FCC to Hold Open Meeting Jan. 17, 2008 

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an open meeting on Jan. 17, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street S.W., in Washington.

The Top Radio magazine Stories of 2007 

What made radio news in 2007? What were the most popular articles in 2007? We have the top 10 list for you.

Congressmen Intro Performance Rights Act 

Members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees introduced legislation to end an exemption for radio stations to pay a performance fee for playing music over the air.

FCC Adopts Localism Proposals 

The Federal Communications Commission has stepped into new territory with its Dec. 18 actions to try to ensure that broadcast stations offer programming responsive to the needs and interests of the communities that they are licensed to serve.

FCC Looks to Promote Broadcast Ownership Diversity 

During its Dec. 18 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a report and order that it hopes will expand opportunities for new entrants and small businesses to own broadcast outlets.

FCC Votes to Allow Newspaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership 

The long-awaited vote on the revision to the FCC's rules on cross ownership of a TV or radio station and a newspaper in the same market has taken place. The vote followed party lines with the Republicans winning 3-2.

Ice Storm Brings Down Illinois Tower 

A winter storm brought the 460ft WJCH tower down to a meager 200ft on Dec. 8. Around 2 p.m., the station's signal was cut off, silencing the 50kW station.

France Adopts DRM up to 30MHz 

On Dec. 5, French Minister of Culture Christine Albanel signed a decree to confirm the adoption of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and Terrestrial Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (T-DMB) in Band III and in the L-band as the digital radio standards in France.

Copyright Royalty Board Sets Satellite Radio Performance Fees 

The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) issued its determination and order setting the royalty rate payable by XM Satellite Radio under the statutory license covering the performance of sound recordings over XM and Sirius for the six-year period starting Jan. 1, 2007 and ending Dec. 31, 2012.

FCC Releases 2007 EAS Handbooks 

The FCC has updated the EAS Handbooks for participating stations. The new handbooks, which stations are required to post at control points, have been updated for satellite radio and TV, and digital radio services.

FCC Adopts New LPFM Rules 

The new rules deal with issues of ownership, eligibility and technical aspects, while the FNPRM seeks comment on additional technical matters on LPFM.

Arbitron to Delay PPM Rollout in Nine Cities 

Arbitron will delay the commercialization of its Portable People Meter (PPM) radio ratings service in nine markets. New York, Nassau-Suffolk and Middlesex-Somerset-Union will be delayed by nine months

ITU Approves DRM for Tropical Band 

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations organization for coordination of the use of the radio spectrum, has completed its four-year review and modification of the regulations for the use of the radio spectrum, including broadcasting use.

SBE, NFL Renew Game-day Coordinator Agreement 

The Society of Broadcast Engineers renewed its contract with the National Football League to provide game-day frequency coordination services for the 2007/2008 football season.

NAB Trains Engineers at NAB AM Antenna Computer Modeling Seminar 

The NAB AM Antenna Computer Modeling Seminar held at the NAB headquarters in Washington, DC, the week of Nov. 12, 2007 attracted 45 engineers.

Additional Congressmen Oppose Radio Performance Fees 

The list of co-sponsors of the Congressional resolution to oppose a radio performance fee on radio stations has grown to 79.

California Fires' Impact on Radio 

The recent fires in Southern California greatly affected the broadcasting community in general, but the effect on radio brings reality to engineers across the country.

FCC Seeks Info from XM, Sirius on Merger 

According to several news outlets including Reuters, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes, the Federal Communications Commission sent questionnaires to XM and Sirius to gather additional information about the satellite radio providers' operation, including distribution contracts, programming arrangements and equipment locations.

Comment Window Opens on EAS 

On July 12, 2007, the FCC released a second report and order and further notice of proposed rulemaking addressing next generation EAS to better serve the needs of those with disabilities and non-English speakers,...

CEA Forms International Advisory Committee 

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has formed a new International Advisory Committee to provide counsel surrounding ongoing CEA initiatives related to international matters.

NRSC Posts Revised Documents on AM and RBDS/IBOC 

The NRSC adopted two guidelines and two revised standards in September. These documents are available for download from the NRSC website.

Congress Introduces Resolution Against Radio Performance Taxes 

The Local Radio Freedom Act, introduced by Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), declares congressional opposition to new charges for radio stations that play recorded music.

Future Digital Emergecy Alert System Demo Comes to International Emergency Management Conference 

Four emergency warning companies will demonstrate how their systems work together to create a next-generation integrated public alert system.

Senate Committee Votes to Expand LPFM 

The Senate Commerce Committee has voted to move Senate Bill 1675, the Local Community Radio Act of 2007, to the full Senate.

Emmy Awards Recognizes Broadcast Manufacturers 

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) bestows the Emmy Awards, which includes the Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards.

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