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SCBA’s State Television And Radio (STAR) Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday, August 17th in the Ballroom at the Hilton Columbia Center in the Vista beginning with cocktails at 6:00 pm and the program at 7:00 pm.  SCBA presented two awards in most categories.  The Award of Merit went to stations taking second place in a category and the STAR Award went to those taking first.  Congratulations to all of the stations below who were recognized at our prestigious STAR Awards Ceremony!  

PLEASE NOTE:  To insure objectivity, judges are broadcast professionals from outside South Carolina.  SCBA provides detailed criteria for judging each award category.  Certain radio categories offer separate awards for medium/small and large markets.  Those categories are indicated by “M/S” and “L.” 









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The Federal Communications Commission and the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council are teaming up to help consumers declare independence from robocalls. 


Americans received more than 26 billion robocalls in 2018, a 46 percent increase over the previous year, according to third-party estimates.  The FCC receives more consumer complaints on this topic than any other, reflecting consumers’ growing frustration with the illegal and unwanted calls. 


Robocalls are not only annoying; they are increasingly used as an entry point to fraud.  Scammers target innocent consumers, often spoofing local numbers or government agencies to steal their money and identities.  The FBI reports that in just over a year, a Chinese-language robocall has resulted in over $40 million in reported stolen money from Chinese-speaking consumers.  


Please pass along these tips to your contacts, membership lists, family and friends:

  • Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
  • You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be aware, though -- caller ID showing a "local" number does not necessarily mean it is a local caller.
  • If you answer the phone and the caller -- or a recording -- asks you to press a button to stop getting the calls, just hang up. Scammers often use this trick to identify potential targets.
  • Do not respond to any questions, especially those that can be answered with "Yes."
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mothers' maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls, or if you are at all suspicious.
  • If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency, hang up and call the phone number in the phone book, on your account statement if you have one, or on the company's or government agency's website to verify the authenticity of the request. You will usually get a written statement in the mail before you get a phone call from a legitimate source, particularly if the caller is asking for a payment.

The FCC has additional consumer information on its website at www.fcc.gov/robocalls.  This information is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Tagalog.

Last month the FCC empowered phone companies to aggressively block by default unwanted and illegal robocalls before they reach consumers.  Phone companies are also rolling out a robust caller ID authentication system, allowing them to block or label spoofed calls and help authorities track down the sources.

Help us get the word out and keep the fraudsters at bay.



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Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP)





  • All SCBA member stations can participate in this FCC-endorsed voluntary inspection.
  • Completing the ABIP insures a station that it is in compliance with FCC regulations.
  • Stations holding ABIP certificates are exempt from routine FCC inspections for a period of three years.


How It Works:

  • To enroll in the program, contact the SCBA office at 803-732-1186 or paula@scba.net.
  • SCBA will forward a contract with an estimated inspection date.
  • Stations must return the signed contract with payment prior to the inspection.
  • Upon successful completion of the inspection, stations are issued a certificate that is posted in the station and the FCC is notified of the certification.
  • If the station does not pass inspection, a grace period of 150 days from the date on the contract is provided to allow the station to make necessary corrections to successfully complete the inspection.
  • Stations may choose to notify the FCC when they enroll in the program, and immediately begin the immunity protection. Or they may choose not to notify the FCC of their enrollment, in which case the station has no protection from inspection.

All stations should take advantage of this valuable service. Be certain your station is in  compliance and immune from routine FCC inspection.


If your station currently holds an ABIP certificate, check the renewal date and schedule your next inspection well in advance to avoid any lapse in immunity.





Now Available: 2019 FCC License Renewal Webinar

By FHH Law on Aug 01, 2019 11:30 am

On Tuesday, July 30th, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth’s Frank Montero and Dan Kirkpatrick presented a webinar on the FCC license renewal process to the Florida Association of Broadcasters. They covered many steps in the renewal process including the filing of the required FCC Forms for full power radio and translator stations using the new LMS...… Continue Reading


Upcoming FCC Broadcast and Telecom Deadlines for September – November

By FHH Law on Aug 26, 2019 11:30 am

Broadcast Deadlines: September ??, 2019: Annual Regulatory Fees – On a date not yet determined but certainly before September 30, 2019, annual regulatory fees will be due.  These will be due and payable for Fiscal Year 2019, and will be based upon a licensee’s/permittee’s holdings on October 1, 2018, plus anything that might have been...… Continue Reading


