Texas PSA Regulations

Goals

To understand the requirements around public service announcements in the state of Texas to include details on commissions, air requirements, and other details to understand how the process works.

Early Findings

  • A public service announcement (PSA), by definition, is not paid advertising. Therefore, stations that air PSAs do so at no charge.
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) used to require that a certain amount of airtime be set aside for public programming, but that is no longer the case.
  • Although broadcasters are not required to air PSAs based on Federal law, the practice can help broadcasters when looking to renew their license, so many stations do air them.
  • Two stations in Travis County Texas that state on their websites that they air PSAs are KUTX 98.9 and KFMK-FM 105.9.
  • Some guidelines related to PSAs include the group submitting the PSA must be nonprofit or a government entity, content must align with the organization's mission, and donations generally can't be requested.

Summary of Initial Findings

  • Although several stations mentioned the FCC guidelines for PSAs, they were not located in the initial search.
  • No additional requirements specific to Texas PSAs were found in the initial hour of research.

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