Here are links to helpful web sites and documents to assist broadcasters in navigating the sometimes murky waters of federal regulations. These are provided only as a general guide. Broadcasters should contact their own legal counsel about specific compliance issues.
Public File On Line Webinar
KAB Legal Hotline Attorneys
Max Kaustch First Amendment Blog
Kansas Plan Emergency Alert System (EAS)
EAS Handbook (Revised 2017)
EAS Monitoring Stations
2020 Schedule of EAS Monthly Tests
Political Broadcasting Guide
2020 Election Windows for Lowest Unit Charge
The dates for the 2020 elections are August 4 (primary) and November 3 (general). The LUC window of 45 days
for the primary begins June 20, and the 60 day window for the general
election begins September 4. Please note at this time the Kansas Democratic Party has announced an open primary for the democratic presidential candidates on May 2. That would have a 45 day LUC window, which would begin March 18.2020 Broadcast Calendar (deadlines)
Click HERE to read a letter from the Kansas Ethics Commission regarding rules on disclosure statements from political candidates.
KAB Member Stations may take advantage of KAB's Legal Hotlines which provide a reliable, quickly available source of expert legal advice for answers to legal questions.
Radio and television stations may also take advantage of KAB's Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program. Our inspector will do an FCC-like inspection and if the station is found to be in compliance, it will receive a three-year exemption from routine FCC inspections.
2014 Law opening up records of probable cause warrants. Click HERE for a copy of the new law.
EEO Guidelines click HERE
The Federal Communications Commission is the federal agency which licenses and regulates radio and television stations. FCC rules governing broadcast are available here. Below are links to helpful pages on the FCC's web site: FCC Home Page
FCC Forms Page
FCC Media Bureau
FCC Enforcement Bureau
FCC Self-Inspection Checklists for AM and FM Radio and Television
FCC Broadcast Rules
File Comments Electronically in an FCC Proceeding
Here are legal advisories and other documents or web sites of interest to broadcasters:
Kansas Open Meetings Act (Frequently Asked Questions)
Kansas Open Records Act (Frequently Asked Questions)
Music Licensing; The Basics - David Oxenford Memo
The Basics of Music Licensing in Digital Media - David Oxenford
Synopsis of Tobacco, Liquor and Lottery Laws in Kansas
Sales Tax Exemption for Broadcast Equipment and Electricity law
Sales Tax Exemption - KS Dept of Revenue guide for Kansas Exemption Certificates
Closed Captioning Information for Television Broadcasters