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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 service announcement (PSA). The Commission says that 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 development by GeoBroadcast Solutions 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 radio is the last major local More

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Nominated for Another Term
Michael O'Rielly
Michael O'Rielly
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has been nominated by President Trump to another five-year term with the agency that ends in June, 2024. A commissioner since November 2013, O'Rielly began his tenure at the agency by serving a partial term -- what was left of former commissioner Robert McDowell, which ended in 2014. O'Rielly was More

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Chairman Pai Commends Broadcasters' Coronavirus Response
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai held a conference call on Monday with radio and television broadcasters and broadcaster trade associations to thank them for their efforts to educate the American people about the coronavirus pandemic and discuss additional ways that broadcasters can help Americans stay safe and More

House Subcomittee Introduces Tax Certificate Legislation
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has introduced "Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act of 2019" that would direct the FCC to take certain actions to increase diversity of ownership in the broadcasting industry. Among them, the legislation would reinstate a tax More

NAB Files Comments Supporting All-Digital AM Radio Rules
NAB
NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters has submitted comments to the FCC in support of All-Digital AM Broadcasting and All-Digital Mode of HD Radio for AM Stations. The Commission is proposing to allow AM broadcasters to voluntarily broadcast in the MA3 all-digital mode of the HD Radioin-band/on-channel More

Main Street, Madison Ave Primed to Zone Target FM Audiences
BIA Advisory Services
BIA Advisory Services
More than 90% of local retailers and two-thirds of national advertisers are poised to put more money into FM radio when geo-targeting, or ZoneCasting, becomes available, according to a joint study by BIA Advisory Services and Advertiser Perceptions. ZoneCasting is new tech that enables FM radio stations to More

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FCC Reverses Revocation of Cox's WCGA Woodbine License
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has reversed its revocation of the license held by Cox Broadcast Group, for Talk WCGA-AM/Woodbine, GA -- which is currently off the air -- for failure to pay delinquent regulatory fees owed to the Commission. The agency said the Revocation Order failed to More

FCC Rejects Another Challenge to Camden NJ FM Translator
The FCC has denied Prometheus Radio Project's Petition for Reconsideration of the Media Bureau's June 8, 2018, Letter Decision dismissing, and alternatively denying, an informal objection filed against Mega/Philadelphia LLC's (MPL) application for a new cross-service FM translator More

FCC Enters Consent Decree With Salem Media for $50,000
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has entered into a Consent Decree to resolve its investigation into whether Salem Media Group violated the agency's live broadcast rules by airing pre-recorded programming as "live" without announcing before the broadcast that the programming was More

FCC Revokes License for Cox Broadcast's WCGA-AM/Woodbine
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has revoked the license held by Cox Broadcast Group, for Talk WCGA-AM/Woodbine, GA -- which is currently off the air -- for failure to pay delinquent regulatory fees owed to the Commission. The agency also dismissed the pending applications for renewal of the More

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U.S. Senate Passes the PIRATE Act Boosting Fines to $100K
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
The U.S. Senate has passed the PIRATE Act. The act was introduced in the Senate by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and unanimously passed the House in February, 2019. 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 More

FCC Order Reinstates 2016 Quadrennial Media Ownership Rules
FCC
FCC
Following the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC vacating and remanding the Commission's 2018 Incubator Order and its 2017 Order on Reconsideration, the agency has issued an order reinstating the Newspaper/Broadcast More

FCC Proposes Highest Fine Ever for Pirate Operator in Boston
FCC
FCC
The FCC proposed a $453,015 fine against Gerlens Cesar, the operator of an enterprise identifying itself as "Radio TeleBoston," for apparent unlicensed broadcasting. The action marks the largest fine ever proposed by the FCC against a pirate radio operation. The agency says Cesar More

Mainstay Station Trust Closes on Sale of WNUQ-FM/Albany GA
Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media
The Mainstay Station Trust LLC has closed on the sale of Country WNUQ-FM (102.1 Nash Icon)/Albany, GA to Joe Harris Morgan III's Pretoria Fields Collective Media for $90,000. The station will change call letters to WPFQ as "Q102, The Queen Bee" on January 2 under a new undisclosed format. The Mainstay More

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