February 11, 2014AM Broadcasting Revitalization
"Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated" is a quote attributed to the great American humorist Mark Twain. In fact, Mark Twin really said, "The report of my death was an exaggeration." Either way, this statement is one that is likely to be embraced by America's AM broadcasters.
Despite the many predictions that AM broadcasting is not just past its prime, but dead and gone, the fact is that AM broadcasting remains a vital force in many American communities and across the country. AM may not enjoy the prominence it once held, or be relied upon by American communities as their sole source of local news, information and entertainment, but it still plays a vital role in the lives of many Americans.
Doubters need only talk to a survivor of the 2011 Joplin, MO tornado. During the worst of that tornado, it was a Joplin AM station that remained on the air and played a critical role in getting accurate, life-saving information to the public when time was of the essence, warning folks of the coming danger and getting to them safety. It was the example of AM station KZRG that led Missouri Governor Jay Nixon of to declare to Missouri broadcasters, "I salute your courage, your professionalism and your dedication to serving your community throughout this catastrophe."
January 28, 2014SoundExchange Deadline This Friday
AM and FM broadcasters who stream their signals on the Internet are due once again this Friday to pay performance royalties for the music they stream. Many broadcasters are still unaware that their ASCAP, BMI and SESAC licenses do not provide them with all of the ...
January 14, 2014Digital Station IDs
What is the proper way to identify HD channels? This question comes up for both television stations broadcasting multiple channels, and radio using iBiquity HD to broadcast multiple streams. The FCC rule governing station identification, Section 73.1201, is fairly ...
December 10, 2013What About Advertising E-Cigarettes?
Come On, Everyone Else's Doing It It seems that not a week goes by without a call inquiring about advertising for e-cigarettes. From the intensity of the advertising campaign, America has conquered tobacco by replacing it with nicotine vapor from the electronic age. ...
November 5, 2013Reefer Madness: Controversial Advertising Issues
The big broadcasting issues confronting Washington policy makers range from retransmission consent and newspaper-television cross-ownership to the "performance tax" and political advertising. But the everyday issues facing broadcasters in the trenches these days are ...
October 15, 2013FCC Post-Shutdown: What Now?
Remember that old greeting, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you"? Well, not too much lately! But, after two weeks of a shutdown FCC, and only days away from a U.S. financial default, perhaps a little help may be in the wings. It appears that Senate ...
July 30, 2013The Dangers Of Broadcast Internships
Did you catch the item about the venerable broadcast journalist Charlie Rose and his PBS program interns? Sued by his interns, it cost Charlie Rose at least $250,000 to settle the lawsuit involving a program that may have been created, at least partially, in ...
July 16, 2013Zombie Alert! Are You Ready For The Next Attack?
Recent stories regarding the false EAS Zombie Alert should be of continuing concern to radio and television broadcasters. The perpetrator(s) of the Zombie Alert have still not been identified and the potential for a reoccurrence of that Emergency Alert System abuse, ...
Broadcasters frequently ask for guidance for compliance with the requirements of the station's local public file. Confronted with a certification requirement in renewal applications, licensees are reminded of the importance of public file compliance. The Commission ...
How Far Can You Go In A Non-Compete Agreement? In these days of radio broadcasting by cluster, some owners find they have more stations than they need and wouldn't mind "thinning the heard." There are buyers for these stations and we may begin to see some more deals. ...