FCC reminder: AM/FM License Renewals

License expires: Oct. 1, 2019
Renewal application to be filed by: June 1, 2019
States: D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia

License expires: Dec. 1, 2019
Renewal application to be filed by: Aug. 1, 2019
States: North Carolina, South Carolina

License expires: Feb. 1, 2020
Renewal application to be filed by: Oct. 1, 2019
States: Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

License expires: April 1, 2020
Renewal application to be filed by: Dec. 1, 2019
States: Alabama, Georgia

For a complete list, visit the FCC website.

By | September 28th, 2017|FCC|Comments Off on FCC reminder: AM/FM License Renewals

EAS Test Reporting System deadlines

FCC Licensed Stations MUST Participate by August 26, 2016

The FCC has established the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS) as a means to improve the EAS system for national emergencies.  There are important deadlines you need to be aware of concerning this change.

  • Form One must be filed on or before August 26, 2016.
  • Form One filings may be edited until September 26, 2016.
  • Form Two must be filed on or before 11:59 pm EDT on September 28, 2016.
  • Form Three must be filed on or before November 14, 2016.

Forms Two and Three will be available at 2:20 pm EDT on September 28, 2016.

Note that form two must be filed between 2:20 pm (EDT) and 11:59 pm (EDT) on September 28, 2016 (which is a Wednesday).   More information about ETRS is available at https://www.fcc.gov/general/eas-test-reporting-system which includes a link to recorded webinar on the topic.

If you need help with this topic, email ETRS@fcc.gov.


By | August 19th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, FCC|Comments Off on EAS Test Reporting System deadlines

Student Media in the News


BMI Foundation announces BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting

The BMI Founders Award is an annual scholarship competition open to radio broadcasting students nationwide. The award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with an unprecedented and enduring mission: to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. A $5,000 scholarship is awarded for the best original essay response submitted to the competition and recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio.

For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the the BMI Foundation website.

Delta College’s Q-TV will continue to broadcast, backs out of spectrum auction

The public spoke. And Delta College leaders listened. After weeks of receiving impassioned pleas from hundreds of loyal viewers, Delta’s public television station, WDCQ, will continue to broadcast.

The board of trustees, in a special meeting Tuesday, voted unanimously to not participate in the Federal Communication Commission’s Spectrum Auction.

“This is proof that I can hear, the administration can hear and my colleagues can hear,” said Saginaw Trustee R. Earl Selby, a longtime PBS advocate and host of “Dateline Delta,” a monthly news magazine program.

Delta President Jean Goodnow said, “There is tremendous support for the station within the board, the college and in the community. Public opinion to stay on the air has been overwhelming.”

Read more from OurMidland.com and WSGW.

Polka programming threatened in Amherst

Amherst, University of Massachusetts campus radio station WMUA-FM is having a Polka crisis. The Daily Hampshire has the deets. Apparently the signal is sunsetting some Polka shows, among them “Polka Bandstand” and “Early Bird Polka.” Plus there will be a general scaling back of Saturday Polka programming from twelve to four hours.

Read more from Radio Survivor, including an update on a polka programming petition in the works.


Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch and the latest podcast installment explores if 2016 will be the end of indie Internet radio.



By | January 19th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Contests, FCC, Member News|Comments Off on Student Media in the News

FCC Commissioner says contest details should go online

The FCC’s “Contest Rule” says when a station has a contest, that station needs to broadcast details about the contest regularly. FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly wrote, in his blog this week, that those detailed disclosures are important, and therefore should be included on the web, and announcers can direct listeners to the full contest rules instead of speed-talking to list them on the air.

O’Reilly points out that posting rules online, where people can actually take the time to read and understand them, is more true to the original intent of the Contest Rule. It improves a station’s service to listeners and reassures them that contests on your station are ethically sound and transparent.

He notes that a petition for rule making on this subject was put out for comments in 2012, and received no opposition, only comments of support. These supportive comments underscore O’Reilly’s point that the rules are important, and now that we have the Internet, we should be able to publish the full contest rules and really make sure that running a legal contest on your station is as easy as possible.

