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NAB Files Amicus Brief Asking Court to Fix Broken FCC Process
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
NAB filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Thursday supporting the challenge by Standard General, TEGNA and CMB Media Group to the FCC's decision to designate their transaction for an administrative hearing. The trade group said the decision was made by FCC staff nearly a year after the More

Rep. Gottheimer Seeks to Preserve AM Radio in Vehicles
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) unveiled the steps Tuesday he's taking to ensure all vehicles continue to have AM radio, including writing letters to all major electric vehicle manufacturers "urging them to reconsider their decision to discontinue AM radio in their cars and trucks and to include the public safety tool as a stock feature." More

FCC Proposes First PIRATE Act Fines Totaling Over $2M
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has proposed its first fines under the Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act (PIRATE Act) against three pirate radio operators. First, the Commission proposed the maximum penalty allowable, $2,316,034, against C├ęsar Ayora and Luis Angel Ayora for pirate radio broadcasting in Queens, NY. Second, the Commission More

Northwestern Media to Acquire Spirit FM in Camdenton MO
Northwestern Media
Northwestern Media
Northwestern Media has filed an Asset Purchase Agreement with the FCC for the purchase of 23 signals and 6 construction permits from Lake Area Educational Broadcasting, including KCVO (Spirit FM) in Camdenton, MO. Northwestern Media is the broadcast ministry of University of Northwestern - St. Paul. In addition to these new stations, it More

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Sohn Withdraws Nomination to Become FCC Commissioner
Gigi Sohn
Gigi Sohn
President Joe Biden's submission to the FCC, Gigi Sohn, has withdrawn her nomination for the open Democratic seat on the Commission. She endured a 16-month battle to be confirmed by the Senate and says the process has taken a "heavy toll." Previously, Sohn had two nomination hearings but no vote by the More

NAB Asks FCC to Complete 2018 Quadrennial Review
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
NAB filed Friday with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the Commission's Public Notice triggering the 2022 quadrennial review of broadcast media ownership rules. In the filing, NAB notes that the 2022 review "appears to be a waste of time and resources" because the Commission has not fulfilled More

Broadcasters Convene for NAB State Leadership Conference
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
More than 560 local radio and television broadcasters from across the nation gathered Tuesday in Washington, DC for the National Association of Broadcasters' annual State Leadership Conference (SLC). The convention, held at Washington Nationals Park, featured remarks from policymakers and briefings preparing More

SBS Receives Approval to Increase Foreign Equity Ownership
Spanish Broadcasting System
Spanish Broadcasting System
Spanish Broadcasting System has received of FCC approval to increase its limit on foreign ownership up to 49.99%. On February 3, the FCC released a Declaratory Ruling granting the petition for such relief filed by the company. The ruling permits SBS to exceed the 25% benchmark for More

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Radio Deal Volume Hits $68.7 Million in Q3 2022
SandP Global Market Intelligence
SandP Global Market Intelligence
According to a new quarterly analysis from Kagan, the media research unit of, broadcast deal volume in the third quarter of 2022 reached $68.7 million in the radio market and $14.3 million in the TV section. S&P Global Market Intelligence registered six radio transactions of $10 million or higher this year. More

KSCO-AM/Santa Cruz CA Fined $20K for Nighttime Signal
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has proposed a $20,000 fine against Zwerling Broadcasting System's KSCO-AM/Santa Cruz, CA, for operating non-directionally at night at 1kW. Since 1970, the station has been authorized to operate in a non-directional mode at 10kW during daytime hours, and in a directional mode at 5kW during nighttime More

PMG Expands Hawaii Radio Group with KFMN-FM Purchase
Pacific Media Group
Pacific Media Group
Pacific Media Group, a Hawaii-based media company with statewide radio, website, app, TV channels and digital products, has entered into an agreement to purchase KFMN (FM 97) on the island of Kauai. The purchase agreement is subject to FCC approval. Pacific Media Group also executed More

FCC Denies Listener Objection to $60 Million LMN Acquisition
Latino Media Network
Latino Media Network
An attempt by Miami listener Pedro Roig to stop the $60 million purchase of 18 radio stations from TelevisaUnivision has been denied by the FCC's Audio Division. Latino Media Network, a new company founded by entrepreneurs Stephanie Valencia and Jess Morales Rocketto, agreed to More

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Radio By Grace Supports Geo-Targeting in FCC Letter
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Radio By Grace, a religious broadcaster with stations in south Florida and Texas, has sent a letter to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel in support of the proposed rulemaking change for broadcast radio to include geo-targeting. It the letter from William Gehm, its president, he said, "We believe the pending More

IBBA Files Letter with FCC Supporting Geo-Targeting
International Black Broadcasters Association
International Black Broadcasters Association
Rob Neal of the International Black Broadcasters Association has filed a letter with the FCC adding the support of the IBBA to the chorus of voices from the minority broadcasting community supporting the proposal to permit FM broadcasters to provide hyper-local content using geotargeting booster technology. More

NABOB Discontinues Support for Radio Geo-Targeting
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
NABOB President and CEO James L. Winston filed a letter with the FCC on October 27 notifying the agency that the NABOB Board of Directors voted 6 to 4 to discontinue its support of the proposed Commission rule amendment that would permit FM boosters to transmit separate content up to three minutes per hour. More

SMM Acquires 46 Pennsylvania Stations from Forever Media
Seven Mountains Media
Seven Mountains Media
Kristin Cantrell's Seven Mountains Media has agreed to acquire 34 stations and 12 translators in five Pennsylvania markets from her father Kerby Confer's Forever Media in a deal valued at $17.4 million, plus the assumption of debt. Included in the deal are stations in State College, Altoona, Johnstown, More

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