Skip to comments.FCC PROPOSALS COULD SILENCE CHRISTIAN RADIO STATIONS !
Posted on 04/21/2008 5:45:33 PM PDT by Gene Eric
Thank you for taking the time to comment on these proposed rule changes that would adversely affect your Air 1 station. The time you invest in this could keep Christian radio strong. Here is some additional information about what is happening and why your opinion counts.
While the FCC is considering these rule changes, at the moment nothing is "set in stone" as they await public comment. If any of these changes were adopted, there would be significant impact on our ability to minister to you and your community. These rules would not only affect our stations but also thousands of stations around the country. These rule changes could:
(Excerpt) Read more at air1.com ...
“Require Community Advisory Boards: “
Require Community Advisory Boards?????
Yikes, talk about a liberal wet dream. I bet they would turn into the Human Rights Commissions we hear about in Canada. This would be a danger to all talk radio. And the appointed chosen committee members would be liberal activists. Fairness Doctrine through intimidation, that is what it would be. Nothing but political fairness on the airwaves.
Watch out. This is major dangerous.
Why additional staff?
Thank you for posting this.
How many of those “theists, abortionists, or secular humanists” know stations like K-Love and Air1 exist? They’re not listed in any guides or newspapers. I only know about them because I’m a radio geek.
Just creeping government.
In Riverside County, CA any building (dog shelter, garage, fence anything) requires a public hearing. Oh yea, you have to pay the entire cost.
>> And the appointed chosen committee members would be liberal activists.
Isn’t that always the case.
I didn’t know that. I live in Mission Viejo, and the HOA is OK. But that is scary stuff. Federal, State and now local control is just too much. Creeping socialism, creeping fascism. Bit by bit we are losing this country.
>> Why additional staff?
Employment tax revenue?
Yea, we have been trying to build a garage for a year.
We had the plans in, they got kicked back because the county changed the energy calks (everything had to be redone), had to cut a road in the hill (country kicked back the plans need a soils engineer - new regs).
We got everything they wanted, all the plans and went in March 29 and were told “this is great but March 28 we have new regs and you have to hold public hearing.” “This process takes 6-8 weeks and you have to submit 6 copies of everything including roof samples and color samples.” “Oh, ya and you have to cover the entire cost of the inspections and hearing.”
We are considering leaving Riverside County (especially now the water right law suit is going forward) and the state of California.
But where to go?
And the music doesn’t suck.
Freepers, this is how they institute free speech restrictions, under the guise of ‘fairness’. Being in the business, I can assure you that if these ‘community advisory boards’ are implemented, Talk and Christian Talk Radio as we know it is finished. Commercial radio depends upon advertisers for revenue; we aren’t NPR. While most people don’t like commercials, that’s the very thing that keeps Rush, Sean, Savage, et al...on the airwaves.
As far as ‘community service’, free radio makes it a point to announce your pig roast, ramp feast, bake sale..We broadcast your High School football team...we help sell your hubcaps..that’s just a few ways we give back to the community.
I implore you to see the proposals at the FCC website, and please take 5 minutes to register your comments. They really DO make a difference!
Gads. I do not blame you. I know if my hubby got a job offer elsewhere, he would like to go back to Texas. I really don’t know where else would be good.
We were thinking of putting in a solar tube in a hallway. I decided not to do so, because it could have raised our taxes. Before you know it, no one is going to want to do much to or for their homes. Just make do and deal with it instead of all the hassles and extra expense. Who is going to want to fix up anything when it becomes such a burden?
Not so long ago, there was a natural disaster that should’ve been broadcast from the local station. The station, being a part of a larger conglomerate, was automated; so, the information wasn’t relayed quickly enough. While that was a case of gross negligence, the proposal consists of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.Many of the locally owned, Mom and Pop rural stations just can’t afford 24-7 staffing.
One of the worst laws on the books is the Law of Unintended Consequences. What the FCC is considering probably isn’t motivated by a desire to silence conservatives/Christians on the air, but a concern over companies like ClearChannel who simply beam programming in to remote areas.
The concern was that these remotely-operated stations, particularly in small markets and rural areas weren’t able to broadcast important community announcements(emergencies, disasters, storms, etc.). The goal is to ensure that local stations actually ARE local and are at least operated/staffed by people who live where they say they are transmitting from.
