New Tech Makes Statewide Broadcast Possible

KTVN Ch. 2’s Assistant Chief Engineer, Eric Brown, shows off their “Live U” technology making the NVBA’s statewide broadcast possible. Virtually every Nevada radio and TV station aired Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s State of the State Address on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Special Thanks to Nick du Plessis at KRNV/KRXI, State EAS Chair, Adrienne Abbott, Jeff Loflin, head of the LCB and Matteo Holly along with NVBA Chair Todd Brown.

NVBA Facilitates Statewide Broadcast

The Nevada Broadcasters Association facilitated a statewide broadcast of Governor Brian Sandoval’s final State of the State Address Tuesday evening. The broadcast was transmitted from Carson City by Sinclair Broadcast Group and KTVN-2, and then re-broadcast by numerous other radio and television outlets to Nevadans throughout the state.

First Chance for New FCC to Deregulate – Abolition of Requirement to Maintain Public File of Letters from the Public About Broadcast Station Operations on January 31 Tentative Agenda

The FCC yesterday released its tentative agenda for its January meeting, to be held on January 31. This will be the first meeting of the post-Chairman Wheeler era, and the two Republican commissioners will be in the majority for the first time in 8 years. There is a single item on the tentative agenda – the abolition of the requirement that broadcasters maintain a paper public file,

A Broadcasters Calendar of Regulatory Obligations for 2017

At the beginning of each year, we publish our broadcaster’s calendar of important dates – setting out the many dates for which broadcasters should be on alert as this year progresses. The Broadcasters Calendar for 2017 is available here. The dates set out on the calendar include FCC filing deadlines and dates by which the FCC requires that certain documents be added to a station’s public file.

Gala Photos

Photo galleries from the last two Hall of Fame Galas can be found here.
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2015 Gala Photos

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2016 Gala Photos


Should Online Recruiting Satisfy the FCC’s EEO Requirements for Wide Dissemination of Job Openings? – Comments Requested on Petition Saying that it Does

The FCC yesterday issued a Public Notice of the filing of a Petition for Rulemaking asking the FCC to declare that a broadcaster, by using its own airwaves and online sources to publicize job openings at its station, satisfies the requirement that a broadcaster widely disseminate information about job openings to members of all groups within its likely recruiting area.

And Then There Were Three – Chairman Wheeler to Step Down on Inauguration Day Leaving a Republican-Controlled FCC – What’s It Mean for Broadcasters?

After months of speculation, Chairman Wheeler today announced that he will step down from the FCC on Inauguration Day. Together with the Senate not confirming the renomination of Commissioner Rosenworcel (as the Senate is effectively on recess and not expected to return before the end of the term, her renomination will almost certainly not be approved in this session of Congress,

GMR Sues RMLC – Claims Antitrust Violations for Negotiating Royalties on Behalf of the Radio Industry – What Are the Implications?

Just a few weeks ago, we wrote about the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) filing a lawsuit against Global Music Rights (GMR) alleging that GMR was violating the antitrust laws by offering an all or nothing blanket license for rights to play the songs written by certain songwriters now represented by this new performing rights organization. RMLC was seeking to impose some oversight over the rates being charged for GMR royalties.

Summaries of the Legal Issues Facing Radio and TV Broadcasters – Staying on Top of Your Regulatory Obligations

Each quarter, my partner David O’Connor and I update a list of the legal and regulatory issues facing TV broadcasters. That list of issues is published by TVNewsCheck and is available on their website, here. This update was published today, and provides a summary of the status of legal and regulatory issues ranging from the… Continue Reading…

Reminder that Broadcasters May Now Leverage the FAA’s Small Drone Rules

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA’s”) recently established rules to allow the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”) – more commonly known as “drones” – took effect on Monday, August 29, 2016.  We previously wrote about these rules (and the opportunities and risks they present for broadcasters) here and here.  For those eager to… Continue Reading…