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FCC Issues Reminder of Obligations to Make Televised Emergency Information Available to Viewers with Disabilities

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Tue 11 Aug 2020 5:29 pm

About this time each year, as hurricane season ramps up, the FCC issues a notice reminding television broadcasters and other video providers of their obligations to make accessible emergency information to all of the populations which may be using their services – especially if parts of the audience cannot see or hear the emergency information that the service is transmitting.  The FCC this week released that notice for this year, with a couple of new wrinkles.

The FCC provides examples of the kinds of emergencies that the rules are intended to cover – which for the first time this year includes pandemics.  Other examples of the emergencies that these obligations would apply to include “tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, tidal waves, earthquakes, icing conditions, heavy snows, widespread fires, discharge of toxic gases, widespread power failures, industrial explosions, civil disorders, school closings and changes in school bus schedules resulting from such conditions, and warnings and watches of impending changes in weather.”  The details that must be conveyed to the entire audience include “specific details regarding the areas that will be affected by the emergency, evacuation orders, detailed descriptions of areas to be evacuated, specific evacuation routes, approved shelters or the way to take shelter in one’s home, instructions on how to secure personal property, road closures, and how to obtain relief assistance.”  The obligations are intended to cover not just the area where the emergency is occurring, but also in adjacent areas that may be affected by the effects of the emergency – and the obligations extend not just to the immediate time of the emergency but also to information about dealing with its aftermath.  What do these rules require?

To accommodate those who are blind or visually impaired, the rules require that the video provider, in a newscast, present any visual information about emergency conditions in an aural manner as well.  If information is presented outside a newscast in, for instance, a crawl on the bottom of the screen during an entertainment program, that crawl must be preceded by aural tones alerting the audience that they can tune to a secondary audio stream provided by the TV station giving the same information as conveyed by the crawl (see our articles here, herehere and hereabout that obligation).

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, the FCC requires that emergency information that is provided aurally also be provided visually.  This is often done through open captions but sometimes is even presented by whiteboards or other handwritten information by stations providing fast-breaking information.

The Public Notice sets out more information about these requirements, including specifics for MVPDs (including cable systems).  It also suggests that any emergency information be provided in ways that those with any sort of cognitive impairment be able to understand what is being conveyed.  In this time of hurricanes, pandemic and other natural and man-made disasters, all video providers should review this public notice and the FCC rules establishing these obligations.

Live strategies for playing with Arturia KeyStep Pro and hardware: must-see videos

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 11 Aug 2020 3:27 pm

Arturia's BeatStep Pro has long been a hub of choice for live performance, including with modular. But the KeyStep Pro actually does more - and these videos explain how. That could help answer how to play live with your gear (and apps).

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Reporting Live From Berlin’s Open-Air Explosion

Delivered... ztippitt | Scene | Tue 11 Aug 2020 12:20 pm

In early March, it became clear that it was officially time to evacuate the dance floor. As countries around the world scrambled to flatten the curve, an outbreak of 17 cases of COVID-19 was traced back to Trompete Bar in Berlin, with another partygoer testing positive after attending a party at Friedrichshain club Kater Blau. By March 13, Berlin’s mayor ordered the city’s bars and clubs to close...

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Roland TR-8S 2.0 firmware is huge: FM synth engine, tons of new FX features

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 11 Aug 2020 11:07 am

Forget 808 day - sorry. The really good news from Roland this month is that their current drum machine just got a whole lot more powerful, with a free update.

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The Amiga just got a new, open 8-bit hardware sequencer cartridge you can build

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 10 Aug 2020 5:03 pm

There's a new, open-source sampler - for the Commodore Amiga. Yes, as in you'll be building your own DIY cartridge to run it. Brace yourself - 90s. Music. Incoming.

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Window for Filing Applications for New Noncommercial FM Stations Appears to be Coming Soon – With an LPFM Window to Follow

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 10 Aug 2020 3:03 pm

A window for the filing of applications for new noncommercial FM stations in the reserved FM band (below 92.1 FM) appears to be on its way – either later this year or early next.  As we reported in our summary of last week’s broadcast legal actions, Chairman Pai last week responded to a Congressional inquiry about the next window for new LPFM stations.  In his letter, he stated that the LPFM window would follow a window for new noncommercial FM stations, as noncommercial applicants have not had the opportunity to file for new stations in a decade.  The letter says that the NCE window will open after the recently adopted changes in the rules for processing these noncommercial applications become effective later this year (see our article here on those changes).  The changes are waiting for Paperwork Reduction Act review before they can become effective.

