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FCC Changes in Rules on Computation of Foreign Ownership of Broadcast Stations Now Effective

Posted On: April 20, 2017

Last year, the FCC made some modifications in its assessment of foreign ownership of companies with broadcast interests, relaxing some of their compliance rules to take account of the realities of the current public stock trading marketplace – realities that, using the FCC’s old policies, made determinations of the level of foreign ownership in any company difficult. We wrote about the changes made by the FCC here. Those rules became effective yesterday, when the approval of the changes by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act was published in the Federal Register.  ... Read More

Hey Nevada!

Posted On: April 14, 2017

A New Statewide show focusing on issues that matter most to Nevada

In this Episode–NVBA President Mary Beth Sewald,  interviews Kristin McMillan, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

In this Episode–Ann Silver of The Chamber Reno-Sparks Northern Nevada, and Kristin McMillan of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.  ... Read More

Broadcasters Day in Carson City

Posted On: April 13, 2017

NVBA members will join with state legislators to discuss issues important to broadcasters and our communities. For more information or to participate, please contact the Nevada Broadcasters Association Office at (702) 794-4994.

Date: May 11, 2017
Time: All Day
Location: Carson City

If you are coming from Southern Nevada/Las Vegas, please plan on taking the 6:30am Southwest Flight #1634. The Nevada Army National Guard is facilitating transport from the Reno Airport to Carson City. If you take a different flight, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Carson City.

The recommended return flight is the 7:40pm Southwest Flight #3577.  ... Read More

EAS Security Notes

Posted On: April 13, 2017

EAS Security Notes
April 10, 2017

Prepared by the SBE EAS Advisory Group

Intrusions into computerized equipment have been around since the internet became a reality years ago. It is no surprise to broadcast engineers that these invasions have made their way into radio and television stations.

Most recently, EAS devices have been a major target. To comply with FCC rules, these devices must have internet access to receive information from FEMA via IPAWS.

Security for EAS and other station devices should be a high priority for station engineers. As a result,  ... Read More

SBE Plans Multiple Events for NAB Show

Posted On: April 13, 2017

SBE Plans Multiple Events for 2017 NAB Show
April 10, 2017

As you plan how you will spend your time at the 2017 NAB Show, be sure you include the many SBE events on your convention calendar. While the Ennes Workshop launches the convention on Saturday, the highlight for SBE members is the annual Membership Meeting, which will be followed by a reception. The Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25, at 5:15 p.m. in room N256. The Membership Meeting brings you up to date on all the SBE activities and programs, and it includes a milestone-service recognition of SBE chapter certification chairs,  ... Read More

Request Filed with the FCC to Stay Effective Date of New Liberalized Rules on the Location of FM Translators for AM Stations

Posted On: April 3, 2017

Prometheus Radio Project, an advocacy group which has been active in lobbying for the interests of LPFM applicants and licensees, has asked that the FCC stay the April 10 effective date of the new rules liberalizing the location in which FM translators serving AM stations can locate (see its petition here). We wrote about those new rules here and here. Prometheus alleges that the liberalization in the rules will restrict the areas in which LPFM stations can locate their transmitter sites if the sites from which they currently operate become unusable. Their allegation is that the moves by these translators will “box in” LPFM stations at their current site.  ... Read More

Upcoming Events

Posted On: April 2, 2017


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Nevada Broadcasters Winning Support on Precedent-Setting Public Notices Legislation

Posted On: March 30, 2017

The Nevada Broadcasters Association testified yesterday in the Committee on Government Affairs, on behalf of Nevada Broadcasters’ effort to pass legislation regarding Public and Legal Notices. Current Nevada law says public and legal notices must be posted in a “newspaper of general circulation”. SB 218 would provide the option of choosing a website administered by the Nevada Broadcasters Association. This legislation broadens the marketplace in what has historically been a statutorily- supported monopoly, and would ultimately save government agencies and taxpayers, millions of dollars.

Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford is carrying SB 218

First,  ... Read More

Plan Your April Fools’ Day On-Air Pranks with the FCC in Mind

Posted On: March 28, 2017

With April Fools’ Day only a few days away, we need to play our role as attorneys and ruin the fun by repeating our annual reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other bits prepared especially for the day. While a little fun is OK, remember that the FCC does have a rule against on-air hoaxes. While issues under this rule can arise at any time, broadcaster’s temptation to go over the line is probably highest on April 1. The FCC’s rule against broadcast hoaxes, Section 73.1217, prevents stations from running any information about a “crime or catastrophe” on the air,  ... Read More

NAB Concerned About Radio in Repack Process

Posted On: March 28, 2017

by Susan Ashworth
Courtesy of

While it remains to be seen exactly how FM radio stations will be affected by the upcoming repack of television stations due to the TV spectrum auction, the National Association of Broadcasters is aware of one thing: the repacking of several hundred or more television stations to new channels will bring “unprecedented logistical and operational challenges for the commission and the broadcast industry,” the association wrote in a petition for reconsideration this month.

It’s becoming clear that the process will have implications for non-repacked broadcasters that operate on or near towers that serve repacked stations,  ... Read More

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This website is designed for the Radio and TV members we serve, along with providing a resource for the public as well.

The mission of the NVBA is to promote and advocate for the Broadcasters of Nevada while serving the public. This mission is woven throughout the fabric of every single thing we do.

Part of our mission includes working with the National Weather Service, facilitating EAS and AMBER Alert, serving with Nevada's Homeland Security Commission, facilitating emergency communications, administering Nevada's credentialing for First Responder Certification, Nevada's EAS Plan and Nevada's Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program, to name a few.

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The only security of all is in a free press.

The Nevada Broadcasters Association mission is to “Promote and Advocate for Nevada’s Broadcasters, while serving the public. This is a big statement that carries a lot of responsibility and we have never been more committed to the great state of Nevada and the public in which we serve. The NVBA is the voice for Nevada’s radio and television stations. The NVBA protects the interest of our member stations as well as our industry in the state and federal governments. We have a commitment to our members to constantly improve profitability, ensure journalistic integrity, maintain compliance and spotlight important issues that effect our state and the communities we serve.

The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation if produces must be submitted to. It is necessary to keep the waters pure.Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823
We continue to grow and set new standards for the broadcasters of Nevada and the nation. It is necessary that the Nevada Broadcasters keep the water pure.

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