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Learn how to get Political Air Time on KIOF 97.9 FM


Last Updated: June 15, 2022

Political Air Time Compliance

KIOF 97.9 FM provides you the following information directly from the Federal Register regarding recent changes to Political programming obligations and how they pertain to the 2022 Mid Term Election Cycle as well as “legally qualified candidates” wishing to purchase air time on KIOF 97.9 FM:

Political Programming and Recordkeeping Rules

Effective March 14, 2022, except for the amendments to §§ 25.701(d), 25.702(b), 73.1943, and 76.1701, which are delayed indefinitely. The Commission will publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date. The following information are excerpts from the Federal Registry:

Political Programming Obligations. Political programming obligations for certain Commission licensees and regulatees are set forth in Sections 312(a)(7) and 315 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act), 47 U.S.C. 312(a)(7), 315. Section 312(a)(7) requires broadcast licensees to give legally qualified candidates for federal office “reasonable access” to their facilities, or to permit them to purchase “reasonable amounts of time.” Section 312(a)(7) of the Act also applies to SDARS licensees and DBS service providers, but it does not apply to cable system operators. Under section 315(a), if a broadcast licensee permits one legally qualified candidate for a public office to use its station, it must afford all other candidates for that office an “equal opportunity” to use the station. Section 315(b) provides that, during certain periods before an election, legally qualified candidates are entitled to “the lowest unit charge of the station for the same class and amount of time for the same period.” The equal opportunity and lowest unit charge requirements also apply to cable system operators, SDARS licensees, and DBS service providers. The entitlements afforded by Sections 312(a)(7) and 315 of the Act are available only to individuals who have achieved the status of “legally qualified candidate.”

The Communications Act does not define the term “legally qualified candidate,” but the Commission has adopted a definition and codified it in Section 73.1940. Generally, in order to be considered a “legally qualified candidate,” an individual must publicly announce his or her intention to run for office, must be qualified to hold the office for which he or she is a candidate, and must have qualified for a place on the ballot or have publicly committed himself or herself to seeking election by the write-in method. If seeking election by the write-in method, the individual, in addition to being eligible under applicable law to be a write-in candidate, must make a “substantial showing” that he or she is a bona fide candidate for the office being sought. Section 73.1940(f) of the Commission's rules establishes the requirements for making a “substantial showing” of a bona fide candidacy. The term “substantial showing” of a bona fide candidacy means “evidence that the person claiming to be a candidate has engaged to a substantial degree in activities commonly associated with political campaigning.” Such activities include making campaign speeches, distributing campaign literature, issuing press releases, maintaining a campaign committee, and establishing campaign headquarters.

Political Air Time Rates

KIOF 97.9 FM provides you the following Political Air Time rates for the 2022 Mid Term Election Cycle for “legally qualified candidates” wishing to purchase air time on KIOF 97.9 FM and the following information:
  • Interview must be done "live" pursuant to FCC rules and regulations.
  • Interview will be aired "one-time" for each purchase of political air time.
  • Interview questions must orginate from the the radio station, KIOF 97.9 FM and not the “legally qualified candidate” per FCC rules and regulations.
  • The radio station will generate an invoice that must be paid by the “legally qualified candidate” via PayPal, Check from Campaign Funds or Other than personal funds. Radio station will also post in it's Political File log method of payment from the “legally qualified candidate”.
POLITICAL AIR TIME

$250.00

15 Minute "Live" Interview

$58.00 Per Scheduled Replay

Includes:

  • Engineering
  • Host Charges
  • Production
Make campaign check payable to: Las Vegas Public Radio Inc. and reference KIOF 97.9 FM Political Time / 15 Minutes.

POLTICAL AIR TIME

$500.00

30 Minute "Live" Interview

$116.00 Per Scheduled Replay

Includes:

  • Engineering
  • Host Charges
  • Production
Make campaign check payable to: Las Vegas Public Radio Inc. and reference KIOF 97.9 FM Political Time / 30 Minutes.

POLITICAL AIR TIME

$1,000.00

60 Minute "Live" Interview

$232.00 Per Scheduled Replay

Includes:

  • Engineering
  • Host Charges
  • Production
Make campaign check payable to: Las Vegas Public Radio Inc. and reference KIOF 97.9 FM Political Time / 1 Hour

KIOF 97.9 FM Political Files

Political Recordkeeping Obligations.The political recordkeeping requirements are integral to ensuring compliance with the statutory protections for political programming. The Commission initially adopted rules requiring broadcast stations to maintain public inspection files documenting requests for political advertising time more than 80 years ago. The Commission subsequently extended political file rules to cable television system operators, DBS providers, and SDARS licensees. Requiring these entities to maintain complete and up to date political files is critical because the information in these files directly affects, among other things, the statutory rights of opposing candidates to request equal opportunities under Section 315(a) of the Act and present their positions to the public prior to an election. In addition, the political files allow the public to verify that Commission licensees and regulatees have complied with their obligations relating to use of their facilities by candidates for political office and to obtain information about entities sponsoring candidate and issue advertisements.

No political file logs were found for 2020
No political file logs were found for 2021
Political files for 2022 are posted when the log becomes available.

All Political Files from the Nevada Primary held on June 14, 2022 have been posted for general viewing by the public.