In fact, the 2010 window for NCE applications was for a limited number of commercial frequencies that had been set aside and reserved for noncommercial use where the reserved band had constraints (see our article on that window here).  The last window for reserved band FM stations (stations operating on 88.1 to 91.9 FM) opened in 2007 (see our article here).  In that window, the FCC limited any applicant to 10 applications nationwide (see our article here).  We would not be surprised to see a similar requirement in any new window.  Stations in the reserved band can be located where no interference is caused to any already authorized FM station – so careful engineering analysis is required.  Start your planning now as the analysis as to where a new station can be located can be time consuming.

FCC Eliminates Program Duplication Rules for AM and FM Stations

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 10 Aug 2020 2:59 pm

At its meeting last week, the FCC adopted an order that eliminated its rule that prohibits radio stations in the same service (AM or FM) that have over 50% overlap of their principal community contours (the 70 dBu for FM stations and the 5 mV/m contour for AM stations) from duplicating more than 25 per cent of the total hours in their average programming week.  The elimination of the rule for AM stations had been included in the draft order released several weeks ago in anticipation of the meeting (see our article here).  In that draft order, FM program duplication was permitted only by a waiver of the rules.  In contrast to the draft order, the majority of the Commissioners voted to permit program duplication for both AM and FM stations.  The repeal of the rule for FM stations was justified to give flexibility to stations to react to circumstances that might require duplication to keep a station operating – as might happen during the pandemic or following any natural disaster – without needing to wait for the FCC to rule on a waiver request.  The FCC anticipates that such duplication will occur only rarely for FM stations, as there is still an economic incentive to program different formats on different stations to maximize revenue.  But stations will now have the flexibility to make that decision for themselves.  This order will become effective upon its publication in the Federal Register.

Why Carl Craig at Dia:Beacon is a Groundbreaking Moment for American Art Institutions

Delivered... whitney | Scene | Mon 10 Aug 2020 11:16 am

If you were blindfolded and led downstairs into the basement of Dia:Beacon, a modern art museum in New York state’s Hudson Valley, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had wandered into a late-’80s or early-’90s warehouse in Detroit or Chicago. Formerly the bowels of a Nabisco factory, the cavernous space is gridded with brutalist columns and dark except for its Panorama Bar-inspired window shutters...

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This Week in Regulation for Broadcasters: August 1, 2020 to August 7, 2020

Delivered... David Oxenford and Adam Sandler | Scene | Sat 8 Aug 2020 10:37 pm

Here are some of the regulatory and legal actions and developments of the last week of significance to broadcasters, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.

