April radio license renewal and announcement reminder: DE and PA | Wiley Kidney LLP

Radio stations licensed in Delaware and Pennsylvania must file license renewal applications by Friday, April 1, 2022. Per Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Public Notice to reign, a radio station must air post-filing ads after filing its renewal application. Each station must air a total of six ads on the air over four weeks. No more than two ads per week will count towards the total of six required. Additionally, ads must run between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. local time. Pre-filing announcements are no longer required.

For more details on post-filing announcements, please see Section II of the Introduction to Wiley Radio. The ABC also contains the mandatory post-filing announcement text required by the Commission (Appendix B). Prior to filing the Form 303-S renewal application, a station must submit an Annex 396 Broadcast EEO Program Report. Information regarding filing Form 303-S applications can be found in Section III of the introduction and appendix E, and information about filing the appendix 396 report can be found in section IV and appendix F.

Additionally, within seven days of the broadcast of the final post-filing announcement, stations must upload statements certifying compliance with the FCC’s post-filing notification requirements to their respective online public inspection files. A sample certification form is available in the introduction under Appendix C. Stations should upload these to the “Local Public Announcements” folder under the “More Public Inspection Files” tab. Finally, the FCC now requires FM Translator stations to submit an online post-filing notice after filing its license renewal application. To comply with new FCC requirements, which we have discussed in more detail here, publication of the post-filing announcement may be accomplished by inserting a tab or link on the station’s home page clearly labeled “FCC Applications” which may link to a separate page containing the text of the notice. The notice shall be posted, in order of availability, on (1) the website of the requesting station, (2) the website of the licensee of the requesting station, or (3) the website of the station’s parent entity. applicant. The notice must be displayed for 30 consecutive days on the web page or link. The text of the required notice can be found in Appendix D.

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