Important Reminder: Activate and/or Update Your Online Public Inspection FilePosted On: April 18, 2019
As of March 1, 2018, all radio and television stations were required to transition their public inspection file to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) online public file system. However, despite the year-old deadline, a substantial number of broadcasters have not yet activated their online public file or have failed to keep their public file up-to-date.
These stations are at risk of substantial FCC fines. While the FCC has emailed warning notices to some stations, we strongly urge you not to wait for an FCC notice. Stations should immediately confirm that they are complying with the FCC’s rules. ... Read More
FCC Releases Notices on Radio License Renewal Process – New Form, New Database and More Scrutiny of the Public FilePosted On: April 15, 2019
The FCC yesterday released two public notices about the procedures to be used in the upcoming radio license renewal cycle. These actions were previewed by the FCC at the NAB Convention last week (see our article here). As we wrote here and here, the license renewal cycle begins with the filing of license renewal applications by stations in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia that must be submitted by June 3 (as the June 1 deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the next business day). ... Read More
NVBA to Honor Congressman Mark Amodei at 24th Annual Hall of Fame GalaPosted On: April 9, 2019
(Las Vegas, Nevada) Nevada Broadcasters Association President Mitch Fox announced today that Nevada Congressman Mark Amodei will be honored with the prestigious President’s Award, during the Association’s Annual Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7pm at The Four Seasons Las Vegas.
“Congressman Amodei has always been a friend to Nevada’s broadcasting industry,” said President Fox. “His long-standing support for our issues was made even more evident when he was the first member of Nevada’s Congressional Delegation in 2019 to become a co-sponsor of the Local Radio Freedom Act.”
Congressman Amodei understands the importance of local radio and television, ... Read More
2019 Northern Golf TournamentPosted On: March 13, 2019
It's the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation's 3rd Annual Northern Golf Tournament, a benefit for the Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund being held on Wednesday, June 12th at the beautiful Grizzly Ranch Golf Club. This Scholarship Fund awards up to full tuition scholarships to Nevada Youth. In the past eight years, 145 scholarships have been awarded to talented and dedicated students attending Nevada’s colleges or universities.
So round up a foursome of friends and business associates, grab your clubs and plan for a great time while putting education first.
2019 Southern Golf TournamentPosted On: March 13, 2019
Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcast Scholarship Fund on Thursday, May 23rd at the beautiful Reflection Bay Golf Club. This Scholarship Fund awards up to full tuition scholarships to Nevada Youth. In the past eight years, 145 scholarships have been awarded to talented and dedicated students attending Nevada’s colleges or universities.
Countdown to Comments on Next Quadrennial Review of Media Ownership Begins – Part I, Local Radio OwnershipPosted On: February 27, 2019
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the next Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s ownership rules was adopted in December and was published today in the Federal Register, starting the 60 day period for public comments. Comments on the NPRM will be due on April 29 with reply comments due on May 29. The FCC is looking at numerous issues, including one issue, the rules setting out the limits on the number of radio stations that one company can own in a market, that has not been reviewed in depth in recent Quadrennial Reviews. On the TV side, ... Read More
Elimination of Requirement that Broadcasters Post Their Licenses Becomes EffectivePosted On: February 7, 2019
As we wrote here, at the FCC’s December meeting, the FCC was scheduled to adopt an order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters post a physical copy of their licenses and other instruments of authorization at their control points or transmitter sites. In fact, the Commission adopted that order before the meeting, and it today published the order in the Federal Register, meaning that it is effective as of today. This order was adopted as part of the FCC’s Modernization of Media Regulation initiative. As a station’s licenses are now generally available online, the FCC stated that they saw no reason to require that they be posted at station locations not normally accessible to the public. ... Read More
FCC Further Extends Deadlines for Filings Due During the Shutdown – Including Quarterly Issues Programs Lists – and Moves Up Monthly MeetingPosted On: January 29, 2019
Yesterday, we wrote about upcoming deadlines for broadcasters, and noted that the FCC was going to be releasing an order providing further details on the deadlines for pleadings and other documents that were due during the government shutdown. That Public Notice was released on Tuesday, and further postponed many filing deadlines which fell during the shutdown. Filings that were due at the very beginning of the shutdown, from January 3-7, will still be due today, January 30, as noted in prior FCC releases. However, for documents due January 8 and after (in fact, through February 7), ... Read More