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Finding Out Where You Are When You Call 911
Robocall Roundup: New Robocall Act Goes to the Senate
Welcoming Elizabeth Craig to Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C.
Calling all Repack-affected LPTV/translator and FM stations!
Children’s TV Reforms – Paperwork Reduction One Step Closer



More to read:

Barreling Down the Road to 5G, FCC Votes to Relax EBS Spectrum Rules
FCC Makes Leased Access Rules More Cable Operator Friendly, Opens the Door to Eliminating Them
New Developments in Broadband – June
Taking the Same Slant on the Lanham Act for the Second Time in Two Years, Supreme Court tells USPTO to Go Ask Congress to Try Again
Supreme Court SNAPS back Against Access to Information


A Word of Caution to Broadcasters Pertaining to E-Cigarette and Vaping Advertisements

By Frank Montero on Feb 06, 2019 01:40 pm

Last month I participated in a webinar with my colleague Dan Kirkpatrick where we addressed the issue of advertising controversial products. While the topic of marijuana advertising (which we discussed in our webinar) gets much attention these days–especially with the recent decision by CBS to turn down a cannabis ad for the Super Bowl–we also...… Continue Reading

Broadcasters Seek New Business Opportunities Amid Legalization of Industrial Hemp Products (Including CBD Oil)

By Seth Williams on Feb 26, 2019 09:28 am

There’s a green wave coming in the form of expanding marijuana legalization across the US, and many of the people trying to take advantage of this green wave are also trying to turn it into another kind of green: money. Broadcasters are also looking to take advantage of these new revenue opportunities, but because marijuana...… Continue Reading





2019 New OPCONs



Contact: Derrec Becker or Kim McLeod

Phone: 803-737-8500  |  Social: @SCEMD


State, Counties Update Operational Condition Levels


Columbia, S.C. (Thursday, May 9, 2019) – Prior to the start of the 2019 Hurricane Season, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, in coordination with county emergency management officials, is updating the state’s emergency operational condition levels, or OPCONs. Now, agencies will coordinate, prepare and respond to major emergencies based on three levels of readiness instead of five.


The new levels are designed to simplify the steps agencies take in order to fully activate emergency resources. The three OPCONs and their definitions are more compatible with the majority of state and federal emergency management organizations nationwide, making the state’s processes and procedures easier to understand for teams deploying into South Carolina during a disaster.


The OPCONs and their definitions are now as follows (infographic with specific colors can be found here):


OPCON THREE - Normal Daily Operations

Agencies coordinate, plan, train and exercise as warranted. Incidents are monitored by the State Warning Point and local emergency managers.


OPCON TWO - Enhanced Awareness

A disaster or emergency is likely to affect the state. Emergency Operations Plans are implemented. The State Emergency Operations Center is partially activated if necessary.


OPCON ONE - Full Alert

A disaster or emergency is imminent or occurring. The State Emergency Operations Center is fully activated. All agency personnel are activated or available for activation.


“Residents can expect to see a streamlining in the way we activate state and local resources, particularly the state and local emergency operations centers,” says SCEMD Director Kim Stenson. “The new system brings us more in line with how other states operate and simplifies the steps we take before a major emergency is in full effect.”


All State Emergency Response Team agencies and county emergency managers in all 46 counties have instituted the new OPCON levels.

For questions regarding the new OPCONs, please contact Derrec Becker or Kim Mcleod at pio@emd.sc.gov or (803) 737-8500.


Derrec Becker, SC CEM

Chief of Public Information & External Affairs

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Mobile: 803.530.2193 | Office: 803.737.8500

Online: scemd.org  |  Social: @SCEMD

Skype: SCEmergency

"South Carolina's emergency management program minimizes loss of life and property damage from all-hazard incidents."

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PEP Update

SCBA member stations are in partnership with governmental agencies to deliver public education messages throughout the state.  Many SCBA programs and services are made possible by proceeds from the PEP program.  Stations air PEP spots in the best times available and as often as possible.  Read More

Tips for Non-Profit Organizations

For local radio and television stations across South Carolina, community service is more than a passing concern.  It is a way of doing business.  Every day in South Carolina, from the biggest cities to the smallest towns and everywhere in between, broadcasters are going to bat for community charities, educating residents about important local issues, and delivering lifesaving information and relief in times of crisis or disaster.  Non-profit groups across the state know they can turn to their local radio and television stations for a helping hand.  The tradition of community service by South Carolina broadcasters is unmatched by any other industry and one that we pledge to uphold in the years ahead.  If you want to gain exposure for your charitable organization, school or other civic group, SCBA provides these guidelines for working with the media. Read More



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