Author: Jay Mitchell

FCC: one fine levied, one fine canceled.

Hoosier AM/FM failed to file for license to cover for a translator in Marion, IN, earning them a proposed $3500 fine … but the Commission has canceled the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against Autaugaville Radio for a license…

Regulatory fee order keeps broadcast and broadband funding separate.

When the proposed FCC fiscal year 2021 fee schedule was released, broadcasters were up in arms about the sizable increase in broadcast fees which, it turned out, would subsidize Commission expenses related to broadband regulation. In the final Report and…

Proof of concept.

Regular readers of this publication are familiar with my contention that Bob Pittman and his merry band of pranksters are transforming their radio-centric business into an events business with hundreds of promotional outlets. Now, thanks to Media Monitors and their…

More fines, more often.

The Commission has levied a $500 fine against South Dakota State University, along with a compliance plan, for a late license renewal application filing for KSDJ/Brookings, SD. In another action, Peg Broadcasting LLC was hit with a $7000 proposed fine…

Radio Hall of Fame announces a new crop of inductees.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications has released the names of the class of 2021, a bumper crop of over 40 broadcasters. The induction ceremony is scheduled for late October in Chicago. For a complete list of inductees, visit www.radiohalloffame.com.

Turtles lose in royalty review.

Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, a.k.a. Flo and Eddie, a.k.a. the Turtles lost an appeal of a lower court ruling to SiriusXM in a case involving royalties for songs published earlier than 1972. This decision, by the Ninth Circuit Court…

What we said.

In last week’s SMRN we referred to the power of a national high-dollar contest, and sure enough, the Independent Broadcasters Association has come through again with a second national cash contest available to its member stations. This time, according to…

Broadcasters Foundation Leadership Awards recipients announced.

The Foundation bestows these awards each year in recognition of career contributions to the industry and the community at large. This year’s recipients include Allen Media Group Founder Byron Allen, Cumulus Chief Insights Officer Pierre Bouvard, Quincy Media CEO Ralph…

FCC and public file violator agreed to a Consent Decree.

Estuardo Valdemar Rodriguez is the licensee of WSRB-AM in La Grande/Jacksonville, NC, and he has just reached an agreement with the Commission to resolve ongoing public file violations at his station. The agreement involves the requirement that Mr. Rodriguez create…

Broadcast ownership just got easier.

The FCC reinstatement of its revised broadcast ownership rules has been published in the Federal Register, which establishes the comments deadline (August 2) and the reply comments deadline (August 30). The Order eliminates the newspaper/broadcast and radio/television cross-ownership prohibitions, as…