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Is An LPFM Operator Out-Foxing All?

The FCC on February 8 granted a request for a silent STA from an Alabama LPFM that's seen two NOVs for unauthorized tower sites in five years. Yet, the station is back on the air, and the request was filed two months late. Consider it the latest twist in a story involving Terry Keith Hammond, a past license loser.

Mortenson’s Expanded Band Big D Departure

Mortenson Broadcasting has enjoyed a presence in North Texas by way of a pair of AM radio stations licensed to Fort Worth and, in recent months, through an FM translator serving the western half of the Metroplex. Now, Mortenson is saying goodbye -- or, perhaps 안녕 -- to those facilities ... sort of.

Repeat Offender … And A Past License Loser

One would hope that a Notice of Violation from the FCC would not only fix a problem, but prevent a repeat offense. An Alabama operator has again been warned for transmitting away from its authorized site, repeating a 2013 action. That's nothing compared to what happened nine years ago.

Disappointment and Shock: Sinclair Sounds Off

Forget that Weed Wacker stored in the back corner of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's office in Washington, D.C. Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media on Monday morning were each struck with a cattle prod any Kansas rancher would likely approve of. Sinclair commented late Monday afternoon. Once Sinclair spoke up, it wasn't shy about its thoughts on the matter, which bring new light to the history of Cunningham Broadcasting.

An ALJ Hearing: The Ultimate Deal Killer?

Veteran D.C. communications attorney Erwin Krasnow was just as surprised as many of the brokers and attorneys RBR+TVBR contacted following the release Monday morning of a statement from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that reveals he has "serious concerns" over Sinclair Broadcast Group's planned merger with Tribune Media. A draft hearing designation order was circulated by Pai. Is this a "deal killer?" Krasnow had some things to say about that.

Inspect Your Potential Station With Eyes Wide Open

Cavell Martz's Gary Cavell and Garvey Schubert Barer attorney Erwin Krasnow both believe potential owners can learn a lot by being observant when walking around a station. Here are some great pieces of advice, in an encore Media Information Bureau column you don't want to miss.
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Five Myths of FCC Decision Making

In this Media Information Bureau column, noted D.C. communications attorney Erwin Krasnow shares his insight on what the FCC's decision makers actually read, if hefty fines are truly meant to fuel the FCC budget, and if the Commissioners "have unbridled discretion to make public interest determinations," among other hot topics.

Deal Killers Podcast: Seller’s Remorse and Surprises

The seventh and final installment in a limited podcast series focused on the things that could derail a transaction is devoted to the topic of seller's remorse. Plus, what happens when a deal seems all but set, but an unwelcome surprise pops up in the 11th hour? Tackling the two subjects are Community Broadcasters' Jim Leven and Bruce Mittman, noted broker Doug Ferber and a veteran D.C. attorney.

Deal Killers Podcast: Change In Business Performance

Can a “material adverse change” derail the purchase of a radio or TV station? Erwin Krasnow, a partner at Washington law firm Garvey Schubert Barer, takes the mic in this penultimate Deal Killers podcast moderated by RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson. Also sharing their thoughts are media broker Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors and Bruce Mittman and Jim Leven — the leaders of radio broadcasting company Community Broadcasters.

Deal Killers Podcast: Lack Of Preparation

What are the best next steps to get a media deal done and to operate a group of radio or TV stations as quickly and successfully as possible? Being fully prepared to take on the transaction, in particular as a buyer, is key, say Community Broadcasters’ two top leaders. Get the info you need from these pros in the latest in our exclusive Deal Killers podcasts.

The Deal Killers Podcast: Shoddy Financial Records

When it comes to making a deal happen, most buyers will use a cash flow multiple as an important element in valuing a station — and will rely on the seller's accounting records to make the calculation. But, what if your financial records are, quite frankly, a haphazard mess?

The Deal Killers Podcast: Unclear Post-Closing Goals

Many sellers underestimate how much they will need post-exit and overestimate the company’s value. In this third Deal Killers Podcast, Community Broadcasters COO Bruce Mittman, President/CEO Jim Leven and Controller Peter Henderson share their thoughts on the important topic of "unclear post-closing goals." It's another RBR+TVBR member exclusive!

Can The Loss Of A Key Employee Kill A Station Sale?

Some buyers regard the retention of key employees following the closing of a radio or TV station acquisition as an essential element of the deal. Yet, sellers often do not take into consideration the adverse impact of the exit of a key employee — or several. Should a firm succession plan be drafted before the Asset Purchase Agreement is signed? That is the focus of this exclusive "Deal Killers" podcast featuring the COO and CEO of Community Broadcasters, media broker Doug Ferber and respected D.C. communications attorney Erwin Krasnow.

Deal Killers: Unrealistic Price Expectations

What's a "deal killer"? How can you avoid them? To help best answer these questions, Garvey Schubert Barer communications attorney Erwin Krasnow and DEFCom Advisors CEO Doug Ferber created a new limited series of podcasts based on a 2017 Media Information Bureau column on this very subject. RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief is the host, and the guests are the operating partners of Community Broadcasters.

Should We Really Expect ‘A Major Selloff’ Of iHeart Stations?

"Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own."  One Forbes contributor, former Media Life editor Gene Ely, just penned a guest commentary with the provocative headline "In The IHeartMedia Bankruptcy, Expect A Major Selloff Of Radio Stations." Really? We asked top D.C. attorneys and one broker for their opinions. Here's what they say.
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