Two states see April 1 radio license renewal deadline

As noted by communications lawyers at Fletcher Heald and Hildreth on his CommLawBlog.com website, FCC license renewal applications and associated EEO program reports are due by Friday, April 1 for radio licensees located in two East Coast states.

AM and FM licensees in Delaware and Pennsylvania must file renewals regardless of their commercial or non-commercial status in the FCC’s Licensing Management System (LMS).

These licensees must include Schedule 396, Broadcast Equal Employment Opportunity Program Report, in their renewal application.

The FCC also requires radio licensees to provide post-filing local public notice of their renewal applications. Pre-filing announcements are no longer required.

Listeners and viewers can consult the station’s file and submit comments regarding renewal requests.

As Fletcher Heald & Hildreth have pointed out, “one of the primary purposes” of FCC review is a thorough inspection of the station’s online public inspection record (OPIF). “For this reason, we urge all stations with upcoming license renewals to begin a thorough review of their OPIFs. Any incomplete or late filings in the station’s OPIF will be disclosed in the renewal application.

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