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Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) has been deactivated for Hurricane Laura for most counties in Texas.

The Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) has been deactivated for Hurricane Laura for most counties in Texas.

DIRS will remain active to collect information in some counties in Texas and in Louisiana. If you have communication assets in the disaster areas listed below, please continue to update your reports by 10 a.m. ET each day until DIRS is fully deactivated.

Louisiana: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, La Salle, Lafayette, Lafourche, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John The Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, West Feliciana, Winn

Texas: Jasper, Newton, Orange

Please feel free to contact any of the following if you have any questions:

Julia Tu, FCC, at (202) 418-0731, (202) 321-4399 (cell) or [email protected]
Michael Caiafa, FCC, at (202) 418-1311 or [email protected]
David Ahn, FCC, at (202) 418-0853 or [email protected]
FCC 24/7 Operations Center – (202) 418-1122

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FCC LPFM Updates & Renewals

The mandatory 11-step License Renewal process (REN) started Sunday, December 1, for all radio stations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi with pre-filing announcements. If you have a station in another state and have not filed – contact me – there is still time to get your renewal filed. Even if you are not currently on the air. Don’t risk losing your license.

Another 3 stations were lost this month, as one station in North Carolina and two in South Carolina did not file a timely license renewal with the FCC.

The affected stations include:

  • WPRG-LP, 102.7, Greensboro NC
  • WIAR-LP, 100.5, Hilton Head Island SC
  • WYLA-LP, 97.5, Charleston SC

Florida LPFM stations expiring in February if a late filing renewal is not filed prior.:WCFQ, WEKJ, WHTR, WIBE, WMBT, WORZ, WPRD, WRIA, WXEI

Currently only 90 of the 114 license renewals have been filed. In Georgia:

WATB, WBHS, WDVL, WESI, WHNL, WJGG, WLVN, WLWV, WMKP, WNIZ, WNRE, WNRF, WSEF, WWSV, WWXR, WWZR, WXNV.

In Alabama:

WWFC, WHMZ, WPMR, WIZD, WJSD, WJXI, WOXI.

Last month the FCC finally finished the 2013 LPFM filling window! This after six years since the filing window close they processed the final application. Once we get through the renewals it will now be possible for the FCC to open a new filing window. That could occur as early as the Fall of next year or 2021. But we are much closer to that new window now.

I can help your station with the entire “REN” process. I work with all broadcast station classes. Full power AM, FM, TV, LPTV and LPFM. My fee starts at $150 for early license renewals. $200 for late filings for stations with no previous violations. I accept PayPal (even if you don’t have a PayPal account). Contact me through the website form at https://mutualbroadcast.com/contact/

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National EAS ETRS Forms Due August 2018

It’s nearly National EAS Testing time. The FCC is getting ready for the 2018 National EAS Test. All radio and television broadcasters, including LPFM radio stations are required to fill out the ETRS form one by August 27. I can prepare and file the three forms for you for only $150 per station. 903-270-1500

 

If you are doing this yourself, The FCC will need identifying information on a participant’s location, its EAS equipment and monitoring assignments, and contact information for EAS purposes. Form One requires each EAS participant to file a separate Form One for each EAS decoder, EAS encoder, or unit combining such decoder and encoder functions.

It’s nearly National EAS Testing time. The FCC is getting ready for the 2018 National EAS Test. All radio and television broadcasters, including LPFM radio stations are required to fill out the ETRS form one by August 27. I can prepare and file the three forms for you for only $150 per station.

 

Resilient public alert and warning tools are essential to save lives and protect property during times of national, state, regional, and local emergencies. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is used by alerting authorities to send warnings via broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline communications pathways. EAS participants, which consist of broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireless providers, are the stewards of this important public service in close partnership with alerting officials at all levels of government. The EAS is also used when all other means of alerting the public are unavailable, providing an added layer of resiliency to the suite of available emergency communication tools.

 

The EAS Best Practices Guide was created in partnership with EAS participants to support incremental improvements by providing basic guidelines for EAS operation and maintenance.

 

EAS Best Practices Guide

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