The FCC requires all full license AM and FM stations to maintain a “public inspection file” at the “main studio” for anyone to visit without prior arrangements. The content of this file has included complaint letters from crackpots, program lists, etc… virtually the only person who has ever asked to see this file is an FCC inspector who wants to fine a station for some unrelated reason that isn’t technically a violation. Failure to keep an EAS log is another way the FCC fines you to let you know who is in charge.
The unadmitted reality is few stations have an actual studio staffed during business hours (another reason for a fine!) or the office is not convenient. So the FCC modernized this requirement to allow the FCC Public Inspection File *online at the FCC*, which will make it much easier to fine the radio stations for non-compliance as the FCC shuts down many of its field offices and can’t punish in person.
I just saw the first station with this feature. It has the advantage that this is the first time the station website URL is directly available from the FCC.
These Station profiles may make this website obsolete 😉