FCC Plans Auction in April for the Rights to Build New FM StationsPosted On: October 11, 2019
It has been many years since the FCC conducted an auction of new FM channels, principally due to its preoccupation with the TV incentive auction. But that is about to change as the FCC announced yesterday that it is planning a new FM auction starting on April 28, 2020, and issued a request for comment on... Continue Reading…
FCC Extends Deadline for LPTV and TV Translators to File for Reimbursement for Repacking Expenses – FM Filing Deadline Not ExtendedPosted On: October 9, 2019
Yesterday, the FCC extended the deadline for LPTV stations and TV translators to file for reimbursement for their expenses incurred in changing channels because of the repacking of the TV band following the TV incentive auction. These stations were given an extra month until November 15 to file these requests. See our articles here and... Continue Reading…
More Challenges for E-Cigs Ads – Congress and FTC Looking at Marketing Practices While States Impose BansPosted On: October 4, 2019
We recently wrote about some of the challenges for e-cig advertising based on Federal and state actions to restrict the sale of flavored vaping products. Even though advertising for e-cigarettes is not currently illegal at the Federal level (see our articles here and here that discuss the disclaimer that must accompany those ads and the requirement that ads should not make health claims or target children), there are moves to change that position (including the announcement we wrote about last month of an anticipated ban on flavored vaping products). While changes to those rules have not yet been implemented , ... Read More
October Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO, License Renewal, Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, the Last Children’s Television Quarterly Report, Repacking Deadlines and MorePosted On: September 30, 2019
October is one of the busiest months on the broadcaster’s regulatory calendar. On October 1, EEO Public Inspection file reports are due in the online public file of stations that are part of an Employment Unit with 5 or more full-time employees in Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. An employment unit is one or more commonly controlled stations in the same geographic area that share at least one employee.
October 1 is also the deadline for license renewal filings by radio stations (including FM translators and LPFM stations) in Florida, ... Read More
Reminder – FCC Political Rules Apply to Off-Year Elections for State and Local OfficesPosted On: September 20, 2019
While next year’s federal elections are already receiving most of the publicity, I’ve been getting a surprising number of calls about elections this November. While most broadcast stations don’t think about the FCC’s political broadcasting rules in odd numbered years, they should – particularly in connection with state and local political offices. There are elections for governor in November in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi, and all sorts of state and local elections in different parts of the country. As we have written before, most of the political rules apply to these state and local electoral races so broadcasters need to be paying attention. ... Read More
FCC Issues Reminder of September 23 Deadline for ETRS Form Three Reporting on Nationwide EAS Test ResultsPosted On: September 8, 2019
David is a partner at the law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, practicing out of its Washington, DC office. He has represented broadcasters for over 30 years on a wide array of matters from the negotiation and structuring of station purchase and sale agreements to regulatory matters. His regulatory expertise includes all areas of broadcast law including the FCC’s multiple ownership limitations, the political broadcasting rules, EEO policy, advertising issues, and other programming matters and FCC technical rules. ... Read More
24th Annual Hall of Fame Gala photos 8.24.19Posted On: August 27, 2019
Thank you to JYJ Photography and Infinity Photos for capturing the evening.
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
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
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