Congratulations to Tanner Heinrichs of Marshalltown and Jason Vizzini of Cedar Rapids, both students have been selected as recipients of this year’s IBA UNI Electronic Media Scholarships, awarded through the Iowa Broadcasters Association Foundation. Each student will receive a $4,000 renewable scholarship from the IBA Foundation beginning this fall, to continue their Electronic Media studies at the University of Nort
By David Oxenford On June 6, FCC application fees are going up by 8%. The new fees were published in the Federal Register. This Federal Register publication sets out all of the new fees. To make sure that your applications are processed on a timely basis, be sure to pay the proper higher fees, starting on June 6. The old fees have been in place since 2009, so remember to adjust to the new fees. The fees for the m
— Four Members of Congress join coalition co-sponsoring anti-performance tax resolution — WASHINGTON, DC — A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives is now co-sponsoring a resolution that opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. A bipartisan group of four Representatives have added their names in support of the Local Radio
Mary Quass, President and CEO of NRG Media in Cedar Rapids has been unanimously elected by the Radio Board to NAB’s Executive Committee’s First Vice Chair Seat. NAB Radio Board Chairman Don Benson also named eight appointees to the NAB Radio Board, with the approval of the Radio Executive Committee and Joint Board Chairman Charles Warfield. Appointed immediately to fill a currently vacant Board seat is
By David Oxenford Some quick items to update some of our recent articles. The FCC has granted extensions of time to comment in two rulemaking proceedings, and released its tentative agenda for its next open meeting where it will adopt an initial order in the incentive auction proceeding. That’s the proceeding that we most recently wrote about here by which the FCC will begin the process of paying TV stations to sur
By David Oxenford on April 23, 2014 The Supreme Court heard the oral arguments in the Aereo case yesterday, it has received all the briefs, and now we all just wait for a decision – to probably be released late in June before the Court’s summer recess. The transcript of yesterday’s oral argument has been released and is available here. It makes for interesting reading, as the questions from the Court seemed to be d
The Lowest Unit Rate (LUR) window begins on April 19 for the June 3rd Primary. For the November 4th General Election, the Lowest Unit Rate window begins on September 5. A reminder…Lowest Unit Rate windows always begin 45 days prior to a Primary or Caucus…and 60 days before a General Election.
The FCC has issued a reminder to all TV stations that, as of July 1, they will have to upload all of their new political broadcasting documents to their online public files. Up until now, only stations affiliated with the Top 4 networks in the Top 50 markets had to put their political file online. That obligation is now extended to all TV stations. Materials created before July 1 do not need to be uploaded, but do