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FCC Admonishes Cumulus for Violating Ex Parte Rules
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FCC
The FCC has granted in part, and deny in part, the Petition for Order to Show Cause filed last May 24 by WKNG LLC, the licensee of Classic Hits WWGA-FM/Tallapoosa, GA. WKNG alleged that Cumulus, the licensee of FM translator W255CJ (99X), had violated the Commission's ex parte rules by improperly soliciting ex parte presentations. The More

First FM Broadcaster Launches at One World Trade Center
Antenna Installation Crew
Antenna Installation Crew
With an increasing number of FM translator licenses being assigned by the FCC, GeoBroadcast Solutions is finding new ways to help broadcasters launch FM radio services in populated areas with crowded spectrum. This is the case with 104.7 FM in New York City, which has become the first FM radio broadcaster to transmit programming from One More

2018 Radio Show to Feature FCC Commissioner O'Rielly
Michael O'Rielly
Michael O'Rielly
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly will headline a session titled "FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Discusses Radio Policy" on Thursday, September 27 at the 2018 Radio Show in Orlando. O'Rielly will discuss his outlook on regulation of the radio industry and what licensees can expect in the near future. In particular, Commissioner More

WWO Urges All Stations to Register C-Band Downlinks
Westwood One
Westwood One
Westwood One in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, published in July, is continuing to urge all major commercial broadcast radio stations to register their existing C-Band downlinks with the FCC before the Commission evaluates the 3.7-4.2 Ghz C-Band spectrum for additional mobile broadband data services. WWO says these More

FCC Media Bureau Adopts Consent Decree with Dickey
FCC
FCC
The FCC's Media Bureau has adopted a Consent Decree with Dickey Broadcasting Company and the Lewis W. Dickey, Sr. Irrevocable Children's Trust (trust or transferee). The decree resolves issues arising from the Bureau's review of applications for Commission consent of the proposed transfers of control of DBC More

Arizona Lotus to Sell KQTH-FM/Tucson to Family Life
Arizona Lotus, a unit of Lotus Communications, has agreed to sell 3kW News/Talk KQTH-FM (104.1)/Tucson to Family Life Broadcasting. Arizona Lotus currently operates four stations in Tucson market and has purchased four Tucson stations from The E.W. Scripps Company. In order to meet the FCC rules that caps More

Bonneville Acquires Eight California Stations for $141 Million
Bonneville International has agreed to acquire four radio stations in San Francisco and four radio stations in Sacramento from Entercom for $141 million. Bonneville has been programming the stations, which have been held in an FCC disposition Trust, under Local Marketing Agreements (LMAs) since November 17, More

FCC Establishes Incubator Program to Increase Diversity
The FCC has taken what it called "a historic and long overdue step to increase ownership diversity" in the broadcast industry. Specifically, the Commission adopted requirements that will govern an incubator program to assist new, small, or struggling voices, including women and minorities, in overcoming the More

U.S. House Unanimously Passes the PIRATE Act
The PIRATE Act (H.R. 5709) has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. It now awaits a vote from the Senate. 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 More

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 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" 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 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 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 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 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 More

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WIL-FM/St. Louis: Remy from New Country 92.3's afternoon show ''Mason and Remy''raised thousands for the Humane Society of Missouri in a marathon 14-hour swing-a-thon on Tuesday. And Bud and Broadway, Kelly from Arnold and air talent from the other Hubbard Radio/St. Louis stations came out to ''pinch swing'' for Remy. The total number of golf balls hit by Remy (and other ''pitch swingers'') was 7,521.