On Thursday March 2nd, NYSBA spent a day at the FCC discussing important issues. With Chairman Pai now at the helm, the FCC will become extremely important. We are hoping that the Commission will begin to relax a number of its onerous rules. We also hope it will become more aggressive with its enforcement against pirate radio operators.
Ed Levine, President & CEO of Galaxy Communications (NYSBA Chairman); Bob Krummenacker, V.P. & G.M. WBNG-TV; Alan Bishop, Owner/President, Finger Lakes Radio Group and Chadwick Bay Broadcasting, and Ramon Pineda, Sr. V.P. and Regional Director Univision Radio and TV NYC, attended several important sessions with members of the Commissioners staff as well as representatives from several bureaus within the FCC. Ed Levine presented dramatic evidence why the FCC needs to relax its radio ownership rules. Ramon Pineda did an excellent job as a moderator for a meeting with Robin Colwell, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. He also represented NY City radio stations at a meeting concerning pirate radio with leaders of the Enforcement Bureau. Alan Bishop represented us with respect to AM improvement during an important session with the FCC’s Audio Division. David Donovan moderated a panel on TV repacking.
In all it was a productive day at the FCC. Thanks again to the board members who took the time to represent us at these important meetings.