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Want and FM Signal: FCC Announces LPFM Application “Window”

If your station is not licensed for broadcast by the FCC, there is a rare opportunity to file for an FCC application coming this October.  The FCC has announced a limited time (window) of opportunity to apply for an LPFM license which would allow you to operate with 100 watts or less of power to cover a limited area.  This is a fantastic opportunity for your station if you are not currently licensed.

To read the word from the FCC, see http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/low-power-fm-broadcast-radio-stations-lpfm.  In short, you need to file the application by 6:00 pm EDT on October 29, 2013.   CBI can help!  Join the CBI LPFM email list, which is community of people just like you who are seeking LPFM licenses and can likely point you in the right direction.  Click here to subscribe to the group. (more…)

By | June 22nd, 2013|Broadcasting News, FCC, LPFM|Comments Off on Want and FM Signal: FCC Announces LPFM Application “Window”

FCC explains its rejection of plea for fine cancellation at Toccoa Falls

Toccoa Falls College radio station WXTR-FM in Toccoa Falls GA was hit with a $10K Notice of Apparent Liability for a file fine omission. The Commission took the time to explain why TFC’s pleas for clemency were being rejected when it upgraded the finding to a Forfeiture Order.

TFC said its omission of issues/programs lists was not willful and repeated. The FCC countered that a violation is not willful only if it is beyond the control of the licensee – and said that the act of placing the lists in the file clearly was within the powers of the licensee; and the failure to do so was clearly its fault.

More at RBR.com.

By | August 9th, 2012|FCC, Member News|Comments Off on FCC explains its rejection of plea for fine cancellation at Toccoa Falls

Creation of a Low Power Radio Service (R&O)

The FCC has added two items relating to LPFM and FM translator applications to its March Open Meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in Washington, D.C..  You will be able to watch the meeting live.

One article on the topic references a press release saying there could be 10,000 applications for LPFM stations. If your organization is thinking about an LPFM station, this will be an important meeting as it could potentially announce a time line for filing LPFM applications.  Those stations with MX’d translator applications have an interest in this meeting as well because the proceeding may wipe out that old application.

By | March 16th, 2012|Broadcasting News, FCC|Comments Off on Creation of a Low Power Radio Service (R&O)

Important FCC Dates – February 1

FCC licensed radio stations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi need to file their license renewal application and EEO reports (with noncommercial stations also needing to submit their Biennial Ownership Report) by February 1. Stations licensed in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee should start their pre-filing announcements on February 1.  For more information about the license renewal time table, see License Radio Renewal Date Table.

By | January 23rd, 2012|Broadcasting News, FCC|Comments Off on Important FCC Dates – February 1

FCC Fines Clear Channel for Contests

The FCC has fined clear channel for violating the regulations concerning broadcast contests.  If your FCC licensed station conducts contests, it must be familiar with the rules in order to stay out of trouble.  One of the more interesting aspects of this decision is that the contest was promoted over the air, but conducted via the web.  Even though the contest was not conducted over the air, the FCC rules still apply.

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By | January 22nd, 2012|Broadcasting News, FCC|Comments Off on FCC Fines Clear Channel for Contests