Governor Cuomo Sets New Primary Date for New York State Offices

Last week Governor Cuomo signed legislation that moved the primary for state officials from September 11, 2018 to September 13, 2018.  The move was prompted by two considerations: 1) September 11th is Rosh Hashanah and 2) voting on the 9/11 anniversary caused some concern.  Of course moving the election back a few days will also affect the start of the …

Political Broadcast Rules Webinar Archived

Last week we provided stations with access to a webinar updating the FCC’s Political Broadcasting Rules. The webinar featured attorneys from the noted law firm of Fletcher Heald and FCC Attorney Bobby Baker, who is the Commission’s leading expert in this area.   We have archived the webinar for those of you who were unable to see the webinar. To …

PEW Research – 45% of American Teens On-Line constantly

With 95% of teens having access to smart phones, 45 percent of American teens say they are online “almost constantly,” according to a new survey from Pew Research. That number has nearly doubled from the 2014-2015 study. According to the research, Facebook is no longer dominant among teens. Approximately 51% of U.S. teens say they use Facebook. Not only is …

NYSBA Offers Scholarships to NAB Small Market TV Meetings

The New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) will be offering five scholarships to attend the NAB Small Market Television Conference scheduled for September 13-15, in Nashville, TN. According to the NAB, TV stations in DMA’s 75+ are eligible. This includes: Rochester, Syracuse, Elmira, Binghamton, Utica, Plattsburg/Burlington and Watertown. The scholarship will cover only the registration fee for the conference. It will …

Right of Publicity Bill Moving Through Assembly – NYSBA Opposes

Assembly Majority Leader, Joseph Morelle continues to push his bill 8.8155B which makes fundamental changes to the right of privacy. On the Senate side, Senator Diane Savino is trying to move similar legislation S.5857B. The legislation will expand the current right of privacy, which has been recognized in New York for more than a century. The new proposal will create …

Pirate Radio Legislation Poised to Move Through House Communications Sub-Committee

Federal legislation that would significantly increase fines and penalties for operating an illegal pirate radio will come one step closer to reality. On Wednesday June 13, the House Subcommittee on Communications is scheduled to vote on H.R. 5709 the Preventing Illegal Radio Through Enforcement Act (PIRATE) Act. The legislation would: • Increase fines would increase up to $2million • Property …

Senator Markey Proposing Legislation to Remove Berkshire County from Albany DMA

Senator Ed Markey (D MA) is proposing to introduce legislation that would take Berkshire County out of the Albany DMA. The legislation is in response to concerns from Massachusetts State representatives. At this point it is not clear what the proposed language will look like. The move will have a significant impact on the Albany market. To date there is …

NYSBA in Washington DC for Service to America Awards and Meetings with Officials

NYSBA President, David Donovan, was in Washington DC yesterday and today. His first stop was to meet with White House officials to gain support for H.R. 5709 the PIRATE Act. In addition, he discussed the problems with federal rules requiring lengthy disclosures on certain types of automobile advertising.  The federal financial disclosure requirements, which occupy a significant amount of time …

LONG ISLAND AREA AWARD RECIPIENTS

WBLI 106.1 FM (Cox Media Long Island) Special Olympics:  Polar Plunge & Plugged Into Long Island Law Enforcement Torch Run Cox Media Group Long Island’s partnership with the Special Olympics goes back decades, but the efforts of BLI Morning Host “Syke” have taken the relationship to new heights.  Syke’s enthusiasm to participate in the annual “Polar Plunge” has become viral, …

NEW YORK CITY AWARD RECIPIENTS

WBLS  (Emmis Communications) Town Hall – Disrupting Racial & Ethnic Disparities and Solutions for New Yorkers Ages 50+ On February, 20th, 2018, WBLS partnered with AARP for a free Town Hall event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem for a deep dive discussion into Disrupting Racial & Ethnic Disparities and Solutions for New Yorkers Ages …