The CBA Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program will assure radio and television stations that they are in full compliance with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations and grant them immunity from routine inspections for a period of 3 years.
The inspectors have been contracted by the CBA. Any non-compliance will not be reported to the FCC nor any other governmental agency. However, notice of those stations found “in-compliance,” whether on initial inspection or upon re-inspection, will be forwarded to the FCC regional office. Stations found “in-compliance” by the CBA inspector will then be granted a three (3) year grace period, during which time stations will be exempted from further routine inspections by the FCC. This grace period will apply except in those instances relating to external triggers, such as a formal complaint being filed with the FCC or an order by the FCC in Washington, D.C. for specific or general inspections. Inspector Arvid Sonstelie is trained in FCC rules, regulations and procedures and may be assigned to inspect AM, FM or TV stations as the need arises.
- All inspections shall be announced to station management at least 48 hours in advance to ensure that personnel, keys, and field strength meters (at DA’s) will be available. This notice will be the responsibility of the inspector.
- Stations’ field strength meters will be used for AM directional antennas.
- If, after the inspector has provided at least 48 hours’ advance notice to a station, the Inspection cannot be performed due to unavailability of station personnel/keys or equipment failure, the normal fixed rate as listed shall be paid to the inspector and to the CBA. Arrangements for a second inspection will need to be made by the station directly with the CBA, and another full fee for the second visit will apply under those circumstances.
Hold Harmless Agreement
Station agrees that the Colorado Broadcasters Association, its members, officers, board of directors, counsel, and staff shall be held harmless should an official inspection by any governmental agency result in fines, forfeitures, or any other punitive actions. Station further agrees that the CBA independent contract inspector shall likewise be held harmless should an official inspection by any governmental agency result in fines, forfeitures, or any other punitive actions.
2021 Inspection Rates
|Inspection Type||Member Rate||Non-Member Rate|
|Single AM (Non-Directional)||$560.00||$1,200.00|
|Single AM (Directional)||$800.00||$1,500.00|
|COMBO: AM (Non-Directional) & Co-Located FM||$800.00||$1,500.00|
|COMBO: AM (Directional) & Co-Located FM||$1,000.00||$1,950.00|
|COMBO: Two Co-Located FM’s||$800.00||$1,500.00|
|Single Television Station||$800.00||$1,500.00|
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FCC Self-Inspection Checklist
*The ABIP Program runs in the summer only. The CBA offers it for two consecutive years and then we do not offer it the third year. Please contact the CBA office with any questions at (720) 536-5427.
Summer 2021 – Program offered
Summer 2022 – Program offered
Summer 2023 – Program NOT offered