Radio Act of 1927 Law & Legal Definition


The Radio Act of 1927 (“Act”) was enacted to bring order to the chaos of radio broadcasting. The Act created a Federal Radio Commission (FRC). The Commission was responsible for granting and denying licenses, and assigning frequencies and power levels for each licensee. However, the Commission was not given any official power of censorship, although programming could not include "obscene, indecent, or profane language."

The provisions of the Act were found under 47 USCS §§ 81-119. The Act stands repealed now. The FRC was replaced by the Federal Communication Commission in 1934.