Intersecting regulatory structures

Monday, May 24th, 2010

For broadcasters, there can often be several different regulatory structures governing the same set of activities - which adds, of course, to the complexity of decision-making by managers and others. I was reminded of this today when I saw this tidbit from Inside Radio (the story itself is behind a pay-wall): AG: ...

FCC developments on LPFM

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Below are the comments I submitted to the FCC as part of their second notice of proposed rule-making on LPFM:My name is Andrew Ó Baoill, and I am station manager of WRFU-LP, a radio station in Urbana, IL, that is one of the beneficiaries and progeny of the LPFM licensing ...

Community radio show goes online-only, avoids indecency restrictions

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

DIY, Portland is normally broadcast monthly on KBOO. This month, however, the content would risk falling foul of FCC regulation if broadcast over the airwaves - they're focusing on masturbation - so they've turned to the web (for this particular episode). An interesting contrast to other community radio programmers I've ...

FCC adopt new LPFM rules

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

It was late - after 9pm EST - last night before the FCC meeting finally began, but it looks like they've adopted some useful changes to the rules governing LPFM: Allows the transfer of LFPM licenses subject to significant limitations. Reinstates the Commission’s rule that all LPFM authorization holders be local to ...

Interesting times for LPFM

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

These are interesting times for LPFM. First, a bill to allow LPFM on '3rd adjacent channels' has just passed a US senate committee. Those familiar with the service will probably know that the original FCC proposal for an LPFM service, back in the 1990s, was subsequently amended by Congress after ...

Podcasting a temporary choice for prospective community radio stations

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

An article about an Arizona group who filed in the recent community radio licensing window in the United States discusses their hopes and plans. The Phoenix area, where they are based, is, it seems, the largest metropolitan area in the United States (3 million people) without a community station. Of ...