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2012

Federal Government Shutdown – Reopening October 17 – Low Power FM Radio Filing Window Update

On October 16th The Senate and The House of Representatives passed a Senate-brokered bill to fully reopen the U.S. government and raise its debt ceiling. This means the Federal government should be back in operation on sometime on October 17th. It may take a few hours on reopening day for all FCC systems to return online. Next the FCC will address the Low Power FM Radio Filing window which was set to open on October 15th. Nexus will be working alongside our allies to reach out to the FCC to ask for a slight delay of the LPFM filing window. If the government opens on Thursday October 17, we would be into day 3 of the filing window. The FCC might extend the window by three or four days, or they might postpone the window to next month as suggested by Nexus, recent and other LPFM advocacies. Other filings that were due to the Commission between October 1 and October 17 would be due either on Friday or Monday based on what time of the day the FCC reopens for business. Continue reading

Turning Radio Upside Down

In many ways, LPFM stations are just like any other radio station: they must comply with FCC regulations regarding interference, indecency and emergency response, and their signal can be heard with an ordinary FM radio. The similarities end there. In… Continue reading

New Opportunities for LPFM

radio guide logoAs is well known by now, the FCC at last has finalized its plan to address the backlog of about 6,500 FM translator applications that still linger from a March 2003 filing window and to open a new filing opportunity for Low Power FM (“LPFM”) stations.

The FCC’s task was both prodded and complicated by the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 (the “LCRA”), which required that it balance translator grants against the need for preserving filing opportunities for new LPFMs. In resolving the choice between the two media, the five commissioners made it clear that the FCC overwhelmingly favors LPFM as holding a promise to expand locally originated service to narrow constituencies.

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Rule Changes in the LPFM Radio 6th Report and Order

The FCC recently released the latest rules changes for LPFM Radio.   Recnet has provided an overview of the FCC’s Fifth Order on Reconsideration and Sixth Report and Order on Low Power FM.

Third Adjacent Channel

Section 7(1) stations (those that do not meet the second/third adjacent spacing in 73.807) must eliminate any actual interference they may cause to the signal of any authorized station in areas where that station is “regularly used” (same rules as translators).

Section 7(3) stations (all LPFM stations) must address complaints of third adjacent channel interference within the affected station’s protected contour.

Third adjacent channel protections remain in effect in respect to foreign FM stations and assignments as well as FM stations that are operating a radio reading service for the blind.

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  • Survey Says Adult Contemporary, Classic Hits Formats on the Rise
    Nielsen’s Q1 Audio Today report is out and, no surprise, radio continues to reach nearly everyone in America. On a weekly basis, says Nielsen, 93% of all adults tune in to radio, the most of any platform, and they add, radio has 243 million listeners in a given month. Some of the results are ...
  • REC to FCC: Changes Needed to Boost LPFM Participation in EAS
    A low-power advocacy network has expressed its concern to the Federal Communications Commission regarding LPFM participation in the September 2017 nationwide EAS test — pointing to lack of communication from the Media Bureau, difficulty using the ETRS database and the cost of complying with current ...
  • WATCH: ENCO Shows Clipboard Control Interface
    ENCO recently launched an IP-enabled control surface for television and radio systems, including a distinctive in-button video playback feature. As Mark Stewart explains in the video above, ENCO unveiled the ClipBoard interface for its automation and instant playout solutions at this month's NAB ...
  • iHeartMedia Bankruptcy Filing Brings Questions
    The Chapter 11 reorganization of iHeartMedia is just getting underway, but already there has been speculation that the radio giant will shed radio stations during the process, even though company leaders say there will be no wholesale liquidation of properties. At the time of its filing in March, ...
  • iHeart Names First EVP of Advanced Audio and Data Revenue
    iHeartMedia has named Justin Nesci as executive vice president of advanced audio and data revenue, and the company’s Baltimore cluster has promoted Aaron Hyland to market president. In his newly created role, Nesci will report to President of Digital and Audience Segment Revenue Strategy Carter ...
  • Radio Engineer JC Carollo Passes Away at 72
    Radio lost a well-known and much-beloved radio engineer when Jim Carollo passed away at the age of 72 on April 18 at his home in Huntley, Ill., after a long battle with lung cancer. JC, as he was known to colleagues and friends, was the former director of engineering at WGN(AM) in Chicago. He was […]
  • Inside the April 25 issue of Radio World
    Randy Stine explores the implications of iHeartMedia’s Chapter 11 filing, and lawyers from the Pillsbury firm write about the FCC’s new hardline approach to pirate radio operators and what it really means. We also share excerpts from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s address to the NAB Show earlier this ...
  • Dial Report and Ad-ID Seek to Standardize Radio Spot Tracking
    TagStation subsidiary Dial Report said it is collaborating with Ad-ID to establish tracking standards for the radio industry. “It is clear that the radio industry would benefit from having the same tracking standards that the TV and digital industries enjoy today,” said Dial Report Senior Vice ...
  • WorldCast Develops New RDS Encoder
    WorldCast’s Audemat marque is releasing a new RDS encoder called, simply, Audemat RDS Encoder. Besides the expected RDS/RDBS tools (e.g. artist name, song titles, traffic message, EAS, etc.), the encoder adds an MPX-over-AES digital audio function. Furthermore, it can insert the encoding directly ...
  • Lawo Welcomes Craig Newbury
    Lawo has named Craig Newbury to the position of director of sales and operations. He immediately assumes responsibility for the activities of Lawo in the United Kingdom and Ireland. According to Lawo, Newbury brings with him over 18 years of broadcast related experience across a range of ...
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