Is Entercom OK To Use ‘ALT’ Brand?

Just hours after Entercom officially assumed control of CBS Radio's stations, it scuttled CHR/Pop formats at stations in Dallas and New York, respectively. Now, they are Alternative stations, using the "ALT" brand. Is that a legal problem, given iHeartMedia's use of the brand across the U.S.? We asked three attorneys for their take on the matter.

Entercom Shares Up As CBS Radio Merger Is Now Complete

Legendary air personality Scott Shannon did his first "weekend blast-off" just after 8am Eastern on WCBS-FM 101.1 in New York by identifying the venerable Classic Hits' station's new owner. Investors on Wall Street geared up for a strong opening for the company's shares on Wall Street. And, just before the Opening Bell for the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, the long-anticipated official word came from Bala Cynwyd, Pa. CBS Radio, formally created 20 years ago with Westinghouse's acquisition of Infinity Broadcasting, is no more. It's now a part of the Entercom family.

‘Voluntary, Market-Driven’ Next-Gen TV Standard Deployment OK’D

After nearly four hours in Room TW-C305 of the FCC's headquarters at The Portals, broadcast TV companies received an expected and anticipated thumbs up to take a leap into the future. In a 3-2 party-line vote, TV broadcasters may now move forward with their use of the Next Generation television transmission standard known as ATSC 3.0 "on a voluntary, market-driven basis." Dissenting Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel was particularly vocal in her opposition, saying it will harm consumers' wallets.

As Expected, FCC ‘Modernizes’ Broadcast Ownership Rules

The Weed Whacker was put to action by a whipper snapper and two of his GOP colleagues at the Commission on Thursday, as the FCC voted 3-2 to eliminate its cross-ownership rules for newspaper and broadcast media and for radio and TV, respectively. The "Eight-Voices Test" is also gone. Democrats were vociferous in their opposition, but further action to stop the changes is now up to Congress -- or, more likely, the courts.

David Field’s Official Welcome … And New Ad Attitude

Entercom President/CEO David Field can barely control his excitement over the addition of CBS Radio to the company's stable of stations, and he's literally welcomed all former CBS Radio employees with open arms -- as seen in a four-minute video distributed across the company. Meanwhile, three new business practices are now in place that "better reflect radio's strong value." This includes lower ad inventory.

WBMP, KVIL Flip The Knob From ‘AMP’ To ‘Alt’

Entercom President/CEO David Field loves Alternative music so much that he attended the entire three-day Lollapalooza festival in Chicago from August 2-5, 2018. Now, on his visits to the Big Apple and Big D, he need not stream one of his company's out-of-market stations to enjoy the sounds of such beloved acts as Soundgarden or Foo Fighters. Meanwhile, a Chicago FM formerly owned by CBS Radio has embraced "Throwbacks."

Emmis Puts An Indy Radio Vet At The Helm

An Indianapolis market veteran who started his career in radio as PD of WFMS-FM 95.5 for former owner Susquehanna Radio Corp. has just been given the keys for Emmis Communications' flagship station group.  

Wish Granted: FCC Embedded Market Rule Change Is Done

"It was a tough battle, but it was the right decision." That's what Jeff Warshaw, CEO of Connoisseur Media, told RBR+TVBR on Friday morning as he formally shared the biggest and most positive bit of news he'd be hoping for from the FCC for months. With the 3-2 vote to eliminate the Commission's media cross-ownership rules came a victory for Warshaw and other operators, including Pamal Broadcasting, with respect to how the FCC will view embedded markets. In short, relief is here -- and he's more than relieved.

Radio’s New King Of The Mountain: David Field

Proud father. Frustrated athlete. Lifelong learner. Music lover. Sports fanatic. Now, David Field can add "Radio's Top Cheerleader" to his Twitter feed self-description of who he is, and what he's all about. As the hours tick down to zero for the merger of his company, Entercom Communications, with CBS Radio, this Wharton MBA holder's rise to the top of the radio broadcasting industry -- as both an advocate and a leader on Wall Street and Madison Avenue -- is nearly complete.

