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September Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Reg Fees, Children’s TV Rule Changes, EEO Comments, EAS Reports, License Renewal Obligations and More

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 26 Aug 2019 1:41 pm

With the summer winding down, you can expect that come September, like everywhere else, Washington will leap back to life and the government will try to accomplish what they can before the end of the year. That will no doubt mean some regulatory actions (and potentially court actions and legislative actions) affecting broadcasters this Fall, though what they are remains to be seen. In the meantime, there is plenty to keep broadcasters busy. While September is one of those months in which there are few of the normally recurring filing deadlines (no EEO reports, renewal filings or quarterly reports need to be submitted during the month), there is one big deadline that no commercial broadcaster should forget – the filing of annual regulatory fees.

We understand that there is an order circulating at the FCC right now to set the final amount of the regulatory fees for the year. As these fees must be paid before October 1 when the government’s new fiscal year begins, we can expect that order shortly, with fees due at some point in September. As the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposed significant unexplained increases in the fees paid by radio, and a change to the methodology used to compete TV fees, moving from a DMA-based fee to one calculated based on an individual station’s predicted coverage (which had the effect of raising some fees, especially for high-powered VHF stations, while lowering others), a number of broadcasters and the NAB complained about those proposals. Watch for the FCC’s decision in the coming days to see how it addresses these complaints about the proposed fees, and to see when the fees will be due.

In addition to regulatory fees, many of the FCC’s new rules on the provision of educational and informational children’s television programming go into effect on September 16. See our articles here and here highlighting the rules going into effect – including the elimination of the three-hour per week obligation for educational and informational programming for children for each multicast channel of programming. Petitions for reconsideration of the changes made in these rules are also due on the 16th, so we may not have seen the last of the arguments about the appropriate children’s obligations for TV broadcasters. The FCC also issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the children’s television docket, asking questions including whether a station could satisfy its children’s educational programming obligations by subsidizing programming on another station in the same market. These comments are also due on September 16. And the FCC is expected to issue additional guidance about how completing the next quarterly Form 398 children’s television programming reports, currently due on October 10 (see our additional discussion on this topic below).

Comments are due on September 20 in the FCC’s proceeding to look at the effectiveness of the EEO rules. We summarized some of the issues in that proceeding here, here and here. The issues raised by the Commission seem to suggest that the FCC is looking for ways to be more aggressive in EEO enforcement – even raising the suggestion that some broadcasters are not bothering to send out notices of job openings at their stations until after those openings have already been filled. Some small broadcasters, on the other hand, have suggested that EEO compliance should not be analyzed based on the number of employees in local markets, but instead should be looked at company-wide, and that the FCC’s EEO outreach obligations should only be imposed on companies with 50 or more employees nationwide. There are sure to be comments filed by the September 20 deadline – add your voice by that date.

Remember that Nationwide EAS test that ran on August 7? The final ETRS Form – Form 3 – is due by September 23. All EAS participants are supposed to report on their success or failure in receiving the test by that date, giving details on each station’s experience.

September 3 (as the 1st on during Labor Day weekend) is the date for petitions to deny the first round of radio license renewal applications filed by stations in Maryland, DC, Virginia and West Virginia. We should see whether there are any patterns to the objections that are filed. For stations without issues, we would expect license renewals to begin to be granted in the second half of the month, as the licenses expire at the end of the month. While stations with renewal applications on file have the authority to continue operating even if their renewals have not been granted before October 1, if they are not granted by then, some inquiry is likely needed to see what is holding things up.

Radio stations in the Carolinas, who filed renewals on August 1, should be running their post-filing announcements on September 1 and September 16. Stations with renewals due on October 1 (radio stations in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) should be running their pre-filing announcements on those same dates. See our post here for more information about these announcements.

And start looking forward to October, when many of the usual obligations come back. Quarterly Issues Programs lists will be due for inclusion in the online public files of all full-power stations by October 10, when stations detail the issues that faced their communities in the current quarter and the programming that they broadcast to address those issues. As we have written many times (see, for instance, our article here), these lists are the only FCC-mandated records as to how a station has served its community of license. Stations should be sure that they are doing a thorough job documenting their community service programming, as these lists will no doubt be scrutinized during the license renewal process.

Normally, Quarterly Children’s Programming Reports would be due by October 10. However, among the recent changes to the children’s television rules was the decision to change reporting about educational and informational programming to a yearly, rather than quarterly, obligation. We are waiting for FCC instructions as to whether this change will take effect before the October 10 quarterly report or whether that report will still be due. The FCC may also issue additional guidance on completing certifications of compliance with the FCC’s commercial limits during children’s programming aired in the Third Quarter, and certifications of compliance with the requirements concerning the display of website addresses during children’s programming.

October 10 is also the deadline for TV stations that are being repacked to submit an FCC Form 2100, Schedule 387 transition progress report. Quarterly reports are due the 10th of the month following the end of each calendar quarter, and additional reports are due closer to the station’s phase completion date and after completing the transition. Phase 5 will end on September 6, 2019 and Phase 6 will begin on that date, ending on October 18, 2019.

October 1 will be the date for commercial and noncommercial full-power radio and TV (including Class A) stations in Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands that are part of an Employment Unit with 5 or more full-time employees to include their Annual EEO Public File Report in their online public inspection files (and add a link to that report on the homepage of each of their stations).

