Category: December 2020

6th Annual Mildred Gaddis ‘Bed in a Bag’ Radiothon A Huge Success

Beasley Media Group Detroit has announced that WDMK-FM (Detroit) Weekend On Air Host Mildred Gaddis teamed up with McDonald’s, UAW and The EMG Foundation to present the 2020 Drive-Thru Bed in a Bag Radiothon to raise over $40,000 to provide sleeping bags for the homeless. The two-hour event was held at the McDonalds located at… read more

Congress Ads Voice to Call for More Diversity in Media Ownership

Congressional lawmakers are using some of their lame duck session to address concerns about media ownership. The U.S. House passed, by a voice vote Wednesday (12/9), a resolution that said more needs to be done to improve media ownership diversity, according to a report in InsideRadio. “The survival of small, independent, and diverse media outlets… read more

FCC Updates Rules Promoting Broadcast Internet

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday (12/10 ) issued a Report and Order updating its rules to promote the introduction of ATSC 3.0-enabled innovative ancillary and supplementary broadcast services, otherwise known as Broadcast Internet. The advances in spectrum efficiency provided by ATSC 3.0 means that broadcasters will continue to provide high-quality, free, over-the-air digital television… read more

MDHHS Extends Epidemic Order 12 days (to 12/20/20) to Ensure COVID-19 Surge is Stabilizing

December 7, 2020 – Press Release from State Police Emergency Operations Center Indoor and outdoor gatherings to remain limited, department to closely monitor hospital beds with COVID patients, rate of case growth, positivity rate prior to re-engagement LANSING, MICH.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has extended by 12 days the epidemic order that restricts… read more

DHS Site Access Letter Addendum Available

In March and again in June, the MAB distributed letters to stations from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber-Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  The letters are a precaution with the current COVID-19 emergency and grants broadcasters access to studio and transmitter facilities in the event of a shelter-in-place order or road closures. It was… read more

NAB Partners with Journalism Institute to Promote COVID-19 Inoculation

The National Association of Broadcasters has  joined forces with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism institute on a project to identify effective COVID-19 vaccine education messaging so local broadcasters can help encourage listeners and viewers to get inoculated, according to a recent report in Broadcasting+Cable. The research project aims to develop a toolkit for local TV… read more

PPP Loan-Funded Expenses Nondeductible If Borrower Has “Reasonable Expectation” Loan Will Be Forgiven

By: C. Brian Wainwright, James T. Chudy, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides for loans to individuals and businesses with the unique feature that the loans could be forgiven, under certain circumstances, to the extent that advanced funds were… read more

In the Conversion to NextGen TV, Who is Responsible for the Content of the Simulcast Streams?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In one of those weird little quandaries in the broadcast legal world, the FCC just asked for comments on a petition for declaratory ruling filed by the NAB seeking a clarification as to who is responsible for the content of simulcast streams provided to comply with the ATSC 3.0 conversion rules.  Under those rules, for a station… read more