Comment Dates Set on FCC Proposals to Change Clear Channel AM Interference Protection StandardsPosted On: November 19, 2018
The FCC last month released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking suggesting a lessening of the interference protections afforded to Class A AM stations – what are commonly known as the “clear channel” stations. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register today setting a deadline for filing comments on the FCC’s proposals of January 22 and a deadline for reply comments of February 19. We summarized the FCC’s proposals here.
As we wrote in our initial summary of the proposal, this proceeding is likely to be controversial, as licensees of Class A stations fear that the reduction in interference could lessen these stations’ appeal to advertisers, ... Read More
November Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EAS Form Three, LPTV and FM Repacking Reimbursement Costs, and FM Translator Long-Form ApplicationsPosted On: October 28, 2018
November is perhaps the month with the lightest schedule of routine FCC regulatory filing obligations – with no requirements for EEO Public File Reports, Quarterly Issues Programs or Children’s Television Reports. Nor are there other routine obligations that come up in the course of any year, though during November of 2019, broadcasters will be preparing for next year’s December 1 Biennial Ownership Report deadline. So does that mean that there are no dates of interest this month for broadcasters? As always, there are always a few dates of which you need to keep track.
The one November date applicable to all broadcasters is the requirement for the filing of ETRS Form Three, ... Read More
Long-Form Applications Due November 5 for FM Translators for AM StationsPosted On: October 2, 2018
Earlier this year, there was a settlement window for mutually exclusive applications in the FCC’s application window for new FM translators for Class A and B AM stations. The FCC yesterday released a list of the applications that are now grantable as a result of conflict resolutions filed during that settlement window. These applicants must file their “long-form applications,” setting out the technical details of their proposed operations, during a filing window that will open October 4 and close November 5. The instructions for filing those applications are here. The list of applicants who are able to file is here. ... Read More
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 17Posted 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 WindowPosted 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 AvailablePosted 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 YearPosted 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 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
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