Rob Landry 011010001@interpring.com
Mon Jul 6 09:37:25 EDT 2015

On Mon, 29 Jun 2015, Bob DeMattia wrote:

> I wasn't in a position to listen, but often the "top of the hour" ID isn't
> the legal ID.

I have one client who consistently runs their legal ID's ten minutes or so 
before the hour.

Another client of mine was recently taken to task by Bob Shotwell, the 
fellow who does the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program for 
Massachusetts, for doing this, and was required to show that going forward 
the ID's would be as close as possible to the top of the hour.

> I know at least at one point that WKLB-FM was burying it's legal ID
> "WKLB-FM Waltham Boston"  a few minutes before the hour, then
> using a prominent jingle on the hour announcing "Country 102.5 WKLB
> Boston".

I can't see how that is legal. "WKLB Boston" at the top of the hour will 
be taken by casual listeners, and, I suspect, by anyone from the FCC who 
may be listening, as a legal ID; since the city of license is incorrect, 
it's a violation, surely?

For that matter, WBZ(AM) calling itself "WBZ in HD" at the top of the hour 
doesn't sound correct to me, as that's not one of the three things allowed 
between one's call letters and one's city of license. "HD" is probably 
meant to satisfy the requirement that stations using digital modulation 
identify themselves as such, although it doesn't actually do that, since 
it could stand for House of David for all the listeners know. It's not 
even a proper use of Ibiquity's trademark, which is "HD Radio".


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