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Radio Programming: Tactics and Strategy by Eric Norberg

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The FCC and You

 

 

 

The Importance of Taking FCC Rules Seriously

Broadcasters sometimes look upon the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a very distant traffic cop, a bureaucracy that is more or less benign and whose rules do not require undue concern. This is a terrible mistake.

It is true that the FCC seldom intends to get really nasty with licensees. To its credit, the Commission tends to assume that each station is doing everything the way it’s supposed to—until it learns differently. However, when it does learn differently, it can get really unpleasant: large fines and even the loss of a license on occasion. There are two main ways in which the FCC discovers wrongdoing: through routine inspections and through complaints. ...

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