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Bob Knight Tribute

We showed this very special tribute to legendary Arkansan Bob Knight at our convention this year, and we are so thankful for the legacy that he left in every industry and relationship that he touched.

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ABA Board of Directors Slated for Annual Meeting

Members of the Arkansas Broadcasters Association are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Association, scheduled for Friday, May 13 beginning with breakfast at 8:00 AM. The location of the meeting is the grand ballroom of the DoubleTree Little Rock, located at...

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May 2022 Regulatory Update

Special thanks to the attorneys at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP in Washington, DC for providing this summary of regulatory news for our Arkansas Broadcasters! Download the update HERE.

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Political Broadcasting Webinar

As election season approaches, the FCC has been scrutinizing broadcaster compliance with the political broadcasting rules and political file requirements like never before. Will YOU be prepared? Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth attorneys Frank Montero and Sara Hinkle...

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Celebrating 100 Years of Arkansas Radio

Disclaimer: The information found below was gathered according to information from the book Arkansas Airwaves by Ray Poindexter and the Pine Bluff Advertising & Promotion Commission. The year 2022 marks a century of Arkansas radio broadcasters entertaining,...

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New FCC Filing Procedures

Yesterday, the FCC released a public notice outlining new filing procedures eliminating use of the Consolidated Database System (CDBS) as of 5PM Eastern time on January 12. According to the Commission "this action is necessary due to pressing technical issues that...

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Political Rate Periods

Important 2022 Election Dates: Primary Election Date: Tuesday, May 24 General Election Date: Tuesday, November 8 - LUC Window Opens: 45 days prior to Primary Election and 60 days prior to General Election* *Day 45/60 is the day before election day Stations have the...

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Welcome to the ABA!

Arkansas Broacasters, welcome to the ABA's newly designed website! From the Members Portal to the Broadcaster Directory and everything in between, we encourage our membership to enjoy this useful resource and utilize it to the fullest. We will continually be looking...

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NEWS FROM OUR FCC LEGAL COUNSEL:

  • Deadline to Pay 2022 Regulatory Fees Extended for All until September 30
    by Sara Hinkle

    Today, the FCC released a Public Notice extending the deadline for all regulatory fee payors to submit payment for their annual regulatory fees from September 28 to September 30 at 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time.  Accordingly, payors have an additional two days to pay their fees without incurring a 25% penalty.  Such a penalty will...… Continue Reading

  • FCC IMPOSES $38,000 FINE FOR PREMATURE CONSTRUCTION OF ANTENNA TOWERS
    by Daniel Brown

    Recently, the Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) issued a Consent Decree detailing the $38,000 settlement reached with a telecommunications company relating to its  failure to complete required environmental and historic preservation reviews before beginning construction on new wireless telecommunications towers and prior to following the prescribed procedures under the FCC’s antenna structure registration (“ASR”) Rules. Under...… Continue Reading

  • 2022 Upcoming FCC Deadlines
    by FHH Law

      2022 Upcoming Broadcast Deadlines   September Annual Regulatory Fees – On a date not yet determined, but certainly before September 30, 2022, annual regulatory fees will be due. These will be due and payable for Fiscal Year 2022 and will be based upon a licensee’s/permittee’s holdings on October 1, 2021, plus anything that might...… Continue Reading

  • Court Strikes Down a Portion of the FCC’s Foreign Sponsorship Identification Rules for Broadcasters
    by Paul J. Feldman

    Earlier this year, new FCC rules went into effect requiring radio and television stations to broadcast Sponsorship ID disclosures for programming provided by foreign governmental entities.   Yesterday, the federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down one part of those requirements:  the requirement for broadcasters to independently confirm the sponsor’s status by consulting...… Continue Reading

  • What’s Next for Next Gen TV? FCC Seeks Comments on The Status of Next Gen TV and Sunset of Two Rules.
    by Paul J. Feldman

    The FCC has just released a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-22-47A1.pdf seeking comments on the state of the Next Generation Television (“Next Gen TV” or “ATSC 3.0”) transition, and on the scheduled sunset of two rules adopted in 2017.  Generally, the FNPRM seeks comments on the progress of broadcasters’ voluntary deployment of...… Continue Reading

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