Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program

The Arizona Media Association has an FCC-trained inspector ready to educate TV and radio station staffs on all FCC rules, audit station practices and ensure stations are doing everything possible to avoid FCC infractions and fines.

We call this service the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) and offer up our inspector to stations for what is normally a 2-day visit. The AMA covers a majority of the costs associated with conducting these inspections and trainings, but does ask stations to pay nominal commitment fees.

Registration for the 2024 inspection season is now open. Just fill out the below form and return it via email to ama@azmedia.org

ABIP Radio Station Inspection Fee

$100 per station

  • Single AM/FM Station

ABIP TV Station Inspection Fee

$100 per station

  • Television Station

Average FCC Fine without Inspection


  • Possible cost without ABIP

The ABIP Step-by-step Process

  • -Print, review & complete the above ABIP Agreement
  • -Return the completed, signed agreement to the ABA (email to ama@azmedia.org)
  • -The ABA will process your enrollment, sign the agreement and return a copy with your confirmation and pre-inspection check-list(s)
  • -The ABA notifies the FCC and your 150-day grace period to be inspected begins
  • -Your inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection date.
  • -Once you pass inspection, the inspector notifies the ABA and the ABA then notifies the FCC as an additional safety step for stations.