As eyes across the country are on election returns, we’re proud of the TV and radio stations bringing the most-trusted local, state and national news to their communities. This week, we celebrated that commitment. Take a look at more of NAB’s recent initiatives.

Celebrating 100 Years of Radio
As we commemorate radio’s centennial, we celebrate how radio has blossomed into a vital part of every local community. From protecting the foundations of our democratic ideals and delivering lifesaving information during emergencies to raising millions of dollars for disaster relief efforts and playing the music, entertainment and sports that keep us connected to our communities, listeners know they can count on radio to be there for them.

Senate Commerce Committee Report on Digital Platforms’ Impact on Local Journalism
NAB thanks Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) for her report on the importance of local journalism to our nation’s communities and in preserving democracy. We strongly support her findings that the competitive power of a handful of digital platforms has dominated the marketplace for advertising and audiences. Local media outlets that are a critical source for trusted, locally based news and information have been put at an unfair disadvantage, especially at a time when they face severe economic challenges.

FCC Approves Television White Spaces Order
NAB thanks the FCC for approving an order that would provide greater flexibility for white spaces operations without undermining the fundamental principle that these operations must not cause interference to licensed services, such as radio and TV stations. We commend the Commission staff for their hard work on this item and their commitment to a consensus-based approach.

FCC Approves Voluntary All-Digital AM Radio Stations Order
We applaud the FCC for approving this order allowing AM radio stations to voluntarily transition to all-digital service. The order provides AM stations with essential flexibility to provide interference-free broadcasts and attract new listeners. Radio broadcasters are grateful to Chairman Pai for championing AM radio during his tenure at the FCC and thank him for successfully implementing policies to help revitalize AM stations.

NAB Events

2020 Sales and Management Television Exchange (SMTE) Now Available On-Demand
SMTE 2020 is now available for on-demand viewing. This year’s SMTE is designed specifically to help television sales and management teams break through the current barriers facing the industry. Attendees will gain the tools and knowledge needed to manage business operations and develop innovative strategies that will generate revenue in this new normal. Learn more here.

Radio Show’s Radio Week is Now On-Demand
Radio Week 2020 may be over, but you can still access all the great content. All sessions are now available for on-demand viewing. Celebrate radio, media and all things audio with the best of the best in content, networking opportunities and technology presentations, including exclusive keynotes from Byron Allen, Dave Ramsey, Rishad Tobaccowala and thought leaders shaping the future of media and advertising. Visit RadioShowWeb.com to view on-demand.

Access NAB Show New York On Demand
The silver lining of NAB Show New York moving to a digital event: you have on-demand access to the content and products for the next 30 days. Tune back in and discover more insights, tech and tricks that are moving media and entertainment forward.

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Broadcasting False or Simulated EAS Tones Can Cost Your Station Big
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cited a station for broadcasting a skit that contained the Emergency Alert System (EAS) codes (the data burst sometime referred to as the “duck squawk”) and the two-tone attention signal. That mishap resulted in the FCC issuing a $20,000 violation against the licensee of that radio station. In fact, over the last year and a half, the FCC has levied over $900,000 in fines against broadcast licensees and cable networks for airing false EAS codes as well as false Wireless Emergency Alert tones, known as the WEA common audio attention signal.