FCC Regulatory Fees Due by September 26 for FY 2017

FCC Regulatory Fees are due by September 26 at 10:59 PM CDT for FY 2017. Payments must be made online using the FCC's Fee Filer System. Most non-commercial stations are exempt from the fees. Stations can check their fee status here by entering call letters or Facility ID.  Some small market broadcasters will notice that the Commission has reduced fees this year. Please read the Davis Wright Tremaine memo and MBA FCC Counsel Gregg Skall's guidance for further information.

FCC ETRS Form 1 Due on August 28 But Best to File Immediately!

The FCC and FEMA have scheduled the next nationwide EAS test for September 27, 2017.  All EAS participants are required to file Form 1 a month prior to the test on the FCC's Emergency Test Reporting System (ETRS). Although the filing deadline is Monday, August 28, you are urged to begin the filing process as soon as possible to avoid last-minute issues. See MBA FCC Counsel Gregg Skall's memo on the process of filing on ETRS. Read the CommLawCenter memo for further details. Also, review the FCC's ETRS FAQs sheet, the FCC's Public Notice of the nationwide EAS test, and the FCC's 2017 ETRS instructions.

Minnesota Broadcasters Receive Murrow Honors

The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced the winners of the 2017 Edward R. Murrow Awards which recognize outstanding work produced by radio, television and digital news outlets throughout the country.  The following Minnesota broadcasters are receiving Murrow Awards: Large Market Radio-Overall Excellence WTOP-FM Washington, DC (owned by Minnesota-based Hubbard Radio) Large Market Radio-Investigative Reporting In the Dark-American Public Media (APM) Reports, St. Paul MN Small Market Television-Excellence in Sound A Game Time Tradition-WDAY-TV, Fargo, ND (Moorhead, MN) Large Market Television-Excellence in Video Lost on the Lake-KARE-TV, Minneapolis, MN Large Market Television-Excellence in Writing Boyd Huppert-KARE-TV, Minneapolis, MN Click here for a complete listing of the 2017 Murrow awardees. Information on the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala is available here.      

The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced the winners of the 2017 Edward R. Murrow Awards which recognize outstanding work produced by radio, television and digital news outlets throughout the country. 

The following Minnesota broadcasters are receiving Murrow Awards:

Large Market Radio-Overall Excellence

WTOP-FM Washington, DC (owned by Minnesota-based Hubbard Radio)

Large Market Radio-Investigative Reporting

In the Dark-American Public Media (APM) Reports, St. Paul MN

Small Market Television-Excellence in Sound

A Game Time Tradition-WDAY-TV, Fargo, ND (Moorhead, MN)

Large Market Television-Excellence in Video

Lost on the Lake-KARE-TV, Minneapolis, MN

Large Market Television-Excellence in Writing

Boyd Huppert-KARE-TV, Minneapolis, MN

Click here for a complete listing of the 2017 Murrow awardees. Information on the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala is available here.