FCC Launches Review of 2017 Hurricane Response

(Courtesy Insideradio.com) For the first time in several years the Atlantic hurricane season tested broadcasters’ abilities to respond to natural disasters. Now the Federal Communications Commissions is taking stock of how it responded to the 2017 season, during which four storms made landfall in the U.S. and its territories. The Public Safety and Homeland Security…

FCC Votes to Review 39% Broadcast Cap

(Courtesy Broadcastingcable.com) A politically, and philosophically, divided FCC voted Thursday (Dec. 14) to launch a review of the FCC’s national 39% broadcast audience reach cap. TV station group owners cannot own stations that reach more than 39% of the nation, with waivers in some circumstances. The FCC is looking at whether it can modify the…

FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality

The FCC voted on Thursday to roll back the rules regarding net neutrality put in place in 2015 under President Obama. The vote split along party lines with the two Democratic members – Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn – voting no while the Republican members – Michael O’ Rielly and Brendan Carr along with Chairman…

Global Music Rights litigation update

Global Music Rights (GMR) is a relatively new group representing songwriters in licensing their copyrighted music, much like ASCAP, BMI and SESAC.  GMR has signed agreements to represent numerous artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, some of the Beatles, Eddie Vedder, and Drake.  Most radio formats are therefore impacted by GMR’s widespread representation…

GAB Welcomes New Chairman of the Board

ATLANTA, Ga– In the Monday, December 4th board meeting, GAB welcomed Dennis Jones as the new Chairman for the upcoming year. The Georgia Association of Broadcasters would like to thank  Jeff Dudley for his past year of service as Chairman of the Board. Jones is heading into his tenure with the mission statement, “We are storytellers……