WASHINGTON, DC—Change is a constant in the federal government, particularly when a new administration comes into power. So with the Biden Administration taking office on Jan. 20, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, perhaps unsurprisingly, is stepping down in January.
Many radio industry insiders consider Pai to be a devoted champion for broadcast radio, and say his advocacy will be missed. Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorney John Garziglia, who regularly represents clients in matters before the FCC and who has been at the forefront of AM radio revitalization efforts, agrees with those sentiments. He recently shared the following comments with Radio Ink:
“Our radio industry will long miss Chairman Pai. He achieved a radio broadcasting Chairman-of-Renown status both for an understanding of the radio business, and for appreciating and improving upon our myriad of broadcaster issues. His name will forever be synonymous with AM revitalization,” Garziglia said.
John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.