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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

Radio Ownership Subcaps on the Table for FCC Review

Posted On: March 16, 2017

Courtesy Broadcast Law Blog

We’ve written (see, e.g. our articles here, here and here) about the pending petitions asking the FCC to reconsider decisions reached last year to end the UHF discount, to leave the TV local ownership rules in place and to make attributable new TV Joint Sales Agreements, and to not adopt any change in the FCC radio ownership rules in “embedded markets.” Recently, that list of items on the table before the FCC has expanded, with a number of radio groups making a concerted push to change the FCC rules on ownership “subcaps” – limiting the number of AM or FM stations that can be owned in a single market.  ... Read More

Relaxed Rules for Location of FM Translators to Rebroadcast AM Stations Effective April 10

Posted On: March 15, 2017

Courtesy Broadcast Law Blog

We wrote here and here about the FCC’s new rules to relax the limits on where licensees of AM stations can use FM translators to rebroadcast their stations. The new rules allow the location of these translators so that their 1 mv/m coverage area does not extend beyond 25 miles from the AM station or beyond the AM station’s 2 mv/m contour – whichever is greater. Up to now, the translator had to stay within the lesser of those two areas. According to a Federal Register publication today,  ... Read More

NVBA Washington Update

Posted On: March 15, 2017

Hello and welcome back to the NVBA Washington Update. With plenty of changes afoot in Washington, we’ll use these updates to get you up to speed on what’s happening in the telecom world and what’s driving the agenda in the nation’s capital. 

It should come as no surprise that healthcare and the GOP’s repeal and replacement of Obamacare is sucking up most of the policymaking oxygen in DC. Broadcasters, however, have plenty to look out for in the coming weeks: the close of the incentive auction and start of the 39-month repacking timeline; more moves by the FCC to roll back Obama-era regulations;  ... Read More

NV Broadcasters on Capitol Hill

Posted On: March 10, 2017

Nevada’s Broadcasters Attend NAB, State Leadership,
Meetings with Nevada Congressional Delegation
Washington, D.C.
February 27-March2, 2017
Mary Beth Sewald/Adam Sandler

            The Nevada delegation of broadcasters is home following the annual Washington, D.C. trip to fly the flag on behalf of the NVBA and its members.

It was an exceptionally productive trip this year, as our team met, not only with the Nevada Congressional Delegation, but also with NVBA lobbyists Hon. Jon Porter and The Porter Group team, Adam Sandler, Government Affairs experts from the NAB, NVBA’s Washington, D.C. legal counsel at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw,  ... Read More

FCC Approves Expansion of Use of FM Translators By AM Stations – But Warns Broadcasters Not to Jump the Gun and File Before New Rules Become Effective

Posted On: March 1, 2017

Courtesy Broadcast Law Blog

As we wrote last week, the FCC approved the expanded use of FM translators by AM stations – allowing their use anywhere within a 25-mile radius of their AM transmitter site, or within the 2 mv/m contour of the AM station – whichever is greater. The current rule restricts that will be replaced limit FM translator use to the lesser of the 2 mv/m contour or the 25-mile radius for the AM station. We summarized the draft order here, and the final order generally tracks that draft.  ... Read More

Hall of Fame Nominations are Now Open

Posted On: March 1, 2017

Nominations are opened from 3/1/17 through 4/30/17

To be nominated a person must have worked at least 20 years in the broadcasting industry, with 5 of those years being in Nevada.  Nominees can come from any field in the broadcasting industry from administration, traffic, engineering, building support, sales, promotions, etc.

Click on the image below to download a fillable PDF nomination form.

Forms should be returned to

Inductions will be limited to the first 35 qualified nominees.

 ... Read More

Broadcasters Gear Up for Trump’s First Address to Congress

Posted On: February 28, 2017

Courtesy of
by A.J. Katz

The broadcast, cable and streaming news networks are set to provide in-depth, live coverage of Pres. Donald Trump‘s first address to the joint session of the Congress on Tuesday night. Here are their coverage plans.

Click HERE for the full article  ... Read More

Repack Fever Could Lead to Tower Over-Loading or Stations Going Dark

Posted On: February 24, 2017

Courtesy of

Meintel, Sgrignoli, and Wallace (MSW) is putting numbers to potential scenarios that can affect public radio FMs co-located with TV stations expected to be impacted by the channel repack following the incentive auction. The Public Radio Satellite System published a report commissioned by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on the repack so public radio stations can see what they’re likely to encounter and plan ahead.

MSW says that 152 CPB-eligible radio stations are within 250 meters of a full-power or Class A television station that may be repacked.  ... Read More

FCC Approves For the First Time 100% Foreign Ownership of US Broadcast Stations

Posted On: February 23, 2017

Courtesy Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday released its first decision approving 100% foreign ownership of a group of US broadcast stations. This comes after significant relaxation of the FCC’s interpretation of the foreign ownership limits which, less than 4 years ago, had been interpreted to effectively prohibit foreign ownership of more than 25% of a company controlling broadcast licensees (see our article here about the 2013 decision to relax the restrictive policy). In yesterday’s decision, the FCC approved the application of an LLC controlled 100% by a husband and wife, both Australian citizens,  ... Read More

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