Category: November 2018

FCC Eliminates Broadcasters’ Obligations to File Paper Copies of Contracts

For nearly 80 years, the FCC’s rules required broadcasters to file paper copies of various types of documents relating to the control and operation of their stations. Section 73.3613 of the FCC’s rules requires broadcasters to file with the FCC certain contracts and instruments relating to: Showing the governance of the license entity (e.g., articles… read more

WCSX Launches All-Christmas on HD2

Beasley Media Group, LLC; a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that Detroit’s Oldies 94.7 HD2 has transformed into 24/7 Christmas music, beginning at midnight on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The first song played on the air was the holiday classic, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas” by Johnny Mathis. Listeners… read more

Saga Communications Expands in Florida

Michigan-based Saga Communications, Inc. announced early this week that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of WOGK(FM), WNDT(FM), WNDD(FM) and WNDN(FM) from Ocala Broadcasting Corporation, LLC. All the stations serve the Gainesville-Ocala, Florida radio market. Ed Christian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saga Communications, said, “A number of years ago… read more

WWSJ-AM Transferred to Helen Harp

Following the death of longtime gospel broadcaster Larry Harp, who passed away in August of 2017, an application was filed October 30 with the FCC to transfer the license of WWSJ-AM (St. Johns) to Kingdom Builders of Larlen LLC. Kingdom Builders is owned by Helen Harp, who is the widow of Larry Harp. There is… read more

NAB, NABEF Launch New Toolkit

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) unveiled an online toolkit to help journalists cover sensitive stories involving religion as part of the “Awareness in Reporting” initiative. The website link on the subject can be found here. The goal behind the project is to provide guidelines and recommendations for local… read more

FCC Votes to Free Up Spectrum for Unlicensed Use

According to the report in Broadcasting & Cable, the FCC has voted unanimously in support of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to open up 1,200 Mhz of spectrum for unlicensed use, five times the current unlicensed spectrum, with rules to protect against interference with incumbent users. The FCC is opening up the 6 GHz… read more