New multiple ownership rules adopted 

Twenty months and 500,000 comments later, the FCC, by a 3-2 vote along party lines, adopted its new media ownership rules on June 2, 2003.

Shaping radio today and tomorrow 

An early Gates transmitter and a look back at AM directional rules.

A station buyer's technical checklist 

When a company decides to purchase a radio station, the station's technical plant is often overlooked by the buyer.

Shaping radio today and tomorrow 

Paying for Internet content, digital cart machines and the start of satellite radio.

FCC regulatory fees up 23 percent 

The Commission has issued its annual Notice of Proposed Rule Making to solicit comments on proposed changes to the regulatory fees.

Delayed reaction 

The importance of frequency coordination is made obvious.

IBOC procedures simplified 

No more STAs. The FCC now requires only a notification letter for a station to commence IBOC transmissions.

FCC refuses extension of three-year construction period 

Anyone considering the purchase of a construction permit should take a close look at a recent FCC decision rejecting a CP buyer’s efforts to get the permit extended.

Commissioner Adelstein sworn in 

For the seven years immediately preceding his Commission swearing-in, Jonathan Adelstein was senior legislative aide to Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), who was majority leader of the Senate for much of that time.

FCC to crack down on fee delinquents 

New rules stiffen the fines for not paying regulatory and other fees.

Often-forgotten FCC rules 

Ignorance of the rules is not a valid excuse when an inspector comes calling. Here are some of the frequently overlooked rules.

FCC tackles EEO for a third time 

The new rules require broadcasters to disseminate notice of full-time job vacancies and to participate in a specified number of recruitment activities.

Digital radio launched 

In October the Commission announced procedures that allow AM and FM stations to immediately begin interim IBOC digital transmissions on a voluntary basis.

Be an effective record keeper 

Avoid the endless reams of paper and consolidate your records.

Radio renewal cycle approaches 

Within the next year, station licenses will begin to come up for renewal.

FCC clamps down on Longley-Rice 

Longley-Rice is commonly used when the standard prediction method shows a shortfall in city-grade coverage.

Need for EEO rules explored 

In June, the Commission held an en banc hearing on the need for new broadcast and cable equal employment opportunity (EEO) rules.

Payola controversy heats up 

For decades payola has been a sleeper, with radio station owners vaguely recalling the scandals involving Alan Freed in the early days of rock n' roll. Now Congress is getting numerous requests to take a closer look.

Broadcast auxiliary purge 

In May the FCC announced that it is purging its files of 9,000 or more unidentified broadcast auxiliary licenses, including microwave STL facilities, remote pick-ups and inter-city relay stations.

DAB update 

The Commission is on the verge of approving the Ibiquity standard, but serious questions still exist as to the value of the system to broadcasters and whether a full-time AM system will ever work.

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