First Annual Northern Golf Tourney a Big SuccessPosted On: June 21, 2017
The First annual golf tournament held on June 14th at the beautiful Grizzly Ranch Golf Club, 45 minutes north of Reno, was a big success. With the generous support from both the broadcast community and local businesses, the tournament raised over $25,000 for broadcast scholarships.
Thank you to everyone who came out and golfed, all those who help to organize and sponsor the event, especially our title sponsor, Dolan Auto Group, and to Grizzly Ranch for hosting us! Please see pictures in the gallery below.
Main Studio Rule ChangePosted On: June 8, 2017
This rule change will affect many of our broadcasters. The FCC wants to know what they think about the proposal.
Released: 06/05/2017. MEDIA BUREAU ANNOUNCES COMMENT AND REPLY COMMENT DEADLINES FOR MAIN STUDIO RULE NPRM. (DA No. 17-547). Comments Due: 07/03/2017. Reply Comments Due: 07/17/2017. MB . Contact: Diana Sokolow at (202) 418-2120, email: Diana.Sokolow@fcc.gov https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-17-547A1.doc
FCC Releases Instructions for Window for AM Stations to File for FM Translators and Announces Translator Filing Freeze – Pay Attention to the Details!Posted On: June 6, 2017
Late yesterday, the FCC released the Public Notice setting out the instructions for the upcoming window for Class C and D AM stations to file for new FM translators. The window will be open for the submission of applications from July 26 to August 2 – and mutually exclusive applications filed during that window will be resolved by an auction if they cannot be resolved by settlements or engineering solutions. This is a very complicated Public Notice, as the FCC is treating these applications as those filed in preparation for an auction. Applicants need to read this notice very carefully to avoid traps – traps which include having conversations with mutually exclusive applicants outside a yet-to-be-announced settlement window when engineering solutions to resolve conflicts between applications filed in the window will be allowed. ... Read More
SBE Award Nominations due by June 15Posted On: June 6, 2017
SBE Award Nominations are due by June 15!
The deadline for submitting nominations for SBE awards is rapidly approaching. June 15 is the last day on which chapters can submit nominations for the various SBE awards!
Every chapter has at least one member that has done an outstanding job in some aspect of our field. This person may be an educator or mentor. He or she may be an excellent engineer. Perhaps there is another member that has performed extraordinary service to the United States.
The individual awards are:
The James C. ... Read More
Florida TV Station Fined for Misuse of EAS TonesPosted On: June 6, 2017
It Starts at the Top…
The day after Memorial Day will be memorable for one Florida TV station but not for the right reasons. May 30 2017 is when WTLV TV and the FCC agreed to a Consent Decree ending an investigation into the station’s violations of EAS rules. The FCC cited WTLV TV for airing commercials last August which included EAS tones with an audio message assuring the audience that “this is not a test”. The ad went on to promote the local National Football League Team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While you can debate whether the $55,000 penalty included in the agreement is countered by the publicity generated for the team and the station, ... Read More
Comments on FCC Proposal to Abolish Broadcast Main Studio Rule Due July 3Posted On: June 1, 2017
In today’s Federal Register, the FCC has given notice of its proposal to abolish the main studio rule. That notice, here, sets the date for comments on this proposal as July 3. Reply comments are due two weeks later on July 17. We wrote about the FCC’s proposal and the questions being asked in this proceeding here and here. So, if you are interested in expressing your views on this significant deregulatory move by the FCC, file your comments by July 3. ... Read More
First Window for New FM Translators for AM Stations to Open July 26Posted On: June 1, 2017
The FCC released a Public Notice announcing that its window for Class C and D AM stations to file for new FM translators to rebroadcast their stations will open on July 26. The notice does not say much more except that there will be another notice coming soon providing more details on the filing process. This notice does not say whether applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis starting with those filed on July 26, or if there will be a longer window during which all applications that are filed will be considered together to determine which applications are “mutually exclusive” (i.e. ... Read More
FCC Proposes Regulatory Fees to Be Paid Later This Year – Questions about Allocation of Radio Fees, TV Satellite Stations, and Small Entity ExceptionsPosted On: May 23, 2017
Each year, the FCC is required by Congress to collect regulatory fees to cover the costs of its operations. All entities regulated by the FCC contribute to the amount necessary to cover the FCC’s costs – fees being allocated by the proportion of the total number of FCC employees needed to regulate a particular service. Before requiring the payment of the fees (which is usually done in September, just before the October 1 start of a new fiscal year for the government), the FCC must ask for comments on its proposed allocation of the fees among all those that it regulates. ... Read More
FCC Officially Starts Proceedings to Abolish Main Studio Rule and Review All Other Broadcast RulesPosted On: May 18, 2017
As expected, at its monthly open meeting yesterday, the FCC started two proceedings of particular importance to broadcasters. The first looks at the abolition of the main studio rules. The second asks for comments on all of the other rules affecting broadcasters and other media companies to see which are ripe for appeal. For the most part, the proposals as adopted mirrored the draft orders released for public review back at the end of April, which we summarized here.
The proposal to review all media rules – referred to as the Modernization of Media Regulation – will look at all media-related FCC rules with the idea of eliminating or modifying those that no longer make sense in the modern media environment. ... Read More
Broadcasters Day in Carson City 2017Posted On: May 15, 2017
View pictures from the day here.
5/11/17 ... Read More
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