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With Regulatory Fees Due by September 24, FCC Releases Fact Sheets for Broadcasters’ Fee Filings

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Fri 6 Sep 2019 4:33 pm

The FCC yesterday released several fact sheets detailing how the regulatory fees due to be paid by September 24 of this year should be paid.  For broadcasters, perhaps the most important is the Media Bureau Regulatory Fees Fact Sheet.  This sheet sets out specific information about how to determine the amount of the fees to be paid by each broadcast station.

The Commission also released a Fact Sheet setting out those broadcasters exempt from fees – principally noncommercial licensees and those with total obligations less than $1000.  A Public Notice setting out the methodology for payment was also released. In preparing their fee filings, broadcasters should carefully review these FCC documents to make sure that their payments are correctly made by the September 24 deadline.  For example, any payments totaling more than $24,499.99 must be made by wire payment – anything lower than that can be paid by credit cards. With these fact sheets, and the information released last week (see our blog articles here and here), broadcasters should have all that they need to complete their regulatory fee filings by the September 24 deadline.

FCC Reaches Two Consent Decrees Imposing Substantial Fines on TV Stations for Violations of the Children’s Television Rules in the Last Renewal Cycle

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Fri 6 Sep 2019 4:31 pm

The FCC’s recent action reforming many of the rules governing the broadcast of TV programming serving the educational and informational needs of children will go into effect on September 16 (see our articles here and here). Yet, at the same time as it was announcing the process by which these rules will be implemented (see our post from yesterday), it released two consent decrees resolving apparent violations of the old KidVid rules revealed in license renewal applications filed many years ago. In one case, the FCC agreed to a financial penalty of $109,000 to be paid by Nexstar in connection with violations at two stations – one in Arkansas and one in Texas. These violations apparently first arose in connection with license renewals filed almost 15 years ago. In another case involving a religious commercial station in Pullman, Washington, the financial penalty was $30,700 for violations that were identified in connection with its 2014 license renewal application. In both cases, the licensees agreed, in addition to the financial penalties, to institute compliance plans to ensure that future violations of the children’s television rules do not occur at any commonly owned stations.

The Consent Decree entered into by the Washington station penalized the station for preempting children’s programming for station fundraisers so that it did not meet the obligation to air an average of 3 hours of weekly “core programming” addressing children’s educational and informational needs. Certain supplemental programming claimed by the station to substitute for the underperformance was aired outside of the hours in which “core programming” must air to receive credit toward a station’s obligations (currently those hours are 7 AM to 10 PM, but they will expand to 6 AM to 10 PM on September 16). The FCC also identified errors in the Quarterly Children’s Television Reports submitted by the station (as we reported yesterday, these reports will be replaced by an annual filing after the final quarterly report that is due by October 10).

The issues raised against the Nexstar stations also involved inadequate amounts of core programming, principally due to network preemptions for sports events. According to the FCC, in some instances the preempted programming was not rescheduled by the station. The FCC also noted that several Quarterly Reports were not filed on time and the stations also failed to admit to the shortfalls in their license renewal applications. For one station, the company also admitted to failing to provide program guide publishers with information about the core programs that were broadcast (instead relying on the networks and syndicators to provide that information which apparently was not done – thus the FCC imposed the penalty on the station, which has the responsibility for compliance).

With license renewals coming up for television stations starting in June 2020, broadcasters should be scrutinizing their past performance now to identify any problems that may exist so that they can determine how such issues will be addressed in the license renewal application. In some of these cases, it appears that the FCC was not able to rely on information in the stations’ renewal applications, but instead had to review the Quarterly Reports and seek other information from the stations, perhaps contributing to the long delays in the processing of these license renewals. To avoid the uncertainty with long-delayed license renewals, start planning for renewals now, and be sure that your station is complying with all of its children’s television obligations.


Revisit the 90s Roland MC grooveboxes with these cringe-worthy videos

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 6 Sep 2019 4:01 pm

90s techno is back, 90s trance is back, 90s Roland is … back. With Roland releasing MC series grooveboxes again, let’s flash back to the oddly entertaining demo videos they produced for the 90s models.

Whatever Roland did to differentiate the MC hardware models, they sure did differentiate the videos – using an oddball selection of a fairly solid if nerdy sound designer for the MC-303, a painful pushy artist sales pitch on the MC-505, and a totally awkward host for the SP-808. (I’ll through in the SP while we’re at it; it was still a related product.)

Roland being Roland, there are some amusing similarities between this week’s MC-101 and MC-707 and its late 90s counterparts, down to certain elements of the synth architecture.

But that said, this is also a reminder that nothing has been nearly as wacky as the MC-505, apart from perhaps the MC-808 with its motorized faders. The 505 is a grab box of features, smashed together with a front panel that looks like an overstuffed 80s boombox.

So the demo video here is somehow appropriate – the 505 was as over-the-top as the dance music scene around it when it launched, and contains a veritable museum of all the wildest sounds of the era with almost jukebox-like access to everything.

And in perhaps the most cringe-worthy moment in all of music product video demos, ever (which is saying a lot), there is the infamous appearance of the “rasta man” out of nowhere in the middle of the product video.

Let’s watch.

I definitely need to do some bluescreen work. The visuals in the 303 video may be the best part.

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Octo Octa: Resonant Body review – upbeat, free-spirited electronica

Delivered... Tayyab Amin | Scene | Fri 6 Sep 2019 10:00 am

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Octo Octa’s trans journey is mirrored in her electronic palette, using crunching beats, ambience and supple synths on celebratory tracks

For Octo Octa, music has been a journey of self-discovery that’s mirrored the development of her own identity. The electronic music producer and DJ publicly came out as trans in 2016 and refers to prior albums such as Between Two Selves as a “coded message” for her experiences. Since that pivotal moment, she’s found herself embraced by queer scenes all over, a shift that goes hand-in-hand with her move away from live sets and towards DJing, following a year of heavy touring. Her dance music baptism came in the form of drum’n’bass and breakcore, where percussive chaos channelled the same free-spirited energy she now also finds in house music. All three genres serve as major influences for her latest album, created in her New Hampshire cabin home.

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