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Update on TV Channel 6 stations ahead of the July 13, 2021 analog shutdown

Updated April 13, 2021

REC Networks is providing an update to those who are either (1) considering applying for a new full-service NCE station in the anticipated 2021 NCE Filing Window, (2) considering applying for a new LPFM station in a potential future filing window and (3) LPFM stations considering filing for a channel change with the new channel being in the reserved band (88.1~91.9, channels 201~220).

Auction 109: FCC announces procedures; REC announces services for auction participants including NCE.

The FCC has issued a public notice regarding the upcoming FM broadcast auction #109.   In this auction, 136 FM allotments will be available for auction with opening bids ranging from $750 to $100,000 based on market size and other factors.  4 AM allotments in the St. Louis area will also be offered, each with an opening bid of $50,000.

Stop Asian Hate: PSAs now available

REC Networks and J1 Radio are currently producing public service announcements that will be aired across the J1 Radio properties to address the recent wave of anti-Asian American violence and harassment.  Versions suitable for radio will be made available through Pacifica Audioport for affiliates and Soundcloud for all other stations.  Please check our page recnet.com/stop-asian-hate for PSAs.  We will add them as they get produced.  Thank you for your support in helping us address this critical issue. 

 

LPFM and Hartford FM told by the FCC to cooperate in second-adjacent dispute

The FCC has released a letter decision in the case of New River Community Church, licensee of WYPH-LP, Manchester, CT regarding second-adjacent channel interference. 

20-401: ZoneCasting will increase interference, raise LCRA issues and promotes discriminatory practices

REC Networks has filed Reply Comments in the FCC's "ZoneCasting" proceeding, joining with the National Association of Broadcasters and major broadcast owners in opposing the concept of allowing FM Booster stations to be able to originate up to 3 minut

20-401: REC files comments in FM Booster "Geo-Targeting" proceeding. New boosters must follow LCRA.

REC Networks has filed comments in MB Docket 20-401, which calls for changes to the rules for FM boosters to permit “geo-targeted” or independent programming.  FM boosters are available to FM and LPFM stations in order to provide FM service into areas where the station is unable to be heard due to terrain by synchronously rebroadcasting the primary station’s audio over an additional lower powered transmitter.  The booster rules require that the service contour of the FM booster remain entirely inside the service contour of the primary

Statement of REC Networks: Amazon's updated RF device policy

About a week ago, Amazon.com has announced to their marketplace vendors that in order to sell radio frequency devices, the seller must provide evidence of FCC authorization through providing an FCC certification number or contact for a responsible party as defined by the FCC, or certify that the product is exempt from FCC requirements.   All listings added or updated after February, 2021, must meet these requirements. 

REC Advisory Letter #7: Rental of LPFM/NCE stations, time purchase, pay to play

This Advisory Letter is a reminder to LPFM (and for that matter, full-service noncommercial educational station [NCE]) licensees regarding various activities that can be considered an “advertisement” in respect to the language of the Communications Act.

Section §399b of the Communications Act (47 USC 399b) states:

(a) “Advertisement” defined

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