Table of Contents

The Broadcaster's BIGBOOK Project - Control Room Volume - (operations)


  1. Introduction. Instructional pages, regulatory concerns, current trendline information

  2. Announcements/Calendar. Important station announcements, calendar of important dates with respect to compliance matters. This section may also be used for station policy and practices announcements.

  3. Antenna and Tower: Include tech info, locations, procedures, FCC information, tower lighting, registration, etc.

  4. Emergency Alert System (EAS). General tutorial, equipment locations and operational instructions, latest update publications, FCC EAS Handbook (here or located at equipment), updates, including CAP and IPAWS data.

  5. Equipment Performance Measurement (EPM). Annual Report is required for AM stations; new transmitting equipment installation EPMS for others, FCC-ordered EPMs as required.

  6. FCC information, General. Compliance warnings for operators. How to handle an FCC visit. Self-Inspection checklists for your facility. Miscellaneous FCC cautions, information, updates.

  7.  Licenses and Postings. Station license, auxiliary licenses, (translators, boosters, STL, RPU equipment). Chief Operator appointment, Public File location and brief summary data may be helpful.

  8. Logs, Operating. Includes transmitter readings as required by station policy, local tech inspection notes. Separate logs of EAS tests and tower light inspections are required by FCC. Log of equipment problems, maintenance and repairs may be kept here if helpful, but not required unless station must temporarily operate at variance with license terms, EAS equipment is out of service or tower lamp outage is noted.

  9. Power and pattern adjustments, AM stations: Includes nighttime power changes, antenna pattern change instructions as provided by station engineer, Should include any presunrise/postsunset or critical hours information if applicable. Directional AM antenna readings, proofs and instructions may be retained here also.

  10. Preventive Maintenance. General purpose PM information is provided; add station-specific data as appropriate.

  11. Remote Control/ATS: Brief instructions for operations - signon, signoff if used, power changes, transmitter reading steps, adjustments, troubleshooting techniques. Station engineer should provide most of this material and review it periodically.

  12. Transmitter Data, AM, FM, TV. Brief technical information, operating parameters, nominal meter readings. System efficiency calculations to derive radiated power from input power and system losses. Power tables for indirect AM reading conversions. This section is the proper section for IBOC or HD radio (digital programs) technical and operational data.

  13. Trouble information and telephone lists. Off-the-air reporting policies, emergency assistance phone numbers, staff assistance phone numbers, simplified emergency procedures. Donít forget lock combinations or locations of keys, etc.

  14. Forms and Copy Masters. Log forms, Chief Operator forms, technical consultant/engineer's reports, EAS/tower lamp log forms, discrepancy/failure report. Add station-specific forms as needed.

  15. FM Translators, Auxiliary licenses and records. These should include information regarding FM translators for FM stations and for AM stations, Studio Transmitter Links, (STLs), Remote Pickup Unit (RPU) licenses. This section should include permission agreements for rebroadcast of signals if applicable.

  16. Music and Performance licenses. These would include copyright agreements over the stationís air and for streaming on the station website or other media if applicable.

  17. On-air programming hazards. Obscenity, profanity, indecency. Broadcast hoaxes. Pranks and jokes. Improper EAS messages. Slanderous material. Political broadcasting references. Cross references to Public File.

  18. Station Website(s). For Radio Stations, general information. For TV stations, include references to the Public File requirements online as prescribed by the FCC on FCC-hosted website.

  19. Class A TV Cross Reference. Relates Class A Part 74 Rules to Part 73 Rules and related BIGBOOK sections.

  20. LPTV, TV Translator Cross Reference. References to Part 74 Rules; certain items not needed. Common sense items.

  21. LPFM Cross Reference. 73.800 Series Rules; references to other ruleparts and related BIGBOOK sections.

  22. Updates as published. Print the support bulletins and notices; place them here and review annually.

  23. -  24.  User-Defined Files by Topic. Suggestion: Use as future rules or situations change to provide a paper trail of the changes. Do not use these sections as a "catch-all" area for difficult-to-categorize paperwork without a distinctive regulatory or operational need.



The Broadcaster's BIGBOOK Project - Public File Volume


  1. Introduction. Instructional pages, regulatory concerns, current status of policy information

  2. FCC Rules Governing Public File. Keep Current by printing BIGBOOK updates or by visiting the FCC website.

  3. Public File Management Calendar. Dates of required entries, maintenance efforts, filing dates.

  4. Station Licenses and Authorizations. A copy of the current authorization and related documents in support of it.

  5. FCC Applications, Exhibits and Related Material. Includes rulings, related petitions and their decisions, waivers.

  6. Citizen Agreements, Commercial Stations. A copy of each such agreement, retained for its life.

  7. Contour Maps. Coverage and contour plots submitted with applications. May duplicate tabs 4 and 5. See instructions.

  8. Ownership Reports and Related Materials. The most recent report(s) with supporting documentation. FCC Form 323, 323E and related data.

  9. Political Broadcast Records. Records relating to broadcasts by/for candidates for public office.

  10. EEO Materials, Employment Reports. Materials required by ß73.2080; retain through license term.

  11. FCC Publication: The Public and Broadcasting, most recent updated edition. Copies of this manual may also be requested by the public from your station files.

  12. Letters and Emails from the Public (Commercial Stations). Although this requirement is only for commercial stations, NCE stations would be wise to keep this material also.

  13. Material Relating to any FCC investigation or Complaint. This is material relating to a complaint matter of which the licensee has been advised by the FCC. Retain until resolved by the FCC.

  14. TV Public Interest Reporting Forms. Includes Records concerning commercial limits, Childrenís TV programming reports. Note: Issues and Programs Lists and DTV education reports to be filed in following named sections.

  15. Issues and Programs Lists. Issues facing the community and programs the station ran to address them. Blank form provided for licensee convenience. Quarterly report.

  16. Donors Supporting Specific Programs. (NCE stations). List of donors with regard to programs they support.

  17. Local Public Notice Announcements. Contains text and timing of announcements of Station License Renewals.

  18. Time Brokerage Agreements (Commercial Stations). A copy of all agreements involving time brokerage executed by this licensee with its station or any other. Confidentiality may be respected; see instructions.

  19. Must-Carry or Retransmission Consent Election. Statements per part 76 of the Rules.

  20. Radio and TV Joint Sales Agreements (Commercial Stations). A copy of all such agreements executed by this licensee with its station or any other. Confidentiality may be respected; see instructions.

  21. DTV Transition Education Reports (TV only). Copy or copies of FCC form 388 and supporting data, filed quarterly after the first quarter 2008 and ending with the conclusion of the education campaign. See instruction in this section.

  22. Class A: Continuing Eligibility for Class A status. All documentation necessary to support the stationís continued eligibility for Class A Status per rulepart ß73.6001. Err on the side of caution; see instruction in this section.

  23. Forms and Copy Masters, suggested for management of this volume.

  24. User-Defined Files by Topic. Suggestion: Use as future rules or situations change to provide a paper trail of the changes. Do not use this section as a "catch-all" for difficult-to-categorize paperwork without a distinct regulatory or operational need.