Starboard Media Foundation Asks FCC For Main Studio Rule Changes
March 14, 2016 at 4:00 AM (PT)
STARBOARD MEDIA FOUNDATION, operator of the RELEVANT RADIO religious network, has asked the FCC to allow relaxation of the main studio rule and "at a minimum" co-location of main studios for licensees of multiple stations in a NIELSEN metro. The filing, made in the First Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry of the AM Revitalization docket, asks that the FCC extend the "courtesy" of main studio waivers, presently granted routinely for "good cause" to noncommercial educational FMs, to all stations, "or at least to AM stations."
STARBOARD offers its own example of owning three CHICAGO market stations and being allowed under present rules only to co-locate the main studios of two of them, thus incurring significant costs. To allay fears of losing local service, STARBOARD suggests requiring stations to "appoint a correspondent (who could be a volunteer) who resides in the station's community of license" to keep the station abreast of listeners' interests in the local area.