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NAB & NPR Oppose FCC's Proposed Localism Efforts
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC is proposing changes aimed at encouraging radio outlets to focus more on local programming by altering licensing and application processes in favor of stations that offer a Commission-approved quota of local content. This move has sparked controversy and attracted criticism, particularly from the National Association of More

FCC Report & Order Authorizes Geo-Targeting for FM
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC unanimously adopted a significant change to its regulations, enabling FM booster stations to originate programming through a process known as geo-targeting. This decision comes after the Commission explored the potential of allowing FM and Low Power FM (LPFM) broadcasters to use booster stations for originating content on a More

Audacy Restructuring Could Force Station Divestment
Audacy
Audacy
Audacy is seeking approval from the FCC to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In a move prompted by restructuring, Audacy is set to divest one of its stations in South Carolina. Since it is essentially becoming a new company, the transition means its forfeit its legacy status at its Greenville-Spartanburg cluster. The change necessitates More

Audacy Provides Performance Update Following Restructuring
Audacy
Audacy
Audacy reports a strong start to 2024 and is providing an update to deliver additional visibility on its progress since receiving court approval of its consensual pre-packaged Plan of Reorganization on February 20, after just six weeks. The company now awaits FCC approval to complete its restructuring and plans to file its 2023 10-K More

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Broadcasters Convene in DC for Annual Advocacy Push
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Broadcasters
Over 550 radio and television broadcasters from across the country gathered in Washington, DC, for the NAB's annual State Leadership Conference (SLC). The conference, held at Washington Nationals Park and emceed by journalist Michelle Marsh from WJLA-TV, featured remarks from policymakers, panel discussions More

Northwestern Media Set to Expand to the East Coast
Northwestern Media
Northwestern Media
The Sound of Life Radio Network, based in Kingston, NY, has filed a donation agreement with the FCC that gifts their twelve licenses and broadcast assets to Northwestern Media. Current Sound of Life employees will be joining the Northwestern Media team and will continue their work serving the Hudson Valley More

FCC Reinstates EEO Form for Radio & TV Broadcasters
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC's Fourth Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, made public on Thursday, reinstates the collection of workforce composition data for radio and television broadcasters on FCC Form 395-B. The move follows the recent addition of Anna Gomez as the More

Audacy Receives Court Approval of Reorganization Plan
Audacy
Audacy
Audacy Inc. announced Tuesday that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas approved the company's plan of reorganization. With the plan approved, Audacy expects to emerge from the Chapter 11 process after it obtains approval from the FCC. Under the approved plan, Audacy will equitize More

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Neuhoff Family Plans to Divest Entire Radio Group
Neuhoff
Neuhoff
Neuhoff Family LP, the parent company of Neuhoff Media-Decatur LLC and Neuhoff Media-Danville LLC has entered into an agreement to sell the assets of WSOY-AM, WSOY-FM, WCZQ-FM, WDZ-AM, WDZQ-FM and NowDecatur.com in Decatur, IL along with WDAN-AM, WDNL-FM, WRHK-FM and VermilionCountyFirst.com in Danville, IL More

FCC Circulates Order Allowing Geo-Targeted Radio Content
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel circulated an order and further notice of proposed rulemaking on Wednesday that would allow FM broadcasters to air geo-targeted content for a limited period of time during the broadcast hour. A joint statement from Commissioners Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr, advocated More

Townsquare Media Enters Consent Decree with FCC
Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media
The FCC has entered into a Consent Decree with Townsquare Media, parent company of KLIX-AM/Twin Falls ID and KIDO-AM/Nampa ID. The decree resolves the Bureau's investigation into Townsquare's violations relating to on-air sponsorship identification announcements and the maintenance of online political files. More

Squier Family Sells Radio Vermont Group to Local Owners
WDEV-FM/Waterbury
WDEV-FM/Waterbury
Several weeks after the death of Vermont Hall of Fame broadcaster Ken Squier, the Squier family has agreed to sell Variety WDEV-AM & FM in Waterbury, VT along with the remainder of the Radio Vermont Group, including sister stations Country WLVB-FM and Classic Hits WCVT-FM. The buyers are Scott Milne and More

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FCC Adopts 2018 Review of Broadcast Ownership Rules
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The FCC issued a Report and Order on Tuesday, closing the 2018 Quadrennial Review proceeding. The order retains the existing media ownership rules and adopts minor modifications that the Commission says better tailors them to the current media marketplace. A vote was due in 2018, but due to the long absence More

KEXP to Acquire KREV/San Francisco Out of Bankruptcy
KEXP-FM/Seattle
KEXP-FM/Seattle
KEXP/Seattle has purchased KREV (92.7) in San Francisco and pending FCC approval and will assume full ownership and operation of the station within the next few months, reports the Seattle Times. This according to a donor email written by KEXP CEO Ethan Raup. The station formerly owned by Royce More

FCC Tells Y2K's KSLQ to Pay Up or Face License Revocation
KSLQ-FM/St. Louis
KSLQ-FM/St. Louis
The FCC has issued an order to pay or to show cause, as it initiates a proceeding to revoke the license held by Y2K Inc. for KSLQ-FM in St. Louis (Washington, MO) for failure to pay delinquent regulatory fees and associated interest, administrative costs and penalties owed to the More

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