FCC Rejects Challenge to Hundreds of FM Translator ApplicationsPosted On: January 29, 2019
Just back from the shutdown, the FCC released an order denying the appeal of two LPFM advocacy groups who had appealed the denial of their petition seeking to block hundreds of new FM translators that will rebroadcast AM stations. We wrote about prior rejections of this petition by the Media Bureau here and here. Yesterday’s order rejected the petitioners’ application for review seeking consideration by the full Commission of the Bureau’s decisions. The petitioner had based their claim on an allegation that new translators could put undue limits on LPFM stations changing transmitter sites. ... Read More
February Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Reports, Webcasting Proceeding, FCC Meeting and Other IssuesPosted On: January 28, 2019
With the reopening of the Federal government (at least for the moment), regulatory deadlines should begin to flow in a more normal course. All of those January dates that we wrote about here have been extended by an FCC Public Notice released yesterday until at least Wednesday, January 30 (except for the deadlines associated with the repacking of the TV band which were unaffected by the shutdown). So Quarterly Issues Programs lists should be added to the online public file by January 30, and Children’s Television Reports should be submitted by that date if they have not already been filed with the FCC. ... Read More
The Nevada Broadcasters Association experienced a number of successes in 2018. I'd like to share some of them with you.
In February a number of Nevada broadcasters went to Washington D.C. to lobby our Congressional Delegation on such issues as the Local Radio Freedom Act, the Microsoft Spectrum Grab, and retransmission consent.
The Nevada Broadcasters Association was able to hold a special members-only reception for Senator Gordon Smith, the CEO of NAB. We were also able to score an exclusive, meeting with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
In April Governor Brian Sandoval sat down with the NVBA for nearly an hour and shared his perspective on the state. We were able to communicate to him, the valuable role we play in emergency communications.
Throughout the year, I was humbled and honored to attend meetings as a voting member of the Homeland Security Commission. Governor Sandoval appointed me to this critically important commission, with members that include the Governor himself, the Lt. Governor, Sheriff Lombardo and members of the State Legislature, among others. I'm excited to continue my participation on this Commission next year, when Governor Sisolak becomes Chairman.
Our Hall of Fame Gala was a huge success. We honored LVCVA CEO Rossi Ralenkotter, Las Vegas 51s COO Don Logan and broadcast pioneer, 101 year-old Hank Thornley in addition to 37 Hall of Fame inductees. The Gala, along with Southern and Northern Nevada Golf Tournaments, combined with your generosity made it possible for 32 students to receive scholarships to a Nevada college or university. Thank you!
Throughout the year we had meetings or sponsored receptions in Nevada with Congressman Mark Amodei, Senator Dean Heller, Governor-elect Steve Sisolak, Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Henderson Mayor Debra March, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, Sheriff Joe Lombardo and Congresswoman-elect Susie Lee.
In addition, we produced an extremely compelling documentary on the opioid crisis and organized a One October remembrance that had the participation of Nevada's radio stations.
If all that weren't enough we had webinars for journalists and HR directors, continued our Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) and held additional EAS training sessions.
Thank you to the NVBA Board of Directors and our Executive Committee for helping to make our year such a success.
President and CEO
Nevada Broadcasters Association
2018 New Year Update
Dear Members & Friends,
Welcome to 2018 and to our website! A new year brings new leadership to the Nevada Broadcasters Association (NVBA). Veteran Broadcaster Mitch Fox has come on board to serve as our new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mitch has served in the broadcast industry for more than 30 years. He spent much of his career in Las Vegas working in Public Broadcasting and most recently was Nevada State Director for the Porter Group, a Washington D.C.-based lobbying firm.
Under Fox’s leadership, the NVBA Board and Staff will continue its mission to promote and advocate for governmental policies that benefit our member stations and to maintain a leadership role in our state, ensuring a vibrant and successful future for local television and radio.
The NVBA relies on the grassroots leadership and strength of our member stations and we thank you all for your continued support and for allowing us to serve your stations and the industry at large as we move through the remainder of 2018.
Viola Cody, Chair