Should exceptions be made for translators and LPFM stations? Probably.
>> Mom and Pop rural stations just cant afford 24-7 staffing
The gov’t would find a way to work it out if it were ‘minority’ owned stations. /s
The EAS system is supposed to be automated anyway. So, if it’s a matter of keeping some equipment powered up over night, provide tax credits or other incentives to cover costs.
Broadcast content by public committee is BS. Something smells foul.
EAS is automated; I can’t recall the particulars, but the station in question DID screw the pooch. Something your locally owned station wouldn’t have done in the same situation, methinks. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to make multiple updates to an evening weather forecast from my home when that dang EAS trips. The proposal’s just a knee-jerk overreaction from gubmint....as usual, heh.
I see your point; but, I’ve worked in rated and unrated markets; it’s been my experience that small market and rural stations do the BEST job at providing important community info. We work, live, and shop in the community. When the floodwaters come, we’re there with rescue info; when the blizzard hits, we crank up the generator and broadcast.
The very thing this rule proposes to improve will hurt it. CC can eat the cost of some 18 year old college kid running overnights in a building with 5 clustered stations, and not break a sweat. Which is EXACTLY what they’ll do. BTW, it’s an FCC law that your broadcast facility must be located within a certain number of miles from the city of license (I think it’s currently 25.) That’s not really beaming programming into a remote area.
>> The proposals just a knee-jerk overreaction from gubmint....as usual, heh.
With the false assumption that laws and regulations can fix anything.
My nephew and his wife, niece and her husband just moved to Texas and they love it.
I completely forgot about the increase in property taxes......rats.
Well, I was primarily alluding to voice-tracking and other means of delivery employed by CC and others. I’m sure it’s the exception, however, and not the rule.
A broadcast facility may have to be located within that radius, but does that mean someone within that radius has to be behind the microphone at all times?
Ah, gotcha. In re: voice-tracking, you have a very valid point.
As to your question ...nope. Currently, a station doesn’t have to be manned 24-7; that’s what this Bravo Sierra is all about. They want to force stations to be staffed round-the-clock; which in this day and age, is really a financial burden. What we could end up with is a radio landscape at night, circa 1960’s...lotsa silence. Many operators at that time couldn’t afford to keep an engineer and talent working overnight, so they just signed off at dusk.
I agree with the point about ‘unintended consequences’, tho. While I don’t think the proposed rules change is an out and out attempt to stifle free speech, the community advisory board part would do just that. In my case, we broadcast an AM News/Talk station in southern WV. We feature Rush, Sean, Savage, Bohannon and more...in heavily Democratic and Byrd-influenced WV. Who’s to tell me what I should or shouldn’t air? After all, I’m the one who pays the bills. Not the local florist, Pastor, or Mayor that I’ll have to ‘consult’. Ugh.
hehehe Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn into a Charlie Foxtrot. ;-)
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BY TOM TAYLOR:
Can the NAB stop the FCCs localism re-regulation?
There was some talk about that at last weeks NAB in Las Vegas, with operators urging their peers to file comments through the NAB site or otherwise, through sites like HelpRadioNow.com. That effort got some extra muscle late last week with a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin signed by more than 120 members of the House, asking him to stop and think before conducting a radical re-regulation. Im told that a site related to HelpRadioNow thats aimed at Christian radio got a huge load of traffic when K-Love and Air 1 started pushing the issue, to their listeners. So why is a Republican appointee like Martin (who worked on the Bush-Cheney 2000 Florida re-count) pursuing regulation so vigorously? A lot of folks in Vegas tell me what Ive heard around Washington that its a quid pro quo for getting the support of the Commissions two Democrats (Michael Copps, Jonathan Adelstein) on other issues. As for whether the NAB can stop this train I think it can, at least this year. And when we get to 2009 and a new administration, and probably a different Chairman, the landscape might look very different.
I would shut down our local Air1 station in a heart beat.
They have caused harmful interferince on the lower end of the FM band for far too long, Contacting them about there problem has not yielded any results.
My webpage pretty much sums up my frustration with Air1
I really just want them to just go away.
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