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FCC’s Confirmation of Anna Gomez Expected to Cause Major Changes

Maddy Troy

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The confirmation hearing for Anna Gomez, the Democrat nominated by President Biden to join the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

If confirmed, this will mark the first time since January 2021 that the Commission will have a full complement of members, breaking the previous 2-2 split that has hindered FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel’s progress on pending matters.

One of the crucial issues awaiting resolution is the quadrennial review of media ownership rules. The FCC needs to conclude both the 2018 and 2022 reviews, which involve similar issues and positions held by broadcasters. While it is unlikely that ownership limits will be rolled back, the addition of a third Democratic vote may enable the FCC to adopt a more measured approach to deregulation, contrasting with the preferences of the two Republican members. The FCC may reevaluate the national cap on television ownership.

Washington attorney David Oxenford says, “Some have speculated that the confirmation process could be completed early this summer,” Oxenford says. “But, as we’ve seen with that process already during this administration, there can always be surprises, and the process can change over time.”

Beyond ownership concerns, there may be increased scrutiny of radio stations’ Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) practices if the FCC moves forward with a plan to reinstate the collection of annual employee reports (Form 395-B) from stations. This practice was suspended in 2004 due to constitutional concerns related to inquiries about the race and gender of employees.

In 2021, the FCC initiated a rulemaking process (MB Docket No. 98-204) to gather further input on the legal, logistical, and technical aspects of employee data collection requirements for FCC Form 395-B. Chair Rosenworcel has expressed the importance of restarting data collection to assess workforce diversity within the industry, and a third Democratic vote could facilitate its reinstatement.

According to Inside Radio, the FCC may also make a decision on the long-pending “Franken FM” issue, which involves allowing owners of low-power TV stations on channel 6 to use new technology and reach analog radio receivers on 87.7 FM. Discussions revolve around potential grandfathering status and the elimination of distance separation rules for noncommercial FMs operating in that frequency range.

The FCC is also exploring expanded certification and reporting requirements for the Emergency Alert System, as well as enhanced public file obligations. These obligations would involve broadcasters using a standard certification form to assess whether airtime buyers have ties to foreign governments.

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Benztown to Host Programming Webinar Featuring Dr. Ed Cohen and Mike McVay

“In today’s radio environment where every quarter-hour matters, there are quarter-hours hidden everywhere.”

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Benztown is announcing plans for a webinar featuring Dr. Ed Cohen and Mike McVay centered around utilizing data to increase listening credits in the Nielsen radio ratings.

Unlocking Radio Secrets: Every Minute Matters; Improving Your Ratings will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 1 PM ET. In the webinar, Benztown will showcase its SpotGPS tool for radio programmers.

The software “is a powerful tool … that transforms airplay data into powerful and actionable commercial content analysis in a compelling, visual, and intuitive form that is a game-changer for radio stations,” according to the company, who designed it specifically for PPM markets.

“In today’s radio environment where every quarter-hour matters, there are quarter-hours hidden everywhere. Some radio stations know where they are and how to take advantage of them. Knowing where they are illuminates an otherwise dark room,” the company said of the webinar. “Some radio stations accept the darkness and blame ratings methodology. The smart ones live in the light.”

The upcoming webinar is free to those wishing to attend. To register, click here.

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Remote News Service Adds 3 New Markets

“I’m so pleased that all of our team’s hard work is paying off.”

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Remote News Service has added three new markets to its growing list of affiliates.

The news network will now provide services to WXJB-FM near Tampa, WIRY-FM in Plattsburgh, New York, and to Oklahoma City stations owned by Champling Broadcasting — which includes Freedom 96.9.

“I’m so pleased that all of our team’s hard work is paying off. Happy clients, make us super happy, and really proud,” Remote News Service owner Lesley Lotto said.

“The addition of Remote News Service has been a big boost to our local news,” stated WXJB GM Barbara Manuel. “It has dramatically raised the profile of our talk station. We are already out selling it!” 

“I would highly recommend Remote News Service if you are considering an outside source to cover your local news. Our anchor has been very responsive and professional,” added WIRY co-owner Joey Trombly. “We transitioned to this service and it was seamless. We are getting positive feedback in our marketplace since we made this change”.

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Libsyn Completes Integration With YouTube API Features for Podcast Publishers

“By integrating YouTube directly into our platform, we’re empowering creators to expand their reach and engage with a broader audience while simplifying their workflow.”

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Libsyn has announced it has successfully integrated with YouTube and its new Podcast API features, making publishing to YouTube Music an easier process for its customers.

“Our mission at Libsyn is to be the premier destination for anyone at any stage of their podcasting journey to distribute their podcast, grow their audience, and monetize their content,” said CEO John Gibbons. “We’ve evolved from a singular hosting provider to a suite of services for creators and advertisers through our investments in platform innovations and expanded partnerships.

“By integrating YouTube directly into our platform, we’re empowering creators to expand their reach and engage with a broader audience while simplifying their workflow.”

Podcast publishers with Libsyn can now directly upload their episodes to YouTube Music. The new integration can also convert audio files to MP4 video files.

Streamlining the process to upload to YouTube Music as two studies in 2023 showed YouTube is the most used podcast platform in the United States.

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