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Schatz, Thune Introduce READI Act to Improve EAS
U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and John Thune (R-SD) have introduced the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation would ensure that relevant emergency alerts are delivered on radio, TV and mobile phones. It also explores new ways of alerting the public through online video and More

FCC Promotes Emergency Alert Reliability Actions
EAS
EAS
The FCC has taken its latest in a series of actions to bolster the reliability of the nation's emergency alerting systems and support greater community preparedness. In a Report and Order adopted Thursday, the Commission set forth procedures for authorized state and local officials to conduct "live code" tests of the Emergency Alert More

House Energy & Commerce Committee Passes PIRATE Act
The PIRATE Act (H.R. 5709) has been passed by the House Energy & Commerce Commerce Committee. Under the Act, any person operating a pirate radio station will be subject to a fine of not more than $100,000 per day of operations and not more than $2 million in total. Plus, the FCC will be required to assign appropriate enforcement More

Chairman Pai Proposes Incubator Program Requirements
Federal Communications System
Federal Communications System
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is circulating a proposal that would establish the requirements to govern the incubator program that the Commission adopted in 2017 to support the entry of new and diverse voices into the broadcast industry. The program would initially apply to AM/FM full-service broadcast radio station ownership, as radio has More

Chairman Pai Proposes to Improve FCC's EOE Enforcement
FCC
FCC
It's been fifty years since the FCC enacted its equal opportunity employment rules and national policy against discrimination in hiring by broadcast licensees. Now, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has shared with his fellow Commissioners a proposal to shift agency staff responsible for enforcing the FCC's EEO rules from the Media Bureau More

NAB Urges FCC to Modernize Outdated Ownership Rules
NAB is urging the Federal Communications Commission to modernize outdated radio ownership rules as part of its quadrennial media ownership review proceeding planned for later this year. The trade group believes the existing radio ownership limits are not needed to promote competition in today's audio marketplace and, in fact, More

The PIRATE Act Passes Boosting Fines to $2 Million
The PIRATE Act (H.R. 5709) has been passed by the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Under the Act, any person operating a pirate radio station will be subject to a fine of not more than $100,000 per day of operations and not more than $2 million in total. Plus, the FCC will be required More

Geoffrey Starks Nominated to Replace FCC's Mignon Clyburb
Geoffrey Starks
Geoffrey Starks
President Trump has nominated Geoffrey Starks to fill the FCC seat currently occupied by Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, who announced in April she would leave the Commission. Her term officially ended in June 2017, but she has remained on the commission waiting for a successor to be named. Starks' appointment will require approval More

Salem Media Group Agrees to Sell KGBI-FM/Omaha
Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group has agreed to sell 100kW Contemporary Christian KGBI-FM (100.7 The Fish)/Omaha, NE, to the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. The University of Northwestern-St. Paul also operates 20 non-commercial Christian CHR stations in the Midwest, including stations in Minneapolis and Duluth MN, Sioux Falls SD, Fargo More

WWO Urges All Stations to Register C Band Downlinks
Photo credit: MBA
Photo credit: MBA
Westwood One is urging all major commercial broadcast radio outlets to register their existing C Band downlinks with the FCC before the Commission evaluates the 3.7-4.2 Ghz C Band for added mobile broadband data services. The company says that these potential additional services could create "insurmountable interference" to More

FCC Addresses FM Translator Interference Complaint Policies
FCC
FCC
The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to streamline FM translator interference complaint and remediation procedures. FM translators simultaneously rebroadcast the signal of a primary AM or FM station or another FM translator signal on a different frequency. Currently, as secondary stations, translators are required More

Bill Would Up Pirate Radio Fines from $10K to $100K
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, has announced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) designed to combat unlawful broadcasting -- often called "pirate radio" -- by increasing fines and enforcement. New Jersey has one of the largest More

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to Exit Agency
FCC Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has announced she would leave the agency on Tuesday, stepping down after eight years in the post. Clyburn was nominated by former President Obama and joined the five-member panel in 2009. She plans to exit before the Commission's next Open Meeting scheduled for May 10. Her time at the More

FCC's Ramped Up ''Pirate Radio'' Enforcement Yields Results
FCC
FCC
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says significant progress has been made as a result of the Commission's renewed commitment to combating unlawful broadcasting -- often called "pirate radio." The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has cracked down on this illegal activity, resulting in unlawful broadcasts going off the air, seizure of equipment, More

Gordon Smith Delivers Keynote at 2018 NAB Show
Gordon Smith
Gordon Smith
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith delivered the annual NAB State of the Industry address during the 2018 NAB Show. He noted that NAB has been around for nearly as long as broadcasting itself -- created nearly a century ago with the intent to tell broadcasters' story and to support their mission. "And that mission is to always More

Atlanta Catholic Radio to Acquire WCFO/Atlanta
WCFO-AM
WCFO-AM
Atlanta Catholic Radio Inc. has agreed to acquire News/Talk WCFO-AM/Atlanta (licensed to East Point, GA) from JW Broadcasting Inc. for a total purchase price of $750,000, subject to FCC approval. WCFO is a 50kW daytime directional signal at 1160 mHz. The station will drop its "The Talk of the Town" slogan for Religious More

Changes & Moves
Rachel Viggiano
Rachel Viggiano
iHeartMedia announced today that Rachel "Rach" Viggiano will host Middays for Q102 Philly effective immediately. Viggiano will broadcast weekdays More

Quick Snaps
WBZ-FM/Boston: Today marked a historic day for Boston's home for sports as WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub began broadcasting its weekday shows live from the station's brand new state of the art Beasley Media Boston studio in Dorchester, MA. Pictured: WBZ-FM 98.5/The Sports Hub's Mike Felger, Marshall Hook and Matt McCarthy.