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My Current Project: Public File

Public File

The Public File: Friend or Foe?

Right on the heels of the joyous news that the FCC is considering moving the all-knowing, all-powerful “public file” to an online format, I would like to formally introduce to you the project that has consumed my every waking hour for the past month*.

You guessed it: I’ve been working on the public file.

Public file (noun): a collection of documents required by a broadcasting authority to be maintained by all broadcast stations under its jurisdiction. Such a file is required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. The public inspection file must be maintained at the station’s main studio and it must be accessible to anyone during business hours.

As archaic as it might seem, all broadcasting outlets (both radio and TV) have to keep a record of their value to the community as part of their license renewal and inspection. (If, for some strange reason, you’re looking to bum yourself out, take a look at some of the hefty fines imposed upon stations who don’t comply with FCC regulations.) Continue reading


Perfecting the Art of the Playlist: Part Two


I think I'll call this playlist "Music To Eat Cake To."

In honor of this being my Birthday Week ™, I am going to show you how to select music for a radio show. Don’t forget to check out the first “Perfecting the Art of the Playlist” post if you haven’t already.

This year, my radio show would fall on my actual 21st birthday! Unfortunately (perhaps not-so-unfortunately), I am headed home to frolic in an apple orchard with friends and family, so this playlist will only be heard by the car and me. Alas!

• The First Track: “Birch Trees and Broken Barns” by Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps
Caroline performed live on my radio show last week, and, though she didn’t play this song on the air, it has since become my autumn jam. The song also mentions an apple orchard, which fits with the general theme of my weekend.

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