LPFM Station License Renewal

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For personalized information, enter your LPFM station's call letters: -LP  

For renewal filing services, please use REC EZforms or contact REC at 1-844-REC-LPFM.

LPFM license renewals are coming up.

For those LPFM stations that were applied for in the 2000/2001 filing windows, it's that time again. For those who applied in the 2013 window, welcome to your first experience with the renewal process. Once every 8 years, all broadcast stations must renew their station licenses. The process is more than just filling out a form, but there is a substantial public notification process that takes place. Perhaps you have heard these renewal announcements on other radio stations. If you filled in your LPFM call letters above, this information will be personalized for your station.

Verify that your mailing address & e-mail address are correct in the FCC records

To make the process a smoother one, the FCC recommends that all licensees verify their mailing and e-mail addresses in CDBS is correct. If it needs to be corrected, you will need to file a Mailing Address Change form in CDBS. Clients retaining REC for the renewal process will have this handled by us.

Pre-Filing Renewal Announcement

LPFM stations are required to make on-air announcements on four specific days. On those specified dates, two announcements must be made between 7AM to 9AM and/or between 4PM to 6PM local time. LPFM stations on a time share where they do not operate during those hours must do the two announcements within the first two hours of going on the air for that day. If your station is not scheduled to go on the air that day, please contact REC for assistance.

To see your station's announcement dates, please enter the LPFM station call sign at the top of this page.

The following is the pre-filing announcement. You may broadcast it verbatim or you can make slight changes. Stations broadcasting in a language other than English should run the announcement in the primary language of the station.
On [date of last renewal grant or original license grant], [station call letters] was granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission to serve the public interest as a public trustee until [license expiration date]. Our license will expire on [license expiration date]. We must file an application for license renewal with the FCC on [date four-months prior to expiration date]. When filed, a copy of this application will be available for inspection at the FCC website at fcc.gov. It contains information about the station's performance [period of time covered by application e.g. the last 8 years].

Individuals who wish to advise the FCC of facts related to our renewal application, and to whether this station has operated in the public interest should file comments and petitions with the FCC by [date, first day of the full calendar month prior to the month of license expiration]. Further information concerning the FCC's broadcast license renewal process is available from the Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554 or at www.fcc.gov.

Post Filing-Announcement

After the renewal has been filed, LPFM stations are required to run periodic announcements of the 1st and 16th days of the month of the filing due date and the two months thereafter. At least three required announcements must be broadcast between 7AM and 9AM and/or 4PM and 6PM. At least one announcement must be broadcast during all of the following periods: 9AM to 12 Noon, 12 noon to 4PM and 7PM to Midnight. Time share LPFM stations not broadcasting between 7AM-9AM and 4PM-6PM must make at least three announcements within the first two hours of operation. If you are not scheduled to broadcast that day, please contact REC for assistance.

To see your station's announcement dates, please enter the LPFM station call sign at the top of this page.

The following is the post-filing announcement. You may broadcast it verbatim or you can make slight changes. Stations broadcasting in a language other than English should run the announcement in the primary language of the station.
On [date of last renewal grant or original license grant], [station call letters] was granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission to serve the public interest as a public trustee until [license expiration date]. Our license will expire on [license expiration date]. We filed an application for license renewal with the FCC on [date four-months prior to expiration date]. A copy of this application is available for inspection at the FCC website at fcc.gov. It contains information about the station's performance [period of time covered by application e.g. the last 8 years]..

Individuals who wish to advise the FCC of facts related to our renewal application, and to whether this station has operated in the public interest should file comments and petitions with the FCC by [date, first day of the full calendar month prior to the month of license expiration]. Further information concerning the FCC's broadcast license renewal process is available from the Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554 or at www.fcc.gov.

Silent stations

If an LPFM station is silent during this renewal period, then the text of the post-filing announcement must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in a newspaper of general circulation in the community or area served on the same scheduled dates as the post-filing announcement. LPFM stations are normally exempt from public notice requirements except in this case.

Reminders

LPFM stations are not required to file Equal Opportunity Program Reports (FCC Form 396) nor are LPFM stations required to file ownership reports (Form 323-E). There is no FCC filing fee for renewals.

Petitions to Deny/Informal Objections

The last day for filing a petition to deny is one month prior to the license expiration date. For late-filed renewal applications, the deadline for Petitions to Deny is the 90th day after the FCC gives public notice that the application is accepted for filing. (If that day falls on a non-work day, then the deadline is the next work day).

Petition to Deny requirements

In order for someone to file a Petition to Deny, they must have "standing". Standing is defined as someone who is a regular listener or has some other contact with the station that gives the petitioner a real stake in the outcome of the renewal process. A petition must be supported by an affidavit of a person or persons with personal knowledge of the allegations of fact contained in the petition. Finally, the petition must contain a certification that a copy of the petition was mailed to the station. Failure to include the certification that a copy was mailed to the station and the affidavit of personal knowledge will result in dismissal of the Petition to Deny.

Informal objection procedure

A person or entity opposing the grant of a station's license renewal application may file an informal objection against the license renewal application at any time prior to staff action on the license renewal application. An informal objection is less formal than a Petition to Deny, but some requirements still apply. It may take the form of a letter signed by the objector and mailed or delivered to one of the FCC addresses above. An informal objection need not contain the affidavit required for a Petition to Deny. It should, however, contain sufficient information to establish any violation alleged. Additionally, an informal objection not received by the time the station's license renewal is granted will not be considered.

Positive comments

Affirmative comments concerning a licensee's service during the prior license term should be filed by the Petition to Deny deadline through the Office of the Secretary at the addresses listed in the next section.

What to do if you get a Petition to Deny or Informal Objection

The regular Commission processes apply. See §73.3584 for Petitions to Deny and §73.3587 for Informal Objections. You may also want to contact an attorney to assist in preparing your reply. REC recommended attorneys can be found on our recommendations page. You may also contact REC with general questions that would not constitute legal advice.