  • The FCC acted this week on two media modernization items that had been teed up for consideration at its August 6 Open Meeting.
    • The day before the meeting, the Commission adopted a Report and Order repealing rules regarding access to TV and FM antenna sites. The rules, as they were written 75 years ago, prohibited the FCC from renewing a TV or FM license if the licensee restricted access by a potential competitor to its antenna site when no other site was available to the competitor.  The FCC pointed to the growth of the broadcast industry and number of available independently owned antenna sites as reasons for the repeal.  We wrote about the repeal of this rule, here.  (Report and Order)
    • During the meeting, the FCC repealed the rule prohibiting programming duplication on commonly owned or controlled stations operating in the same area in the same service (AM or FM). Three weeks ago, when the FCC released its draft of the order to be considered at the meeting, and it was written to eliminate the rule only for AM radio.  At the meeting, a majority of the Commissioners voted to also eliminate the rule as it applies to FM.  It is expected that few FM stations will duplicate programming, as it likely makes less financial sense than for financially challenged AM stations, but the FCC determined that FM stations should have the flexibility to do so.  We took a deeper look at the AM radio duplication rule, here.  (Report and Order) (News Release)
  • In response to a letter from Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) requesting that the Commission open an LPFM application filing window, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai indicated that the FCC would open such a window after Media Bureau staff has processed the applications filed in a window for new noncommercial educational FM stations that may open later this year or early next year. This may be the first confirmation of this upcoming noncommercial FM filing window. ( Small Letter)  (Chairman Pai Letter)
  • The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau upheld its decision to fine a Palmdale, California FM translator station $12,000 for operating at transmitter output power levels that exceeded the levels specified in its license. The decision reiterated that it is the licensee’s responsibility to operate within legal limits and that the FCC need not warn a station about illegal operations before issuing a fine.  Translator operators should review the Order and ensure their operations comply with all applicable FCC rules.  Read more about this decision in our article here.
  • In FCC leadership news, President Trump withdrew FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly’s nomination for another five-year term at the Commission. Before the withdrawal, O’Rielly’s nomination had cleared the Senate Commerce Committee and was headed for full Senate consideration when Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) placed a hold on the nomination.  Inhofe said he issued the hold over O’Rielly’s vote to approve an FCC Order that some argued could cause interference to GPS operations.  However, there has been much press speculation that President Trump withdrew the nomination over O’Rielly’s concerns about the President’s proposals on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, the provision of federal law that gives online platforms broad immunity from what users post on these platforms (see the bullet below).  O’Rielly has suggested that any changes in Section 230 need to take care to not infringe on First Amendment free speech rights.  Unless his nomination is reinstated, and he receives Senate confirmation, O’Rielly can continue serving only through the end of 2020.
  • The FCC is inviting initial public comment on a Petition for Rulemaking submitted to the FCC by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration seeking an FCC interpretation of the protections given by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to online platforms for the contents of material posted to their platforms by third parties. One of the specific questions asked is the extent to which those platforms can edit the third-party posts and retain their immunity from liability (we wrote about Section 230, its protections, and applicability to broadcasters here and here).  This petition is a response to President Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship.  The public has until September 2 to submit comments on the rulemaking petition, and 15 days to respond to any comments that are filed.  As these are just preliminary comments on the petition for rulemaking, the FCC will likely issue a formal Notice of Proposed Rulemaking before taking further action on the petition. Thus, any substantive action on this issue will almost certainly not come before the November general election. (FCC Public Notice)
  • In letters to Reps. Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and Chris Stewart (R-UT), FCC Chairman Ajit Pai addressed the representatives’ concerns about increases in the regulatory fees the Commission collects from broadcasters. Pai wrote that he is sympathetic to their concerns, but federal law gives the Commission little leeway to excuse broadcasters from paying these fees.  The FCC by law must assess regulatory fees in an amount reasonably expected to equal the amount of money Congress has allocated to the agency, which for 2020 is $339 million. The FCC must collect those fees by September 30.  The Chairman noted that the FCC has some flexibility to offer payment plans with a nominal interest rate if a station can demonstrate a financial hardship and inability to pay.  The Chairman also reminded the members of Congress that Congress can change the fee requirements and could, among other things, give stations more time to pay.  (Letters)
  • The Solicitor General, on behalf of the FCC, submitted to the Supreme Court a reply brief encouraging the Court to take up Federal Communications Commission v. Prometheus Radio Project, et al., an appeal of a 2019 decision where the Third Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the FCC’s reforms to its media ownership rules. Over the last few months, the FCC has taken steps to get the Supreme Court to review that decision.  The Justices are expected to decide later this year whether to consider the government’s appeal and take the case.  Catch up on the history of this proceeding, here.  (Reply Brief

One to watch: Otta

Delivered... Jude Rogers | Scene | Sat 8 Aug 2020 2:00 pm

The Finnish-British musician’s compelling electronic pop recalls early Björk, the Radiophonic Workshop and more…

Otta is a Finnish-British singer-songwriter from south London whose electronic pop songs are bright, sharp and strange. On her new EP, Songbook, they have a compelling DIY fidgetiness about them – hardly surprisingly, given that she records much of her material in her home studio: “a cupboard-under-the-stairs-meets-shed”, she explains, “but still a precious altar”.

