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.

KAB Legal Hotline Attorneys

License Renewal - Oxenford Power Point

ON LINE PUBLIC FILE - The FCC now requires stations who are a "Big 4" affiliate in a Top 50 market to upload their public file information to an FCC site.  All stations will have to include political file information by July 2014.  BUT there are files that all stations will need to begin gathering and uploading by February 2, 2013.  A complete summary from Hotline Attorney David Oxenford can be found HERE

Kansas Plan Emergency Alert System (EAS)

2014 Schedule of EAS Monthly Tests

2014 Broadcast Calendar (deadlines)

Political Broadcasting Guide 

2014 Election Windows

Primary is August 5, 2014 with the Lowest Unit Charge (LUC) window beginning June 21.

General is November 4, 2014 with the LUC beginning September 5.

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.  

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 

KAB's Washington Counsel, David Oxenford with Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, has provided three recent legal alerts/advisories of interest to broadcasters: 

Sales Tax Exemption for Broadcast Equipment and Electricity law

Sales Tax Exemption - KS Dept of Revenue guide for Kansas Exemption Certificates

KAB Action Plan to Help Members Comply with EEO

FCC EAS Handbooks

Model Disaster Recovery Plans for Broadcast StationsBest Practices for Disaster Recovery

Closed Captioning Information for Television Broadcasters