New FM Antenna Verification Rules Now Effective

On May 19, 2022, the Commission released the FM Broadcast Directional Antenna Performance Verification Order, which revised its broadcast radio procedures and rules. This includes allowing for FM and LPFM directional antenna pattern verification by computer modeling performed by the directional antenna’s manufacturer. By Public Notice issued last week, the Media Bureau announced that the notice of the effective date …

Changes in FCC EAS Alert Rules Become Effective Dec 12th

The effective date of an FCC Report and Order aimed at making emergency alerts delivered over television and radio stations more informative and easier to understand by the public, particularly people with disabilities, will become effective on December 12, 2022. Compliance will be required by December 12, 2023. According to the FCC, the new rules will facilitate the increased use …

The FCC Looks to Expand EAS Station Reporting

At the last meeting, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) in which it proposes a number of additional reporting obligations on stations participating in the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Issuing an NPRM is the first step in adopting a new rule. The FCC is asking for public comment. Specifically, it proposes to: Protect against cyberattacks by requiring …

NYSBA Offers SBE Certification Courses as New Member Benefit for 2022

In an effort to enhance the technical and engineering aspects of broadcasting, the Board of Directors has authorized NYSBA to subsidize the cost of member station employees that want to take certification courses offered by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE). This member benefit is open to station employees that receive a W-2 from the station. It does not apply …

NYSBA to Subsidize ABIP Inspection Costs for Member Stations

The COVID pandemic has resulted in a significant decline in advertising revenues for many stations. While getting better, revenue streams remain low. To help stations come back, the Board of Directors has directed NYSBA to begin subsidizing the costs of ABIP inspections for stations that are members in good standing. Eligible stations must be: 1) current with their NYSBA dues …

SBE Online Engineering Courses for Member Employees

NYSBA has contracted with the Society of Broadcast Engineers to provide online courses that will provide the basics of both radio and television broadcasting. Click HERE for more information.   CLICK HERE FOR THE NEXT STORY

FCC Establishes Portal for Interference and Pirate Radio Complaints

FCC has changed its website portal for filing interference complaints, including pirate radio complaints. The Commission has established two separate portals. One portal is for “licensees”  and the other portal is for “consumers.” Licensee Complaints: If your station has an interference complaint, you must file that complaint on the new ESIX Portal. This includes all types of interference, including interference …