Radio License Renewal Applications Due in February

Radio Renewal Applications are due February 1, 2022.  All radio licenses in New York expire on June 1, 2022, so you must file the application by the February 1st deadline.

Note the FCC no longer requires station to issue public notices prior to filing a radio renewal application.  However, there are very specific notice requirements once the application is filed.

Operating AM, FM, and LPFM stations are required to make on-air announcements for renewal applications. FM Translator stations, silent stations, and stations not broadcasting during the period during which on-air announcements are required to post online notice. Specifically,

General Notice Obligations:

Operating AM, FM, and LPFM stations.  Announcements must be made over the AM, FM, or LPFM station beginning within five (5) business days after release of FCC public notice that the license renewal application has been accepted for filing.  Low Power FM (LPFM) license renewal applicants are NOT exempt and must comply with the announcement requirements below.  LPFM license renewal applicants also must comply with the online notice requirements in this section for those stations that cannot broadcast announcements.

Commencement of Renewal Announcements for Radio Broadcast Stations:

        • Applicant may broadcast the first on-air announcement as early as the date of the release of the FCC public notice that the renewal application has been accepted for filing.
        • On-air announcements must commence no later than the fifth business day following release of FCC public notice that the renewal application has been accepted for filing.

Timing of Renewal Announcements for Radio Broadcast Stations:

        • A total of six (6) announcements in the four weeks following acceptance of the renewal application for filing.
        • No more than two announcements per week.
        • No more than one announcement per day.
        • Announcements to be made at any time between 7 AM and 11 PM local time, Monday through Friday.

There are specific requirements regarding the content of the messages.  The requirements can be found on the FCC’s website.  For more information go to the FCC’s website by clicking HERE.

 

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