Legal and Regulatory

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