There is no easing back to reality after summer vacations – plenty to do in September to keep every broadcaster busy. And, as always, we’ve only scratched the surface highlighting issues that we think to be generally important. Consult your own counsel to see if there are other important dates that may affect your station.

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Reason 11: tons of new devices, features, and now it’s a plug-in, too

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 26 Aug 2019 12:20 pm

Reason 11 unveils a bunch of new stuff – and the company that brought you ReWire is finally lets you use Reason as a plug-in. Oh, also – that company is no longer “Propellerhead.”

This is the most news from the Props in a single day for a while, at least in my recent memory. Let’s do the run-down.

Reason 11 is coming, with some changes to how it’s delivered:

  • Reason 11 is in beta now, coming September 25.
  • Reason will come with a plug-in covering just instruments, effects, and sounds, called Reason Rack (VST3 in September, AU later this year).
  • There’s now a Suite version, which adds 16 of their own Rack Extensions (including one new addition).
  • New pricing – Reason Intro (€79), Reason (€349) and Reason Suite (€549).

Buried in the fine print, Suite gets you – Scenic Hybrid Instrument [new], Complex-1 Modular Synth, Umpf Club Drums, Umpf Retro Beats, Reason Electric Bass, Reason Drum Kits, Processed Pianos, Layers Wave Edition, Layers, Parsec Spectral Synthesizer, Radical Keys, Polar Dual Pitch Shifter, Rotor Rotary Speaker, PolyStep Sequencer, Quad Note Generator, Drum Sequencer.

To me, having the Buchla-inspired Complex-1 modular, the step sequencer and quad note generator, Drum Sequencer, and Parsec are enough for me to recommend Suite to enthusiast producers. Those are already to me the main reason to fire up Reason these days.

Reason 11’s availability as a plug-in is the feature that will get everyone’s attention in the new release, but there are a lot of improvements to functionality.

New features and devices:

  • There are a bunch of new devices: Chorus Ensemble, Sweeper Modulation, Master Bus Compressor, Channel Dynamics, and Channel EQ (the last three emulating landmark analog gear – and adapted from the existing mixer, but now possible to use in Combinator patches and the new plug-in)
  • Curved automation and audio clip crossfades (finally is definitely called for here)
  • Improved vertical zoom
  • New MIDI editing features (mute, multiple notes, selection enhancements)
  • Scenic Hybrid Instrument is a “cinematic dream machine.” It feels a little bit like a Swedish take on Omnisphere, with a fresh Nordic UI but – will check it out soon.

So, to translate there – Reason 11 gives you the ability to use another DAW, but it also gives you a bunch of reasons not to do that. Finally having curves and automation, plus rounding out the dynamics processing options, should make doing your track inside Reason way more fun.

What’s new in Reason 11

And lastly…

Propellerhead is dead. Long live Reason Studios. There’s no actual corporate change here, but there is a name change: the company we know as Propellerhead will now be Reason Studios. Plus, there’s a new logo, which reminds me of time spent playing Q*bert. Here, let me demonstrate:

Fun fact: I do all my measurements in units of lowercase ‘n.’

@!*?@! is something you’ll hear me say sometimes while working.

What’s it all mean?

So, fast take on this – all of this was a long time coming. And it’s great news for loyal Reason users.

The plug-in idea is a long time coming. ReWire was a clever idea, and it introduced at least some producers to the idea of combining different tools. It let you use Reason as a rack of instruments and effects in a DAW – and originally at a time when Reason’s own arrangement and audio facilities were limited. But ReWire hasn’t really survived as a technology, as operating systems advanced and security changes even make it untenable. (As far as I know, ReWire won’t even be possible in the imminent next version of macOS.)

Meanwhile, a plug-in does what you really need, by letting you keep your favorite instrument/effect racks inside software like Ableton Live. FL Studio already does this, so it’s not even uncharted territory, and those FL users seem really happy with it.

This also means that Reason’s excellent console tools and West Coast modular instrument are available in your DAW, which is a big deal – just to name two examples, among many. (I can’t wait to use the Complex-1 everywhere.)

The demise of Propellerhead as a name is a little bittersweet for all of us. The name Propellerhead was quirky, unique … “Reason” we’ve gotten used to, even if there was already a “Logic.” But sure, the logo looks overly 1990s, and there was always this Web domain problem of the company Propellerhead being at Propellerheads.se (plural).

And Propel– uh, Reason Studios – really has just one product. After unsuccessful efforts in hardware (an audio interface that never took off), plus Web and services (that effort was spun off as Alihoopa, then shuttered this year), the company is focusing on the one tool that never fails. That’s Reason, plus the flourishing ecosystem of instruments and effects that sits on top of it. And people really stick with the name of the tool they use every day – Pro Tools, “Ableton” (since most people don’t call it “Ableton Live”), Cakewalk (not SONAR, not 12 Tone Systems – eep).

This has been an end of an era for the company in a lot of ways – CEO and co-founder Ernst Nathorst-Böös turned over the reins to Niklas Agevik in June.

Now, the one big disappointment to me is, it still sounds like Reason lacks a proper scalable interface. I expect that will be a major architectural change, since it also will impact Rack Extensions. But it’s needed, and I’ll try to find out more.

Otherwise, Reason 11 looks like another compelling release from a company that continues to inspire passion in its users.

Product manager Mattias Häggström Gerdt weighs in:

Announcing Reason 11 – a word from the Product Manager

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