This may be a bit wonky for most, but I found this interesting Broadcast Law blog maintained by David Oxenford.  In it, he addresses legal issues in broadcast.  I’ve been searching for material that will help explain how we got into this current broadcast mess as well as any insight on how to fight back against Cumulus Media, the mega-corporation that has been destroying local broadcast environments.

I’m not suggesting that Oxenford’s blog speaks to these issues, but it provides well-written, informative legal aspects of broadcast law.  Some if it might be interesting to those who want to know what to do about a company such as Cumulus and the Dick-eys who run it.

Here’s a link to the blog:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/

This is David Oxenford’s bio:

http://www.wbklaw.com/Our_Team/David_Oxenford

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And, here’s a sampling of some of the content found there:

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This is a link to all of the topics covered under the keywords AM Radio:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/articles/am-radio/

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This is one of those articles:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/10/articles/am-radio/fcc-commissioner-proposes-review-of-the-am-band-to-make-it-more-competitive-what-can-be-done/

I found this interesting tidbit in the article:

“One proposal for AM improvement was not discussed – a proposal to use TV channels 5 and 6 as a way to re-invent the AM band – moving all AM stations to what is in essence the FM band (as TV channels 5 and 6 are adjacent to the FM band), allow them to operate digitally, and avoid the many interference issues inherent in the current AM band. This proposal has already been advanced by the FCC, comments have been received, and they could be acted on tomorrow (see our previous articles on the subject here and here). This proposal is complicated by the FCC’s incentive auction proposal and the concern that these channels might be needed for TV stations reallocated out of the UHF band. So it appears that this proposal is, at least for the time being, on hold.”

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Another article:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/11/articles/fcc-fines/fcc-inspection-issues-for-broadcasters-auxiliary-licenses-chief-operator-designations-and-tower-issues/

“Since the KAB Convention, I’ve noted that many stations and their representatives have been receiving emails from an engineer in California identifying himself as a “frequency coordinator.” These letters identify perceived issues with auxiliary stations at many stations around the country. Take these letters seriously. They are from a group of private-industry engineers who have come together to work on broadcast auxiliary and other engineering issues.”

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Here’s some important information:

http://www.dwt.com/advisories/Preparing_for_Radio_Station_FCC_License_Renewals_03_23_2011/

“At its simplest, the license renewal application allows the FCC and the public to review the station’s conduct in the previous license term and to assess the licensee’s continuing qualifications to remain an FCC licensee. The crux of the license renewal inquiry is whether the station has complied with the Commission’s laws and served the public interest during the previous license term. Accordingly, the renewal process invites the public, competitors, public interest groups, and the government to sift through all aspects of the station’s operations during the past eight years. Based on the Form 303-S and related documents filed by the licensee, as well as any comments, petitions, or objections raised by interested parties, the FCC will then decide whether or not an extension of the license is warranted. Broadcasters need to review all aspects of their operations and prepare for the license renewal process in advance, approaching it with the seriousness it demands.”

I found the link to it in this article:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/01/articles/am-radio/broadcast-station-reminders-license-renewals-pre-and-postfiling-announcements-eeo-public-file-reports-and-noncommercial-ownership-reports-due-for-select-states/

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This deals with TV:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/08/articles/television/questions-and-answers-about-the-tv-online-public-inspection-file/

Where Do You Go To Get Access to the Online File?

“Station access is available at https://stationaccess.fcc.gov/. The public gains access to the various station files by going here: https://stations.fcc.gov/

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And, finally, another one that emphasizes the importance of free, local radio access to the general public:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/11/articles/emergency-communications/broadcasters-giving-back-thoughts-on-sandy-public-service-and-communications-charitable-contributions/

“Being on the ground at the NJ shore for a few days, without electricity other than what was provided by a small gas-powered generator, demonstrated to me the power and importance of portable media – including radio. Throughout my weekend at the shore, we could get news and entertainment from a battery-powered radio and the radio in our car. Together with tidbits of news from Facebook posts, a local list-serve and the few other sites that we could get on our mobile phones (for as long as the phones stayed charged) in an area where the mobile networks were often slow due to the high demand for wireless service as the storm had ruined many landline connections  – these were our links to the outside world. Radio kept going, providing updates of all that was going on in the area. One local radio station was particularly noteworthy, as it was operating even though it did not have operating phones or email access. Yet it continued to broadcast, conveying information as to how people could help each other. That information was collected from people posting on the station’s Twitter feed. The station truly showed how convergence of electronic and broadcast media can really work well together.”

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Imagine having to go through a local disaster and having only syndicated shows of Rush and Geraldo and Huckabee on our radio airwaves.  A chilling thought, indeed.

This is a possibility in a Cumulus world.  Turn off their world.  Do NOT listen to Cumulus Media radio stations.  Do NOT give them a future.  Think about the future of your community and how you can fight back by NOT listening to them.

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To end on a lighter note, did anyone hear the story on Gil Gross’ show about the woman who was turned away at the polls because she was wearing an MIT t-shirt?  Love it.  Gil has the best stories and he’s not on a crappy Cumulus station.  Listen to KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM from 3:oopm for the Len Tillem show and from 4:00-7:00pm for Gil Gross.  Do something good for the community and listen to our local talent.

Here’s the link:

http://www.newstalk910.com/main.html

Len Tillem – the loyah’s show:

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=tillem

The Gil Gross Show:

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=gil_gross

And, don’t forget about John Rothmann’s highlights in ‘Around the Political World’:

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=rothmann

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