20Dec

Moving Radio Public Files Online Takes Next Step

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        by Leslie Stimson on 12.19.2014   The FCC has voted to open a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to expand online public file obligations to broadcast radio, satellite radio, satellite TV and cable operators. We recently reported that Chairman Tom Wheeler had enough votes with himself and the two other Democrats on […]
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31Oct

Radio makes progress in quest to cross the yellow tape.

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      It was two years ago this week that Super Storm Sandy struck the Northeast. In the wake of that deadly storm and several other natural disasters, a growing number of states have adopted, or are considering, First Informer laws. One such law takes effect this weekend. Broadcasters say they’re essential to getting […]
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31Oct

Wheeler pushes radio to post political files online.

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    Radio stations will be required to post their political files online if FCC chair Tom Wheeler gets his way. But the mandate would be phased-in across the industry under a proposal circulated to other commissioners yesterday by his office. Stations would be required to upload sales contracts and the price paid for those […]
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16Aug

State Sends Drone Testing Request to the FAA

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        The Federal Aviation Administration Modernization & Reform Act requires the FAA to designate six unmanned aircraft system (drone) test sites throughout the country to safely integrate drones into the national airspace by September 30, 2015. Assembly Member Steve Fox (D – Palmdale) has moved a resolution (AJR 6) through the California […]
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12Oct

FPPC Levels The Playing Field

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            Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill late last month (AB 481) sponsored by the Fair Political Practices Commission to tighten disclosure rules. The bill targets political campaigns that support or oppose ballot measures or candidates and are independent (not coordinated by) the official ballot or candidate committees. Current law […]
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12Oct

CBA Board Members meet with Senator Dianne Feinstein

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          The CBA met with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in her San Francisco office last month. Seven members of our Board of Directors joined President/CEO Stan Statham in discussing important broadcast issues with the Senator and her chief consultant who called in from Washington D.C. The Senator lived up to her […]
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12Oct

Bill To Increase Political Disclosure Fails

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          Much like a bumper sticker or website banner ad, there is only so much room in a broadcast political spot before mandated government disclosures overwhelm the election message. Yet every legislative session there are bills attempting to dictate more advertising content. This year the bill was AB 1648. The measure […]
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