Donovan Moderates Panel at the Broadcast Forecast 2023 Conference

Last week, Radio Ink and Radio + Television Business Report hosted its Forecast 2023. The high-level conference brought together the leaders in the broadcast industry to discuss the upcoming year. NYSBA President, David Donovan, moderated a panel in the afternoon called Main Street Media: Where Local Broadcast Survives & Thrives.  The panel focused on the competitive advantages that may be …

College Stations Must Comply with FCC Public File Rules

As we have noted in the past, noncommercial and college stations are not exempt from the FCC’s public file obligations. We see this issue play out as the FCC reviews radio license renewals for New York. A recent decision involving Alfred University’s radio station serves as an example: “Consent Decree resolves issues arising from the Bureau’s review of the captioned …

Student Run Non-commercial Stations: Pay Attention to FCC Rules

The FCC’s Media Bureau issued an Order under which it entered into a Consent Decree to resolve a student-run noncommercial FM station’s filing of its license renewal application two months late, and the station’s failure to place any issues and programs lists in its online public inspection file. The station demonstrated that its violations were first-time paperwork violations. Accordingly, the …

Legislation Would Reverse Court Decision Regarding Need to Search Federal Databases Regarding Foreign Programming

In 2021, the FCC adopted a rule requiring broadcasters to provide special sponsorship IDs for any content provided by a foreign government or their agent. As part of that rule, stations were required to check with two government sources to verify the real identity of programming sponsors: the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) website and the Commission’s …

A Station Must Operate Within the Terms of its License

There are a growing number of instances in which stations are not operating according to the terms of their license. It may be that a transmitter or tower has been moved slightly. Sometimes stations do not work at the power levels contained in the license. Recent cases demonstrate that stations need to operate in accordance with the specific requirements of …

GMR Sues Stations for Copyright Infringement

As you know, GMR has drawn away some artists from BMI and ASCAP. Stations playing these artists may be liable to GMR for copyright fees. Noted communications attorney David Oxenford has reported on recent litigation commenced by GRM against some stations. He states: “Global Music Rights (GMR) has sued three radio groups for not paying royalties for the public performance …

Important Updates to FCC EAS Rules

At its meeting on September 29th, the FCC adopted new rules regarding Emergency Alert Services (EAS) notices. The new rules would apply to both radio and television stations. This is part of the FCC’s ongoing effort to update all of its EAS rules. The Report and Order announced two basic changes to EAs notifications: Use of CAP Format Notifications –  …

LI and NYC Awards Luncheons a Huge Success

We were on the road last week hosting an awards luncheon on Long Island and another in New York City. Once again, the Association’s President, David Donovan, and the Director of Communications, Nora Kipp, attended these luncheons. The Long Island event was held at Blackstone Steakhouse and the New York City event took place at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers. Both …