FCC Votes Unanimously To Designate Sinclair-Tribune for Hearing
The order designates the proposed merger for a hearing before an administrative law judge because of issues FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC staff had with some of the station spin-offs, specifically those Sinclair had planned to sell to third parties with ties to Sinclair investors or execs.
Bill Would Put EAS On Repeat, Expand It To Streaming Services
There’s more fallout from January’s false missile emergency alert, but it’s coming in Washington—not Hawaii where the mistake occurred. A bill has been introduced that, among other things, would require active alerts issued by the President or the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be put on repeat – rather than the current one-time airing by radio and television stations when they receive an activation of the Emergency Alert System.
As Clock Ticks, New Hurdles Mount Against the Music Modernization Act
The Senate needs to act on the bill before this Congressional term ends, otherwise lawmakers and music industry lobbyists must start the legislative process again next year after the fall midterm elections bring new officials into Congress.
FCC Quickly Shoots Down Latest Attempt To Block New Translators
In quick order the Federal Communications Commission has put hundreds of FM translator applications back on track, swiftly shooting down a petition filed by low-power radio supporter Prometheus Radio Project, along with Common Frequency and the Center for International Media Action seeking to overturn an earlier decision allowing the applications to move forward.
ABA Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Class
Every year, the ABA inducts legendary Arizona Broadcasters into its Hall of Fame. The luncheon honoring the inductees raises money for ABA scholarships, broadcast camps and Arizona AMBER Alert. This year's honorees are Art Brooks, J.D. Freeman, Johnjay and Rich and Donna Rossi.