December 1, 2019
License Renewal Pre-Filing Announcements – Radio stations licensed in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi must begin broadcasts of their pre-filing announcements with regard to their applications for renewal of the license. These announcements must be continued on December 16, January 1, and January 16.
Radio Post-Filing Announcements – Radio stations licensed in Alabama and Georgia that have filed license renewal applications must begin broadcasts of their post-filing announcements with regard to their license renewal applications on December 1. If the renewal application is not filed until the December 2 deadline, wait until then to begin the post-filing announcements. Either way, these announcements must continue on December 16, January 1, January 16, February 1, and February 16. Once complete, a certification of broadcast, with a copy of the announcement’s text, must be posted to the online public file within seven days.
December 2, 2019
License Renewal Applications Due – Applications for renewal of license for radio stations located in Alabama and Georgia must be filed in the Commission’s License and Management System. These applications must be accompanied by Schedule 396, the Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program Report, also filed in the License and Management System (LMS), regardless of the number of full-time employees.
EEO Public File Reports – All radio and television station employment units with five (5) or more full-time employees and located in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont must place EEO Public File Reports in their online public inspection files. For all stations with websites, the report must be posted there as well. Per announced FCC policy, the reporting period may end ten days before the report is due, and the reporting period for the next year will begin on the following day.
Public Notice of Broadcast Applications – Reply Comments are due in response to the FCC’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) regarding proposals to modernize and simplify the written and on-air public notices broadcasters must provide upon the filing of certain applications.