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Jim Winston

NABOB to Congress: Support LRFA

One of the nation's key advocacy groups for African American broadcasters has called on Members of Congress to support the Local Radio Freedom Act, a resolution that would "protect" AM and FM radio stations from "being forced to pay significant additional new performance royalties."
U.S. Congress

Three Senators, More House Members Sign On To LRFA

Fourteen members of the House of Representatives and a trio of U.S. Senators have added their support to the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) — a resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on local broadcast radio stations.

Coming in August: A National Emergency Alerting Test

The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has confirmed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Commission, has selected the day it will conduct a nationwide test of the EAS and Wireless Emergency Alerts.

Rishad Returns: Radio Show Session on Transformation Confirmed

He offered a keynote address at the 2018 Radio Show in Orlando. He returned to the lineup of guest speakers for the virtual 2020 Radio Show. Now, Rishad Tobaccowala has booked a trip to Las Vegas in early October to once again deliver a keynote address to Radio Show attendees.
Former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who championed with the help of former Commissioner Mike O'Rielly rule "modernization" for local media.

FCC Rule ‘Modernization’ Finally Takes Effect

Late in the day on June 4 proved to be the perfect time for the Commission to adopt an Order that puts its long-awaited loosening of local media ownership rules into effect — something the acting Chairwoman voted against during the leadership of Ajit Pai.
All Things Considered

‘All Things Considered’: The Next NAB Broadcasting Hall Entrant

The honor will be bestowed upon NPR's signature afternoon news and analysis program at the 2021 NAB Show. Executive producer Cara Tallo and host Ailsa Chang will accept the award at the NAB Show Welcome event. "ATC" celebrated its 50th year of broadcasting in May.

A New MMTC President/CEO Is Named as Coley Retires

The woman who has served as President/CEO of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) is no longer in the role. Effective today, Maurita Coley has retired from the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group. Her replacement is immediately taking over her position.
Acting FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

An LPFM Rule Reconsideration On The FCC’s July Agenda

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has outlined the agenda for the agency's June 17 Open Commission Meeting. While radio and TV broadcasting leaders have had little of late to be mindful of, there is a matter involving low-power radio stations that may be worthy of your attention. 
The White House

House E&C GOP Leaders Push Broadband Bill To Biden

Two key House GOP Members have just paid a trip to the White House. Why? To talk about the "American Broadband Act" — a topic broadcasting executives may wish to pay more attention to, given the rapid growth of streaming audio and Connected TV/OTT platforms.
Gordon Smith

Gordon Smith Honored For A Lifetime Of Leadership

The formal presentation of the honor to the former Republican U.S. Senator from Oregon is set for Radio's Financial Summit: Forecast 2022, scheduled for November 16 at the Harvard Club in New York.

Summertime FCC Deadlines for Broadcast Media

Radio and Television license applications are due Tuesday (6/1) for stations located in several states. What are the other highly important deadlines you should take note of between now and the end of August? Fletcher Heald & Hildreth put together a handy checklist that's worth sharing with your leadership team.

Two Florida LPTVs Face Fines For License Renewal Delays

A pair of low-powered digital television stations in the Sunshine State — one due east of Panama City and the other to the northwest of this one-time Spring Break capital — have each been warned by the FCC that they could face a financial penalty for failing to file their license renewal applications in a timely manner.

NAB Chides Microsoft’s TV White Spaces ‘Empty Promises’

NAB's Deputy General Counsel has responded to a new attempt by Microsoft to overturn recently adopted FCC rules that allow broadcasters to further the deployment of NextGen TV services through the voluntary rollout of ATSC 3.0. In his view, Microsoft's request submitted to the Commission can't hide its "empty promises" to deploy TV white space devices.

Wanted: ‘A Voluntary Roadmap’ for Next-Gen Emergency Messaging

The Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) Alliance is hosting a virtual summit next week that will bring together broadcasters and other private sector players with the nation’s largest alerting authorities to discuss next generation emergency messaging.
FCC

OEA Deputy Chief To Retire, Ending 24 Years at FCC

She's been at the FCC since 1997, and in her time at the Commission oversaw two-thirds of the Commission's auctions. She served under nine FCC Chairs. Now, she's set to retire, and an Acting Deputy Chief in the Office of Economics and Analytics has been named to succeed her.
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