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)
2015 Schedule of EAS Monthly Tests
2015 Broadcast Calendar (deadlines)
Political Broadcasting Guide
2016 Election Windows
The Presidential Caucus for both republicans and democrats is March 5, 2016. If the candidate is registered for the caucus and want to buy air time, they would be eligible for Lowest Unit Rate (LUR) in the 45 day window starting January 20.
Primary is August 2, 2016 with the LUR window beginning June 18.
General is November 8, 2016 with the LUR window beginning September 9.
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