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Online Public Files- Radio, You’re up Next!
Thursday, June 2 at 1pm
Presented by David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
This Webex meeting is FREE for MAB members. Register here: http://bit.ly/RadioPF
The FCC has just announced the effective date of the new rules requiring that radio stations maintain their public files in the FCC’s online public file system. The June 24 deadline is only for top 50 market stations at this time, however we anticipate that eventually all stations will be required to have their public file available online. DC Attorney David Oxenford of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP in Washington, will join us online to explain the new requirements.
While the new rules will initially apply only to stations in the Top 50 markets that operate in clusters with 5 or more full-time employees, all stations may want to listen in as some may be interested in making their conversion early. Even if they do not, all stations will need to have to fully comply by March 1, 2018, except for those who seek and obtain a waiver of the rules. The webinar will discuss what documents need to be placed in the files, the timing for compliance, and the potential for waivers.
The MAB has leaned that Lawrence Dee “Larry” Loynes of Flint passed away on Tuesday (5/3) at age 60.
Larry graduated from Michigan State University and was a air personality in the Flint market for many years. He was most recently the radio sales as well as host of "Race Talk Radio" with Townsquare Media's WFNT-AM (Flint). In additon, he served as track announcer at Auto City Speedway in Flint for over 20 years. Larry was an on air play by play announcer for Powers Catholic High School football and basketball. Larry was also a recipient of the Tom Carnegie Award along with many other media accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife, Tamara and two children.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint. Visitation is 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.
At ceremonies in Lansing Tuesday Night (5/3/16), the winning stations for the 2015 Broadcast Excellent Awards were announced!
Commercial Radio/Market #1: WJR-AM (Detroit)
Commercial TV/Market#1: WDIV-TV (Detroit)
Commercial Radio/Market #2: WOOD-AM/FM (Grand Rapids)
Commercial TV/Market #2: WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids)
Commercial Radio/Market #3: WLEN-FM (Adrian)
Commercial TV/Market #3: WLNS-TV (Lansing)
Commercial Radio/Market #4: WGHN-FM (Grand Haven)
Commercial TV/Market #4: WLUC-TV (Marquette)
Public Radio/Group #1: WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti)
Public Radio/Group #2: WUOM/WFUM/WVGR-FM (Ann Arbor)
Public TV: WKAR-TV (East Lansing)
A complete list of awards can be found here:
MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford has updated his Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters. The revised guide is much the same as the one that he published two years ago, formatted as Questions and Answers to cover many of the issues that come up for broadcasters in a political season. This guide is only that – a guide to the issues and not a definitive answer to any of the very fact-dependent legal issues that arise in election season. But we hope that this guide at least provides a starting point for the analysis of issues, so that station employees have a background to discuss these matters with ad buyers and their own attorneys.
Download the guide here.