LPFM Station License Renewal

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For renewal filing services, please use REC EZforms or contact REC at 1-844-REC-LPFM.

LPFM license renewals are coming up.

For those LPFM stations that were applied for in the 2000/2001 filing windows, it's that time again. For those who applied in the 2013 window, welcome to your first experience with the renewal process. Once every 8 years, all broadcast stations must renew their station licenses. The process is more than just filling out a form, but there is a substantial public notification process that takes place. Perhaps you have heard these renewal announcements on other radio stations. If you filled in your LPFM call letters above, this information will be personalized for your station.

Verify that your mailing address & e-mail address are correct in the FCC records

To make the process a smoother one, the FCC recommends that all licensees verify their mailing and e-mail addresses in CDBS is correct. If it needs to be corrected, you will need to file a Mailing Address Change form in CDBS. Clients retaining REC for the renewal process will have this handled by us.

Pre-Filing Renewal Announcement

In accordance with an Order released on May 13, 2020 by the FCC's Media Bureau, in anticipation to the rule changes that were adopted May 13, all broadcast stations, regardless of class (radio and TV, full power and low power) will no longer be required to carry the pre-file announcements. Post file announcements must still be carried.

Post Filing-Announcement

After the renewal has been filed, full-service stations are required to run periodic announcements of the 1st and 16th days of the month of the filing due date and the two months thereafter. At least three required announcements must be broadcast between 7AM and 9AM and/or 4PM and 6PM. At least one announcement must be broadcast during all of the following periods: 9AM to 12 Noon, 12 noon to 4PM and 7PM to Midnight. Time share stations not broadcasting between 7AM-9AM and 4PM-6PM must make at least three announcements within the first two hours of operation.

Now that's confusing!

Yes, it is. While there is no codified rule for LPFM stations but there is still a requirement for public notice under statute, it would be best if LPFM stations follow the commercial rule with the exception for time-share or other LPFM stations not running a full 24 hour schedule. What this means is:

Run three announcements
Between 7AM~9AM and/or 4PM~6PM. This could consist of three announcements between 7~9AM only; three announcements between 4~6PM only; two announcements between 7~9AM and one announcement between 4~6PM or; one announcement between 7~9AM and two announcements between 4~6PM.

Run one announcement
Between 9AM and 12 noon

Run one announcement
Between 12 noon and 4PM

Run one announcement
Between 7PM and midnight

Again, these announcements must only be run in the three months following the filing deadline and only on the 1st and the 16th of each month.

To see the announcement dates for your state, please enter the LPFM station call sign at the top of this page.

The following is the post-filing announcement. You may broadcast it verbatim or you can make slight changes. Stations broadcasting in a language other than English should run the announcement in the primary language of the station.

On [date of last renewal grant or original license grant], [station call letters] was granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission to serve the public interest as a public trustee until [license expiration date]. Our license will expire on [license expiration date]. We filed an application for license renewal with the FCC on [date four-months prior to expiration date]. A copy of this application is available for inspection at the FCC website at fcc.gov. It contains information about the station's performance [period of time covered by application e.g. the last 8 years]..

Individuals who wish to advise the FCC of facts related to our renewal application, and to whether this station has operated in the public interest should file comments and petitions with the FCC by [date, first day of the full calendar month prior to the month of license expiration]. Further information concerning the FCC's broadcast license renewal process is available from the Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554 or at www.fcc.gov.

UPCOMING RULE CHANGE

On May 13, 2020, the FCC has announced some significant changes in all public notice messages, including for renewals. Stay tuned to REC's home page and to REC's Facebook page for updates.

Reminders

LPFM stations are not required to file Equal Opportunity Program Reports (FCC Form 396) nor are LPFM stations required to file ownership reports (Form 323-E). There is no FCC filing fee for renewals.

Petitions to Deny/Informal Objections

The last day for filing a petition to deny is one month prior to the license expiration date. For late-filed renewal applications, the deadline for Petitions to Deny is the 90th day after the FCC gives public notice that the application is accepted for filing. (If that day falls on a non-work day, then the deadline is the next work day).

Petition to Deny requirements

In order for someone to file a Petition to Deny, they must have "standing". Standing is defined as someone who is a regular listener or has some other contact with the station that gives the petitioner a real stake in the outcome of the renewal process. A petition must be supported by an affidavit of a person or persons with personal knowledge of the allegations of fact contained in the petition. Finally, the petition must contain a certification that a copy of the petition was mailed to the station. Failure to include the certification that a copy was mailed to the station and the affidavit of personal knowledge will result in dismissal of the Petition to Deny.

Informal objection procedure

A person or entity opposing the grant of a station's license renewal application may file an informal objection against the license renewal application at any time prior to staff action on the license renewal application. An informal objection is less formal than a Petition to Deny, but some requirements still apply. It may take the form of a letter signed by the objector and mailed or delivered to one of the FCC addresses above. An informal objection need not contain the affidavit required for a Petition to Deny. It should, however, contain sufficient information to establish any violation alleged. Additionally, an informal objection not received by the time the station's license renewal is granted will not be considered.

Positive comments

Affirmative comments concerning a licensee's service during the prior license term should be filed by the Petition to Deny deadline through the Office of the Secretary at the addresses listed in the next section. While positive comments are nice, they carry absolutely no weight at the FCC and they do not offset any objections that may be filed. If anything, the filing of positive comments will delay the grant of the renewal because the application would need to be off-lined in order for staff to review the pleading. Please follow the scripting and do not specifically suggest that people file positive comments.

What to do if you get a Petition to Deny or Informal Objection

The regular Commission processes apply. See §73.3584 for Petitions to Deny and §73.3587 for Informal Objections. You may also want to contact an attorney to assist in preparing your reply. REC recommended attorneys can be found on our recommendations page. You may also contact REC with general questions that would not constitute legal advice.