CRS: FCC's O'Rielly Praises Country Format, Calls For More Public File Changes
February 10, 2016 at 4:18 AM (PT)
At the COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR in NASHVILLE on WEDNESDAY (2/9), FCC Commissioner MIKE O'RIELLY praised the Country format and called for the elimination of the rule requiring stations to retain paper copies of all correspondence.
The BUFFALO-area native told the CRS crowd that "I happen to be a big Country music fan, which may be a bit unexpected," chalking his Country fandom up to having "hit a rough patch with something – trouble with my job, a woman or just my future direction" -- after moving to WASHINGTON, and hearing TRAVIS TRITT's “It’s a Great Day to be Alive.”
On the public file rules, O'RIELLY noted the changes that have placed file content and contest rules online, but added that "at my request the Chairman agreed to open a new proceeding soon to consider eliminating correspondence file requirements completely, which would open up the pathway for broadcasters to realize all the potential benefits of an online public file transition and remove an outdated requirement."
He also pointed to the problem of pirate radio stations, saying that the Commission's failure to enforce the rules is "completely unacceptable in my view" and calling for "an outreach and education effort directed toward entities such as building owners, advertisers, political campaigns, concert promoters, and venue operators that may be unwittingly enabling pirate operators. The vast majority of legitimate companies and associations want absolutely nothing to do with facilitating illegal activities, so a strong effort to raise awareness will make it much less likely that anyone in the chain will assist pirate radio operations in any capacity."