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FM Class C4 Station Proposal Hits the Streets

By Peter Tannenwald on Jun 10, 2018 09:30 am

The FCC has launched a Notice of Inquiry looking toward the creation of a new “C4” class of FM broadcast station, with an effective radiated power (ERP) limit of 12 kW. Although recent press reports suggested that the proposal was getting nowhere at the FCC, someone must have sent in a turn-around specialist, and the...… Continue Reading

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FCC Moves to Eliminate Posting of Broadcasting License

By Matt McCormick on Jun 01, 2018 09:57 am


Fifty-years ago this fall, as a bewildered University of Oregon freshman, I showed up for an orientation session for newbies who wanted to be on the air at what was then student-programmed KWAX. The station’s chief engineer introduced us to the program log, told us how to take meter readings (required every half hour as...…
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FCC Proposes 2018 Regulatory Fees

By FHH Law on May 24, 2018 10:07 am

As we pack up our swimming trunks and beach umbrellas for the unofficial start of summer, the FCC this week issued its 2018 Regulatory Fee Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). This NPRM puts in motion the process for payment of regulatory fees which will likely be due sometime in September. For the most part, the...… Continue Reading

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FCC Proposes Rules to Reform Procedures on FM Translator Station Complaints

By Dan Kirkpatrick on May 21, 2018 11:13 am

The FCC at its May Open Meeting adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing reforms to the Commission’s current procedures used to resolve complaints of interference caused by FM translator stations. As the NPRM recites, the FM translator service was instituted in 1970 as a way to improve reception of FM radio stations in...…
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Upcoming FCC Broadcast Deadlines May – June 2018

By FHH Law on May 1, 2018


Do you know what FCC filing deadlines are in the coming months? We do. Time to mark up your calendars so you’re not late on these important deadlines. Call FHH if you have trouble meeting these deadlines or need assistance...Continue Reading

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FCC Opens Up Special Displacement Window for LPTV Stations

By FHH Law on Feb 13, 2018 03:11 pm

Last week the FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announced the opening of a 60-day filing window for those LPTV stations who are being displaced as a result of the post-incentive auction repacking process. The "Special Displacement Window" applies to certain LPTV stations, TV translators, and analog-to-digital replacement translators. The window will...... Continue Reading

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Noncommercial Stations Beware: When ‘Underwriting’ Spots Turn into Advertising, a Big Penalty Can Follow


By Matt McCormick and Peter Tannenwald on Feb 06, 2018 04:38 pm

Many noncommercial educational (NCE) stations – and their lawyers – were caught by surprise last week when the FCC issued a $115,000 civil penalty against an NCE licensee. The Cesar Chavez Foundation (CCF) was hit for running underwriting spots promoting for-profit entities. CCF agreed to the monetary penalty as part of an FCC approved consent...…
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Second Translator Window Opens Jan. 25; Freeze Goes Into Effect Today
By Matt McCormick on Jan 18, 2018 04:43 pm

The window for Class A and B AM stations (and certain Class C and D AM stations) to apply for new cross-service FM translators will open at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, and close at 5:59 p.m. Eastern Time (not at 11:59 p.m.) on Jan. 31, 2018. This will be the...... Continue Reading

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