Cannabis Advertising Legislation Facing Strong Headwinds

NYSBA and other state broadcasting associations continue to seek a legislative solution that will allow stations to accept cannabis advertising under federal law. The proposal, the Safe Advertising Act, will allow stations to accept cannabis advertising consistent with the law of the state in which they are licensed. The bill was introduced earlier this summer by Sen. Ben Ray Lujan …

Performance Fee Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee but Will Not Move

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee passed the American Music Fairness Act. This bill would impose a performance copyright fee on over-the-air radio broadcasts. One of the leading proponents of the bill was the House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D. NY). The bill passed the committee by voice vote. Despite passing the House Judiciary Committee, the bill will not pass …

FCC Issues Cyber Security Advisory Regarding DASDEC EAS Encoders

The FCC has sent an e-mail, apparently to all broadcasters, regarding the cybersecurity of broadcast stations that use the DASDEC EAS encoder/decoder device sold by Digital Alert Systems (formerly Monroe Electronics), using software prior to version 4.1. The advisory states: “On November 23, 2022, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an Advisory on security vulnerabilities in DASDEC EAS …

NYSBA Sends Letter To Support JCPA in the Senate

Last week, NYSBA joined with the other state broadcaster associations urging the Senate Leadership to pass the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act “JCPA” (S.673). In today’s marketplace, “Big Tech” companies can take a station’s local news content without fairly compensating the station. As such, they take a station’s content, use it on their platforms, and then turn around a sell …

House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Journalism Competition and Preservation Act and Performance Fee Legislation

There will be significant activity in the House Judiciary Committee this week. This Committee is Chaired by Rep. Gerry Nadler (D NY). Several Key Broadcast Bills are scheduled to be on the agenda. American Music Fairness Act – H.R. 4130: This legislation would impose a performance fee on over-the-air radio broadcasts. Under current law, local stations pay significant copyright fees …

Senate Cannabis Legislation Comes Down to the Wire

NYSBA and other state broadcasting associations continue to seek a legislative solution that will allow stations to accept cannabis advertising under federal law. This may come down to the last day of the session. We have pursued two tracks. Safe Advertising Legislation: There was little need to focus on the House because it already passed broad legislation legalizing cannabis. The …

NYSBA Updates Sales Training and Testing

The New York State Broadcasters Association BEST (Broadcast Essentials for Selling Today) Program gives the veteran and new seller broadcast professional a foundation to build upon for a successful and rewarding traditional and digital broadcast sales career. It is also the path for NYSBA and LBS members to obtain the coveted status of Certified Seller! The BEST Program offers content …

NYSBA Wants to Hear Your Story

Those of us working in local broadcasting are fortunate enough to have an exciting career in an industry that serves local communities across New York State. Regardless of whether you are an on-air news anchor, on-the-street reporter, account executive, producer, or marketing specialist, you can make a difference in your community. It’s time to help the next generation. Every year …

When Selling a Station Be Careful About Retaining Program Control Though an LMA

In a number of cases, stations have been sold to a new owner, yet the seller attempts to retain control over programming even after the sale has been completed. In most instances, this takes the form of the seller entering into a local marketing agreement (LMA) agreement with the buyer. The key concern here is the FCC’s “Reversionary Interest Rule,” …

NY AG Assesses Fine for Having Radio Personalities Endorse Products They Do Not Use

Influencers, broadcast personalities, and celebrities endorsing products must be careful in New York. Recently, NY Attorney General Letitia James issued a consent decree with Google and iHeart for having radio personalities endorse a product that they did not use. In a recent press release the NY Attorney General’s office stated: “Google and iHeartMedia paid influencers to promote products they never used, …