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FCC Eliminates Broadcast EEO Mid-Term Report Filings
FCC
FCC
The FCC has voted to eliminate the Broadcast Mid-Term Report (Form 397) filing requirement, concluding that this paperwork has become redundant and unnecessary. The Commission has used Form 397 in its mid-term reviews of broadcasters' equal employment opportunity practices. But because almost all of the information collected in Form 397 More

iHeartMedia Announces Confirmation of Plan of Reorganization
iHeartMedia has announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas has confirmed the company's Plan of Reorganization. The company expects to complete its restructuring process in the first half of 2019. Following iHM's completion of the restructuring process, Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman and President, EO and CFO More

State Broadcasters Urge Congress to Pass the PIRATE Act
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
A letter was sent last Friday from broadcaster associations from all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer urging Congress to pass the PIRATE Act, which would provide the FCC with new enforcement tools to combat illegal pirate More

Reps. Urge Protections in Expanded Usage of C-Band Spectrum
U.S. Reps. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday expressing concerns regarding the the agency's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking examining expanded operations in the C-band. While supporting the Commission's efforts to close the digital divide, they requested that the agency ensure More

PIRATE Act Passes U.S. House in First Congressional Session
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The PIRATE Act has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the first session of the 116th Congress. It was originally passed as H.R. 5709 in July, 2018 by an unanimous vote. It now awaits a vote from the Senate. Under the Act, any person operating a pirate radio station will be subject More

U.S. Senate Confirms Geoffrey Starks, Brendan Carr to FCC
Geoffrey Starks
Geoffrey Starks
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Geoffrey Starks as an FCC Commissioner and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr to a full term. President Trump nominated Starks to fill the FCC seat occupied by Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, who announced in April, 2018 she would leave the Commission. Her term officially ended More

FCC to Suspend Most Operations Thursday Over Shutdown
In the event of a continued partial lapse in federal government funding, the Federal Communications Commission will suspend most operations in the middle of the day on Thursday, January 3. At that time, employees will have up to four hours to More

FCC Reports Findings for 2018 Nationwide WEA, EAS Tests
FCC
FCC
The FCC has provided an initial overview of the 2018 nationwide tests of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the FCC on October 3. All participating Commercial Mobile Service (CMS) More

EMF to Acquire WATG-FM/Rome GA for $200K From TTA
WATG-FM
WATG-FM
Educational Media Foundation has agreed to purchase 1.3kW Classic Hits WATG-FM (95.7) licensed to Trion, GA and serving the Rome, GA market, from TTA Broadcasting for $200,000. The deal is subject to FCC approval. EMF, headed by Alan Mason, owns and operates 250 stations nationwide, as well as the More

U.S. Senate Passes READI Act to Improve EAS System
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The U.S. Senate has passed the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation, introduced in July by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and John Thune (R-SD), would ensure that relevant emergency alerts are delivered on radio, TV and mobile phones. It More

Alpha Sells Biloxi MS Cluster to TeleSouth Communications
Alpha Media has agreed to sell six radio outlets in Biloxi, MS, to TeleSouth Communications. Terms were not immediately disclosed. Included in the deal are 1kW WANG-AM (1490), 10kW WTNI-AM (1640), 50kW WCPR-FM (97.9), 4.3kW WGBL-FM (96.7), 25kw WQBB-FM (105.9) and 2.8kW WXYK-FM (107.1). TeleSouth More

FCC Begins 2018 Quadrennial Review of Media Ownership Rules
FCC
FCC
The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking beginning the 2018 Quadrennial Review of the Commission's media ownership rules. The agency is required to review certain broadcast ownership rules every four years to determine whether they "are necessary in the More

Lotus Closes on Buy of Scripps Stations in Tucson, Boise
Lotus Communications
Lotus Communications
Lotus Communications Corp. has closed on its purchase of four stations in Tucson and four stations in Boise, ID, from Scipps Media for $8 million. This represents the last of the radio outlets owned by Scripps. Included in the deal were 1kW KFFN-AM (1490), 100kW More

Pirate Radio Operator Arraigned in Croton-On-Hudson, NY
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau and the Westchester County District Attorney's Office have announced details of a joint investigation resulting in the arrest of and arraignment of a pirate radio operator in Croton-On-Hudson, NY. FCC field agents traced the illegal broadcasts and located the operator, More

Halprin Will Serve as FCC'S Administrative Law Judge
FCC
FCC
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that Jane Hinckley Halprin will serve as the agency's Administrative Law Judge. Halprin will replace Judge Richard Sippel, who retired on December 1. Halprin joined the FCC in 1987 as a staff attorney in the former Common More

FCC Lays Groundwork for Quadrennial Media Ownership Review
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (pictured) has announced that the agency will open up its required quadrennial examination of media ownership rules at the FCC's Open Meeting on December 12 meeting, specifically examining rules affecting local media markets. The review will begin with a Notice of Proposed More

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Cumulus Media/Bloomington: WBWN-FM, WBNQ-FM and WJBC-AM/Bloomington, IL, completed its 11th Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Radiothon on Thursday, February 14th and Friday, February 15th. This year's event raised $103,480 for the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Back Row L-R: Lyndall Campbell, Susan Saunders, Ian Hunter, OM/PD Dan Westhoff, Dana Bell, Andrew Wegrzynski. Middle Row L-R: Faith Rinker, Kenzie Anderson, Sue Goodwin, ALSAC's Jill Libert, VP/Market Manager Paula Williams, Ruth Nichols. Front Row L-R: Cody West and Buck Stevens.