Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program

The Program

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

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.

Special Conditions

  1. 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.
  2. Stations’ field strength meters will be used for AM directional antennas.
  3. 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 Translator $560.00 $1,200.00
Single AM (Non-Directional) $560.00 $1,200.00
Single AM (Directional) $800.00 $1,500.00
Single FM $560.00 $1,200.00
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

Downloads and Links
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

Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) Application

Complete and submit a separate application for each set of call letters to be inspected. Station submitting application hereby requests a Colorado Broadcasters Association Alternative Broadcast Inspection for the following station. It is understood that the station will be contacted by the contract inspector to arrange the date of the inspection.  

Payment must be received, by the CBA, prior to the scheduled inspection date.

(physical location)
(Please provide the estimated one way travel time from the station to the transmitter time.)
(Please provide any information that will help the inspector with planning. (i.e. scheduling conflicts, vacations, transmitter site travel time, COVID safety precautions, etc.)

Contact Information

If the same as Station/General Manager re-enter information.

Authorization and Indemnification

i. Whereas, under the auspices of the 1) Colorado Broadcasters Association, the 2) Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) Inspector Ross Stephen Campbell (DBA Entronics) will assist the 3) station(s) and facilities listed in this and other application including 4) the stations’ and facilities entire ownership chain (all 4 of which are herein referred to as Parties), in a good faith effort to enter the premises’, inspect and attempt to certify compliance with the basic regulatory issues defined by the 1) U.S. Federal Communications Commission, by 2) any other regulatory agency that may be appropriate (FAA, OSHA and others) and 3) by appropriate industry practice (the 3 collectively referred to as Rules). As the Rules are complex and constantly changing, the inspection herein contemplated is intended to be a good faith effort by Parties to cover the most common deficiencies found in broadcast facilities and is not intended to assure compliance with the entire spectrum of requirements for broadcast facilities. This inspection is not intended to eliminate the Parties need for local engineering support, appropriate business and industry specific legal counsel, nor technical consultation.

ii. It is therefore mutually agreed that Parties shall not hold any of the Parties liable for nor pursue litigation against any of the Parties, and Parties shall indemnify and hold harmless all other Parties for any event or circumstance, be it real or perceived, in connection with this agreement, for any action performed under this agreement and for the presence of any Parties on the property of any Parties.

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