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iHM, Aloha Trust Enter Station Exchange with Connoisseur Media
iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia and the Aloha Trust have entered into a strategic station exchange with Connoisseur Media across two U.S. markets. Under the agreement, iHeartMedia will acquire six radio stations from Connoisseur Media in Erie, PA and one in Mina, NY and Connoisseur Media will acquire two stations from the Aloha Trust in Frederick, MD. The More

NAB Show to Feature FCC's Pai, O'Rielly, Carr and Starks
NAB Show
NAB Show
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Michael O'Rielly, Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks will participate in two separate sessions at NAB Show, held April 6-11 in Las Vegas. Chairman Pai will offer remarks at the NAB: We Are Broadcasters Celebration on Tuesday, April 9 at 3pm on the Main Stage. As previously announced, "This Is Us" More

Midwest Acquries WNFZ-FM/Knoxville, Flips to 94.3 JACK FM
WNFZ-FM
WNFZ-FM
Midwest Communications has added another station to its cluster in Knoxville, TN. The company has agreed to acquire 2.94 kW Alternative WNFZ-FM (94.3) from John Pirkle. Following the move, Midwest is returning Adult Hits to the market with the launch of "94.3 JACK FM" at 5pm on Thursday, March 21. The company is operating the station More

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FCC Adopts Rules to Reimburse FM Stations Over TV Repack
FCC
FCC
The FCC has voted to adopt rules to reimburse FM stations for costs incurred due to the TV repack. It issued a Report and Order (Order) to adopt rules implementing Congress's directive in the 2018 Reimbursement Expansion Act (REA) that the agency reimburse certain FM broadcast stations, LPTV and TV translator stations for costs incurred More

VCY America Inc. to Acquire KTUK-FM (88.5) Tucson
VCY America
VCY America
VCY America Inc. has agreed to acquire 1.5kW Christian CHR KTUK-FM (88.5 Family Life Radio) serving Tucson from Family Life Broadcasting Inc. Terms were not immediately disclosed. VCY America Inc. is a Wisconsin-based company headed by Jim Schneider and currently More

Injunction Sought Against Pirate Station in Worcester MA
Department of Justice
Department of Justice
The U.S. has filed a civil action to prevent an unlicensed radio station from operating in Worcester, MA. According to the complaint, Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church have been operating a broadcast radio outlet in Worcester on 97.1 MHz without a FCC license. The complaint More

Alpha Closes on Sale of Biloxi MS Cluster to TeleSouth
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
Alpha Media has closed on its sale of six radio outlets in Biloxi, MS, to TeleSouth Communications. Included in the deal were 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 is a Mississippi-based company More

Pai Appoints Alexander Sanjenis Acting FCC Media Advisor
FCC
FCC
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appoints Alexander Sanjenis as his acting media advisor. Sanjenis replaces Alison Nemeth Steger, who is departing the agency. The media advisor advises the Chairman on issues primarily covered by the Media Bureau. The advisor and Bureau staff More

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PIRATE Act Passes U.S. House of Reps., Awaits Senate
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The PIRATE Act (H.R. 583) has passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives. It now awaits a vote from the Senate. Under the Act, any person operating a pirate radio station will be subject to a fine of not more than $100,000 per day of operations and not more than $2 million in total. More

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 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 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 More

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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 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

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Westwood One: Congratulations to Lon Helton, host of Westwood One's Country Countdown USA and publisher of Country Aircheck, who was honored for his impact on Country music with the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award during an event held last night, Wednesday, April 10th, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. L-R: Bob Kingsley, Trisha Yearwood, Lon Helton, Sally Williams and Garth Brooks.

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