April 10, 2021 Deadline for Quarterly Radio Issues-Responsive Programming Lists

The quarterly listing of issues-responsive programming broadcast between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021 must be uploaded to radio station online public inspection files by April 10, 2021.

Commercial and non-commercial AM and FM stations must prepare and place in their public inspection files a list of programs that have provided the most significant treatment of community issues during the previous quarter. The listing should include a brief narrative statement that identifies the issues that were given significant treatment and should describe the programs in which the issues were addressed. Each program description must include the date, time, and title of the program, the duration of each responsive programming segment, and a brief explanation of how the programming addressed the issues.

The maintenance of issues-responsive programming lists is required under the FCC’s public inspection file rules. Fines of $10,000 and more have been assessed when quarterly issues programs lists were not timely prepared and placed in the public file as required.

If you have any questions about these ongoing recordkeeping obligations, please contact any attorney in our office.

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