Broadcast Station Reminders: License Renewal Pre- and Post-filing Announcements, EEO Public File Reports, and Noncommercial Ownership Reports due for Select States

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Just a reminder to broadcast stations in certain states of several upcoming October obligations. First up, October 3rd is the deadline for Radio Stations in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to file their FCC Form 303-S license renewal applications seeking a renewal of their broadcast licenses. (See our earlier license renewal advisory here.) Accordingly, radio stations in those state/territories will also need to begin their License Renewal Post-Filing Announcements on October 1st to inform their communities of the renewal filing. Please note, October presents a strange situation in that the deadline for filing the renewal application is not until October 3rd (because Oct. 1 is a weekend, the filing deadline rolls to Monday the 3rd), but the FCC's rules dictate that the first post-filing announcement occur on Oct. 1st. Stations that have already filed by Saturday Oct. 1st won't have an issue, but for those stations waiting until Monday to file their Form 303-S, they will need to nonetheless air the first post-filing announcement (referring to the Oct. 3rd renewal filing) on Oct. 1st. Specific language for the announcements can be found on the Commission's website here, and the post-filing announcements continue on Oct. 16, Nov. 1, Nov. 16, Dec. 1, and Dec. 16.

Second, the next batch of radio license renewals -- which will be filing their renewals on December 1st -- is Georgia and Alabama, which means that Radio Stations licensed to those states, must begin their License Renewal Pre-Filing Announcements on October 1. The precise language of the pre-filing announcements—which is again dictated by the FCC’s Rules—can be found here. The pre-filing announcements for these stations continue on Oct. 16, Nov. 1, and Nov. 16.

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