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Granite Says Goodbye To A Bay Area ‘Zombie’

Terry Crosby and Randy Nonberg have been actively seeking to build a new TV station serving Bay Area consumers. Now, the principals in Poquito Más Communications LLC are one step closer to making that happen on a much grander level. That's because an entity controlled by Nonberg and affiliated with Poquito Más has just captured a "zombie" station that's emerged from the FCC's Incentive Auction. The deal saw Kalil & Co. represent the seller and serve as escrow agent.

Harvey Floods Force KHOU Move For TEGNA

The staff and management of the TEGNA-owned CBS affiliate serving Houston will not be returning to Allen Parkway -- one of several areas severely impacted by floodwaters related to Hurricane Harvey.
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ONE Step Closer To ATSC 3.0 Deployment For Sinclair

With the FCC's approval by a 3-2 GOP-led vote to allow broadcasters to voluntary implement ATSC 3.0 next gen television signals at their UHF and VHF stations, Sinclair subsidiary ONE Media intends to "fully deploy ATSC 3.0" on Sinclair's stations nationwide.

Latest ‘Attention Ratings’ Show Modern Turn

Is the amount of time a viewer actually spends with their eyes affixed on the screen the best ratings metrics for advertisers in the modern era? That's what TVision Insights has been pushing to marketers, and its third-quarter report is now out. What are the shows with the most attention? One is "modern." The other has taken a positive "TURN" in this audience measurement report.

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Latest ‘Attention Ratings’ Show Modern Turn

Is the amount of time a viewer actually spends with their eyes affixed on the screen the best ratings metrics for advertisers in the modern era? That's what TVision Insights has been pushing to marketers, and its third-quarter report is now out. What are the shows with the most attention? One is "modern." The other has taken a positive "TURN" in this audience measurement report.

What The ‘Boom’ In American Smartphone Addiction Means For You

Still don't think taking a "mobile first" approach to attracting consumers is important for your media operation? Consider this nugget of data taken from Deloitte's just-released 2017 Global Mobile Consumer Survey: Close to 264 million Americans use their mobile phones 12 billion times per day. Smartphone penetration reached 82% overall in 2017. One would be remiss, however, to state that this is the result of Gen Z and Millennials. This growth is from a different generation -- one that knows radio more than any other.

At Broadcast TV, Retailers Spot-on With Shopper Push

Turn on a local radio station, and there's a good chance you'll hear all-Christmas music. That's good news for some big brick-and-mortar retailers who hope to start ringing up registers with holiday gifts purchased by early bird shoppers. Two retailers are using TV to reach potential consumers, according to Media Monitors.

Pai’s Policy Perspective: Erasing ‘Overly Burdensome Regulations’

"There are plenty of overly burdensome regulations out there that are holding back U.S. entrepreneurship and ingenuity. But if people call them out and fight back, change is possible." Those words concluded a speech delivered Friday in New York at the Cato Institute Policy Perspective 2017 luncheon by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. In his view, less regulation can foster business growth. It was the crux of his keynote address, which we are pleased to offer to RBR+TVBR readers.

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Joseph Electronics Selects A Business Development Manager

The broadcast industry provider of fiber termination and custom fiber solutions has hired Joe Zajac as its next Business Development Manager. In that role, Zajac will work to expand Joseph Electronics' reach in the broadcast market and create new opportunities in other vertical markets.

Integration Situation For EAS-Net and CloudNine

Monroe Electronics subsidiary Digital Alert Systems (DAS) has reached a technology partnership that integrates its EAS-Net communications software with NVerzion's CloudNine video server system. As a result, users can benefit from a direct IP link between the DAS DASDEC emergency messaging platform and NVerzion's video servers to handle Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) and Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) messages.

Kriegler Opts For Omnia Sales Role

Broadcast radio and TV technology player The Telos Alliance, parent company to Telos, Omnia, Axia, Linear Acoustic, 25-Seven, and Minnetonka, has selected its new Omnia US Sales Manager for Radio Processing. It's choice: Paul Kriegler.