IBOC Rule Changes Kick in Sept. 14, 2007 

Publication of the FCC's Second Report and Order in the Federal Register on Aug. 16 means that the long-awaited IBOC digital radio rule changes will become the law of the land on Sept. 14.

Sound Exchange Reaches Accord on Minimum Fee Cap 

Sound Exchange has reached an agreement with several of the largest webcasters on Sound Exchange's proposed cap on the minimum fee charged against royalties for sound recordings played on Internet radio.

Sound Exchange Offers Small Webcasters Discounted Rate Agreement Through 2010 

In response to concerns expressed by many small commercial webcasters, and following a request made by Congressmen Howard Berman (D-CA) and Howard Coble (R-NC), Sound Exchange began sending formal offers to qualified small webcasters that would allow them to continue operating through 2010 under essentially the same terms they have enjoyed under the Small Webcaster Settlement Act (SWSA).

123rd AES Convention Education Panel to Enlighten Students 

Jason Corey, the education chairman of the 123rd AES Convention, has developed student programs to accompany the established career workshop, recording and design competitions, a second annual technical paper competition and an information-packed education fair.

Bill Press to Speak During 2007 NAB Radio Luncheon 

Bill Press, a veteran radio and television talk show commentator, will be the speaker during the Radio Luncheon at the NAB Radio Show.

FCC Issues NPRM on AM Use of FM Translators 

On July 14, 2006, the National Association of Broadcasters filed a petition for rulemaking proposing an amendment to the FCC Rules to allow AM broadcast stations to operate FM translator stations.

Radio Regenbogen Launches First HD Radio Test in Germany 

Radio Regenbogen, one of Germany's private radio stations, and network operator Media and Broadcast of T-System have announced it will begin an HD Radio technology field test at the end of August.

IBOC Rules Published in Federal Register 

The FCC's final rules on IBOC have been published in the Federal Register. With this publication, the details of the second report and order from May 2007 will go into effect. One significant change is that AM stations will be allowed to operate IBOC at night after Sept. 14.

AES Posts 123rd Convention Events Calendar 

The 123rd Audio Engineering Society Convention Committee is making its final preparations for this year's event in New York's Javits Center Oct. 5-8.

FCC Considers NCE FM Application Cap for October Filing Window 

On April 4, 2007, the Federal Communications Commission announced a filing window from Oct. 12, 2007 until Oct. 19, 2007, for FM reserved-band applications for noncommercial educational (NCE) FM new station and major change applications.

The Latest From the Sat Merger Debate 

The NAB recently released its analysis of the proposed a la carte pricing and programming plan offered by XM and Sirius, but Joele Frank says the NAB's continuing effort to scuttle the merger clearly demonstrates they view satellite radio as a competitor.

2007 NAB Radio Show Features Marketing Super Session 

Marketing executives from Anheuser-Busch, Dunkin' Donuts, Pepsi-Cola and Carat will share their insights on radio in a super session

123rd AES Sets Master Classes 

Originally introduced in 2005, the AES Master Class Program was begun to recognize a select group of masters in their fields and to provide convention attendees with in-depth, focused master classes in each of the invited disciplines.

FCC Seeks Comment on Media Ownership Studies 

The Federal Communications Commission has released 10 research studies on media ownership as part of MB Docket 06-121.

FCC Releases White Space Interference Report 

On Oct. 12, 2006, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a first report and order and further notice of proposed rule making in ET Docket Nos. 04-186 and 02-380, 21 FCC Rcd 12266 (2006) authorizing the operation of new low power devices in the TV broadcast spectrum at locations where individual channels/frequencies are not being used for authorized services.

FCC Opens Comment Window on PSRA/PSSA Rulemaking 

A petition from Ed Schober of Radiotechniques Engineering to modify the pre-sunrise and post-sunset authority rules for AM broadcast stations has been opened for comment with the FCC.

Streaming Royalty Fees on Hold 

The law requiring Internet radio broadcasters to pay increased royalties is being postponed indefinitely pending negotiations between Sound Exchange, representing record companies and artists, and the Digital Media Association (DiMA), representing webcasters.

NAB Calls for Papers for NAB2008 

NAB2008 will host the 62nd NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference April 12-17 in Las Vegas.

Collective Soul to Perform at 2007 Marconi Radio Awards Dinner 

The NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show will feature a performance by Collective Soul.

NAB Announces 2007 Marconi Radio Award Finalists 

The National Association of Broadcasters announced the finalists for the NAB Marconi Radio Awards honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting.

FCC Issues EAS Order 

From the broadcaster's point of view, the most significant change is the addition of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as a key component to EAS.

FCC Issues EAS Order 

The FCC's update to the Emergency Alert System rules, which has been stalled for some time, has been released. From the broadcaster's point of view, the most significant change is the addition of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as a key component to EAS. The protocol will be required for use once FEMA formally adopts it.

NAB Radio Show Session to Examine Media Consumption 

The NAB Radio Show will feature a super session entitled The Bedroom Project: How Young Americans Use, Consume and Interact with Technology and Media.

SBE Adds Two Additional RF Safety Course Dates  

Following the high demand of the first Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Web-based RF Safety Course, two more course dates have been set with possibly more to come.

How Effective Was the Internet Day of Silence? 

On June 26, 2007, thousands of Internet radio stations across America turned silent in symbolic protest of the increase in royalty rates proposed by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB).

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