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FCC License Renewal Information

[April 2021]

Each renewal cycle (and for other reasons) brings the need to do on-air announcements relating to filings.

Sometime in 2020, 73.3580 (b) was adjusted. Formerly, post-filing announcements were spread over three months. This is no longer true:

  • Applicants may broadcast the first on-air announcement as early as the date of the release of the FCC public notice that the renewal application has been accepted for filing.
  • The on-air announcements must commence no later than the fifth business day following the release of the FCC public notice that the renewal application has been accepted for filing.
  • A total of six (6) announcements are to be made in the four weeks following acceptance of the renewal application for filing.
  • There are to be no more than one announcement per day and no more than two announcements per week.
  • Announcements are to be made at any time between 7 AM and 11 PM local time, Monday through Friday.

The FCC site has a page of more items to note.

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