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Do we even need a Public Inspection File?

Jan 29

Check out the Comments and Reply Comments I filed in MB Docket No. 14-127, the Commission’s proposal to move all radio public inspection file documents to its online public file database. (Comments in Public File Proceeding) and (Reply Comments of Richard J Hayes in Public Inspection File Proceeding)

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A $4.6 Million Dollar Translator?

Jul 31

Here’s the blurb from Radio Only: “The pace of translator deals may’ve (sic) slowed this year, but the past month has brought a run of near-record setting deals. In a sale that shatters the previous record price paid for a translator, Elroy Smith’s Integrity Radio Communications will pay $4.6 million for a Chicago signal. But brokers say sale is unlikely to reset the translator market.” $4.6 million dollars for a translator?  Am  I missing something or are translators still secondary facilities which are unprotected?  Yes, they are secondary!  That means that a primary station (full power FM, for instance) could …

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Free Music Streaming?

Jul 17

Yes.  T-Mobile is running a spot schedule on USA Networks, and probably on other stations as well, which offers FREE music streaming from the big services (Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify and Milk Music) You can check out the offer from T-Mobile’s web site http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/free-music-streaming.html?cmpid=WTR_PB_cMFLunms Listening to music on the T-Mobile network will not count toward your 4G data plan usage.  This is huge for radio and if competitive forces respond, it could become standard.  This goes a long way toward making radio even more available as a free service on the smartphone.

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Ownership Report Enforcement??

Jul 10

I received a phone call from a staff member at the FCC a couple of days ago.  I was informed that a client of mine had not filed his biennial ownership report for 2013. (Actually, I had filed the report for him.  He somehow got onto the “bad guy” list by mistake.) I was completely surprised to receive a phone call from the FCC about a tardy ownership report!  Not once, in thirty two years of practicing FCC law, has the Commission ever chased down missing ownership reports.  I mentioned this to the staffer who agreed that this was the …

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The New “Offense Avoidance” Format

May 23

There’s a hole for a new format, here.  It’s called the Offense Avoidance Format ! This format would require that all jocks receive prior back-ground checks to assure their conformity with liberal-left thinking.  All jock “bits” must be submitted for pre-approval.  All song lyrics would be scanned to be sure that gender specific pronouns are banned and all topics discussed must be guaranteed “non-offensive” to anyone.  Obviously, most rap and hip-hop music would be banned because it doesn’t take a Harvard degree to come up with a list of offensive lyrics.  News programs would be about butterflys, motherhood, green grass, …

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Do Those WEB ads really work….

Apr 25

George Hochman,  Hochman Hawaii Media, shares the following article which appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 16, 2014.  It seems that some local advertisers are annoyed that the money they spend on web ads doesn’t seem to pull results! Check out the full article, here: Small Businesses Search in Vain for Web-Ad Help – WSJ

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STL Enforcement

Apr 18

A number of clients have received letters or emails describing violations of FCC rules associated with improperly licensed auxiliary facilities.  These letters are solicitations and are not from the FCC.  In most cases they come from broadcast engineers looking to drum up new business. nothing wrong with that. Yes, the FCC is looking at STL licenses which may not be properly licensed.  In some cases. Its only about paperwork:  Have your local engineer make sure that everything on your STL license is completely accurate including send and receive site coordinates.  If all is as it should be, you don’t have to …

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What About AM ?

Apr 07

There has been a lot of talk about putting FM receiver chips into cell phones.  Apparently, several phone manufacturers already include the chip for over-the-air FM reception and only need to activate it. Everyone is celebrating this FM milestone but…. Excuse me.  What about AM?  Are we no longer interested in radios which receive both AM and FM?  It worries me that AM stations are not loudly complaining about being thrown under the bus.  If AM reception is not included in cell phones, AM will irreparably suffer. Without distribution to the single, most ubiquitous entertainment device ever invented, AM is …

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