Radio World and Radio Ink have covered the subject, as has David Oxenford’s Broadcast Law Blog. Be careful with your contests, because right now, there are still possible fines for failing to broadcast your contest’s rules, even if your contest is mostly conducted on your website.

By | June 18th, 2014|FCC|Comments Off on FCC Commissioner says contest details should go online

Help CBI prepare comments on FCC indecency policies

College Broadcasters, Inc. is seeking input from FCC-licensed student radio stations to prepare comments with the FCC regarding the commission’s indecency policies. More info is at https://www.askcbi.org/?p=3982.

If you represent an FCC-licensed radio station or are planning to file for an LPFM license in October, please consider responding to a brief survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8Q8HY6N by Monday evening. You may also forward this link to fellow advisers and station managers.

By | July 29th, 2013|Broadcasting News, FCC, LPFM|Comments Off on Help CBI prepare comments on FCC indecency policies

EEO Audits by the FCC

“On June 26, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission mailed the secondof its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) audit letters for 2013 to randomly selected radio stations. In accordance with the provisions of Section 73.2080(f)(4) of the Commission’s EEO rules, theFCC annually audits the EEO programs of randomly selected broadcast licensees. Each year, approximately five percent of all radio and television stations are selected for EEO audits.”
To see if your station is on the list, see click here.

“If the Unit is not required under our rules to have an EEO recruitment program due to the nature of its full-time workforce (having fewer than five full-time employees, defined as employees regularly assigned to work 30 hours a week or more), you must still respond to this audit letter.  However, in your response, you are required only to provide a list of the Unit’s full-time employees, each noted by job title, the number of hours each is regularly assigned to work per week, and a response to Question 3(e) below.  Also, in formulating your response, please see Questions 4(a)-(d) below regarding brokers and brokered stations for instructions for situations in which the applicable employment unit has fewer than five full-time employees.  .”

If your station is on the list, talk to the licensee and let them know that they need to respond in a timely manner.

By | June 29th, 2013|Broadcasting News, FCC|Comments Off on EEO Audits by the FCC

Indecency – UPDATE & Call for Action

In early April the FCC asked for comments concerning its rules with respect to enforcing violations of airing of what it considers indecent content and asked whether they “should make changes to its current broadcast indecency policies or maintain them as they are”.  Initial comments have already been filed.  Now is your chance to file comments to help safeguard your station.   The reply comment deadline is July 18, 2013.  Comments should be filed electronically (see below for details).  CBI will file a request for a 15 day extension to file comments, but do not count on the request being granted.  If you agree with the need for student stations to give the FCC their perspective, you should also file a motion to extend.

There have been numerous filings on both sides of the issue.  If you have an opinion, you can file your own comments.  Before you do so, you should read on, but we urge you to file your thoughts with the FCC.  Questions? (more…)

By | June 27th, 2013|Broadcasting News, FCC|2 Comments

New FCC Leniency Policy for “Student Stations”

In the form of a “POLICY STATEMENT AND ORDER” (“PSO”), the FCC announced a new leniency policy for student run stations.  The policy is limited for “first-time violations of certain documentation requirements…”.  In the PSO, the FCC states that it will, “first afford the licensee an opportunity to negotiate a consent decree in which the licensee agrees to a compliance plan and makes a voluntary contribution to the United States Treasury. In negotiating the amount of the voluntary contribution, the Bureau will consider the totality of circumstances, including giving appropriate consideration to the station’s finances with  respect to reducing the base forfeiture amount significantly.”  In other words, the FCC will consider the size of the amount owed by the station’s budget rather then the schools ability to pay, which is a departure from how fines have been assessed in the past.  But do not breathe a sigh of relief just yet. (more…)

By | June 24th, 2013|Broadcasting News, FCC|Comments Off on New FCC Leniency Policy for “Student Stations”