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The WSAB Alternative Broadcast
Inspection Program

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Put your station under the microscope and avoid FCC inspections for 3 years. The Washington State Association of Broadcasters, in cooperation with the Seattle office of the Federal Communications Commission, is proud to provide a service to the broadcasters of Washington unlike anything that has been offered before. Here’s how the WSAB ALTERNATIVE BROADCAST INSPECTION PROGRAM works!

The Program

WSAB has negotiated an agreement with the FCC that allows WSAB to perform a complete FCC-type inspection of your station to ensure that it is in compliance with the FCC’s rules AND that the station will not be subject to a surprise, random inspection by the FCC. If, after the inspection, no problems are found, WSAB will report compliance to the FCC and issue your station a Certificate of Compliance. With that certification, the FCC has agreed not to conduct a surprise, random inspection of your station for three (3) years.

Who conducts these inspections and what kind of inspection can a station expect? WSAB has engaged qualified independent broadcast engineers, approved by the Seattle FCC field office, who will conduct a full, FCC-type inspection of your station.

What happens if the station does not pass the ABIP? The inspector will provide the station with a confidential report outlining any problems or FCC violations. You correct the problems identified within a specified period of time, submit to a re-inspection or provide other proof of compliance to the inspector. Then, with a clean bill of health, WSAB will notify the FCC of your compliance and issue a Certificate of Compliance. At no time is the FCC notified of a station that does not pass the ABIP inspection.

Could the FCC still come and inspect the station? The FCC reserves the right to inspect a station as the result of a complaint or as part of a "targeted" inspection for tower safety, public file or EEO compliance issues.

Is there anything that the ABIP inspection does not cover? There are certain things that the ABIP inspector has no way of auditing, such as compliance with lowest unit rate or children’s television commercial time limitations, EEO compliance or RF radiation exposure. The ABIP inspector will make a review of the station’s local public inspection file, but only to ascertain that file is complete as it appears (i.e., the inspector would have no way of knowing if the public file were missing an application the station had filed with the FCC, but had failed to place in the public file).

Is the station protected from inspection by the FCC while the ABIP inspection is pending?  If the station chooses to have WSAB notify the local FCC Field Office of the pending inspection, the station will be protected against an FCC inspection for 150 days.  If the station chooses to have WSAB not notify the FCC, there is no protection until the station passes the ABIP inspection and receives its Certificate of Compliance.

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 The Procedure

Step 1: Fill out the Inspection Application Form and fax or mail it back to WSAB.
Step 2: The Association will send you a contract to sign and an invoice.
Step 3: Return the signed contract with the appropriate fee to WSAB. Each inspection must be prepaid. BE SURE TO MAKE YOUR ELECTION WHETHER WSAB WILL NOTIFY THE FCC OF YOUR PENDING INSPECTION to ensure your 150-day "grace" period during the inspection process.
Step 4: WSAB will send you a copy of the FCC Broadcast Station Self-Inspection Checklist and the station and the inspector will agree on the date and time for the inspection, so that the station can be inspected, any routine deficiencies can be resolved and the station can receive its Certificate of Compliance within 150 days.
AM, FM & TV Self Inspection Checklists -

Step 5: Upon completion of a successful inspection, your station will receive a Certification of Compliance and a copy will be sent to the Seattle FCC office.
Step 6:  Post your Certificate of Compliance.

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Getting Started

Simply download, print and fill out the Inspection Application Form and mail it to WSAB. Please read the provisions of the Program carefully, fill in the necessary information and sign the form.

Download the Inspection Application Form

1You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able read and print the form. You can download it here.

The Cost

STATION TYPE WSAB Member Fee Nonmember Fee
Single FM or Single AM (non-directional) $450 $650
AM/FM Combo (AM non-directional) $650 $850
Single AM (directional) $700* $900*
[*Includes up to 5 monitor points; additional monitor points $50/ea.]
AM/FM Combo (AM directional) $850* $1,125*
[*Includes up to 5 monitor points; additional monitor points $50/ea.]
Radio Duopoly (all stations either FM or non-directional AM) $575* $850*
[*base fee + $175 for every station above 2]
Radio Duopoly (with 1 or more directional AM) $575* $850*
[*base fee + $175 for every FM or non-directional AM above 2. $250 for each directional AM, includes up to 5 monitor points/station; additional monitor points $50/ea.]
Commercial & Noncommercial Television $900 $1,125
Noncommercial Radio
High School (FM, nondirectional AM): 30% discount.
College, Technical College, Comm. College, Independent:
FM, nondirectional AM: 20% discount.
Directional AM: No discount.

Re-inspection (per station):
$250 base fee, plus $75 per hour for each hour more than 2 hours.


Please call the WSAB Office at (360) 705-0774 or e-mail

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