September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Annual Regulatory Fees; Nationwide EAS Test; Comment Dates on FM Translator Interference, Audio Competition, Children’s Television Requirements, and Reimbursement for LPTV and FM Repacking Costs; and MorePosted On: August 26, 2018
While September is one of those months with neither EEO reports nor Quarterly Issues Programs or Children’s Television Reports, that does not mean that there are no regulatory matters of importance to broadcasters. Quite the contrary – as there are many deadlines to which broadcasters should be paying attention. The one regulatory obligation that in recent years has come to regularly fall in September is the requirement for commercial broadcasters to pay their regulatory fees – the fees that they pay to the US Treasury to reimburse the government for the costs of the FCC’s operations. We don’t know the specific window for filing those fees yet, ... Read More
EAS State Emergency Communications Committee MeetingPosted On: August 22, 2018
It’s time for our annual EAS State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) meeting. This year, the meeting will be held in Reno, and the Reno Chapter of the SBE is helping sponsor the event as the September SBE meeting. You are all part of EAS so you are all invited!
Here are the details:
DATE: Thursday, September 13, 2018
TIME: 2:00 — 4:00 PM
The Agenda for this year’s meeting will include an overview of CAP EAS, ... Read More
Comments Due September 24 on Audio Competition Report – Setting the Stage for Radio Ownership Reform?Posted On: August 22, 2018
The state of the audio industry will no doubt be a crucial consideration in the next Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s ownership rules, expected to start late this year or early next. But, before that Review begins, the FCC has been tasked by Congress to write a report on the state of competition in the audio marketplace. In order to gather information for that report to Congress, the FCC is seeking public comment on the state of the industry, asking questions about the state of completion for listeners and advertisers – questions which we summarized here. A summary of the request for comments on the “Status of Competition in the Marketplace for Delivery of Audio Programming” was published in the Federal Register today, ... Read More
23rd Annual Hall of Fame Gala 8.18.18Posted On: August 22, 2018
If you weren’t able to attend the 23rd annual Hall of Fame Gala, we missed you! You can watch the program below.
More Action Appears to be Coming on AM Revitalization – Looking at Revising Interference Protection for Class A Clear Channel StationsPosted On: August 15, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, in a speech this week at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Summer Convention (the text of the speech is available here), announced that he has circulated to the other Commissioners for review and approval a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking looking to make changes to AM interference standards. Specifically, he said that the NPRM would look at Class A AM interference standards. I was in the audience for the Chairman’s remarks, and audience reaction was muted – perhaps because so few people regularly use the term “Class A AM” when referring to what many call the “clear channel” stations – those big 50 kW AM stations that can often be heard halfway across the country at night because of their “skywave” service bouncing off the atmosphere to be received hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles from where the signal originates. ... Read More
FCC Adopts Incubator Program To Assist New Radio Owners – What Does it Provide?Posted On: August 6, 2018
At its meeting last week, the FCC adopted a Report and Order creating an incubator program to incentivize existing broadcasters to assist new entrants to get into broadcast ownership. The FCC in its order last year relaxing TV local ownership rules and abolishing the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule had agreed to adopt an incubator program (see our articles here and here). In fact, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which is reviewing the FCC’s ownership order, stayed the processing of that appeal to await the rules on the incubator program (see our article here), ... Read More
Nationwide EAS TestPosted On: August 6, 2018
Nationwide EAS Test
The FCC and FEMA will once again conduct a nation-wide test of the Emergency Alert System. The National Test (NPT) will be sent on September 20, 2018 at 2:18PM EDT, 11:18 AM PDT. As in years past, stations are required to register for this test. You have until August 27th to File ETRS Form One for this year’s National EAS Test.
This year, Form One should repopulate with the same information you supplied last year, which means, unless you’ve had a lot of changes, or are filing for a new station, it should be easier to file Form One this year than it was last year. ... Read More
NVBA Encourages Members to Join the Free Radio AlliancePosted On: August 1, 2018
The Free Radio Alliance is dedicated to strengthening the future of free, local radio. The Alliance is launching a massive effort to sign up more individual members to help fight policies that could hurt stations’ ability to serve their communities and impact jobs, such as a crippling performance tax. The Nevada Broadcasters Association encourages members to sign up for the Free Radio Alliance to keep local radio stations thriving, innovating, accessible and free. ... Read More
FCC Asks for Comments on the State of the Audio Marketplace – A Precursor to Reviewing the Radio Ownership Rules?Posted On: July 23, 2018
The FCC routinely, at the request of Congress, does a study of the Video Marketplace. That study is submitted to Congress so that Congress can use it as a factual basis for any legislative issues that may come up dealing with the TV marketplace. The FCC has not previously done this sort of routine study of the audio marketplace. However, in recent legislation, Congress included a requirement that the FCC, in the last quarter of every even numbered year, provide such a report. Yesterday, the FCC released a Public Notice asking a number of questions about the marketplace, ... Read More
Significant Changes to EAS RulesPosted On: July 16, 2018
The FCC has announced some significant changes in EAS rules, now allowing “Live Code” tests, the use of the EAS attention tones in “educational” PSA’s, and requiring stations to report “false” EAS activations within 24 hours of discovery.
Click HERE for the full 21-page order which is summarized in the release below.
Rochelle Cohen, (202) 418-1162
For Immediate Release
FCC PROMOTES EMERGENCY ALERT RELIABILITY
Action Supports More Effective Local Emergency Alert Tests and PSAs, ... Read More
Thank you for visiting the Nevada Broadcasters Association website
It is truly an honor for me to serve as the new President and CEO of the Nevada Broadcasters Association. I want to thank the NVBA Board of Directors for their vote of confidence in me.
I would also like to recognize Mary Beth Sewald, my predecessor and current President and CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, for her friendship and support. Mary Beth and the dedicated NVBA staff have developed one of the most respected broadcast organizations in the country and I hope to build upon that success with your input and engagement.
Additionally, I hope to use my experience in broadcasting, government, education, business and communications to take the Association to new levels of influence and prominence. Broadcasters need a unified voice, as we tell our message in the halls of Congress, at our state capitol and in our communities. The Nevada Broadcasters Association will continue to be that voice and a passionate advocate for our industry.
President and CEO
Nevada Broadcasters Association
2018 New Year Update
Dear Members & Friends,
Welcome to 2018 and to our website! A new year brings new leadership to the Nevada Broadcasters Association (NVBA). Veteran Broadcaster Mitch Fox has come on board to serve as our new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mitch has served in the broadcast industry for more than 30 years. He spent much of his career in Las Vegas working in Public Broadcasting and most recently was Nevada State Director for the Porter Group, a Washington D.C.-based lobbying firm.
Under Fox’s leadership, the NVBA Board and Staff will continue its mission to promote and advocate for governmental policies that benefit our member stations and to maintain a leadership role in our state, ensuring a vibrant and successful future for local television and radio.
The NVBA relies on the grassroots leadership and strength of our member stations and we thank you all for your continued support and for allowing us to serve your stations and the industry at large as we move through the remainder of 2018.
Viola Cody, Chair