Guide to FCC Rules for Public Radio Now Online

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San Francisco - Feb 26, 2002 – The National Federation of Community Broadcasters has gone a long way to ease the legal worries of non-commercial radio in the updated, online version of The Public Radio Legal Handbook: A Guide to FCC Rules and Regulations. The guide, scheduled for online release on April 8, 2002, will be available at at a cost of $45.

The Handbook is designed as both a reference for experienced staff and a guide for newcomers. Staff will not only get all the basics - saving on excessive legal fees - but, will also find out when the first course of action should be to call a lawyer. Handbook authors will update the Handbook within two weeks of the time any changes are implemented.

The Handbook's searchable format offers a wide variety of critical subjects, including:

  • Reporting requirements
  • Programming regulations
  • Operating requirements & Checklist
  • Copyright law and payments
  • Underwriting guidelines
  • IRS regulations
  • Spectrum considerations
  • Political broadcasting an indecency
  • Web issues

    Stations can subscribe on line at (Click on the "Legal Handbook" button.) Cost is $45/year for NFCB members and $70/year for non-members. The Handbook was revised and updated by John Crigler of the law firm Garvey, Schubert & Barer. The Public Radio Legal Handbook was funded through the support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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