OAB News Archive

CFM Legislative Report – Week of 2-9-19

Posted On: Feb 08, 2019

With several major issues up for debate, discussion is only just beginning as the third week of the 2019 Legislative Session comes to a close. While the Capitol traditionally stays open for business during snow days, if inclement weather closes the building next week, expect the political temperature of legislators to skyrocket as already overloaded committee schedules lead to anger and frustration.


FCC Launches Repack Consumer Call Center

Posted On: Feb 08, 2019

The NAB has been working closely with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Incentive Auction Task Force to ensure viewers do not lose access to their local TV stations during station frequency moves due to the spectrum repack.
This week the FCC announced a consumer call center to help viewers navigate the rescan process that must occur each time a station transitions to a new frequency.


Elimination of Requirement that Broadcasters Post Their Licenses Becomes Effect

Posted On: Feb 08, 2019

Elimination of Requirement that Broadcasters Post Their Licenses Becomes Effective
By David Oxenford on February 8, 2019 Posted in AM Radio, FCC Fines, FM Radio, General FCC, Television
As we wrote here, at the FCC’s December meeting, the FCC was scheduled to adopt an order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters post a physical copy of their licenses and other instruments of authorization at their control points or transmitter sites.


Reminder – OAB LBS Webinar

Posted On: Feb 07, 2019

Reminder – Upcoming Webinar!
February 12, 9:00am start

NOTE: these webinars are usually one-hour, depending how many questions come from the stations. 
Renewing Your Automotive Strategies for 2019
Broadcasters: Your auto dealers are facing a more challenging road this year, and it’s the right time for you to gain business from those dealers who have put you off in the past.


Michael C. Groshong

Posted On: Feb 06, 2019

OAB Members – I’m sorry to inform you that long time Oregon Broadcaster Mike Groshong, passed away January 19, 2019. Below is his obituary.

Michael C. Groshong, passed away January 19, 2019 at Riverbend Hospital in Springfield, Oregon. He was born to Carroll and Edith Groshong on March 10,


FCC Sets Up Re-Scan Help Desk for Consumers Dealing With TV Repacking

Posted On: Feb 05, 2019

FCC Sets Up Re-Scan Help Desk for Consumers Dealing With TV Repacking
By David Oxenford on February 5, 2019 Posted in Digital Television, Incentive Auctions/Broadband Report, Television

The FCC yesterday announced that it is setting up a consumer help desk, where operators will be standing by to answer questions about rescanning the TV spectrum to find TV stations that have changed channels due to the repacking of the TV band.


More Actions on Pirate Radio

Posted On: Jan 30, 2019

More and More Actions on Pirate Radio – What is Next?
By David Oxenford on August 30, 2017 Posted in FCC Fines, FM Radio, Programming Regulations
It seems like virtually every day, the FCC announces that it has sent numerous Notices to pirate radio operators warning them that their operations are illegal and that,


Reopened FCC Sets New Deadlines, Reschedules Feb. Meeting

Posted On: Jan 29, 2019

The Federal Communications Commissions is giving broadcasters more time to submit any documents and filings that were to be turned in during the 23 days the agency was closed. Earlier this month the FCC said the paperwork was to be in its hands on the second day of normal operations.


Oregon Broadcaster Thomas Becker passed away on January 24, 2019

Posted On: Jan 28, 2019

Thomas R. Becker passed away peacefully on January 24, 2019 lovingly surrounded by his family. Born during a two-foot snowstorm in Brule, Nebraska on December 29, 1924 to Andrew H. and Emma L. Becker, he was the youngest of three children.

Tom’s family moved from Nebraska to Washington State in 1930 at the height of the Depression.


Advertising Hemp in Oregon

Posted On: Jan 16, 2019

TO: Oregon Association of Broadcasters
FROM: Matt McCormick and Sekoia Rogers
DATE: January 15, 2019
RE: Impact of New Federal Legalization on Advertising Hemp in Oregon

The federal government took a giant stride toward legalization of hemp in the United States with the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“the 2018 Farm Bill”).