Moving to the UK when she was five, Otta first dreamt of being a professional drummer, starting lessons at seven. In her teens, acoustic guitars and Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy inspired her to write songs (she’d do this in her bathroom), and at 16 she won a place at the Brit School, which introduced her to jazz and electronic production. These elements inform her sound now, as do additional details from producer Kwes (Solange, Loyle Corner, Nubya Garcia), who discovered Otta on SoundCloud and signed her to his own label, Bokkle.

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One to watch: Otta

Delivered... Jude Rogers | Scene | Sat 8 Aug 2020 2:00 pm

The Finnish-British musician’s compelling electronic pop recalls early Björk, the Radiophonic Workshop and more…

Otta is a Finnish-British singer-songwriter from south London whose electronic pop songs are bright, sharp and strange. On her new EP, Songbook, they have a compelling DIY fidgetiness about them – hardly surprisingly, given that she records much of her material in her home studio: “a cupboard-under-the-stairs-meets-shed”, she explains, “but still a precious altar”.

Moving to the UK when she was five, Otta first dreamt of being a professional drummer, starting lessons at seven. In her teens, acoustic guitars and Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy inspired her to write songs (she’d do this in her bathroom), and at 16 she won a place at the Brit School, which introduced her to jazz and electronic production. These elements inform her sound now, as do additional details from producer Kwes (Solange, Loyle Corner, Nubya Garcia), who discovered Otta on SoundCloud and signed her to his own label, Bokkle.

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Support the people of Beirut: music to discover, ways to give to vulnerable communities

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Artists,Scene | Fri 7 Aug 2020 7:59 pm

This week saw a catastrophic explosion atop layers of existing crises in Beirut. From Lebanese artists - and their extended family of music makers around the world - comes an answer in sound, and a call for help.

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Bandcamp Friday is a chance to support Iranian music artists, too

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Labels,Scene | Fri 7 Aug 2020 6:43 pm

Like a peak-season bounty of fruits and vegetables, music is a haul that's never too bountiful. So since we've featured a lot of music from Iranian artists lately, here are picks from Iran.

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$12,000 Fine to Translator Operator for Overpower Operations – Review Your Translator’s Operations to Ensure they Comply With All Requirements of Your License

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Fri 7 Aug 2020 4:14 pm

A $12,000 fine issued to an FM translator operator for operating with a transmitter power output that exceeded its licensed limits was upheld by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau in a decision released this week.  The Commission rejected the licensee’s argument that the Commission should have first given it notice and an opportunity to fix the improper operation before issuing a fine.  The FCC noted that licensees, not the FCC, have the obligation to determine if they are operating legally or not.  The FCC also rejected an argument that the licensee was only trying to maintain its effective radiated power when its antenna was damaged by a storm when it increased its transmitter power output.  But, unlike for full-power stations, the transmitter power output of FM translators is regulated, and to make a change, you need FCC approval.  The FCC also rejected attempts to reduce the amount of the fine based on the licensee never having been fined before, an argument rejected based on the licensee’s record that included several other violations that had not resulted in fines.

When we wrote about this case when the FCC’s staff initially issued the fine, we warned translator operators to keep this case in mind when reviewing their operations.  With so many new translators coming on the air in the last few years, it is important for operators to remember to limit TPO to what is specified in a license. The power output cannot exceed 105% of what is authorized on the license (See Section 74.1235(e) of the FCC Rules). Full-power non-directional FM stations, on the other hand, can generally change their TPO and transmission line without prior FCC approval as long as the change does not result in changes to authorized ERP (and even some ERP changes are permitted without a construction permit application – see Section 73.1690 for details), with the licensee only having to file an application for license on Form 302 after the changes have been made. But translators need approval to change TPO before it is done. Translators can sometimes be out of sight and out of mind.  But licensees are just as responsible for their proper operation as they are for the proper operation of any other station.  Given the size of the fine issued in this case, translator operators should be sure that they know the rules and review their operations to make sure that these operations fully comply with all of the FCC’s rules.

Free sounds and samples in Ableton Live, powered by commons and community

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 7 Aug 2020 2:04 pm

Freesound4live brings the incredible and eclectic open sound community freesound.org right into your Ableton Live session – so you can access sounds and new inspiration quickly, for free. The Max for Live device is the work of Alessandro Aylesim Miracapillo. And this is both convenient and unlike any other sample tool. You can browse, search, […]

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