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FCC Settles Investigations Over the Misuse of EAS Tones
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has announced a settlement with Meruelo Radio Holdings after the morning show on KDAY and KDEY/Los Angeles aired actual or simulated alert EAS tones in violation of the Commission's rules. The agency also reached settlements with a TV broadcaster and cable TV networks, where the companines will collectively More

NAB Opposes Petitions for Reconsideration of LPFM Rules
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters is opposing the Petitions for Reconsideration filed by certain low power FM (LPFM) radio advocates of the Commission's recent order streamlining its rules regarding FM translator interference. The trade group says that "instead of raising any new evidence or arguments, the petitioners unfairly More

NAB Submits Comments to FCC Over Possible C-Band Moves
NAB
NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has submited comments in response to the FCC's Public Notice seeking additional comment regarding its proceeding on the possible reallocation to wireless carriers a portion of the C-band. This swath of spectrum is used daily by broadcasters to deliver news, sports and other content to tens More

FCC Proposes $233K Fine Against Cumulus Over Sponsorship ID
The FCC is proposing a $233,000 fine against four Cumulus Media subsidiaries for apparent violations of the Commission's sponsorship identification rules, and for apparently failing to promptly self-report some of these violations to the agency despite its agreement to do so under a prior Consent Decree with the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. More

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Radio Show Session Examines Radio's Financial Future
Radio Show
Radio Show
A lineup of radio industry executives and financial experts will discuss the business impact of significant regulatory changes affecting radio. "Pillsbury's Broadcast Finance 2019: Radio Unleashed -- Preparing for a New Regulatory World," hosted by Pillsbury More

FCC Issues NPRM to Amend Rules for Low Power FM Service
FCC
FCC
The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in response to a petition by REC Networks (REC) to amend the Commission's rules for the Low Power FM (LPFM) radio service. The agency is seeking comment on technical proposals to improve LPFM reception and More

Berry Broadcasting to Acquire KXEN-AM & WGNU-AM/St. Louis
Kozacko Media Services
Kozacko Media Services
Berry Broadcasting LLC has agreed to acquire 50kW KXEN-AM (1010) 450W WGNU-AM (920) and their 3 associated FM translators in St. Louis. The deal was filed Monday with the FCC for a purchase price of $650,000. Berry Broadcasting is owned by Paul Berry III, the nephew of rock & roll legend & More

iHeartMedia Reclaims WHFX-FM (107.7 The Fox)/Brunswick GA
Sun and Snow Station Trust returns Rock WHFX-FM (107.7 The Fox)/Brunswick, GA to iHeartMedia and its AMFM Radio Licenses. Earlier this month, the FCC approved a city of license change for co-owned Urban AC WSOL-FM (V101.5) from the Brunswick, GA market to Yulee, FL in the Jacksonville market. More

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DAS Issues Guidance for August Mandatory National EAS Test
Digital Alert Systems
Digital Alert Systems
Digital Alert Systems has announced guidance ahead of the next National Periodic Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), scheduled for August 7 at 2:20pm ET. All broadcasters must participate in the test, which is conducted by the Federal Emergency Management More

Townsquare Media Filing with FCC Explains Ownership Changes
Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media
In a filing with the FCC, Townsquare Media, which is controlled by entities related to Oaktree Capital Group, revealed that Oaktree is in the process of implementing an merger agreement with Brookfield Asset Management, who is acquring 62% of Oaktree. The $4.8 More

CEO Warshaw Leads Buyout of Perot From Connoisseur Media
Connoisseur Media
Connoisseur Media
Connoisseur Media has completed a buyout in which members of management will now own substantially all of the company. This was the culmination of a series of strategic moves in which the company has also recently closed on transactions that added to its More

FCC Denies Stolz Again Over Entercom Sacramento Renewals
FCC
FCC
The FCC has denied a "Petition for Further Reconsideration" filed by Edward R. Stolz II in November, 2018 seeking reconsideration of the order dismissing in part and denying in part his prior Petition for Reconsideration filed in July, 2018. Stolz again sought the More

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Cox Enterprises to Sell Radio Portfolio, CoxReps and Gamut
Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group
Cox Enterprises has reached an agreement to sell Cox Media Group's radio station portfolio as well as its CoxReps and Gamut national advertising businesses to a new broadcasting company that is substantially owned by private equity funds managed by affiliates of More

NAB Asks FCC to Clarify Radio Regulatory Fee Increases
NAB
NAB
With the passage of the 2018 Ray Baum's Act, Congress intended to better calibrate the regulatory fee system in line with the "benefits provided to the payor of the fees," NAB wrote a reply comments filing with the FCC. NAB is now calling on the Commission to provide further explanation for the More

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 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 More

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Yea Networks: The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show took the opportunity to spread out across four of their affiliate markets last week for a Thursday Meet-Up with thousands of KiddNation members. Co-host Big Al Mack visited WDOD (Hits 96) in Chattanooga, TN, on August 8, where he was the guest of honor at the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game. L-R: Big Al Mack and Brantley Bell of the Chattanooga Lookouts.

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