Renewal – Make Sure the Public File is Up to Date

As we move closer to the radio renewal application date (February 1, 2022), make sure your public file is in order.  The on-line public inspection file for broadcast stations contains a variety of information about each station’s operations and service to its community of license, including information about political time sold or given away by each station, quarterly lists of the most significant programs each station aired concerning issues of importance to its community, data on ownership of each station, and active applications each station has filed with the Commission.

Radio licensees were required to transition their public inspection files to the Commission’s online public file database.  There are specific time lines for when material is to be uploaded into your public file.  For example, you are required to file you issues programs list on a quarterly basis.  Political advertising must be placed in the political file within on day of a firm order.

IMPORTANT:  THE FCC KNOWS IF YOU HAVE BEEN LATE WITH ANY FILING UPLOADED INTO YOUR ON-LINE PUBLIC FILE.  AS A RESULT, YOU MUST BE CAREFUL WHEN CERTIFYING ON YOUR RENEWAL APPLICATION THAT YOU HAVE BEEN IN COMPLIANCE WITH FCC RULES DURING THE TERM OF YOU LICENSE.  IF YOU WERE LATE IN UP LOADING MATERIAL, BUT CHECK THAT YOU HAVE BEEN IN FULL COMPLIANCE ON THE RENEWAL FORM, THAT COULD CONSTITUTE A MISREPRESENTATION TO THE FCC.  THIS COULD RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT FINES AND DELAY YOUR RENEWAL.  CHECK WITH YOUR COUNSEL

For more information regarding a stations public interest obligations click HERE.

For more information about what should be placed in the on line public file click HERE.

To access the FCC’s portal that contains your station’s on-line public file click HERE.

To access the FCC license renewal webinar hosted by noted communications Attorney David Oxenford click HERE.

 

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