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Magnum Media Closes on Acquisition of Two in Eau Claire
Magnum Media
Magnum Media
Magnum Media has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 25kW AC WCFW-FM (105.7) and 250W AC W256AE (99.1), both licensed to Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire, WI from Roland L. Bushland, dba Bushland Radio Specialties/WCFW. Rollie Bushland stated, "Pat and I appreciate the many well wishes we've received from our loyal listeners More

FCC Improves Emergency Alert System (EAS) Messages
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC has updated its Emergency Alert System rules so that alerts delivered over radio and television are more informative and easier to understand by the public, particularly people with disabilities. EAS, which is used by government agencies to send alerts and warnings to the public, is comprised of both a legacy system and an More

NAB Files Ex Parte with FCC Over GBS Zonecasting
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
NAB filed an ex parte with the FCC Thursday regarding a proposed rulemaking that would enable GeoBroadcast Solutions to license its proprietary booster technology to FM stations. In the filing, NAB raised concerns with the proposal's merits in the context of "credible and public accusations" regarding the questionable business dealings More

IBA Wraps Up First Members-Only Conference
Independent Broadcasters Association
Independent Broadcasters Association
The Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA) presented its first IBA Members-Only "In-Focus" Conference Wednesday at the Intercontinental at Doral in Miami. The inaugural one-day event drew attendees from across the country, representing more than 500 radio stations owned and operated by independent broadcasters. The conference focused More

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Report: Sen. Paul Introduces Broadcast Deregulation Bill
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced The Local News and Broadcast Media Preservation Act of 2022 that would invalidate the FCC's current multiple station ownership limits and prevent the FCC from restoring the prohibition on common ownership of broadcast properties and newspapers, reports Broadcasting More

FCC Upholds Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2022
FCC
FCC
The FCC has upheld its regulatory fee rates for 2022 of $381.95 million, which includes an 8% increase for radio stations over the last fiscal year, rather than the 13% originally proposed by the Commission. Previously, requests from NAB and State Broadcast organizations questioned the Commission's More

Strong Tower Christian Media Acquires WIRO in Portsmouth
WIRO-FM
WIRO-FM
Fowler Media Partners, LLC of Ohio has announced the sale of WIRO-FM in Garrison-Portsmouth, OH to Strong Tower Christian Media of Xenia, OH. Strong Tower will begin operating the station through an LMA in the coming weeks. The sale which is pending final FCC approval will return the More

Sheila Brown's WUFO/Buffalo Supports GeoTargeting
GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions
Vision Multi Media Group LLC CEO and principal owner Sheila Brown -- the first African-American female to own a radio station in Buffalo, NY (WUFO-AM and Power 96.5 WNY) -- has sent a letter to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel supporting the proposed rule change to air geo-targeted programming for a small More

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Alta Communications Expresses Support for ZoneCasting
Brian McNeill
Brian McNeill
Urban One founding board member and Alta Communications President and Managing General Partner Brian McNeill (pictured) has submitted a letter to the FCC expressing his support about the possibility for radio stations to run separate content simultaneously using ZoneCasting. "Radio is and always has been More

Revisions Made to Journalism Competition & Preservation Act
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Revisions were recently made to the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. The Act, originally introduced in the House and Senate last year, would level the playing field by providing a temporary antitrust exemption to allow broadcasters and certain other digital publishers to jointly negotiate with More

Members of Congress Condemn Rising Fees on Broadcasters
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) led a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel regarding the significant regulatory fee increase on broadcasters for Fiscal Year 2022. In the letter, he and 92 members of Congress express serious concerns with the Commission's proposal for More

Group Meets with FCC Chair Rosenworcel Over Zonecasting
GeoBroadcast Solutions
GeoBroadcast Solutions
Representatives from the National Newspaper Publishers Association, Roberts Radio Broadcasting, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, JAM Media Solutions, Kizart Media Partners, Covington (counsel to GeoBroadcast Solutions) met with FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on August 2, along with More

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Furchgott-Roth Supports Rule Change for Geo-Targeting
Harold Furchtgott-Roth
Harold Furchtgott-Roth
Former FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth (pictured), a director of the Center for the Economics of the Internet at the Hudson Institute, and his colleague, Kirk Arner, have submitted a letter to the FCC in support of the proposed rule change that would permit radio broadcasters to broadcast More

BIA Submits Comments to FCC Over GBS Zonecasting
BIA Advisory Services
BIA Advisory Services
In two detailed follow-up letters to the FCC's request for comments on recent filings concerning the use of FM boosters for geo-targeted content, BIA Advisory Services CEO and Founder Thomas Buono and BIA Managing Director Richard V. Ducey outline the company's strong support for a rule change to allow More

Alpha Ex Parte Filing Says Zonecasting Too Expensive
Alpha Media
Alpha Media
An ex parte was filed by Alpha Media with the FCC on Wednesday regarding the broadcaster's experience with early tests of the ZoneCasting system. In the ex parte, Alpha provided specific data on the significant costs associated with employing the technology, which led the comapny to conclude that "the More

Senate Introduces Cannabis Advertising Legislation
U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress
Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) has introduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Advertising Act, which would clarify that local radio and television broadcasters may air cannabis advertisements in states where it is legal without the threat of administrative action from the FCC. The move follows the U.S. More

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