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NAB Submits Comments to FCC Over Fee Increases for Radio
NAB
NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) submitted comments on Friday to the FCC in response to the Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2019. NAB claims the NPRM proposes "extraordinary" regulatory fee increases for radio stations for Fiscal Year 2019, while providing little or no More

NAB: Opposing Ownership Reform is Fundamentally Backward
NAB
NAB
In a filing with the FCC regarding the agency's 2018 Quadrennial Regulatory Review, NAB says "the comments submitted by those parties opposing reform of the FCC's local radio and TV ownership rules are fundamentally backward." Commenters against relaxation of the ownership restrictions argue that the Commission, in reviewing its radio More

Cumulus Media Seeks Foreign Ownership Ruling From FCC
Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media has filed a petition with the FCC seeking a declaratory ruling requesting that the agency find it would serve the public interest to permit up to a 100 percent aggregate foreign investment (voting and equity) in Cumulus Media Inc., which is a Delaware corporation. Cumulus filed the petition in connection with the recent More

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University of Evansville Agrees to Sell WUEV-FM to WAY-FM
WAY Media
WAY Media
After an almost two-year review, the University of Evansville has announced the sale of its radio broadcast outlet 6.1kW WEUV-FM (91.5) to Christian radio broadcaster WAY Media (WAY-FM). WUEV will remain operational during the transition period, at which time WAY-FM will take over the frequency. The deal has been submitted to FCC for More

Alpha Media Adds KEYU-FM to Cluster in Amarillo TX
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
Alpha Media has agreed to acquire 100kW Spanish KEYU-FM (102.9)/Amarillo, TX from Atlanta-based Gray Television. Terms were not immmediately disclosed. A contract has been signed and an application is being filed with the FCC for the transfer. The buyer, Alpha Media, is an Oregon-based company More

U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Passes the PIRATE Act
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously passed the PIRATE Act. The move follows a letter sent last week from broadcaster associations in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer urging the Senate to pass the Act, which would provide the FCC with new More

FCC Improves Translator Interference Complaint Process
FCC
FCC
The FCC has adopted a Report and Order meant to streamline and improve the FM translator interference complaint and resolution process. The Commission noted that the increasing number of FM translator stations, as well as their growing economic importance for AM More

50 State Broadcasters Associations Urge PIRATE Act Passage
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
A letter was sent Tuesday from broadcaster associations in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer urging the Senate to pass the PIRATE Act, which would provide the FCC with new enforcement tools to combat illegal pirate radio operations. The PIRATE Act, More

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NABOB Comments Ask FCC to Retain Existing Ownership Rules
NABOB
NABOB
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) has filed comments in the FCC's 2018 Quadrennial Review of its broadcast ownership rules. NABOB stated that "any change in the local radio ownership rule to allow increased consolidation will have a More

NAB Files Comments with the FCC Over Ownership Review
NAB
NAB
NAB has filed comments with the FCC in response to the Commission's quadrennial ownership review NPRM. The trade group's comments focus on the local radio and TV rules, arguing that the FCC must define the media and advertising markets much more broadly than in the past. NAB also said that digital More

WTOP/Washington DC Remains Top Biller at $69M in 2018
Digital advertising platforms at local radio outlets led revenue growth across the industry again last year, according to the first quarter edition of BIA Advisory Services' 2019 Investing In Radio Market Report. While over-the-air advertising remained flat $13.3 billion (down 1.6% from $13.5 in More

FCC Approves iHeartMedia Assignment, Transfer Applications
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has approved the assignment and transfer of control applications filed by wholly-owned subsidiaries of iHeartMedia, Debtor-in-Possession, ruling that the moves will serve the public interest. The Assignment Applications and one Transfer More

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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 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, 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 More

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 More

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