FCC Cements Radio License Renewal Cycle Procedures

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The FCC’s Media Bureau on Monday unveiled its revisions to the license renewal filing procedures for radio stations. In doing so, it is providing information on the upcoming 2019-2022 radio license renewal cycle.


Here’s what you’ll need to know.

WASHINGTON DMA GOES FIRST

Applications for stations in the first license renewal group (radio stations licensed to
communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia) may be filed on or after May 1 and must be filed no later than June 3, 2019.

Be careful with your timing. The Commission will not accept renewal applications for filing prior to May 1.

Each AM, FM, noncommercial educational (NCE) FM, FM translator, and Low Power FM (LPFM) station must electronically file its license renewal form. Each AM, FM, and NCE FM station, regardless of how many full-time staff it employs, must also file a Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program Report, which will be referenced in the license renewal application form. Licensees with pending applications from the prior renewal cycle also are subject to these filing requirements. Such licensees should file new license renewal forms with updated information and certifications to cover all periods from the end of their last license term through the date of filing.

All renewal applicants must complete the required submissions on or prior to the filing
deadline specified on the website of the Media Bureau’s Audio Division:

https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/broadcast-radio-license-renewal-dates-by-state
https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/broadcast-radio-license-renewal-dates-by-date

The Bureau reminds licensees that their local public notice obligations under section 73.3580(d)(4) of the Commission’s Rules remain in place; pre-filing announcements must commence two months prior to their renewal filing deadlines (that was on April 1 for stations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia).

Failure to comply with pre-filing announcement requirements could result in a delay in the processing of a license renewal application.

The Bureau also reminds stations of their obligation to upload documents to the Commission’s Online Public Inspection File. Failure to comply with the public inspection file requirements, including the political file requirements, prior to the deadline for filing a station’s renewal application may result in forfeitures and may impact a station’s renewal
application.

All license renewal filings for the upcoming license renewal cycle must be filed electronically through the Commission’s Licensing and Management System (LMS) using Schedules 303-S and 396 to Form 2100.

Schedules 303-S and 396 will be available in LMS as of May 1.

CDBS e-filing of license renewal applications (former Form 303-S) and Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Reports (former Form 396) has been deactivated.