FCC Radio License Renewals Close at Hand; Pre-Filing Announcements Start April 1st for Stations in DC, MD, VA, and WV


The start of the FCC's license renewal cycle for radio stations is close at hand, and we have issued an advisory to help radio stations prepare for the process. A copy of the advisory is available here, and contains information about the pre- and post-filing announcements that stations are required to air, as well as information about recent changes to the FCC Form 303-S License Renewal application, and guidance on what radio stations should be doing as they head toward the filing date.

Radio stations in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia are the first batch to file on June 1st, just over two months away. Even more pressing for stations in these states, however, is the requirement that they begin broadcasting their pre-filing announcements on April 1st. The announcements continue on April 16, May 1, and May 16, for a total of four pre-filing announcements. These announcements give notice to the local community that the station will be filing a license renewal application with the Commission and invite participation in the renewal process. The precise language of the pre-filing announcements—which is dictated by the FCC’s Rules.

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