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Reminder About Broadcasters’ FCC EEO Obligations After the April’s First 2023 Audit of Station Performance

David Oxenford

We thought that we should post our customary article describing the audit requirements and the basics of the FCC EEO rules as a reminder to all stations as to their general FCC EEO obligations. The FCC has promised to randomly audit approximately 5% of all broadcast stations each year. As the response (and the audit letter itself) must be uploaded to the public file, it can be reviewed not only by the FCC, but also by anyone else with an internet connection anywhere, at any time.

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Protect AM Radio in Vehicles

Recently headlines have come out about auto manufacturers considering removing AM radio from vehicles. On behalf of more than 230 radio stations in the state, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters is working to identify ways to preserve radio in cars and make lawmakers and car manufacturers aware of how dangerous removing terrestrial radio from vehicles will be for public safety.

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Broadcasters Beware – April Fools Day Can Trigger FCC Concerns

David Oxenford

Every year at about this time, we worry that radio stations may be tempted to run some big April Fools’ Day stunt.  But, with the country seemingly on edge because of natural and human emergencies in the news almost every day, a prank that may seem funny to some could trigger concerns with others.

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Kelley-Cawthorne Announces Merger

MAB’s Lansing-based lobbyist firm Kelley Cawthorne has announced its merger with Ohio-based Pappas & Associates.  In a press release, the company writes: “With this merger, we will be able to provide our clients with an even higher level of service than we can offer today.

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MAB’s Klemet Meets with SPJ/Detroit on FOIA Issues

On February 15, MAB President/CEO Sam Klemet joined the Society of Professionals Journalists Detroit Chapter in a discussion about the importance of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and what can be done in Michigan to improve transparency.

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