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Radio Rules – Scenario-based Training and Online Guidebook


Created to meet baseline knowledge needs of radio broadcast professionals, the Radio Rules scenario-based training course will test participants’ understanding of good practices for complying with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations for radio stations. Also included is an online PDF version of the NAB publication Radio Rules! A Guide to the FCC Policies and Procedures for On-Air Staff.

The course includes one lesson with four learning activities that will take no more than 60 minutes to complete. By the end of this course, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of what content is appropriate to post on station websites and social media accounts.
  • Learn the rules governing alcohol, tobacco and gaming advertising.
  • Discover the legal definitions of various industry terms including payola, plugola, defamation, privacy, obscenity, indecency and more.
  • Hear brief synopses of various other topics including license renewal, public file documents, political advertising, underwriting and the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The guidebook summarizes FCC rules and policies on a variety of topics related to programming and station operation for radio station personnel.

Each topic contains appropriate citations to the FCC’s rules (47 C.F.R.), FCC decisions
published in the FCC Record (FCC Rcd) and/or the United States Code (U.S.C.). Topics are broken up into five parts: content, advertising, station operation/management, copyright and public files and reporting.

Course participants and readers are reminded that this document serves only as a guide and is not a substitute for legal advice. Licensees should consult station counsel for specific legal advice.

For bulk/station purchasing options please contact NAB's Josh Miely via email at jmiely@nab.org.