Tag: FCC

"Fairness Doctrine" Among 80+ Outdated Rules Killed by FCC

WASHINGTON, DC -- As of today, the Fairness Doctrine, an FCC policy which sparked plenty of debate in the 1980s and again in recent years, has been deleted from the FCC regulations.  Longtime residents of Central New York may remember that one of the biggest legal cases leading to the Fairness Doctrine's downfall, started right […]

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Cayuga CC's WDWN Launches Fulton Translator

FULTON -- Students who attend the Fulton Branch Campus of Cayuga Community College have one more way to feel like they're right on the main campus in Auburn. The FCC recently granted "license to cover" status to a new FM translator in Fulton, which is simulcasting the programming of student-operated Win-89FM (WDWN/Auburn).

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New Mars Hill Station Fully Licensed

UTICA/ROME -- The newest affiliate of the Syracuse-based Mars Hill Network, WMHU (91.1/Cold Brook) is now fully licensed by the FCC.  The "License to Cover" was granted on July 11, but the FCC officially announced the approval today.

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Utica Mayor Wants "Breaking News" Banned From Ads

UTICA -- Mayor David Roefaro (D) wants the FCC to ban the use of the term "breaking news" in broadcast advertising. In a letter to the FCC, Roefaro calls the practice a "cheap advertising tactic" aimed at taking advantage of consumers.

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FCC Schedules National EAS Test for November

WASHINGTON, DC -- When you hear that annoying modem-like tone signaling the start of an Emergency Alert System (EAS) activation, you usually expect to hear either a test message, or a severe weather warning. Thankfully, EAS has never been needed for a national-level alert.  But, if we ever needed EAS for a national alert, would […]

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WITC Returns to Air After 2-Week Outage

SYRACUSE -- Cazenovia College's WITC 88.9 is back on the air, following more than two weeks off-air due to a transmitter malfunction.  The station is currently using a transmitter on-loan from WHWS at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

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Unbuilt Little Falls Station to Move East

UTICA/ROME -- The company planning to build a new AM station licensed to serve Little Falls has filed paperwork with the FCC to move the station to a new location, southeast of the original tower site. As a result, it appears WKAJ 1120 will eventually sign-on with Saint Johnsville as it's community of license.

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FCC Planning National-Level EAS Test

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- There has never been a nationwide activation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) or its predecessors, but that's going to change. Citing a desire to "determine the reliability of the EAS system and its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential danger nationwide and regionally," the Commission has announced plans […]

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WSYR-FM Calls Officially Back in Syracuse

SYRACUSE -- The recently-rebranded "FM Newsradio 106.9 WSYR" really is WSYR-FM now, according to the FCC's FM Query database.  Although Clear Channel had filed last month to swap the old WPHR calls with the former WSYR-FM in Florida, 106.9 had to keep WPHR as its legal ID until the FCC OK'd the changes.  A clip of the "WPHR Solvay, WSYR-AM Syracuse" ID was […]

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Nexstar Petitions FCC in Time Warner/WKTV Dispute

UTICA -- Time Warner Cable has responded to a letter from four Utica-area lawmakers to the FCC, urging the Commission to push Time Warner Cable into an agreement that would bring Utica NBC affiliate WKTV back to local cable lineups.  Meantime, WKTV has its own response -- including support from Nexstar Broadcasting in the form of a […]

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