frank Absher, Executive Director of the St. Louis Media History Foundation, is building a regional repository of these air checks in Missouri which could be used as a template for other states.  Collections are already established in ...Read More