Shawn Craft, of WWGH-LPFM in Marion, Ohio

FCC ALJ To Ohio LPFM Licensee: Lawyer Up, Or You’re Out

The licensee of WWGH-LPFM in Marion, Ohio, must obtain legal counsel to represent its owner, Marion Education Exchange, in an ongoing License Revocation Hearing taking place at the FCC. If not, it will automatically forfeit its license. The LPFM came under scrutiny for apparent misrepresentation of its board members in paperwork submitted to the Commission. One woman with 20% voting interest was deceased.

House Subcommittee Wants More Cash For Pubcasters

The Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives has signaled its support for the grant of more than $500 million in advanced funding for public broadcasting for fiscal year 2025.

What Key Issues For Hispanic Radio Are D.C. Leaders Discussing?

What key issues are being chatted about across Capitol Hill and at the FCC? How, in particular, are these issues perhaps of great concern to Hispanic media? A Thursday Hispanic Radio Conference session offered an update on what's impacting Spanish-language radio.

Two TV Items Teed Up For FCC July Open Meeting

For its July Open Meeting, two of the six items on the agenda shared by Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on Wednesday pertain to television industry issues. What will you need to know come July 14, when the Commissioners meet at the L Street headquarters of the FCC?

WHIZ Bang: Seller Gets Proposed Fine For Issues/Programs List Flub

With the FCC's approval of the station's sale to Marquee Broadcasting still forthcoming, the Commission has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to the station's seller for failing to properly upload its issues/programs lists to the FCC's OPIF online platform.

House Homeland Security Subcommittee OKs Pubcaster Public Safety Infrastructure Dollars

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has presented a suggested dollar amount for funds designated for the upgrade and modernization of U.S. public broadcasters' Next Generation Warning System infrastructure through FEMA.

A New Connected TV Marketplace for Political Advertisers Is Here

A new joint offering announced Wednesday is poised to bring to fruition the biggest local Connected TV marketplace for political advertising. "This partnership will provide the tools and expertise to advertisers for targeting, real-time optimization, sequential messaging, frequency control, incremental reach, and attribution against a variety of KPIs," the companies say.
The FCC Seal

A Mississippi License Earns A Fine For Pre-Filing Owner Change

In June 2020, Radio Cleveland filed an application to transfer control of WAID-FM in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Then in September 2020, Radio Cleveland filed an additional transfer of control application for its remaining stations. However, they made one pretty big mistake, according to The FCC.

Gun Rights Group Can’t Intervene In Roger Wahl Matter

The licensee of a low-powered FM radio station serving the Central Pennsylvania town of Meyersdale will not play a role in the ongoing license revocation hearing involving convicted felon Roger Wahl. But, that's not to say the American Militia Association (AMA) won't have a say at a later date, based on the course of discovery and prosecution of the hearing proceeding.

Call Sign Reservations? Use the FCC LMS, Please

The ongoing effort to update the Commission’s application filing systems has led to the full transition to the FCC's LMS online electronic system of all call sign reservation filings. When's the effective date, and what does this mean for radio and TV broadcast licensees?
The new FCC headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

Visitor Access Finally Comes To ‘New’ FCC HQ

In September 2020, it was new. Now, the public will finally get the chance to see the interior of the FCC's L Street headquarters themselves. 
Entravision Communications Corporation

FCC Orders Entravision To Reimburse AZ Licensee For MHz Shift

Nearly three years ago, Entravision filed FCC paperwork seeking an upgrade to one of its stations. It is inching closer to that goal, thanks to a January 2022 Order from the FCC that will give it the ability to serve Phoenix's western metropolitan area at 106.7 FM. To make it happen, another licensee needed to make a channel change. It wasn't free, and that licensee wants to be reimbursed by Entravision. The FCC just made sure that's going to happen.

ATVA, ACA Connects Voice New Concerns Against NAB ATSC Proposal

The ATVA this week filed an ex parte letter with the FCC addressing its concerns surrounding a NAB proposal that would allow originating stations to arrange for “host” stations to transmit their ATSC 1.0 multicast programming. The pro-MVPD group took the time to suggest "modest improvements" to the plan.

A NCE MX Group Objection is Denied by FCC

The Media Bureau has denied an Informal Objection submitted to the Commission with respect to its tentative selectee of a future noncommercial FM radio station, in a group of mutually exclusive potential licensees. As such, an application from an Arizona institution of higher learning has been selected as the tentative license holder.
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Political File Rules Effective Dates Affirmed

On January 25, the FCC released an order updating the political programming and recordkeeping rules for broadcast licensees, cable television system operators, Direct Broadcast Satellite service providers, and Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service licensees. What wasn't known then — the effective date of the new rules — has just been codified by the Commission.