Category: Legislative Update

NAB Applauds Elimination of Radio Duplication Rule

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of an order eliminating the radio duplication rule for broadcast stations, NAB Senior Vice President of Communications Ann Marie Cumming voiced the association’s support for of the decision. “We applaud the Commission for continuing to modernize its media rules,” she said in a statement released following the decision… read more

Oral Arguments Heard in GOP Challenge to Governor’s Executive Authority

The feud between Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican Legislature over executive authority that has been fueled by the coronavirus pandemic saw its latest day in court on Tuesday (8/6) as oral arguments were heard before the Court of Appeals, according to a report in Gongwer. The appeal mounted by the GOP in House of Representatives… read more

FCC Eliminates Rule Requiring Broadcast Station Tower Owners to Give Access to Competing Stations

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP On August 5, the FCC acted to resolve the proceeding begun a year ago (see our article here) to eliminate the rule that prevented an FM or TV broadcaster from denying space to a competing broadcaster on a broadcast tower that it controls.  As expected, that rule was eliminated by an order to… read more

NAB President Gordon Smith ‘Expected to Make a Full Recovery’ Following Stroke

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith suffered a stroke Tuesday evening (8/4), according to a statement released on Wednesday by the National Association of Broadcasters. “He is responding well to treatment, is stable and alert, and is resting comfortably,” the statement said. “His prognosis is good, and he is expected to make a full recovery…. read more

U.S. Sen. Stabenow, Congressman Upton to Speak at Annual Business Meeting – Register for Free

U.S. Sen. Stabenow, Congressman Upton will Provide Federal Updates at Annual Business Meeting Rob Elhenicky will Give Insight on the Primary’s Impact on Political Advertising Budgets The Annual Business Meeting of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters will be hosted on Zoom this year. Join us to gain valuable insight into Congressional efforts toward economic recovery… read more

Congressman Moolenaar Adds Name to LRFA

U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-4) on Wednesday (7/30) became the sixth Michigan Congressman to cosponsor H.Con.Res 20, known as the Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA). Congressmen Moolenaar joins Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-12), Fred Upton (R-6), Tim Walberg (R-7), Paul Mitchell (R-10) and Bill Huizenga (R-2) as one of the 225 bipartisan LRFA cosponsors. The resolution… read more

House Members Seek to Expanded COVID-19 Aid for Local Broadcasters

A bipartisan congressional duo has called on Congress to take care of broadcasters in the next COVID-19 aid package by allowing individual stations that are part of larger groups to qualify as local businesses eligible for the money, according to a report in InsideRadio. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) and Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional… read more

House Dems Match GOP In Funds Raised For Period, Far Behind In Cash on Hand

State House Democrats remain woefully behind their Republican counterparts when it comes to cash on hand heading into the general election but kept fundraising close in the second quarter of 2020, according to a report from Gongwer. The Michigan House Democratic Fund raised $788,692 and The House Republican Campaign Committee raised $794,685 between April 21… read more

A Deeper Look at the FCC’s Proposal to Eliminate Program Duplication Rules for AM But Not FM Stations – Looking to All Digital AM?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP FCC rules currently prohibit radio stations in the same service (AM or FM) that have over 50% overlap of their principal community contours (the 70 dBu for FM stations and the 5 mV/m contour for AM stations) from duplicating more than 25 per cent of the total hours in… read more

Michigan Casinos to Open, New Executive Order on Restaurant and Bars

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order July 29 reinforcing Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 and allowing for civil fines of up to $1,000 and referral to licensing agencies for violations. This new order rescinds a June 5 order referencing earlier versions of the governor’s orders. “Michigan’s… read more