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Four St. Louis AMs One Step Closer To FCC’s Grim Reaper

An Order of Dismissal of the license renewals, Chapter 7 asset liquidation plan and Construction Permit application for a new FM translator in Highland, Ill., has been issued by the Commission's Administrative Law Judge. The decision essentially supplies the nails for the coffin the Commission has constructed for all of the assets of Entertainment Media Trust in St. Louis.

Media Tech Firm Tieline Brings In A Broker For Top Sales Post

Many RBR+TVBR readers know Doug Ferber for his role as a media broker, heading Dallas-based DEFcom Advisors, and for his editorial work alongside now-retired Foster Garvey attorney Erwin Krasnow. Now, radio industry engineers and C-Suiters charged with approving expenses will get to know Ferber for his new role at Tieline.
The White House

The 2020 Election and the FCC: An Insider’s Guide

The 2020 election is expected to attract more than $8 billion in media spending. The FCC will be the forum for resolving complaints engendered by hyper-partisan campaigning. FCC enforcement decisions will be shaped by Bobby Baker, the head of the Media Bureau’s Political Programming Office. In this exclusive report, Baker shares how his office processes candidate complaints and enforces the FCC’s rules.

A Radio ‘Commander’ Embroiled In A ‘Rape Solicitation’ Plan

Roger Wahl is the 100% owner of a Class A FM in a small Western Pennsylvania town. Wahl, a.k.a. "The Commander," became a town celebrity by offering local news headlines and school lunch menus to listeners. Now, Wahl is in big trouble, and it could impact his ownership of WQZS-FM.
CBS

Are EAS Codes In Fictional Programs A First Amendment Right?

The FCC on Monday released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to CBS for its use of a "modified version" of actual EAS codes and Attention Signal in an April 2018 episode of "Young Sheldon." CBS argues the use is protected by the First Amendment. Top D.C. lawyers have something to say about that.

How The FCC Gets Radio Station Deals To The Finish Line

Three members of the Media Bureau’s Audio Division hold the keys to the grant of radio station assignments and transfers. They’ve agreed to provide RBR+TVBR, through prominent D.C. attorney Erwin Krasnow, a behind-the-scenes look at the assignment and transfer application process.
US Congress

How to Master the License Renewal Juggernaut

"Now is the time to gird yourself for the license renewal juggernaut," John Wells King and Erwin Krasnow declare in this freshly written exclusive column that is a must-read. They've prepared a list of "what’s and what-not’s" designed to assist you in your stations' license renewal process.
Erwin Krasnow

Breaking Apart the Purchase Price: A Taxing Endeavor

When RBR+TVBR reports on a broadcast transaction, we report the full value of the sale. When the IRS looks at it, it sees a variety of assets, many of which are treated differently for tax purposes. As attorney Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer explains, the way the total is broken down is important.

New and Novel Ways to Lose Your Station’s FCC License

Six years ago, RBR+TVBR published its most-read article to date: “How to Lose Your Station’s License.” Now, attorneys Erwin Krasnow and John Wells King say, "The time has come to update our article, thanks to the conduct of four AM stations in the St. Louis area."

Closing A Broadcast Transaction: Avoiding ‘Lender Nightmares’

Erwin Krasnow and Doug Ferber have penned a four-part series of articles exclusively for RBR+TVBR readers on ensuring a smooth closing. In this concluding article, Krasnow and Ferber discuss how to make the closing of a broadcast deal a dream, as opposed to a nightmare.

Closing A Broadcast Transaction: Keeping The Dream Alive

Don't let your radio or TV station deal implode right before closing. Here are some tips to avoid such a nightmare scenario, in Part Three of an exclusive four-part series from noted D.C. communications attorney Erwin Krasnow and media broker Doug Ferber.

Closing A Broadcast Transaction: Avoiding The Nightmare

Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer and Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors have provided an exclusive four-part article for RBR+TVBR on what can go wrong at closing, and how to ensure that the closing is completed on the scheduled date. Here's the second installment.
Deal

Closing A Broadcast Transaction: Nightmare, Or Dream Come True?

Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer and Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors have written a series of articles exclusively for RBR+TVBR on what can go wrong at closing and how to “click the ruby slippers” to avoid any problems. Here's the first installment.

More Insight On License Revocation Prevention

A column by John Wells King and Erwin Krasnow, "How To Lose Your Station's FCC License," has become a reader favorite worthy of encore appearances at RBR.com. Independent Alternative FCC Compliance Certification Inspector Ken Benner read it, and offers additional thoughts on keeping one's license.
FCC

How To Lose Your Station’s FCC License

On Dec. 28, 2017, RBR+TVBR published what has emerged as one of its most popular Media Information Bureau columns. The title of this piece by John Wells King and Erwin Krasnow says it all. It remains one of our most requested columns, and we are pleased to share it anew.
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