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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 used three separate transmitters for his unlawful 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 Station Trust is headed by San More

FCC Adopts NPRM Allowing AMs to Air All-Digital Signals
FCC
FCC
The FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), allowing AM broadcasters to air an all-digital signal using HD Radio in-band on-channel (IBOC) mode known as MA3. The agency concluded that a voluntary transition to all-digital broadcasting has the potential to benefit AM stations and provide improved AM service to the More

Petition Requests 3rd Circuit Rehearing on Ownership Rules
FCC
FCC
NAB along with other radio and TV broadcasters have filed a petition requesting a rehearing by the full Third Circuit Court of Appeals of a challenge to the Commission's 2016 quadrennial review order on broadcast ownership rules. In September, a three-judge panel of the Court vacated the FCC's 2016 order. NAB claims the panel has More

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FCC Commissioner Starks Announces New Legal Advisor
FCC
FCC
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks appoints Austin Bonner as Legal Advisor covering wireline and public safety issues. Bonner most recently served as an associate with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire, & Grannis LLP, where she practiced with the Communications and Appellate More

FCC Proposes to Revise 74-Year-Old Antenna Site Rules
FCC
FCC
The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), seeking comment on whether it should eliminate or revise the requirements of the Commission's rules, regarding access to FM and TV broadcast antenna sites. Currently the 74-year-old rules prohibit the grant, or renewal, of a More

NABOB Proposes Concentrated Broadcast Industry Initiative
NABOB
NABOB
Last week, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the FCC's 2017 decision, which had relaxed some of its broadcast ownership rules. In doing so the Court said, "We do conclude, however, that the Commission has not shown yet that it adequately considered the effect More

The FCC Proposes Notifying Public of Applications Online
FCC
FCC
The FCC is moving to notify the public of applications through the Internet, in conjunction with broadcast announcements, while considering simplifying the rule. In October, 2017, the Commission issued the NPRM to seek comment on whether to update or even eliminate the requirement. More

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Court Orders FCC to Better Justify Media Deregulation
The U.S. the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the FCC to redo and better justify any changes to its media ownership rules in its ruling regarding Prometheus Radio Project vs. FCC. The decision vacated and remanded FCC action relaxing media consolidation limits because of More

FCC Issues Notice of Violation to WAZY-FM/Lafayette IN
FCC
FCC
The FCC has hit Star City Broadcasting's WAZY-FM/Lafayette, IN, with a Notice of Violation after Enforcement Bureau's Chicago Office inspected WAZY and found was operating at 88.2% of its authorized transmitter power. The agency says that FM stations authorized for an output power More

FCC Postpones Open of 2019 Biennial Filing Window to Nov. 1
FCC
FCC
The Media Bureau has postponed the opening of the 2019 biennial filing window for the submission of broadcast ownership reports on FCC Form 323 and 323-E from October 1 to November 1, 2019, and extends the filing deadline from December 1 to January 31, 2020. All licensees of More

Saga Petition Seeks to Deny Five Virginia LPFM Renewals
FCC
FCC
In a filing with the FCC, Saga Communications is alleging that five low power FMs in Charlottesville, VA, are breaking number of the Commission's rules and is asking the agency to deny their license renewals. Saga claims that four LPFMs in Charlottesville and one in Ruckersville are More

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FCC Proposes All Filings Should be Made Electronically
FCC
FCC
This FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that continues to builds on its modernization efforts. The Commission has made significant strides in recent years toward modernizing its legacy filing, communications, and information retention systems by improving More

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 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 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, More

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WMAL-FM/Washington: Listeners donated $523,866 during WMAL-FM's two-day radiothon last Friday and Saturday, December 5-6, for the benefit of the Fisher House Foundation, which provides temporary housing and support for families of injured service members at more than 85 houses across the country. Over past 17 years, WMAL listeners have donated over $7 million to the foundation. L-R: WMAL PD and Cumulus News/Talk VP Bill Hess, WMAL hosts Larry O'Connor, Chris Plante and Vince Coglianese, and Fisher House President Dave Coker.

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