Public Broadcasters Receive Support from Senate 

Congressmen Write to Oppose Sat Radio Merger 

A group of 72 congressmen signed a letter that was sent to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majors.

Webcasting Day of Silence: June 26, 2007 

Webcasters are being asked to go silent on June 26 to protest the increased streaming royalty rates that are to be paid to Sound Exchange on July 15.

FCC Issues Details of June 28, 2007, Localism Hearing 

FCC Adopts Order Implementing Katrina Panel Recommendations 

On May 31, the Federal Communications Commission implemented various recommendations of the FCC's Independent panel reviewing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on communications networks.

Radio magazine featured in NAB Radio Techcheck 

In its June 18 Radio Techcheck newsletter, the National Association of Broadcasters featured the Radio magazine Engineer's Notebook section of the Radio magazine website.

Sat Radio Merger Update 

The main news items of the week in the ongoing satellite radio merger debate include a study of the proposal commissioned by XM and Sirius

Music First Coalition Seeks Radio Airplay Royalties 

A group of recording artists and organizations have bended together to seek royalties for their music when it is played on the radio. According to the group's website, "Corporate radio has had a free pass for too long."

FCC to Hold Localism Hearing in Portland, ME 

Federal Communications Commission will hold a localism hearing in the afternoon and evening in Portland, ME, on June 28, 2007.

FCC Seeks Comments on Sat Radio Merger 

On March 20, 2007, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio submitted applications seeking consent to transfer control of its FCC licenses and authorizations pursuant to an agreement and plan of merger from Feb. 19, 2007.

123rd AES Convention Committee Announces Conference Committee 

In preparation for the upcoming 123rd AES Convention to be held Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, 2007, in New York at the Javits Center, the AES has announced the members of the conference planning committee.

Bear Stearns Comments on Proposed Sat Radio Merger 

In a stock trading report on Sirius Satellite Radio, Bear Stearns included some comments on the proposed satellite radio merger.

122nd AES Convention Releases Attendance Figures 

FCC Releases Second R&O on EAS 

According to a release from the FCC, the order promotes the development of fully digital next generation technologies and delivery systems that will better serve the American public.

AES Creates Eargle Scholarship Fund 

Following the passing of audio industry pioneer John M. Eargle in May, details of a memorial tribute to the life and work of John Eargle to take place in Los Angeles on June 14 have been arranged.

NAB Announces Tech Program for 2007 Radio Show 

The 2007 NAB Radio Show will be held in Charlotte, NC, Sept. 26 to Sept. 28. The NAB has announced the technical program agenda for the convention.

FCC Releases Rules for IBOC 

Many of the details of the ruling were posted in the Radio Currents after they were adopted. This is to provide a link to the text.

XM/Sirius Merge Debate Continues 

The League of Rural Voters, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Latino Coalition have all expressed support for the proposal. All three groups have petitioned the FCC to express their opinions.

Google Proposes Real-time Spectrum Auction 

The FCC received a proposal from Google to sell spectrum in the same kind of real-time auction now used to sell advertising. The proposal came in the form of public comments to the FCC concerning the rules for the pending sale of spectrum in the 700MHz band.

SBE States Opposition to Live Code EAS Testing 

Alerts from the NWS, some local authorities and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) using real emergency event codes, when no actual emergency exists, have recently been used in some communities to test consumer receivers. The NWS is recommending the practice be expanded nationwide. The SBE asserts that these cry-wolf alerts will potentially cause public alarm, weaken confidence in the EAS for real alerts and discourage broadcaster’s involvement with volunteer EAS programs.

NAB Requests Inquiry into Satellite Radio FCC Violations 

In the latest chapter of the National Association of Broadcasters witch hunt against satellite radio, the NAB sent a letter to the FCC responding to XM and Sirius's objection to the NAB's Freedom of Information Act request for information related to the satellite radio companies' violations of FCC rules governing FM modulators and terrestrial repeaters.

Follow up: FCC DIRS Training 

The FCC's Disaster Information Reporting System for various communications services is being developed to better prepare the government to disseminate information during a major disaster. The FCC conducted a training session on the system on May 23. The new system will serve as a focal point for information on the condition of communications infrastructure in affected areas. DIRS will only be activated for catastrophic situations.

Sound Exchange Extends Offer to Small Webcasters 

Sound Exchange has offered to extend the terms of prior legislation known as the Small Webcaster Settlement Act (SWSA), with some minor modifications, to small webcasters through 2010.

FCC to Offer Training on Disaster Information Reporting System 

The FCC is in the process of implementing the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS), a system that help the government respond to disasters by providing the necessary materials and supplies for communications needs where they are needed most.

WUVT Station Update: Equipment Needed 

Kevin Sterne, chief engineer of WUVT, was wounded during the campus shootings on April 16. Sterne had requested that instead of flowers and gifts, support could be directed to the station to help him achieve is goal of upgrading the station and the transmitter site.

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