Category: Legislative Update

WEBINAR: A Broadcaster’s Guide to the Newly-Available SBA Loans

The MAB has joined with other states broadcasting associations to bring you an easy to follow presentation on how to apply for the Federal Government Payroll Relief loans and grants presented by PillsburyLaw.com: The Small Business Administration is at the heart of the financial relief programs Congress has authorized in response to the pandemic. From… read more

Pai Thanks Broadcasters for Education Efforts

From the NAB: On March 16, NAB, network representatives and station groups had a telephone conference with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and members of his staff regarding broadcasters’ response to the coronavirus outbreak. Chairman Pai thanked broadcasters for their efforts to keep viewers and listeners informed during this rapidly evolving crisis. The chairman specifically thanked NAB… read more

Congress Passes Stimulus Bill that Includes Relief for Broadcasters

From the NAB: March 27, 2020 Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2 trillion stimulus package, which among other things provides substantial funding for business-oriented economic relief in response to the coronavirus pandemic. I am pleased the final legislation includes provisions NAB strongly advocated for on behalf of broadcasters to ensure your ability… read more

FCC Extends Due Dates for Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, Children’s Television Reports

From MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford: The FCC has released a Public Notice announcing that they are giving stations more time in which to upload their Quarterly Issues Programs lists to their online public file and to file their first Annual Children’s Television Report. The Quarterly Issues Programs list are required to be uploaded to… read more

What The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Means For Broadcasters

Note: As of 5 p.m. Thursday (3/26), the $2 trillion coronavirus bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night still needs to be approved by the House and signed by the president.  The massive, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package contains a number of provisions designed to help the broadcasting and entertainment workforce, including workers with… read more

FCC Indefinitely Postpones FM Auction – Will Refund Upfront Payments and Dismiss Pending Applications

The FCC has decided to postpone the planned auction of vacant FM radio frequencies (Auction 106) indefinitely.  The auction, which was scheduled to begin April 28, included six construction permits in Michigan.  The FCC has said that they will refund upfront auction payments Public Notice (here) and provide instructions for securing such a refund. The… read more

Reminder for Radio: Pre-Filing Renewal Announcements to Begin April 1

Full power commercial and noncommercial radio stations and LPFM stations, licensed to communities in Michigan and Ohio must begin airing pre-filing license renewal announcements on April 1, 2020. According to MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford, the first of four of these pre-filing announcements begin on April 1, with further required pre-filing announcements to air on… read more