Another AM Gets an FM Translator 

The FCC has granted another STA to allow an AM station to use an FM stranslator; in this case, it's actually two translators.

FCC Rescinds PSRA/PSSA Changes for DST Order 

On March 1, 2007, the Media Bureau fo the FCC released a public notice that revised AM station Pre-sunrise Service Authorizations (PSRA) and Post-sunset Service Authorizations (PSSA) because of the change to the start of Daylight Saving Time.

Copyright Royalty Board Sets New Streaming Rates 

Radio stations that simulcast an over-the-air signal on the Internet need to take note of a decision passed by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) that sets new royalty rates retroactive to 2006 for radio station non-subscription Internet transmissions.

FCC Modifies AM PSSA, PSRA Details 

As a result of the change in Daylight Saving Time with the enactment of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, the FCC has issued a notice for AM stations that operate under pre-sunrise and post-sunset service authorizations (PSRA and PSSA).

FCC Issues Another Rule-defying STA 

On Jan. 31, 2007, the FCC issued special temporary authority to Our Three Sons Broadcasting, the licensee of WRHI-AM, licensed to Rock Hill, SC. The STA permits the AM station to rebroadcast it signal on FM translator W232AX.

NAB Moves Against Sat Radio Merger 

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has already announced that it opposes the proposed merger of Sirius and XM, including a claim that the merger is a satcaster attempt to be bailed out by the government.

NAB Announces 2007 Engineering Achievement Award Winners 

Award during the NAB Technology Luncheon on April 18 at NAB2007. The awards recognize outstanding achievements and contributions in the broadcast engineering profession.

AES Calls for Papers for 2007 Fall Convention 

AES Broadcast Sessions Chair David Bialik has issued an early call for suggestions on program, paper and special events for the 123rd AES Convention scheduled for Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, 2007, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

Sirius and XM Plan to Merge 

The subject of many recent rumors, the possible merger of the two satellite radio providers has been formally announced.

FCC Issues STA to Pirate FM 

The Pahrump Valley Times reports that a pirate radio station in Goldfield and Tonopah, NV, has been granted special temporary authority to operate the station. In June 2006, the FCC shut the 100W pirate station down for operating without a license.

NRSC Releases Results of AM Audio Study 

The study addresses the quality of AM broadcasts when stations reduce the bandwidth of their transmitted signals to less than 10kHz.

Tornado Topples Tower in Daytona Beach 

A Central Florida tornado toppled the WCFB tower during the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 2007.

NAB2007 Adds Radio/Audio Hall Presentation Stage 

As the plans for NAB2007 are unveiled, one notable change is the layout in the North Hall. For several years, the east end of the North Hall has been considered the Radio/Audio Hall, with the west end being used for a variety interests

CPB Opens Next Round of Digital Radio Grants 

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has been allocating funds to finance the conversion of public radio stations to transmit HD Radio signals. In 2006, the CPB created a $13 million fund for the effort.

Deadline Nears for 2007 AWRT/SBE Female Engineer of the Year Award 

American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) and the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) for the second year are jointly sponsoring the Female Engineer of the Year Award.

Accredited Houston PPM Moves Forward 

In March 2006, Arbitron decided to wait until it received MRC accreditation for the PPM radio ratings service in Houston before it would discontinue the diaries and make the PPM the main radio ratings service in Houston.

NHK's Nishiyama to Keynote NAB2007 BEC 

Hirokazu Nishiyama, managing director of Japanese public broadcaster NHK, will provide the keynote address for the 61st annual Broadcast Engineering Conference at NAB2007. The Broadcast Engineering Conference provides a forum for engineers to discuss

Public Radio Engineers Seek 2007 Award Nominations 

The Association of Public Radio Engineers (APRE), formed in May 2006 to work with the specific needs of engineers working for public radio stations, seeks nominations for its first Engineering Achievement Award.

First Electronic Diary Arrives at Arbitron 

Arbitron acknowledged that the first electronic diary has been submitted for the Winter 2007 survey. The first electronic diary keeper was

SBE Offers Management Training for Engineers 

Too often, seminars intended to train and educate instead leave the attendees fighting boredom and trying to stay awake. The Leader-Skills Seminar offered by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) appears to break this mold,

FCC's Martin Says "No" to Satellite Radio Merger 

Kevin Martin, the chairman of the FCC, commented that the two satellite radio companies, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, would...

2007 Crystal Radio Award Nominations Due Feb. 1 

The deadline for entering the NAB Crystal Radio Award is Feb. 1, 2007. The award is given to 10 radio stations for their year-round...

FCC Extends Comment Window for Birds and Towers Rulemaking 

On Nov. 7, 2006, the commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing the pleading cycle for comments and reply comments relating to communications towers and the migratory habits of certain birds (WT Docket No. 03-187).

CEA Forecast: Consumer Electronics Revenue to Exceed $155 Billion 

Factory-to-dealer sales of consumer electronics are projected to exceed $155 billion in 2007, which is a seven percent growth, according to the semi-annual industry forecast released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Digital Radio Worldwide Set for Growth in 2007 

Research firm In-stat says that the conversion from analog radio to digital radio is well under way around the world and gaining momentum rapidly.

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