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    AM Revitalization Order OK’d Ahead Of FCC Open Meeting

    Note: This story was corrected at 5:45pm Eastern to reflect that the Commission has unanimously approved MB Docket No. 13-249 and MB Docket No. 12-217, which fully explains the elimination of these items from the agenda of the September Open Meeting. We regret any confusion caused with our original report.

    AM Revitalization Order Yanked From FCC Open Meeting

    In a late afternoon notice with no explanation, the FCC on Friday deleted two agenda items from its September Open Meeting, set for Tuesday morning. The first of the two deleted agenda items focuses on the modernization of the FCC’s cable television technical rules. The second agenda item was a report and order that would have relaxed or eliminated certain rules tied to “revitalization of the AM radio service.” Listed as “MB Docket No. 13-249,” the Commission was set to consider a Third Report and Order that relaxes or eliminates “certain rules pertaining to AM broadcasters employing and maintaining directional antenna arrays.” The “Cable Television Technical and Operational Standards” item, “MB Docket No


    Veritone Stock Soars Again On IBC Win

    U.S. financial markets ended the week on a downbeat, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 10.12, to 22,349.11 in Friday’s trading. The Dow had been down further in the 1pm hour, with improvements seen in the final hour of trading. This also helped the Nasdaq composite index swing to a small gain of 4.23, to 6,426.92, after being slightly down in mid-afternoon trading


    Documenting Self-inspection FCC Certifications

    Any Certificate of FCC Regulatory Compliance is not worth the paper it’s printed on without the conditions upon which it was issued. Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner addressed this premise with the first such certificate he issued following a station inspection when the “mock” inspection program was initiated. “So how do we document a legitimate certificate of compliance that is required to be posted in the station’s reception lobby so as to be readily visible should an official FCC inspector visit your station?,” he asks


    Post-Incentive Auction Second Filing Window Opens Oct. 3

    Upon conclusion of the FCC’s incentive auction (a.k.a. Auction 1000), the Commission initiated a transition period during which the facilities of broadcast television stations that received new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction repacking process will be reauthorized and relicensed. As directed by the Commission, this transition period includes two filing windows for eligible full power and Class A stations to file for alternate channels and expanded facilities. The first priority filing window closed last Friday (9/15).


    Univision Sets New News Leaders In San Francisco

    Hispanic-market multimedia company Univision Communications has set two new news executive for its San Francisco Bay Area operations. Carolina Nuñez  will now serve as VP/Regional News Director, while Luis Felipe Godinez takes the role of Assistant News Director. The appointments are effective immediately and were formally announced Sept. 21 by Univision.


    Dark Arizona Noncomm Trades Hands

    On Guthrie Peak to the far Northeast of Tucson, near Arizona’s border with New Mexico, lies the tower for a noncommercial radio station that’s presently dark. This facility has been owned by  Cochise Community Radio Corporation , a company that the FCC has been less than pleased with in recent months. Now, Cochise is shedding a station that’s received its fair share of forfeitures. Click here to Login & view the full article & read our famous RBR+TVBR observation (Not a member?


    Radio: The Lifeline In A Time Of Need

    Hurricane Irma ravaged much of the Sunshine State, including Lee and Collier Counties in Southwest Florida. That’s the home of  Beasley Media Group ‘s corporate headquarters and six radio brands serving the Fort Myers-Naples-Marco Island market, which was particularly battered by Irma. Beasley’s stations didn’t have it easy, nor did the corporate office. But, Irma codified one strong thought for Beasley CEO  Caroline Beasley : Radio is the essential go-to medium when a community needs its information at its most critical time. She shared these thoughts in an essay, which we are pleased to share in its entirety: By Caroline Beasley Hurricane Irma was the most destructive natural disaster to hit Southwest Florida in over 50 years


    Will AT&T and DirecTV Drop WNEM?

    That’s a question  Meredith Corporation  would certainly like an answer to. WNEM-5 is the company’s CBS affiliate in the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Mich., DMA, ranked No. 72. Come Saturday (9/23) at 12:01am, the station could be yanked from AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV lineups thanks to yet another retransmission fee dispute between an MVPD and a broadcast company. Click here to Login & view the full article & read our famous RBR+TVBR observation (Not a member?


    Former RAB Leader Gary Fries Dies

    In a message sent to Streamline Publishing co-owned publication  Radio INK  on Friday, the son of former Radio Advertising Bureau President/CEO  Gary Fries  confirmed his passing early today, Pacific time, in Arizona. Todd Fries thanked everyone for their support and prayers, noting that his father peacefully passed at 3:13pm Eastern. “In leaving this world for a better place, he did it in typical Gary fashion,” Fries said. “His determination and heart astounded the entire Hospice staff.” He added, “In their process they would most likely have notified the family  on Saturday  that it would be soon, but in typical Gary mentality he proved them all wrong, going until  Friday


    Billions: The Projected Spend For Political Ad Dollars In ’18

    Is 2018 shaping up to be a banner year for political advertising? That’s the good word from  Steve Passwaiter, the VP/GM, Political at Kantar Media.  In an essay appearing Friday (9/22) at  The Cook Political Report , Passwaiter declares, “Even though the last two years have seen lots of bungled predictions, in the realm of TV ad spending, we are undeterred, and predict that TV will win out in 2018 as well.” Click here to Login & view the full article & read our famous RBR+TVBR observation (Not a member? Join Today! )


    Battered From Maria, SBS Gets OTC Ouch

    MIAMI — It’s been a difficult September for Spanish Broadcasting System , the Hispanic-focused media company led by Raúl Alarcón Jr . First, Hurricane Irma put SBS’s South Florida stations to the test. Then, Hurricane Maria stormed through Puerto Rico, creating havoc and destruction. As of Friday morning, two SBS FM stations are the only ones able to broadcast

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