Legal Id's

Legal Id's

Post by WEOS-F » Sat, 22 Jan 1994 13:25:34


Here is the rule regarding radio  & TV ids:

73.1201  Station identification.

             - (a)  When regularly required, broadcast station
     identification announcements shall be made:  (1) at
     the beginning and ending of each time of operation,
     and (2) hourly, as close to the hour as feasible, at a
     natural break in program offerings.  Television
     broadcast stations may make these announcements
     visually or aurally.

             (b)  Content.  (1)  Official station identification
     shall consist of the station's call letters
     immediately followed by the community or communities
     specified in its license as the station's location:
     provided, that the name of the licensee or the
     station's frequency or channel number, or both, as
     stated on the station's license may be inserted
     between the call letters and station location.  No
     other insertion is permissible.

                (2)  A station may include in its official
     station identification the name of any additional
     community or communities, but the community to which
     the station is licensed must be named first.

             (c)  Channel.

                (1)  General.  Except as otherwise provided in
     this paragraph, in making the identification
     announcement the call letters shall be given only on
     the channel identified thereby.

                (2)  Simultaneous AM (535-1605 kHz) and AM
     (1605-1705 kHz) broadcasts.  If the same licensee
     operates an AM broadcast station in the 535-1605 kHz
     band and an AM broadcast station in the 1605-1705 kHz
     band with both stations licensed to the same community
     and simultaneously broadcasts the same programs over
     the facilities of both such stations, station
     identification announcements may be made jointly for
     both stations for periods of such simultaneous
     operation.

                (3)  Satellite operation.  When programming of a
     broadcast station is rebroadcast simultaneously over
     the facilities of a satellite station, the originating
     station may make identification announcements for the
     satellite station for periods of such simultaneous
     operation.

                        (i)  In the case of a television broadcast
     station, such announcements, in addition to the
     information required by paragraph  (b)(1) of this
     section, shall include the number of the channel on
     which each station is operating.

                        (ii)  In the case of aural broadcast
     stations, such announcements, in addition to the
     information required by paragraph  (b)(1) of this
     section, shall include the frequency on which each
     station is operating.

             (d)  Subscription television stations (STV).  The
     requirements for official station identification
     applicable to TV stations will apply to Subscription
     TV stations, except during STV-encoded programming
     such station identification is not required.  However,
     a station identification announcement will be made
     immediately prior to and following the
     encoded-Subscription TV program period.

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Notice the as close to the hour as feasible, at a natural break. The FCC
recognizes the end of a song as a natural break. Many stations stretch this
to mean "stop set". Therefore, you here legal id's anywhere from 15 minutes
before to 10 minutes after.

Notice the provisions made for the simulcasting and common source Id's made
at the source. In addition, the FCC has made provisions for the AM expansion.
The FCC has not strictly gone after the "when" aspect of legal id's. They are
more concerned with if you are id'ing or the content. Hope this clears up the
question. It may not change what people are doing, but at least you now know.

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Legal Id's

Post by jw » Wed, 26 Jan 1994 19:05:08


I have a question about AM/FM simulcasts and legal IDs.  The station I work
for, 107.5  WZZQ/Terre Haute, simulcasts on AM 1230, WBFX/Terre Haute.
I'm not at all comfortable with the way we ID these stations.

o In the mornings, we have news going into the :50 stop set.  The newsman
  finishes the cast with, "I'm Taylor Brown for 107-5 WZZQ and 1230 WBFX,
  Terre Haute."  That's supposed to be the ID.

o Everywhere else, jocks say "WZZQ WBFX Terre Haute" right out of the :50
  stop set and read the weather.

o We do no ID between songs near :00.  Instead, we run a sweeper.

FCC 73.1201, posted by WEOS-FM and others, makes no specific provision for
an AM/FM simulcast situation, especially when the calls are different.
What's the right way to do it?  Or, what's wrong about how we're doing it?

(We *do* have a WTHI AM/FM combo here, and when they simulcast, they run
a "WTHI AM & FM, Terre Haute".  That "feels" right.)

Thanks!

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Legal Id's

Post by GARY BARRETT-WHO RADIO NE » Thu, 27 Jan 1994 15:57:24


>I have a question about AM/FM simulcasts and legal IDs.  The station I work
>for, 107.5  WZZQ/Terre Haute, simulcasts on AM 1230, WBFX/Terre Haute.
>I'm not at all comfortable with the way we ID these stations.

>o In the mornings, we have news going into the :50 stop set.  The newsman
>  finishes the cast with, "I'm Taylor Brown for 107-5 WZZQ and 1230 WBFX,
>  Terre Haute."  That's supposed to be the ID.

>o Everywhere else, jocks say "WZZQ WBFX Terre Haute" right out of the :50
>  stop set and read the weather.

>o We do no ID between songs near :00.  Instead, we run a sweeper.

>FCC 73.1201, posted by WEOS-FM and others, makes no specific provision for
>an AM/FM simulcast situation, especially when the calls are different.
>What's the right way to do it?  Or, what's wrong about how we're doing it?

>(We *do* have a WTHI AM/FM combo here, and when they simulcast, they run
>a "WTHI AM & FM, Terre Haute".  That "feels" right.)

Although it might not "feel right", the verbage in your station ID is
legal.  You are allowed to use frequency and licensee in the middle of an ID.
As far as the time the ID is done, that's up for grabs.  ID's are supposed to
be done at the nearest break in programming at the top of the hour...PDs now
interpret that as being permission to put it before a "music sweep", but I
doubt if they had enforcement capability the FCC would sanction this.

Gary Barrett
WHO Radio News