What is Syndicated Public Affairs Radio Programming?
Syndicated public affairs programming (AKA Compliancy Programming or Ascertainment Programming) is a no-cost and time-saving way for stations to serve listeners with quality programming while complying with FCC regulations. We produce two public affairs programs, Radio Health Journal and Viewpoints (listen to sample shows), which we syndicate and distribute to over 800 stations nationally.
The FCC requires all broadcasters to air programming that addresses the interests of your community, and to document the issues addressed in these programs quarterly in your station's public file. Let us make that easy for you. Affiliates of our programs, Radio Health Journal and Viewpoints, enjoy these benefits:
No Cost To You
Each program runs 28 minutes, giving you 2 minutes for local sale. They are available for FREE on a barter basis, completely self-contained with five national minutes.
Quick & Easy Set-up
Contracted affiliates will be assigned a log-in to start airing our programs immediately.
Simple to Download
You can download the programs from our website or from our FTP.
We compile your quarterly issues report for you. All you need to do is upload our report to your station's public file and to the FCC public file database. You can check in affidavits online each week (takes 2 minutes.)
Our highly-produced shows cover compelling issues with in-depth reporting by award-winning broadcast journalists. Check out the program clocks below.
Our programs' websites and social media pages are great resources for listeners to find out more about recent and upcoming guests and topics. They can also listen to segments and download transcripts.
The FCC requires all broadcasters to air programming that addresses the interests of your community, and to document the issues addressed in these programs quarterly in your station's public file. Let us make that easy for you. As an affiliate, you will receive:
- Free, high quality programs
- A quick and easy setup process
- Responsive support from our team
- Quarterly reports
See how we can simplify your public affairs needs.
Let us handle FCC compliance so you can focus on what you do best.
What you need to know about FCC compliancy requirements:
In exchange for obtaining a license, radio stations are required by law to operate in the “public interest, convenience and necessity.” This means that you must air programming that is responsive to the needs and problems of your local community. By operation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and because the Communications Act expressly prohibits the FCC from censoring broadcast matter, the FCC's role in overseeing program content is very limited. You are responsible for selecting the material that you air.
The FCC expects you to be aware of the issues of concern in your communities and to foster public understanding by presenting programming that relates to those issues. The FCC used to specify that each station must identify 5-10 issues, a number that remains a good target. In addition to identifying those issues, and addressing them in your programming, you must also document how your programming has addressed these issues in quarterly reports made available to the public. Failure to have a complete and timely set of quarterly issues/programs lists can lead to significant fines at license renewal time or following an FCC inspection.
We provide our affiliates with quarterly reports that contain:
- a summary of the issues addressed during the quarter
- title and length (duration) of the program and each segment
- time and date of the program
- description of each segment, including topics covered and guest information
FCC requirements for online filing:
Just as they did with TV stations in 2012, on January 28, 2016, the FCC adopted rules to require broadcast radio licensees to post their public and political files to the FCC’s online public inspection file database. The FCC believes that moving public files online to a central database modernizes the filing process, makes it easier for consumers to access information, and reduces the cost of broadcaster compliance.
Read the FCC press release: www.fcc.gov/online-public-file-expands-radio-cable-and-satellite
Fortunately, our affiliates have been well positioned for this new policy since 2012, when we started compiling and posting quarterly reports on our website. All you need to do is upload our report to your station's public file.
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