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AM Station Proposes to Test Silencing AM to Operate 100% From a Translator – What Does It Say About the AM Band?

Posted On: September 13, 2018

The broadcast trade press was abuzz this morning with a report that an Arizona AM station currently simulcasting its programming on an FM translator has asked the FCC for permission to conduct a test where it would shut down its AM for about a year and operate solely through the FM translator. To grant this request, the FCC would need to waive its rule (Section 74.1263(b)) which prohibits an FM translator station from operating during extended periods when the primary station is not being retransmitted.

This idea of turning in an AM station to operate with a paired FM translator (though,  ... Read More

FCC Reminds C-Band Satellite Dish Users – Including Broadcasters – To Register By October 17

Posted On: September 9, 2018

On Friday, the FCC issued a reminder to all operators “of fixed-satellite service (FSS) earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band that were constructed and operational as of April 19, 2018 that the filing window to license or register such earth stations closes on October 17, 2018.” This frequency band is commonly referred to as the “C-Band”, and many of the “FSS earth stations” are satellite dishes that receive programming used by both radio and TV stations. The FCC is exploring allowing additional users into this spectrum, and has warned that only registered users of the spectrum will be entitled to any protections against any new users who may be authorized.  ... Read More

FCC Opens Settlement Window For More Translator Applications in Second Translator Window

Posted On: September 9, 2018

The FCC last week issued a Public Notice announcing another window for mutually exclusive applicants filed in the second translator window to attempt to resolve the interference conflicts that the FCC found to exist between certain of these applications. A window for such settlements had been opened several months ago, but these are additional applications now identified as being in conflict. The conflicting applications are listed here. These applications were filed in the second translator window in late 2017, which was opened primarily so that Class A and B AM stations could seek authority to rebroadcast their signals on new FM translators that would be tied to those AM stations.  ... Read More

FCC Annual Regulatory Fees Due September 25 – Media Bureau Fee Filing Guide Available

Posted On: September 4, 2018

On Thursday, we wrote about the FCC’s release of its order setting the amounts for the Annual Regulatory Fees paid by all of those regulated by the FCC. Those fees are due by September 25. On Friday, the FCC released a Fact Sheet detailing the fees for broadcast and other licensees regulated by the Media Bureau and how those fees should be paid. As we noted in our article last week, fees are due for stations based on the FCC authorization they held on October 1, 2017 – so even stations whose licenses have been surrendered (e.g.  ... Read More

Annual Regulatory Fees Due September 25 – Expect Changes in TV Fees Starting Next Year

Posted On: August 29, 2018

Just when you thought that it might be safe to stop watching your email and prepare to enjoy the long weekend, the FCC comes along and reminds you that there is work ahead in September. As we warned in our summary of the regulatory dates for broadcasters in September, the FCC announced the deadline for filing annual regulatory fees – they will be due by 11:59 pm ET on September 25, 2018. A copy of the FCC order announcing the amounts of the new fees is available here. The filing date is available on the FCC’s website.  ... Read More

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 More

Posted 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 Meeting

Posted 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

LOCATION: Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) 5195 Spectrum Blvd, Reno, NV 89512

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 8.18.18

Posted 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.

Photos from the evening can be viewed and downloaded HERE and HERE   Thank you Infinity Photo and JYJ Photography for capturing the evening.  ... Read More

More Action Appears to be Coming on AM Revitalization – Looking at Revising Interference Protection for Class A Clear Channel Stations

Posted 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

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.

Mitch Fox
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.

Best Wishes,

Viola Cody, Chair

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