18 Apr Conquering Information Overload
“The cure to information overload is more information” ~David Weinberger
“It’s not information overload, it’s filter failure” ~Clay Shirky
Keeping things compliant is, without a doubt, one of the most important things you will oversee as a leader. After all, without compliance, you may have nothing to lead. Yet I think we can all admit that, at times, the information we need to consume in order to stay compliant can be overwhelming. What needs to go in my Public File? How long do these forms need to stay here? Am I required to file this, or is it only a “suggestion”?
The good news is that there are plenty of resources to help you as you focus on your compliance, and as you coach your team on the various requirements. Knowledge is power, so let’s get to it. Here are some the best resources I have found to help me in several compliance areas:
This checklist is comprised of the most frequently violated broadcast regulations, providing you a detailed list of what to review at your station to make sure you are compliant. It addresses such things as administrative regulations (such as what goes in your public file), antenna structures, EAS requirements, and more. Plus (bonus!) there are links within this checklist to the associated parts of the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 47) – if you, like me, enjoy digging deeper into the various regulations, this is a huge help!
This is a required part of your public file, so it should be printed & maintained at all times. However, it holds very valuable information about broadcast regulations that can help to answer many of your questions! So rather than allow it to sit in a drawer and collect dust, crack it open & use it – it’s worth it! (I prefer this digital version, as it’s a little easier to navigate than the print version.)
This site is a great way to stay up to date with current FCC issues and initiatives. You can easily search by keyword, or even by broader topics such as “FM Radio.”
If you just prefer to have something in your hands, this printed copy of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47, Parts 70-79 is a great investment! Highlight it, bookmark it, whatever you need. It’s very in-depth, but handy if you like to have the “deep” information!
Broadcasting as a campus radio station, whether college or high school? This website offers a quick-reference guide to applicable regulations, including links to relevant FCC documentation.
- Your Corporate Lawyer
When in doubt, it’s always great practice to consult your very own legal team. You’ve hired them for a reason – to keep you protected & compliant! They will be, hands down, your best reference for any questions you may have as you and your team work through compliance issues.
So, there you go! Some handy references to help keep you in the know, so you can lead your team in the best way. At PAR, we conduct annual FCC Self-Inspections, which allow us to address any issues that may need to be cleared up. I highly recommend you implement this at your station, and get everyone involved in the process! It’s a great way to ensure everyone is in the know, and it helps to continue to raise up the next generation of leaders in Christian Radio.
Dear Christian Radio:
1. Check the list, check the file.
2. When in doubt ask the question.
3. Know who on your team is supposed to supply what and when.
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