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FCC Fines Gow Media's KFNC/Houston $5200 Over Contest
KFNC-FM
KFNC-FM
The FCC is fining Gow Media's Sports KFNC-FM/Mont Belvieu, TX (Houston) $5200 after it violated the Commission's rules when it failed to timely award a contest prize, thereby not conducting the contest substantially as announced or advertised. Specifically, the complainant claims that the advertised prize was an all-expenses-paid More

FCC Fines Townsquare's KSII-FM/El Paso $6000 Over Contest
Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media
The FCC has fined Townsquare Media's KSII-FM/El Paso $6000 for violating the Commission's rules when it failed to timely award a contest prize. On March 24, 2017, the Commission received a complaint alleging that Townsquare failed to award the complainant tickets to an Elton John concert. The complainant states that when he won the More

KELS-LP/Greeley CO Fined $15,000 For Airing Commericials
FCC
FCC
The FCC has found that Plymouth Gathering Inc.'s KELS-LP/Greeley, CO, apparently violated the Commission's rules for Noncommercial educational (NCE) stations on multiple occasions. Specifically, over a three-month period in 2018, Plymouth aired over 1,600 advertisements on KELS-LP promoting the products, services or businesses of at More

FCC Reaches Settlements to Shut Down Boston-Area Pirates
FCC
FCC
The FCC has reached settlements with two Boston-area pirate radio operators, Acerome Jean Charles and Gerlens Cesar, following Enforcement Bureau investigations. Through the Consent Decrees, the two operators will pay penalties, admit to violations, agree to 20-year compliance commitments and agree to dispose of any remaining broadcast More

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NAB Says FCC Fee Hike for Radio Stations is ''Inexplicable''
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
In Reply Comments to the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters writes that the FCC's adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for at least the second consecutive year "utterly fails to explain its rationale as to how its methodology for determining regulatory fees." The trade group wrote More

Reps. Ask FF to Halt Proposed Fee Increases Over COVID-19
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Reps. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) have sent a letter to the FCC regarding the Commission's rulemaking on regulatory fees for Fiscal Year 2020. In the letter, the lawmakers ask the FCC to halt any proposed increases in regulatory fees on broadcast radio and TV stations due to More

FCC Fines WMBT-LP/Gainesville FL $1500 for Late Renewal
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has slapped Family Unity Outreach Ministry's low power FM station WMBT-LP/Gainesville, FL, with a $1,500 fine for not renewing it license on time. The Commission said that an application for renewal of the station's license should have been filed by October 1, More

FCC Fines WTOY/Salem, VA for Late License Renewal App
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has proposed a fine of $7000 to Ward Broadcasting Corporation over the late renewal application of WTOY-AM/Salem, VA. In the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture the Commission fould that WBC failed to file a timely license renewal application for the station and engaged in More

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FCC Grants Cumulus Petition Exceeding Foreign Ownership Cap
Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media
The FCC has granted a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed on July 19, 2018 to Cumulus Media asking the ageny to exercise its discretion to permit the company to exceed the 25 percent foreign ownership benchmark. Specifically, the Petition requested approval to permit up to and including a sum total 100 More

Beasley Broadcast Unable to Meet 10-Q Filing Deadline
Beasley Media Group
Beasley Media Group
In an 8K filing with the SEC, Beasley Broadcast Group said it's unable to meet the filing deadline for its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it's relying on the order issued More

FCC Updates Public Notice for License Application Filings
FCC
FCC
The FCC has approved an order that would modernize and simplify the written and on-air public notices that broadcasters must provide upon the filing of certain applications. The new rules require shorter and more uniform public notices for all broadcast station applicants, and More

NAB Files Comments on FCC Booster Station Rules
GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has filed comments with the FCC Petition for Rulemaking filed by GeoBroadcast Solutions that requests a change in the Commission's rules to allow FM booster stations to originate programming on a limited basis. This would enable FM broadcasters to use GBS's More

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FCC Petitions U.S. Supreme Court Over Media Ownership Rules
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Solicitor General, on behalf of the FCC and the DOJ, is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the judgment of the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit when it vacated the order in the Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC case remanding the Commission's 2018 Incubator More

FCC Issues $20,000 NAL to WNEW/New York Over EAS Tones
FCC
FCC
The FCC has slapped Entercom's WNEW-FM/New York with a Notice of Apparent Liability for $20,000 for airing Emergency Alert System (EAS) codes or Attention Signals in the absence of an actual national, state or local area emergency, authorized test of the EAS, or a qualified public More

FCC Opens Comments to Allow OTA Radio to Add Geo-Targeting
GEO Broadcast Solutions
GEO Broadcast Solutions
The FCC is requesting comments on the petition filed by GeoBroadcast Solutions on March 13 seeking a rule change that would permit radio broadcasters to air geo-targeted programming, including emergency alerts, news and advertising on a voluntary basis. The technology, called ZoneCasting, has been in More

Local Radio Revenues Will Grow with Geo-Targeted Ads
BIA Advisory Services
BIA Advisory Services
According to a recently released joint study by BIA Advisory Services and Advertiser Perceptions, more than 90 percent of local retailers and two-thirds of national advertisers are poised to put more money into FM radio when geo-targeting becomes available. With the roll-out of ATSC 3.0 or NextGen TV, local More

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