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January 6, 2021

Lack Of Funding Hampers FCC From Implementing Tougher Pirate Radio Enforcement

Included in a federal law adopted last year that raised pirate fines to $2 million was a requirement that the agency send an annual update to Congress. The aim was to apprise lawmakers on what efforts were being done to combat pirate radio. The FCC has just sent its first report and it says more money will be needed to implement some of what the law requires.
January 5, 2021

10 Things Public Media Should Forget and Consider in 2021

2020 should be a lesson in the Yogi Berra quote: The future ain’t what it used to be. To think that life after 2020 will follow a linear path, you’d be kidding yourself. And the ripples of 2020 will continue long past this year. As I scan public media, I find myself asking: Will public media emerge stronger from the pandemic? It’s too early to answer that question, but this is a perfect moment for self-examination.
January 4, 2021

CPB Urges On-Time Completion of FY2020 Financial Documents

No one needs to be reminded that 2020 has been a tough year. In times like these, Congress considers additional funding to help public broadcasting stations weather a tough economy. Please submit audited financial reports (AFRs) and Station Activity Surveys (SASs) on time. Television stations and joint licensees are urged to submit their SABS by January 15, 2021, one month ahead of the normal deadline. Institutional licensees should note that Indirect Administrative Support methodology has changed for FY 2020 with the goal to reduce time and errors, and provide consistency.  Details can be found in these three documents: CPB IAS Standard Method InstructionsCPB IAS Standard Method Excel SpreadsheetCPB Webinar Training and Presentations
December 15, 2020

Radio Is Part Of $250 Million Vaccine Education Campaign

Radio is in the media mix for a massive public education campaign designed to encourage hundreds of millions of Americans to take the coronavirus vaccine. As the long-awaited vaccine is administered to U.S. patients for the first time this week, the federal government is launching a $250 million public education campaign that will start this week in print, social media, and radio, according to the New York Times. Television will be added when the vaccine becomes more widely available. 
December 14, 2020

Coronavirus Dominates the News in 2020

​HR professionals spent much of 2020 coming to terms with an issue that was on few people's radar in 2019: COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Deadly, dangerous, and frightening, coronavirus made employers reassess how to keep their workplaces safe and comply with new laws emerging from the health crisis—the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Coronavirus cases began rising again in November and December, making COVID-19 as relevant as ever by year's end.
December 14, 2020

Pai Calls for Reassessment of Media Marketplace

The outgoing chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is asking why broadcasters should be covered by special media ownership rules at all. “We need a fundamental, intellectually honest reassessment of what the media marketplace looks like now, where it’s going, and what this means for consumers,” said Ajit Pai, speaking to the Media Institute.
December 3, 2020

Public Media for All Campaign Gives Participants ‘Something to Aspire to’

A coalition led by people of color in public media has gained pledges from nearly two dozen stations and national organizations in the industry to commit to changes within their workplaces focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. 
December 2, 2020

This Year in Music is Here! Check Out iHeartRadio’s Top Songs and Artists of 2020

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year. Get your celebration on and check out iHeartRadio’s most popular music from the year gone by! The data is based on total audience spins and streams across iHeartRadio broadcast radio and digital stations nationwide, giving a true snapshot of what everyone is listening to in 2020. So, let’s dive into what America’s undisputed favorite songs and artists were.
November 18, 2020

4 Tips For Expressing Gratitude This Holiday Season—Without a Party

Employers' holiday celebrations are sure to look different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. With remote work, social-distancing requirements and other limitations, it’s difficult for employers to know whether or how to hold holiday or year-end celebrations.
November 18, 2020

Public Media and the Youth Media Landscape: A Q&A

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is funding a project with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop ("Cooney Center") to study the current media habits of tweens and teens. The By/With/For Youth: Inspiring Next Gen Public Media Audiences project seeks to build a foundation for how public media can engage with youth audiences and better equip them to participate and thrive in the world.